Football stadiums are like modern day Coliseums, only they aren’t quite as rare and there is a lot more known about how they were put together. These constructions are simply massive – in fact there is very little on earth that can compete with some of the largest stadiums on the planet.
Often emerging out of derelict spaces and waste ground, these stadiums change the skyline of cities forever. Depending on the size and cost of the build, these giants take months and even years to complete –here are some of the largest football stadiums in the world:
Rungrado May Stadium, North Korea
While most stadiums struggle to pack in 100,000 people into the building, the Rungrado in North Korea can fit in an incredible 150,000 – that’s 30k more than the next biggest stadium on Earth. One of the saddest things about this amazing bit of architecture is that due to its location in North Korea, it is never likely to play host to the World Cup or any other major tournaments.
São Paulo’s , Brazil
Host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this 65,000 person stadium may not be the biggest, but it has most certainly been a huge topic of conversation in the news. The stadium, which was purpose built for this international competition faced many difficulties being constructed and even 10 days before the opening ceremony of the World Cup it isn’t quite ready. Hundreds of generators have been powering bright lights to allow work to continue till late in the night, but will it be enough?
There’s been issues regarding ‘full-capacity’ testing which means that 25,000 may not be able to sit in the stands cheering on their team – whether it all blows over in time is anyone’s guess at the moment!
Salt Lake Stadium, India
Another behemoth of a football stadium, Salt Lake has a whopping 120,000 person max capacity. Normally when India are playing at home the stands will be packed to the rafters with supporters, giving off one of the most incredible atmospheres you’re ever likely to experience. Over the years many competitions have been held in this stadium, and as India continue to grow as a footballing nation we may expect to see large international competitions being held here in the future.
Camp Nou, Spain
Every football fan will recognise the stunning Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. The stadium, which is one of the oldest large stadiums still in use, can hold just under 98,000 people. But it is not the capacity of this building that is so impressive, it’s the styling. When it was constructed in the 1950’s it was designed to be a symbol of Catalan nationalism, and the architect did just that – giving it a completely unique appearance that marks out its regional identity entirely.
However, plans are underway to modernise and redesign this beautiful stadium with the aim of increasing capacity to over 112k and add more architectural flare to this special stadium.
Wembley Stadium, England
Wembley is something that the British can be proud of. The construction may have taken longer than expected and there were a few issues along the way, but the finished product is nothing short of magnificent anyway you cut it. The stunning architecture makes this an instantly recognisable feature of the footballing world! And with all the recent controversy over the World Cup bids in Russia and Qatar, then Wembley could yet get the chance be the centrepiece for the World Cup sooner than we first thought!