1. Narendra Modi Stadium –Capacity 132,000

Photo credit

The stadium is located in Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India, and is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association. Prior to its expansion, the stadium had a capacity of 54,000 as of 2015 from its original capacity of 49, 000 at inception in 1982. It was opened on November 12, 1983, and was named Motera Cricket Stadium and had its first test as India played West Indies. In 2006, it was renovated before being brought down in 2015 and after five years for 110 million dollars, the stadium was expanded to become the largest in the World.

The stadium mainly hosts cricket playing host to three Cricket World Cups, ODIs, T201, Tests, and other Government programs. Its current name Narendra Modi is for the former president of Gujarat Cricket Association. After its expansion, it was reopened on February 24, 2020.

2. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium- Capacity 114,000

Photo credit

The second-largest stadium is located in Rungra Island, Pyongyang, North Korea, it was formerly known as Rungrado May Day Stadium and was first opened on May 1, 1989. The stadium is used by the North Korea National Team and the Women’s National Football Team for football matches, athletics, and in Arirang Festival.

The stadium was first used to host the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students, 1995 wrestling events were played and in 2018 the Summit Pyeongyang. The stadium was renovated for two years between 2015 and 2017 and after its opening, the U23 Championship qualification for 2018 AFC was held there and the Invisible Socialism promotes the relationship between China and North Korea in July 2019.

3. Michigan Stadium- Capacity 107,601

Photo credit

Owned by Michigan University, the stadium takes third place having undergone several readjustments in attempts to increase its capacity. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan the stadium was first opened on October 1, 1927, with a capacity of 72, 000 and by 1972 it could host 101,001 people.

Nicknamed as the Big House, the stadium is home to Michigan Wolverines football, Michigan Wolverines field hockey, Michigan Wolverines men’s lacrosse, and the Michigan Wolverines women’s lacrosse. In 2019, it cost 227 million dollars to renovate the stadium by James Leck Company with Bernard Green as the architect. The Michigan University holds its graduation ceremonies in this stadium. The stadium recorded the highest attendance for a hockey game a soccer match in the USA after hosting 105, 491, and 109,318 people respectively

4. Beaver Stadium- Capacity 106,572

Photo credit

With natural grass surface, the Beaver stadium that is operated by Pennsylvania State University forms the third largest in the World. The Penn State Nittany Lions have been using the stadium from the time it was opened on September 17, 1960. its name Beaver is of a governor of Pennsylvania between 1887-1891-James A. Beaver.

It has received various recognitions for instance in it was voted top stadium for college football in 2016 and 2019 as the ultimate stadium. It has been expanded over time with renovations the latest being in 2011 where it was designed to cater for persons with disabilities as per the American Act. Other renovations included the change of scoreboard in 2014.

5. Ohio Stadium- Capacity 102,780

Photo credit

For an estimated cost of 1.49 million dollars, Ohio State University constructed this stadium and opened it on October 7, 1922, with a capacity of 66,210.  It is used by the university to perform its spring commencement ceremonies and it’s mostly used by Ohio State Buckeyes football.

Previously, the Columbus Crew also used this stadium before the construction of the Columbus Crew Stadium. Between 1923 and 2001, other sporting activities such as OSU track and field events were conducted at Ohio stadium. Also, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Pink Ford Metallica. The stadium is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the United States.

It has undergone various renovations with its first expansion done in 1948 and the latest being in 2014 allowing the widening of aisles, the addition of rails, and more lighting. Following these renovations, it hosted a record 110,045 people in November 2016 against Michigan

6. Kyle Field- Capacity 102,733

Photo credit

Known to be the home of the Aggie football team, Kyle field cannot be forgotten when naming big stadiums by capacity. It is located in Texas University having opened on September 24, 1927, however, it was established in 1904. The stadium was a project of Edwin Jackson Kyle whom its named after.

Its history to 1899 when he graduated and was named president of General Athletics and came up with the idea to promote athletics in the school. He used a part that he had been allocated to carry out agriculture to build wooden bleachers. in 1927 the school spent 345,000 dollars to build it with concrete creating the west and east sides of the field. Additional flag posts were added on the south end.

In 2013, the school reconstructed the stadium for 485 million dollars to a capacity of 106, 511 before it was reduced to its current capacity of 102, 733 after another renovation. The stadium is used by Texas A&M Aggies football which is considered among the top teams in fan engagement.

7. Neyland Stadium- Capacity 102,455

Photo credit

With a capacity of 102,455 since its renovation in 2010 for 136.4 million dollars, the home of Tennessee Volunteers owned by the University of Tennessee recorded an all high attendance of 109, 061 on September 2004 against Florida. Its construction began on March 1921 and it was opened on September 24, 1921, with an initial capacity of 3200.

Its stands were increased in 1930 to hold 17,860 persons. Its expansion continued in 1938 to reach 31,390, in 1948 the south end was enclosed enhancing the capacity to 46,290, and by 1980, the north end zone had been built and the stadium could carry 91, 902 people. With the raising of its terrace in 2010, its current capacity was realized at a renovation cost estimated to be 200 million dollars.

Its renovations were done in phases the first being in 2005 that saw the installation of a large display and recognition of National Championship phase two Family media center and other improvements were done with the third phase including the construction of new entrances and a statue of General Neyland whom it named being erected.

8. Tiger Stadium- Capacity 102,321

Photo credit

Opened on November 25, 1924, with a capacity of 12,000, Tiger stadium located in Louisiana is regarded as the most renowned in the history of baseball, with the first game being held in this field. It is used by the LSU Tigers football which likes to have its games played at night contrary to the television coverage requirement of having the games played in the afternoon. This stadium was used to play the first National Football Championship football for high schools in 1938 with Dupond Manual High School emerging winners

The construction cost amounted to 1.8 million dollars and it has been expanded several times thereafter and renovations are done. In 1994, the first renovation was done to enhance it to carry 80,000 people. And with the construction of the western side, a total of 92,910 people watched a game between LSU and Auburn. For additional 80 million dollars the west end was done in 2012 the Tiger athletic foundation financed the expansion of the south end that ended in 2014 to 102,321 to become the fifth largest in the country.

9. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium- Capacity 100,119

Photo credit

Located in Austin, Texas, the former war Memorial Stadium is the home of the Longhorns Football team. In September 2018, it recorded an attendance of 103,506 in a 37-14 win-over victory. The stadium is operated by the University of Texas and it was opened on November 8, 1924. its construction cost 275,000 has also been expanded over time with the latest renovation done in 2019 to enclose the playing field for 175 million dollars.

10. Bryant Denny Stadium- Capacity 100,077

Photo credit

Closing the list is the Bryant Denny Stadium formerly called Denny stadium that was opened on September 28, 1929, after it was constructed for 196,000. The stadium is found in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The Alabama Crimson Tide uses the stadium in its sporting has a grass surface. Some of the renovations done included the construction of the east upper deck in 1998 for 4.65 million and the expansion of the North end zone in 2006 for 47 million. Its south end also was expanded in 2010 for 80.6 million before the 2020 renovation that included the installation of light displays.

Recent Posts