The Top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world…

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Are you aware that the FNB Stadium in South Africa is the 5th biggest football stadium in the world?

That’s right, there are four bigger football stadiums than Soccer City.

Here are the 10 biggest football venues across the world…

10. Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt

Capacity: 86,000

Home team: Egyptian national team

The Borg El Arab Stadium boasts a 200 capacity hotel for visiting teams, as well as a giant running track around the pitch perimeter for athletic events in the summer.

9. Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Capacity: 87,411

Home team: Malaysian national team

Initially built for the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium has also hosted the AFC Asian Cup. If football’s not your thing, you can also catch Disney On Ice here when it’s in the area.

8. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia

Capacity: 88,083

Home team: Indonesian national team

Finished in 1962, the “GBK Stadium” — as it is sometimes known — was funded partly by a loan from the Soviet Union. Some of the world’s biggest clubs have played here as they toured the Asian continent.

7. Wembley Stadium, London, UK

Capacity: 90,000

Home team: English national team

The home of English football, Wembley was reconstructed between 2002-07, at an estimated cost of £757 million ($1.1 billion). Its arch can be seen for miles around West London, and when it’s not hosting football games it’s a world famous concert venue.

6. The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, USA

Capacity: 92,542

Home teams: Various qualifiers and exhibition matches

One of the USA’s most famous stadiums, the Rose Bowl is also the country’s biggest soccer stadium, playing home to the 1994 World Cup final and several qualifiers thereafter.

5. FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Capacity: 94,736

Home teams: South African national team and Kaizer Chiefs

Also known as “Soccer City,” the FNB (First National Bank) Stadium opened in 1989 before being renovated for the 2010 World Cup. Viewers of that tournament may recall the sounds of vuvuzelas ringing through the air.

4. Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran

Capacity: 95,225

Home teams: Iranian national team, Esteghlal FC, and Pesepolis FC

Opened in 1973, the Azadi Stadium was almost the main venue for the 1984 Olympic Games until political issues forced Iran to drop the bid. Apparently the architecture is designed to heighten noise, which can be intimidating for visiting teams.

3. Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico

Capacity: 95,500

Home teams: Mexican national team, and Club América

The first stadium to host two football World Cup Finals, Estadio Azteca was the venue of Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal in the competition’s 1986 Quarter Finals. The stadium’s name is a tribute to Mexico’s Aztec heritage.

2. Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

Capacity: 99,354

Home team: FC Barcelona

The second richest club team in the world also plays in the second biggest football stadium in the world. The venue also hosts a number of Catalan teams. Fans were polled in 2000 and voted to make the title “Camp Nou” official, rather than a nickname. It was previously called the Estadi del FC Barcelona.

1. Rungrado May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea

Capacity: 150,000

Home team: North Korean national team

The biggest stadium of any non-racing sport by some margin, North Korea’s gigantic Rungrado May Day Stadium puts on massive shows celebrating the country and government when it’s not being used for soccer. More ominously, reports suggest the stadium was also used as the site of an execution of military Generals accused of plotting assassination attempts against state leaders.

By Business Insider

Edited by Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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