Europe’s Top 10 Largest Sports Stadiums

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Explore the monumental arenas that define Europe’s sporting landscape as we unveil the continent’s Top 10 Largest Sports Stadiums. From historic football grounds to state-of-the-art arenas, these stadiums stand as iconic symbols of Europe’s passion for sports. Join us on a journey through grandeur and athleticism, as we showcase the vastness and spectacle of Europe’s premier sporting venues.

Located in Barcelona, Spain, Camp Nou stands as the largest sports stadium in Europe, renowned for its grandeur and capacity. A significant number of Europe’s top ten largest sports stadiums have been venues for pivotal football (soccer) matches, reflecting the continent’s deep-rooted passion for the sport. Additionally, several of these stadiums have also had the honor of hosting the Olympics, further cementing their status as iconic sporting landmarks.

Throughout history, Europeans have demonstrated a fervent passion for sports, a tradition dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who packed grand stadiums for major athletic spectacles. Present-day Europe boasts some of the world’s largest sports stadiums, capable of accommodating nearly 100,000 spectators. Primarily devoted to football (soccer), Europe’s vast stadiums serve as the epicenter of the continent’s most beloved sport. Yet, many of these iconic venues have also hosted a diverse array of major sporting events, including the Olympics.

Here, we present ten of Europe’s largest sports stadiums, each capable of welcoming capacity crowds and embodying the continent’s enduring love affair with sports.

        1. Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain – 99,354
        2. Wembley Stadium, London, UK – 90,000
        3. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, Spain – 84,744
        4. Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland – 82,300
        5. Twickenham Stadium, London, UK – 82,000
        6. Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany – 81,359
        7. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia – 81,000
        8. Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France – 80,698
        9. San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza Stadium), Milan, Italy – 80,000
        10. Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey – 76,761

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1. Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain – 99,354

Camp Nou, located in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia in Spain, holds the distinction of being Europe’s largest sports stadium by capacity. With seating for up to 99,354 spectators, this iconic venue first opened its doors in 1957, following its construction that began in 1954.

Over the years, Camp Nou has undergone significant renovations, enhancing its facilities in 1995 and 2008. Presently, additional renovations are underway, slated for completion in 2022, aimed at expanding the stadium’s capacity to accommodate 105,000 fans.

Home to one of Europe’s most revered football teams, FC Barcelona, Camp Nou has hosted a plethora of prestigious events, including five matches of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 1992 Summer Olympics, two UEFA Champions League finals, and five UEFA Super Cup finals.

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2. Wembley Stadium, London, England – 90,000

Wembley Stadium, with a capacity of 90,000, stands proudly in London, England. This modern venue succeeded its predecessor of the same name, which was completely demolished in 2003.

The new stadium opened its doors in 2007, featuring the remarkable Wembley Archway, the world’s longest unsupported roof.

As the iconic home ground of England’s national football team, Wembley Stadium has also played host to prestigious events such as the UEFA Champions League finals in 2011 and 2013, as well as the gold medal football match of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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3. Santiago Barnabeu Stadium, Madrid, Spain – 84,744

Located in Madrid, the heart of Spain, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium boasts a seating capacity of 84,744, securing its place as the second largest stadium in Spain and the third across Europe. Serving as the iconic home ground for Real Madrid, one of Europe’s foremost football clubs, the stadium was erected between 1944 and 1947, undergoing renovations in 1982 and 2001.

The club introduced a retractable roof to the iconic Bernabeu after spending a record $1.27 billion on renovation (2019 – 2023), which has increased the capacity of the stadium from 81,044 to 84,744, without eroding its core identity.

Throughout its illustrious history, it has been the distinguished venue for four UEFA Champions League Finals held in 1957, 1969, 1980, and 2010, while also playing a pivotal role in hosting matches during the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

 

4. Croke Park, Ireland – 82,300

Croke Park, Europe’s third-largest sports stadium, is located in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, boasting a capacity of 82,300.

This historic venue has been hosting sporting events since 1880. Serving as the home ground for both the Irish national football and rugby teams, Croke Park holds a special place in the hearts of sports enthusiasts.

In 1961, it witnessed its largest-ever crowd when 90,556 fans flocked to the venue to witness the All-Ireland football final.

 

5. Twickenham Stadium, England – 82,000

Located in southwest London, Twickenham Stadium is Europe’s fifth-largest sports arena, accommodating up to 82,000 spectators. Originally inaugurated in 1907, the stadium underwent extensive renovations between 1990 and 2008 to expand its seating capacity.

Unlike its counterparts on this list, Twickenham was purpose-built for rugby rather than football. Owned by the Rugby Football Union, it serves as the esteemed home ground for England’s national rugby squad.

Additionally, Twickenham Stadium is home to the World Rugby Museum, further solidifying its status as a revered hub of rugby heritage and excellence.

 

6. Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany – 81,359

Signal Iduna Park, located in Dortmund, Germany, stands as the largest stadium in the nation and the sixth largest across Europe, boasting a capacity of 81,365 spectators.

 

Renowned for its vibrant atmosphere, this venue, fondly called “The Yellow Wall” by fans, has been the stage for numerous significant football matches, including fixtures during the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2001 UEFA Cup Final.

 

It proudly serves as the home ground for Borussia Dortmund, one of Germany’s premier football clubs.

 

 

7. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia – 81,000

 

 

Welcome to Moscow, the capital of Russia, home to the largest stadium in the country, Luzhniki Stadium. With a staggering capacity of 81,000 spectators, this iconic venue was constructed during the Soviet era in 1956.

 

Originally known as the Central Lenin Stadium, it was rechristened Luzhniki Stadium in 1992 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

 

Throughout its rich history, the stadium has been the esteemed host of numerous significant events, including the Summer Olympics in 1980, the UEFA Cup final in 1999, and the UEFA Champions League final in 2008. Most notably, in 2018, Luzhniki Stadium proudly served as the main venue for the FIFA World Cup.

 

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8. Stade De France – 80,698

 

 

With a capacity of 80,698 seats, the Stade de France stands as France’s largest stadium and the eighth largest in Europe.

 

The Stadium was Constructed in 1995 but officially opened in 1998, it serves as the proud home ground for France’s national football and rugby teams. Located just a stone’s throw away from Paris, this iconic venue hosted its inaugural sporting event during the final match of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

 

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9. San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza Stadium), Italy – 80,000

 

Italy’s largest stadium and the ninth largest in Europe is officially named Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, located in Milan in the northern part of the country. The name “San Siro” refers to the district of Milan where it is situated.

 

This iconic venue serves as the home ground for two premier Italian football clubs, AC Milan and Inter Milan. Constructed in 1926, the stadium boasts a capacity of 80,018 spectators.

 

San Siro played host to football matches during the 1990 FIFA World Cup and has been the esteemed venue for four UEFA Champions League finals held in 1965, 1970, 2001, and 2016.

 

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10. Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey – 76,761

 

 

Named after the founder of modern Turkey, Istanbul is home to Europe’s tenth largest sports stadium. With a capacity of 76,092, construction on the venue commenced in 1999 and concluded in 2002.

 

Initially conceived as part of Turkey’s bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, the bid was ultimately awarded to China.

 

Nonetheless, the Ataturk Olympic Stadium has become a prominent venue for football matches involving major Turkish clubs, as well as hosting matches for the national football team.

 

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