#6. Bukit Jalil National Stadium (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Capacity: 87,411
The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and it has an astonishing capacity of 87,411, making it the largest stadium in all of South-East Asia! Originally built in 1998 for the Commonwealth Games, the stadium is now used by the Malaysian National Football Team. Apart from being used in the Commonwealth Games, the stadium has also hosted the AFC Asian Cup. When not used for football purposes, the stadium hosts figure skating shows such as ¨Disney On Ice¨ when it´s in the area; during other times, it is used to host events such as music shows.
#5. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Jakarta, Indonesia) Capacity: 88,306
The inclusion of this particular stadium may shock you. Boasting an enviable capacity of 88,306, the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium is the home stadium of the Indonesian National Football Team and the football club, Persija Jakarta. Built in 1962, the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium is used similarly to the Wembley Stadium as it hosts major domestic league and cup fixtures too. Popularly referred to as the ¨GBK Stadium¨, the massive stadium was funded partly by a loan from the Soviet Union. When foreign clubs do an Asia tour during their off-season, they usually play friendly matches here.
#4. Wembley Stadium (London, England) Capacity: 90,000
Often described as the ¨Mecca of Football¨ for its association with history and location in the birthplace of football, Wembley Stadium is truly an architectural masterpiece. The stadium boasts a capacity of 90,000 and is owned and operated by the FA; the venue primarily hosts all of England´s international fixtures and numerous important domestic matches. Huge pop acts and bands also perform at this stadium regularly. The Wembley we have grown accustomed to watching on our screen these days have only been erect since 2007. The entire stadium was earlier destroyed to make room for the modern stadium we see today.
#3. Soccer City (Johannesburg, South Africa) Capacity: 94,736
Soccer City is home to the South African National Football team and the Kaizer Chiefs FC. The stadium has a total capacity of 94,736. The stadium was the main venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and it resembles an African pot, hence it was nicknamed ¨The Calabash.¨ Soccer City was initially completed in 1989. However, it went under major upgrades and renovation for the FIFA World Cup 2010. The stadium hosted the opening ceremony and the final; there were several group and knockout encounters played in between too. We remember the stadium vividly because of the annoying sound of the vuvuzelas ringing through the air.
#2. Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain) Capacity: 98,787
The Camp Nou is the stadium of arguably, the biggest football club in the world, FC Barcelona. With an impressive capacity of 98,787, the stadium has seen the likes of several world class players gracing its pitch over the years including Johan Cruyff, Luis Figo, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. For English fans, specifically Manchester United fans, Camp Nou is a special place too; it is the stadium where the Red Devils lifted the Champions League in the 1998-99 season after a stunning turnaround in the dying moments. The stadium was previously called the Estadi del FC Barcelona.
#1. Estadio Azteca (Mexico City) Capacity: 104,000
With an outstanding capacity of 104,000, the Estadio Azteca was first opened to the public in the year 1966. Since then, the ground has held several major events and tournaments including the 1968 Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cups in 1970 and 1986. In the year 1970, the ¨Game of the Century¨ took place here; Italy defeated West Germany 4-3 in the semi-finals of the World Cup. In the same tournament, Diego Maradona also scored the infamous ¨Hand of God¨ and the ¨Goal of the Century¨ to eliminate England from the prestigious tournament. The stadium is home to the Mexican National Football Team and Club America.