What are Top 10 soccer stadiums in Africa? When were they built? What is the capacity of the biggest one? You will easily find all these interesting facts below.
There are plenty of remarkable soccer stadiums in Africa. Soccer has always been the most popular game on this continent. It is very much loved and widely played. In 2010, XIX World Cup for the first time took place on the African continent. The final tournament was held in South Africa from June 11 to July 11, 2010.
We offer you a list of the biggest stadiums in Africa, according to soccer stadium size.
The list starts from the biggest one.
The biggest soccer stadium in Africa is named the First National Bank Stadium. It was built in 1989. The stadium capacity is 94,800 spectators. First National Bank Stadium is also known as the “Soccer City” stadium. Soccer stadium is located in South Africa in Johannesburg. The stadium hosted the World Cup finals in 2010 and the African Nations Cup finals.
Borg El Arab Stadium
It is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest soccer stadium in Africa. The arena was built in 2006 by Egyptian army engineers. The stadium capacity is 86,500 spectators. It is located in the resort town of Burj al-Arab near Alexandria. The stadium was built to win the right to host the FIFA World Cup 2010. Unfortunately, Egypt lost the right to host the World Cup to South Africa. Now Borg El Arab Stadium hosts matches of Egypt national football team.
Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecote
The stadium is situated in Kinshasa, the capital of Congo. The capacity of the arena is 80,200 spectators. Besides football matches, concerts are often held here. The stadium is considered one of the best in Africa and the third in capacity. In the days of Zaire the stadium was called “Kamanyola.”
Cairo International Stadium
The stadium was built in Cairo. Its capacity is 75,000. The stadium was built in 1960. It corresponds to the international requirements of FIFA and the Olympic Games.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
This football stadium is located in Durban (South Africa). This is one of the arenas of the World Cup 2010. The construction of this African soccer stadium was completed in 2009. The project was designed by the German architectural bureau GMP Architects. Arena is designed for 71,000 spectators.
Cape Town Stadium
This is a huge football stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town Stadium is built on the place of the old Green Point Stadium, which was destroyed in 2007. The arena is designed for 64,300 spectators. It was opened in December, 2009.
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Stade 5 Juillet 1962
This is a soccer and athletics stadium in Algiers. The arena is named after the July 5, 1962, the day when Algeria gained independence from France. The stadium was built at the end of 1972. The stadium capacity is 70,000 viewers. It is the home stadium of “Algeria” football club. In 2000, it hosted the African Championships in Athletics.
Stade olympique de Rades
This multipurpose stadium is located in Rades. The capacity is 65,500 spectators. It is the home stadium of Tunisia national football team. In 2011, as a result of unrest in Tunisia, the stadium was renamed to Stadio Olimpico.
The Abuja National Stadium
The soccer stadium is located in Abuja (Nigeria). It was opened to spectators in 2003. The soccer stadium project itself was developed by German engineering and consulting firm Schlaich Bergermann & Partners. This modern sports facility is designed for 60,460 spectators. The National Stadium is the basis for Nigerian national football team. In addition, numerous social and religious activities are regularly held here.
Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium
It is the largest soccer stadium in Tanzania. The capacity of the arena is 60,000 spectators. It was built in 2005-2007. It is the home arena of Tanzania national football team, and “Simba” and “Young Afrikaans” football clubs. The stadium was built with the help of China workers. By the way, it is named in honor of the former President Benjamin Mkapa.
There are over 70 stadiums in Africa. They are usually adaptable to any sport event.
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