Which is the world’s biggest football stadium? (2021)
Stadiums are the definition for atmosphere in football. Alley Sport brings insights on the world’s biggest football stadium and some interesting views on it.
The world’s biggest football stadium is the home of the North Korean National Football Team- The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, in the city of Pyongyang in North Korea. It is surprising for football fans since North Korea is not really renowned for its sporting culture, and having the biggest stadium in the world for an Asian country is quite a remarkable achievement.
World’s Biggest Football Stadium- Insights
The 1988 Olympics hosting rights were awarded to South Korea, so North Korea wanted to emphasize on becoming the superior Korean country. The won organizing rights of the 1989- 13th World Festival of Youth and Students, Pyongyang, a project which included construction of Pyongyang. The biggest pro-wrestling event in history was held in this stadium in 1995, where attendance was expected to be around 150,000 people.
The stadium is the home for the Korea DPR football team. Since reopening in 2015 after a brief renovation period, the Rungrado Stadium hosted 6 group stage matches of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers (2018).
Insiders say that the stadium has its own natural charm, with passionate supporters of the football team, with local league sides also plying their trade on this field. The stadium follows FIFA regulations since North Korea is a part of FIFA, also having played the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
World’s Biggest Football Stadium: Design
The size of the sprawling pitch is 22,500m square (242,000 sq feet)- which is adjusted according to the occasion, including AFC Cup matches, North Korean League matches alongside international friendlies. The roof of the stadium is 60m (197ft) high from the pitch, and has 16 arches blossoming which give it a magnolia shape. The original capacity was 150,000, but renovation- individual seating and media allocation shredded the original capacity to 114,000 spectators. The last recognized football game in this stadium was a fierce derby between North Korea and South Korea which ended in a 0-0 stalemate in 2019.
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