The Largest Stadium in Each of the 7 Continents

 
 
China flag fresco during the arirang mass game in may day stadium, pyongyang, North Korea on September 6, 2012 in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Here are the largest stadiums in each of the 7 continents.

7. Asia - Rungrado 1st of May Stadium

As always with these continents videos, we start with Asia, and that just so happens to be a strong place to start in this instance. From the enormous Salt Lake Stadium in India to the highly impressive Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Malaysia, Asia has a lot to offer on the large stadiums front. The biggest of the lot - though, and indeed the biggest stadium in the world in terms of capacity - is the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

Built for North Korea’s extravagant hosting of the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students, the stadium plays host to the secretive state's famed mass gymnastics show once a year, which features more than 100,000 participants, with the stadium itself currently able to hold 114,000 spectators (down from its previous record of 190,000). The ground which is often referred to as the May Day Stadium has often held games played by the North Korean men's and women's teams, although they more commonly play at the Kim Il-sung stadium now.

6. Africa - FNB Stadium

The Nelson Mandela trophy is shown during the  International Club Friendly match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona FC at FNB Stadium on May 16, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.The Nelson Mandela trophy is shown during the International Club Friendly match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona FC at FNB Stadium on May 16, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The First National Bank or FNB Stadium, sometimes referred to as Soccer City, is the largest stadium by capacity in Africa, capable of holding just under 95,000 spectators. Built in 1989 but renovated in 2009 for South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup, the stadium is the home of both Kaizer Chiefs and the South African national team, as well as the country's rugby union side.

Seeing off competition from the Stad El Geish in Egypt to take top spot for Africa, the FNB stadium was the site of Nelson Mandela’s first speech upon his release from prison - and the 2010 World Cup final.

5. Europe - Camp Nou

From Wembley to the Bernabeu and the Luzhniki, there are a plethora of large purpose-built football stadiums in Europe, but comfortably the biggest is the Camp Nou in Catalonia. The home of one of the biggest clubs in world football in the form of Barcelona, the Camp Nou has an official capacity of 99,354, although the ground's record attendance was 120,000 set in the mid-1980’s. The stadium is currently undergoing expansion plans costing £495 million which will raise its capacity to 105,000.

4. North America - Michigan Stadium

The stadium scoreboard displaying the Manchester United squad names during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Manchester Untied and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium on July 28,...The stadium scoreboard displaying the Manchester United squad names during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Manchester Untied and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium on July 28,...

Now, this was a tricky one. The Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in North America, with a current capacity of 107,109 seats, and it has set three of the four biggest attendances for soccer games in the US, including a crowd of over 100,000 for Liverpool’s pre-season win over Manchester United this summer.

It seems pretty straightforward then, but the Michigan Stadium does, of course, primarily play host to American football and the University of Michigan’s team to be more specific. The just over 90,000 seat Rose Bowl stadium in California is certainly better associated with association football, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and the Estadio Azteca in Mexico.

3. South America - Estadio Monumental ‘U’

South America historically has three genuine footballing powerhouses on the international scene; Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. You might expect the continents largest stadium to be based in one of those three nations then, but the likes of the Maracana, El Monumental and the Estadio Centenario all fall short of the 80,093 capacity of Estadio Monumental ‘U’ in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

The stadium, which opened in 2000, is the home of Universitario de Deportes. The national team have also played a number of games at the ground, although their record there isn’t the best. It may not be the prettiest, but it’s certainly the biggest.

2. Australia / Oceania - Melbourne Cricket Ground

 

A general view of play as the sun shines and Jordan Lewis of the Demons runs with the ball  during the round 20 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at Melbourne...A general view of play as the sun shines and Jordan Lewis of the Demons runs with the ball during the round 20 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at Melbourne...

As the quick-thinkers among you out there may have guessed, Melbourne Cricket Ground is not primarily a football stadium. The largest stadium in the southern hemisphere, ‘the G’ - as it is often known - has a capacity just over 100,000. The historic ground located in Yarra Park has played host to a number of sports in addition to cricket, though - one of which is football. Over 95,000 watched a game between Australia and Greece at the stadium in 2006, as well as a crowd of over 99,000 for a 2015 pre-season match between Real Madrid and Manchester City. In terms of stadiums permanently occupied by a football team, Sydney’s Stadium Australia would take top spot.

1. Antarctica - Parc des Penguin

Antarctica’s Parc des Penguin, which literally translates as ‘Penguin Park’ in English, is by far and away the largest stadium in the continent of Antarctica. Home of both the Antarctic national team and Ross Island Wanderers, the ground is officially known as the ‘McMurdo Research Arena'.

Far bigger than the badly depleted 4,000 seater Deportivo Deception Island ground and Palmer Lands 2,200 seater Iceberg Bay stadium, the Parc des Penguin can hold over 35,000 people, or 387,000 penguins.

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