A stadium is a venue that is commonly used for sporting events, concerts and other events. The oldest known stadium is the Stadium at Olympia dated at 776 BC. This stadium had a capacity of about 50,000 and was the location of many events at the Ancient Olympic Games. Modern stadiums feature a field or stage surrounded with a large raised seating area where spectators can sit and watch the event. The largest stadiums are capable of seating in excess of 100,000 people. Let’s find out which stadium is the largest in the world.
The largest stadium in the world
Rungrado May Day Stadium, located in Pyongyang the capital of North Korea, is widely regarded as the largest sporting stadium by capacity. The stadium is capable of seating 150,000 spectators. It is most famous as the home of Arirang, also called mass games by outsiders, which is a choreographed artistic and gymnastic festival to celebrate the birthday of former leader Kim Il-sung. It is also sometimes used as the home stadium for both the men’s and women’s North Korean national football teams.
Another claim for the title of the largest stadium is the Great Strahov Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. It has an estimated capacity of 240,000, with just 56,000 seated. It is used as a training ground for the Sparta Prague soccer team and for concerts. However, this stadium is no longer used for sporting events and the future of the Great Strahov Stadium is unknown.
The largest stadium-type facility in the world is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. It has a permanent seating capacity of 257,325 (that is more than a quarter of a million people). This speedway is widely regarded as the highest capacity sports facility, but it is not usually regarded as a true stadium.
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Salt Lake Stadium located in India is the second largest stadium in the world with a capacity of 120,000. It is followed by Michigan Stadium, home of the Michigan Wolverines, with a capacity of 109,901.