List of closed stadiums by capacity

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This list of closed stadiums by capacity shows demolished, unused, or otherwise closed sports stadiums ordered by their capacity, that is the maximum number of spectators that the stadium could accommodate seated. All stadiums that had a capacity at the time of closing of 25,000 or greater are included.

Most of the largest stadiums were used for football (soccer) or American football. However, some high capacity venues were used for baseball, cricket, Gaelic games, rugby union, rugby league, Australian rules football and Canadian football. Many stadiums had a running track around the perimeter of the pitch allowing them to be used for athletics.

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Stadium Capacity City Country Tenant Closed Sport
Strahov Stadium 220,000[a 1] Prague  Czech Republic Czechoslovak state, Sparta Prague training 1994 Spartakiad, Association football
Circus Maximus 150,000[1][2][3] Rome  Italy 549 Various
West Ham Stadium 120,000[4] London  England Thames A.F.C., Speedway Hammers 1972 Association football, Speedway, Greyhound racing
Estádio da Luz 120,000[5][a 2] Lisbon  Portugal S.L. Benfica 2003 Association football
Central Stadium (Leipzig, GDR) 120,000[6] Leipzig  East Germany East Germany 1997 Sports
John F. Kennedy Stadium 102,000 Philadelphia  United States Philadelphia Eagles (1936–39, 1941), best known for Army-Navy Game (1936–1979) 1992 American football
Hippodrome of Constantinople 100,000 Constantinople  Byzantine Empire The Blues, The Greens 1204 Chariot Racing, Public Executions
Tower Athletic Grounds 100,000[7] New Brighton  England New Brighton Tower, New Brighton 1977 Association football
Kirov Stadium 100,000 Saint Petersburg  Russia FC Zenit St. Petersburg 2006 Association football, Athletics
White City Stadium 93,000[8] London  England 1908 Summer Olympics, 1934 British Empire Games, 1966 World Cup, Queens Park Rangers F.C. 1983 Association football, Athletics
Estádio das Antas 90,000[9] Porto  Portugal F.C. Porto 2004 Association football
Centennial Olympic Stadium 85,000 Atlanta  United States 1996 Summer Olympics 1996[a 3] Athletics
Wembley Stadium 82,000 London  England 1948 Olympics, 1966 World Cup, Speedway World Championship, FA Cup Final, Challenge Cup Final, England national football team 2000 Greyhound racing, association football, Gaelic Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League
Cleveland Stadium 81,000 Cleveland  United States Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians 1996 American football, Baseball
Tulane Stadium 80,985 New Orleans  United States Tulane Green Wave, New Orleans Saints 1979 American football
Giants Stadium 80,200 East Rutherford  United States New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Cosmos 2010 American football, association football
Circus of Antioch 80,000[10] Antioch  Turkey 526 Various
Waverley Park 78,000 Melbourne  Australia Fitzroy Football Club, St Kilda Football Club, Hawthorn Football Club 2000[a 4] Australian rules football
Mile High Stadium 76,273 Denver  United States Denver Bears, Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies 2002 American football, baseball
Miami Orange Bowl 74,476 Miami  United States Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football 2008 American football
Tampa Stadium 74,301 Tampa  United States Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tampa Bay Bandits, South Florida Bulls football, Tampa Bay Mutiny 1999 American football, association football
Gator Bowl Stadium 73,227 Jacksonville  United States Gator Bowl 1994[a 5] American football
Madison Square Garden Bowl 72,000 New York  United States Boxing matches 1945 Boxing
10th-Anniversary Stadium 71,008 Warsaw  Poland Poland national football team 2008 Association football
Stadio delle Alpi 69,000 Turin  Italy Juventus F.C. 2008 Association football
Kingdome 66,000 Seattle  United States Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners 2000 American football, baseball
Texas Stadium 65,675 Irving  United States Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Tornado, SMU Mustangs football 2008 American football, association football
Veterans Stadium 65,386 Philadelphia  United States Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies 2004 American football, baseball
Wulihe Stadium 65,000 Shenyang  China Changsha Ginde F.C. 2007 Association football
Meiji Shrine Outer Park Stadium 65,000 Tokyo  Japan 1930 Far Eastern Games 1956 Athletics
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,121 Minneapolis  United States Minnesota Vikings (1982–2013), Minnesota Twins (1982–2009), Minnesota Golden Gophers football (1982–2008), Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball (select games, 1985–2013), Minnesota Timberwolves (1989–1990), Minnesota United FC (select games, 2012–2013) 2013 American football, baseball, basketball, association football
Wankdorf Stadium 64,000 Bern   Switzerland BSC Young Boys 2001 Association Football
Deutsches Stadion 64,000 Berlin  Germany Germany national football team 1934 Association football
Astrodome 62,439 Houston  United States Houston Oilers, Houston Astros 2004 American football, baseball
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 60,606 Atlanta  United States Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves 1997 American football, baseball
Foxboro Stadium 60,292 Foxborough  United States New England Patriots 2002 American football
Pitt Stadium 60,190 Pittsburgh  United States Pittsburgh Panthers football 1999 American football
Stadionul National 60,120 Bucharest  Romania Romania national football team 2008 Association football
Station Road 60,000 Pendlebury  England Swinton RLFC 1992 Rugby league
Stadion im. Edmunda Szyca 60,000 Poznań  Poland Warta Poznań 1992 Association football
Central Park 60,000 Wigan  England Wigan RLFC 1999 Rugby league
Camp de Les Corts 60,000 Barcelona  Spain FC Barcelona 1957 Association football
Olympic Stadium 60,000 Grenoble  France 1968 Winter Olympics 1968 Opening and closing ceremonies
Riverfront Stadium 59,754 Cincinnati  United States Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds 2002 American football, baseball
Kezar Stadium 59,636 San Francisco  United States San Francisco 49ers 1970[a 6] American football
Three Rivers Stadium 59,000 Pittsburgh  United States Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates 2001 American football, baseball
RCA Dome 57,980 Indianapolis  United States Indianapolis Colts 2008 American football
Shea Stadium 57,333 New York  United States New York Jets, New York Mets 2008 American football, baseball
Yankee Stadium 56,936 New York  United States New York Yankees 2008 American football, baseball
Memorial Stadium 56,652 Minneapolis  United States Minnesota Golden Gophers football 1982 American football
Victoria Ground 56,000 Stoke-on-Trent  England Stoke City F.C. 1997 Association football
Estadio Gasómetro 55,000 Buenos Aires  Argentina Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro 1993 Association football
Polo Grounds 55,000 New York  United States New York Giants 1964 American football, baseball
National Stadium, Singapore 55,000 Singapore  Singapore Singapore national football team 2007 Association football
Rheinstadion 54,000 Düsseldorf  Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf 2005 Association football
Memorial Stadium 53,371 Baltimore  United States Baltimore Colts, Baltimore Orioles 2001 American football, baseball
Milwaukee County Stadium 53,192 Milwaukee  United States Milwaukee Brewers 2001[a 7] American football, Baseball
Cardiff Arms Park 53,000 Cardiff  Wales Wales national rugby union team 1997[a 8] Rugby union
Tiger Stadium 52,416 Detroit  United States Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers 2008 American football, baseball
Estádio José Alvalade 52,411 Lisbon  Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal 2003 Association football
Idrætsparken 52,377 Copenhagen  Denmark Denmark national football team 1990 Association football
Cathkin Park 50,000 Glasgow  Scotland Queen's Park F.C. 1967 Association football
Celtic Park 50,000 Belfast  Northern Ireland Belfast Celtic F.C. 1980s Association football, greyhound racing
Stadio Nazionale PNF 50,000 Rome  Italy A.S. Roma 1953 Association football
Stadion Eden 50,000 Prague  Czech Republic Slavia Prague 2006 Association football
Stadion der Weltjugend 50,000 Berlin  Germany 1992 Association football, Tennis, Athletics
The Mount 50,000 Catford  England Charlton Athletic, Catford South End F.C. 1950s Association football
Bank Street 50,000 Manchester  England Manchester United F.C. 1910 Association football
Colosseum 50,000 Rome  Italy 435 Gladiatorial combat
Korakuen Stadium 50,000 Tokyo  Japan Yomiuri Giants 1988 Baseball
Stagg Field 50,000 Chicago  United States Chicago Maroons football 1957 American football
Stadion Za Lužánkami 50,000 Brno  Czech Republic 1. FC Brno 2001 Association football
Harringay Stadium 50,000 London  England 1987 Greyhound racing, speedway
Busch Memorial Stadium 49,676 St. Louis  United States St. Louis Cardinals (baseball), St. Louis Cardinals (football) 2005 American football, Baseball
Turner Field 49,586 Atlanta  United States Atlanta Braves 2016[a 9] Baseball
Lansdowne Road 49,000 Dublin  Ireland Ireland rugby union team, Republic of Ireland national football team 2007 Rugby union, association football
Metropolitan Stadium 48,446 Bloomington  United States Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins 1985 American football, baseball
Cardinal Stadium 47,925 Louisville  United States Louisville Cardinals football, Louisville Redbirds/RiverBats 2005[a 10] American football, baseball
War Memorial Stadium 46,500 Buffalo  United States Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Bisons 1973 American football, baseball
Lea Bridge Road 46,289 London  England Leyton Orient F.C. 1937 Association Football
Parkstadion 45,067 Gelsenkirchen  Germany FC Schalke 04 2001 Association football
Fallowfield Stadium 45,000 Manchester  England 1994 Athletics, association football, track cycling
Stadium at Olympia 45,000 Olympia  Greece Ancient Olympic Games 5th century BC Stadion
Circus of Carthage 45,000[11] Carthage  Tunisia 5th century AD Various
Comiskey Park 43,951 Chicago  United States Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cardinals 1990 American football, baseball
Exhibition Stadium 43,737 Toronto  Canada Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts 1999 Canadian football, baseball
Estadi de Sarrià 43,667 Barcelona  Spain RCD Espanyol 1997 Association football
Arlington Stadium 43,521 Arlington  United States Texas Rangers 1994 Baseball
Tournament Park 43,000 Pasadena  United States Rose Bowl Game 1922 American football
Palmer Stadium 42,000 Princeton  United States Princeton Tigers 1996 American football
Athletic Grounds 41,831 Rochdale  England Rochdale Hornets RLFC 1988 Rugby league
Stadio della Vittoria 40,400 Bari  Italy A.S. Bari 1990 Association football
Fartown Ground 40,000 (approx) Huddersfield  England Huddersfield RLFC 2004 Rugby league
Hyde Road 40,000 Manchester  England Manchester City F.C. 1923 Association football
Springfield Park 40,000 Wigan  England Wigan Athletic F.C. 1999 Association football
Park Royal Ground 40,000[12] London  England Queens Park Rangers F.C. After 1939 Association football
Horse Ring, Park Royal Showyard 40,000[12] London  England Queens Park Rangers F.C. After 1907 Association football
Grugastadion 40,000 Essen  Germany 2001 Association football
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli 40,000 Naples  Italy 1942 Association football
Amphitheatre in Capua 40,000 Capua  Italy 5th century AD Gladiatorial combat
Estadio Nacional de Peru 40,000 Lima  Peru Peru national football team 1951 Association football
Parque Pereira 40,000 Montevideo  Uruguay Uruguay national football team 1920 Association football
Estadio Alvear y Tagle 40,000 Buenos Aires  Argentina Club Atlético River Plate 1938 Association football
Braves Field 40,000 Boston  United States Boston Braves 1955[a 11] Baseball
Stade Vélodrome de Rocourt 40,000 Liege  Belgium 1995 Association football
Eastville Stadium 39,462 Bristol  England Bristol Rovers F.C. 1998 Association football
Athletic Park 39,000 Wellington  New Zealand Hurricanes, Wellington Lions 1999 Rugby union
Arsenal Stadium 38,000 London  England Arsenal F.C. 2006 Association football
Mountaineer Field 38,000 Morgantown  United States West Virginia Mountaineers 1987 American football
Stoll Field/McLean Stadium 37,000 Lexington  United States Kentucky Wildcats 1972 American football
St. Jakob Stadium 36,800 Basel   Switzerland FC Basel 1998 Association football
Goldstone Ground 36,747 Hove  England Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 1997 Association football
Råsunda Stadium 36,608 Solna  Sweden Swedish national football team, AIK 2012 Association football
Dynamo Stadium 36,540 Moscow  Russia FC Dynamo Moscow 2008 Association football
Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid 35,800 Madrid  Spain Atlético Madrid 1966 Association football
Municipal Stadium 35,561 Kansas City  United States Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Athletics 1976 American football, baseball
Stadion am Gesundbrunnen 35,239 Berlin  Germany Hertha Berlin 1974 Association football
Maine Road 35,150 Manchester  England Manchester City F.C. 2003 Association football
Yuri Gagarin Stadium 35,000 Varna  Bulgaria PFC Spartak Varna 2007 Association football
Forbes Field 35,000 Pittsburgh  United States Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates 1971 American football, baseball
Clyde Williams Stadium 35,000 Ames  United States Iowa State Cyclones 1975 American football
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium 35,000 Nishinomiya  Japan Hankyu Braves 2002 Baseball
Central Stadium 35,000 Tbilisi  Georgia FC Dinamo Tbilisi 1976 Association football
Incheon Civil Stadium 35,000 Incheon  South Korea Incheon Korail 2008 Association football
Kings Park Soccer Stadium 35,000 Durban  South Africa Manning Rangers 2006 Association football
Théâtre des Cérémonies 35,000 Albertville  France 1992 Winter Olympics 1992 Opening and closing ceremonies
Estádio do Lumiar 35,000 Lisbon  Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal 1956 Association football
Tokyo Stadium 35,000 Tokyo  Japan Lotte Orions 1977 Baseball
Junak Stadium 35,000 Sofia  Bulgaria Bulgaria national football team 1952 Association football
Brookside Stadium 35,000 Cleveland  United States Cleveland Baseball Federation late 1980s American football, baseball
Bökelbergstadion 34,500 Mönchengladbach  Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 2004 Association football
Temple Stadium 34,200 Philadelphia  United States Temple Owls 1997 American football
Shibe Park 33,608 Philadelphia  United States Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies 1976 American football, baseball
Autostade 33,172 Montreal  Canada Montreal Alouettes 1976 Canadian football
Manor Ground 33,000 London  England Woolwich Arsenal F.C. 1913 Association football
Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 33,000 Guimarães  Portugal Vitória S.C. 2004 Association football
Colt Stadium 33,000 Houston  United States Houston Astros 1970 Baseball
Yale Field 33,000 New Haven  United States Yale Bulldogs 1914 American football
Hughes Stadium 32,500 Fort Collins  United States Colorado State Rams 2016 American football
Stadion Zagłębia Lubin 32,430 Lubin  Poland Zagłębie Lubin 2007 Association football
Empire Stadium 32,375 Vancouver  Canada BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps 1993 Canadian football, association football
Ebbets Field 32,000 Brooklyn  United States Brooklyn Dodgers 1960 Baseball
Baker Field 32,000 New York  United States Columbia Lions 1982 American football
Fujiidera Stadium 32,000 Osaka  Japan Kintetsu Buffaloes 2005 Baseball
Anlaby Road 32,000 Hull  England Hull City A.F.C. 1939 Association football
Rice Stadium 32,000 Salt Lake City  United States Utah Utes football 1997 American football
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium 31,984 Hiroshima  Japan Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2010 Baseball
Rutgers Stadium 31,219 Piscataway  United States Rutgers Scarlet Knights 1993 American football
Sportsman's Park 30,500 St. Louis  United States St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns 1966 Baseball
Wedaustadion 30,112 Duisburg  Germany MSV Duisburg 2003 Association football
Empire Stadium 30,000 Gżira  Malta Malta national football team 1981 Association football
Fouts Field 30,000 Denton  United States North Texas Mean Green 2010 American football
Muntz Street 30,000 Birmingham  England Small Heath F.C. 1907 Association football
Roker Park 30,000 Sunderland  England Sunderland A.F.C. 1997 Association football
Stade Richter 30,000 Montpellier  France Montpellier HSC 1990 Association football
Stadio Filadelfia 30,000 Turin  Italy Torino F.C. 1998 Association football
Stadionul Municipal 30,000 Brașov  Romania 2008 Association football
Stadium of Domitian 30,000 Rome  Italy 577 Athletics
Cartier Field 30,000 Notre Dame, Indiana  United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1930 American football
DU Stadium 30,000 Denver  United States Denver Pioneers 1962 American football
New Beaver Field 30,000 University Park  United States Penn State Nittany Lions 1959 American football
Dongdaemun Stadium 30,000 Seoul  South Korea Korea Republic national football team 2008 Association football
Estadio Racing Club 30,000 Buenos Aires  Argentina Racing Club de Avellaneda 1950 Association football
Estadio Sportivo Barracas 30,000 Buenos Aires  Argentina 1950 Association football
Tehelné pole 30,000 Bratislava  Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 2010 Association football
Ikada Stadium 30,000 Jakarta  Indonesia 1962 Association football
Iowa Field 30,000 Iowa City  United States Iowa Hawkeyes 1928 American football
Circus of Thysdrus 30,000[11] Thysdrus  Tunisia 695 Various
Honsellstrasse Stadion 30,000 Karlsruhe  Germany VfB Mühlburg 1959 Association football
Grigory Fedotov Stadium 30,000 Moscow  Russia 2000 Association football
Muirton Park 29,972 Perth  Scotland St Johnstone F.C. 1989 Association football
Carisbrook 29,000 Dunedin  New Zealand Highlanders (to 2011), Otago Rugby Football Union (to 2011), Otago cricket team (to mid-2000s (decade)), Otago United (to 2008) 2011 Rugby union, cricket, association football
Douglas Park 28,690 Hamilton  Scotland Hamilton Academical F.C., Clyde F.C. 1994 Association football
Nikos Goumas Stadium 27,729 Nea Filadelfeia  Greece AEK F.C. 2003 Association football
Ayresome Park 26,667 Middlesbrough  England Middlesbrough F.C. 1995 Association football
New Cross Stadium 26,000 London  England New Cross Rangers, Millwall F.C. 1975 Speedway, association football
The Nest 25,037 Norwich  England Norwich City F.C. 1935 Association football
Burnden Park 25,000 Bolton  England Bolton Wanderers F.C. 1997 Association football
Sheffield Park 25,000 Uckfield  England 1909 Cricket
Don Valley Stadium[13] 25,000 Sheffield  England 1991 Summer Universiade, Sheffield Eagles, Rotherham United F.C., BritBowl (2000–2007 and 2012) 2013 Athletics, Rugby League, Association football, American Football
  1. ^ 56,000 with individual seats.
  2. ^ 78,000 with individual seats.
  3. ^ As originally planned, the stadium was reconfigured into the baseball-specific Turner Field, and served in that role from 1997 to 2016. After the Atlanta Braves moved to their new SunTrust Park for the 2017 season, Turner Field was purchased by Georgia State University, which is reconstructing the facility a second time as Georgia State Stadium.
  4. ^ The stadium was closed in 2000 once Docklands Stadium opened, and was almost completely demolished in 2002. The main grandstand and oval, listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, still stand; capacity is now 2,000. Hawthorn Football Club continue to use Waverley Park for their offices and training facilities.
  5. ^ The pedestrian ramp system and west upper deck of the stadium remain standing as part of EverBank Field; the remainder was demolished.
  6. ^ The original Kezar Stadium was demolished in 1989. A new Kezar Stadium, with a capacity of 10,000, was opened on the same site in 1990.
  7. ^ Much of the playing surface was reused for Helfaer Field, a youth baseball park, with the remainder of the stadium demolished.
  8. ^ The fate of this stadium is complex. The name "Cardiff Arms Park" is today applied to a rugby ground adjacent to the current Millennium Stadium. The South Stand of the current Arms Park is physically attached to the 1970 North Stand of the former National Stadium that stood on the site. The North Stand today forms what is colloquially called "Glanmor's Gap" in Millennium Stadium..
  9. ^ Set to be reconfigured into Georgia State Stadium for American football.
  10. ^ Cardinal Stadium still stands, but has seen only sporadic use since its closure in 2005.
  11. ^ The pavilion grandstand at the end of the right field foul line remains standing as the core of today's Nickerson Field..

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  1. ^ Boatwright, Mary; Gargola, Daniel; Lenski, Noel; Talbert, Richard (2012). The Romans from Village to Empire. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 380. ISBN 978-0-19-973057-5. 
  2. ^ This is a modern recalculation of the seating capacity at the Circus, a substantial downward revision of Pliny the Elder's estimate of 250,000. For discussion see Humphrey, p. 216.
  3. ^ Humphrey, John, Roman circuses: arenas for chariot racing, University of California Press, 1986, p. 216.
  4. ^ Twydell, Dave (1995). Rejected F.C. Volume 2. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 249. ISBN 1-874427-21-6. 
  5. ^ Inglis, Simon (1990). The Football Grounds of Europe. p. 169. ISBN 0-00-218305-6. 
  6. ^ http://www.fussballfanseiten.de/FFSBlog/?page_id=823
  7. ^ Twydell, Dave (1995). Rejected F.C. Volume 3. p. 145. ISBN 1-874427-26-7. 
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2004/05_may/11/mv_history.pdf
  9. ^ Inglis, Simon (1990). The Football Grounds of Europe. p. 176. ISBN 0-00-218305-6. 
  10. ^ Humphrey, John, Roman circuses: arenas for chariot racing, University of California Press, 1986, p. 447.
  11. ^ a b Humphrey, John, Roman circuses: arenas for chariot racing, University of California Press, 1986, p. 316.
  12. ^ a b Twydell, Dave (1991). Football League Grounds For A Change. pp. 281–282. ISBN 0-9513321-4-7. 
  13. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-25022743