By Trenton Smith Posted January 25, 2012
Stadiums are a cool thing to think about and look at and even research about (sometimes). They aren’t all in the U.S. and they are kind of cool in the way of how old they can be. Here’s just the top three (non-racing) in the world.
A lot of people think that the biggest stadium in the world would be in the U.S. They also think that it would be for pro-American Football (or in other words, the NFL). They are wrong about both.
The third biggest stadium in the world is known as Michigan Stadium. It is obviously home to the University of Michigan Wolverines college football team and it can hold up to 109,901 people. Its nickname is “The Big House” due to the fact that it is the biggest stadium in the United States, even though it only has one deck. The stadium first broke ground on September 12, 1926, and was opened on October 21, 1927. The original capacity was 72,000. The stadium was expanded in 1928, 1949, 1955, 1992, 1998, and 2010.
The second biggest stadium in the world is in Kolkata, India, and is known as Salt Lake Stadium and it can hold up to 120,000 people. The triple-decker stadium covers 76.4 acres of ground. It was first opened in January of 1984 and is used by much different Indian football (soccer) teams.
Have you guessed what the biggest stadium in the world is yet? It is known as May Day Stadium in, of all places, Pyongyang, North Korea. It can hold up to 150,000 people, 30,000 more than the second-largest stadium in the world. But, unlike most stadiums’ records for attendance, they have gone over capacity. Not just a little, but a LOT over capacity-40,000 over capacity. That’s right; May Day Stadium has held 190,000 people, almost 200,000, for a wrestling match. This is a feat that most stadiums can’t even dream of. But North Korea, one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world, achieved it.
And there you have it; the three biggest stadiums in the world. Third place going to Michigan Stadium with 109,901, second being Salt Lake Stadium fitting 120,000, and the biggest stadium in the world is May Day Stadium holding an astonishing 150,000 people.