Top 50 FIFA World Cup Stadiums Throughout Its History
It’s FIFA World Cup season once again and every nation is coming together to see their team bring the trophy home. The World Cup happens every 4 years and is the most popular sports event on the planet.
The most memorable moments come when incredible plays are made, rival teams meet and their stars rise to the occasion, or the underdog pulls off an upset where new stars are born. One of the more overlooked aspects of the World Cup is the venues where the matches take place. This extensive dive covers every single one of them from the least to the greatest of venues.
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli
Stadio Partenopeo is also known as Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli and is a multi-purpose stadium in Naples, Italy that was built in 1930. It was named after Giorgio Ascarelli who was a sports executive and textile businessman.
The stadium could hold 40,000 people and was the venue of two games in the 1934 World Cup that featured Hungary defeating Egypt 4-2 and Germany defeating Austria 3-2. The stadium was destroyed by bombardments during World War II.
Stadio Giovanni Berta
Stadio Artemio Franchi is a football stadium that was previously known as Stadio Giovanni Berta after the fascist of the same name. It resides in Florence, Italy and officially opened in 1931, and is the home of ACF Fiorentina.
While the stadium opened that year with a match between Fiorentina and Admira Wien, it wasn’t completed until 1932 and has a capacity of 47,282. The stadium was a venue for both the 1934 and 1990 World Cups with Germany vs Belgium in the round-of-16 and Italy vs Spain in the quarter-finals. The 1990 World Cup featured matches between Argentina, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and the United States.
Rimnersvallen is a multi-use stadium in Uddevalla, Sweden, home of the IK Oddevold. The stadium has a little over 10,000 seats but has an all-time attendance record of over 21,000 which occurred during a World Cup match.
The stadium began construction in 1921 and opened in 1923 and was renovated for the 1958 World Cup where it hosted Brazil vs Austria with Brazil defeating Austria 3-0.
Stadio Nazionale PNF
The Stadio Nazionale del PNF was a multi-use stadium in Rome, Italy that was constructed in 1911 and then later renovated in 1928 for an international match between Italy and Hungary.
The stadium was the venue for three out of seventeen matches that took place between Czechoslovakia, Germany, Italy, and the United States. The final match saw Italy defeat Czechoslovakia 2-1. The stadium is home to S.S. Lazio and A.S. Roma, remaining in operation until 1957 when it was demolished and replaced with The Stadio Flaminio.
Stadio Benito Mussolini
Stadio Benito Mussolini is now known as Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino which was constructed in the 1930s and was home to Juventus and Torino until 1990 when they moved to Stadio Delle Alpi.
The 2nd World Cup featured 32 countries instead of the previous 16 which led to several more stadiums being used for the first round. This consequently led to the highest turnout of fans and tourists that the location had ever seen with over 7,000 from the Netherlands and around 20,000 from Austria and Switzerland combined.
Estádio Raimundo Sampaio
The Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, also known as Independência, was built for the 1950 World Cup and was the home for the defunct Sete de Setembro Futebol Clube, whose name represents the date of Brazil’s independence from Portugal, September 7, 1822.
The stadium is currently owned by the América Futebol Clube and can seat over 23,000. The stadium was a venue for the 1950 World Cup hosting three games from groups A, B, and C, which included Yugoslavia defeating Switzerland 3-0, the upset where the United States defeated England 1-0, and Uruguay defeating Bolivia 3-0.
The Rose Bowl is an outdoor sports venue in Pasadena, California that is best known for the Rose Bowl college football game that’s played there every year. The stadium opened in 1922 with a capacity of over 92,000 and is the 16th largest stadium in the world.
The stadium was the venue for the 1994 World Cup and the 1999 Women's World Cup Final, also making it one of two stadiums to have hosted both male and female World Cups. The 1994 World Cup saw Brazil defeat Italy 3-2 and the 1999 World Cup saw the United States defeat China 5-4.
The Pontiac Silverdome stadium was built in 1975 and was located in Pontiac, Michigan with a capacity of over 82,000 people. It was the home of the NFL Detroit Lions from 1975-2001 and the Detroit Pistons from 1978-1988.
The stadium was abandoned in 2002 and remained unused until its official closing in 2013 before being demolished in 2017. It was the venue for the 1994 World Cup and held four matches where the United States tied with Switzerland 1-1, Switzerland defeated Romania 4-1, Sweden tied with Brazil 1-1, and Sweden defeated Russia 3-1.
Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho
Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho is an Art Deco stadium in São Paulo’s Pacaembu neighborhood. The stadium is named after Paulo Machado de Carvalho who led the Brazilian delegation to the 1958 World Cup, founded one of Brazil’s largest television networks, Rede Record, and was known as “Marechal de Vitória” (Marshal of Victory).
The stadium was the host of six matches in the 1950 World Cup that saw Uruguay face off against Spain and Sweden in the final round before Sweden was defeated by Spain 3-1.
Estadio Gran Parque Central
Estadio Gran Parque Central is a multi-use stadium in the La Blanqueada neighborhood of Montevideo, Uruguay. It was constructed in 1900 and is the 15th oldest stadium worldwide that’s still in use.
It’s been the home of Club Nacional de Football since its construction in 1900. The stadium is known for hosting the 1923 and 1924 Copa América championships and was a venue for the 1930 World Cup with six matches and holds the distinction of hosting the first game in World Cup history where The United States defeated Belgium 3-0.
Estadio Sausalito is a multi-use stadium that is the home of CD Everton in Viña del Mar, Chile. The stadium was built in 1929 and is used mainly for football matches and can seat over 22,000 people.
Its name comes from Sausalito, California, the sister city of Viña del Mar, who named their city square after them to return the favor. The stadium was used as a venue for the 1962 World Cup and featured eight matches; all of group three’s matches, a quarter-final where Brazil defeated England 3-1, and a semi-final where Czechoslovakia beat Yugoslavia 3-1.
International Stadium Yokohama
The Nissan Stadium resides in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It’s a multi-use stadium that was built in 1998 and is the home of the Yokohama F Marinos.
The stadium is the 2nd largest in Japan with a capacity of 75,000. The stadium has been used in World Cups as the European/South American Intercontinental Cup and Club World Cup since 2002. It has also been one of the venues for matches in the 2002 World Cup. The most notable World Cup match was the 2002 final where Brazil defeated Germany 2-0.
Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes is an all-seater football stadium in Paris, France that has been the home of Paris Saint-Germain since 1974. The stadium was once known as Stade Vélodrome du Parc des Princes which opened in 1897.
The stadium was a venue for both the 1938 and 1998 World Cups. The 1938 World Cup featured three matches including the semi-finals where Hungary defeated Sweden 5-1. The 1998 World Cup held six matches including the third-place match where Croatia defeated the Netherlands 2-1.
Saitama Stadium, also known as Saisuta, resides in Midori-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, and construction was completed in 2001 in preparation for the 2002 World Cup.
The stadium is currently home to Urawa Red Diamonds and is the largest stadium in Japan, and also one of the largest in Asia. The stadium was the venue for four matches in the 2002 World Cup with three group games including the Japan National Football team tying against Belgium 2-2, and a semi-final match that saw Brazil defeat Turkey 1-0.
Old Trafford has been the home of Manchester United since it opened in 1910 in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The stadium is the 2nd largest football stadium in the United Kingdom and the 11th-largest in Europe with a capacity of over 74,000.
The stadium was shared between rivals Manchester United and Maine Road during WWII. Old Trafford was one of the venues for the 1966 World Cup that featured three group matches where Portugal defeated Hungary 3-1 and Bulgaria 3-0, and Hungary defeated Bulgaria 3-1.
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise is a multi-use stadium in Lausanne, Switzerland with a capacity of 50,300, which was built in preparation for the 1954 World Cup and opened in the same year.
The stadium is the home of the Swiss Challenge League’s FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy and also hosts Athletissima. The stadium hosted five matches that saw Yugoslavia defeat France 1-0 and Brazil 1-0, Switzerland defeat Italy 2-1, Austria defeat Switzerland 7-5, and Uruguay defeat Hungary 4-2.
The Stade Vélodrome is a multi-use stadium that has hosted Olympique de Marseille since its opening in 1937. The stadium was built originally as a cycling track but was converted to a football field as the sport’s popularity began to die down.
The stadium was used as a venue for both the 1938 and 1998 World Cups. The 1938 World Cup featured the first-round and semi-final matches where Italy defeated Norway and Brazil respectively. The 1998 World Cup held seven matches including the semi-final match where Brazil defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in penalty shots.
Stadio Littorio, also known as Stadio Giuseppe Grezar, opened in 1932 as Stadio Littorio and was the home of U.S. Triestina Calcio until 1992 when the replacement Stadio Nereo Rocco was opened.
The stadium was renamed a number of times before being named after Giuseppe Grezar, a member of the Italian football club Grande Torino, who passed away during the 1949 Superga air disaster. The stadium was a venue for the 1930 World Cup where it featured a round-of-16 match where Czechoslovakia defeated Romania 2-1.
Ullevi Stadium, also known as Nya Ullevi, is a multi-use stadium located in Gothenburg, Sweden, but was replaced by Gamla Ullevi in 2007 and is home to IFK Göteborg.
The stadium is one of the largest in the Nordic countries with a capacity of 75,000 and its all-time attendance record is 50,928. It was built for the 1958 World Cup and hosted eight matches, five playoff games, the semi-finals where Sweden defeated West Germany 3-1, and the 3rd place playoff match where France defeated West Germany 6-3.
Hillsborough Stadium is a multi-use stadium that’s been the home of Sheffield Wednesday since the stadium opened in 1899. The stadium is located in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England with a capacity of almost 40,000 seats.
The capacity was reduced after the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 where 62 fans were crushed due to overcrowding. Hillsborough was the venue for the 1966 World Cup that hosted four matches, three were from group 2, and the quarter-finals where West Germany defeated Uruguay 4-0.
Stade Chaban-Delmas is a sports stadium in Bordeaux, France that is the home of FC Girondins de Bordeaux. It was built in 1924 for cycle racing and converted in 1935 to a football field to prepare for the World Cup.
It was the first stadium in the world to feature completely covered stands without pillars obscuring views of the field. The stadium was the venue for both the 1938 and 1994 World Cups, hosting three and five games respectively. Brazil won third place defeating Czechoslovakia and Sweden in 1938 and held various matches for each group and round-of-16 in 1994.
Olympia is a football stadium that was built in 1898 and has had multiple renovations while being the home of Helsingborgs IF since 1907. The stadium has never hosted any Olympic games despite its name but was opened two years after the modern Olympics began which may have had some influence.
The stadium was the venue for two matches in the 1958 World Cup and seven in the 1995 Women’s World Cup. The Women’s World Cup featured the semi-finals where China defeated Sweden 3-4 in penalty shots and Germany defeated China 1-0.
Ayresome Park was a stadium that was built in 1903 and was the home of Middlesbrough F.C. from its opening to its closing in 1995 when it was replaced with Riverside Stadium.
The stadium was one of the venues at the 1966 World Cup and featured three matches. The Soviet Union defeated North Korea 3-0, followed by North Korea tying Chile 1-1, only for North Korea to pull off one of the biggest World Cup upsets by defeating Italy 1-0 and knocking them out of the tournament, which no one expected.
Daegu World Cup Stadium
The Daegu World Cup Stadium is now known as the Daegu Stadium, or the Blue Arc, and it resides in Daegu, South Korea. It’s managed by the Daegu Sports Facilities Management Center and has been the home of the Daegu Football Club since 2003.
The stadium was built in 2001 and was the venue for four matches in the 2002 World Cup, three of the matches were for various groups and the 3rd place match saw Turkey defeat South Korea 3-2.
Estadio Monumental’s official name is Estadio Mas Monumental and is a football stadium in Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was named after Antonio Vespucio Liber who was the former club president of Club Atletico River Plate.
The stadium is home to Club Atletico River Plate and the Argentina National Football Team. It opened in 1938 with a capacity of over 70,000. The stadium was the venue of the 1978 World Cup that hosted seven matches including the 3rd place match where Brazil defeated Italy 3-1 and the final where Argentina defeated the Netherlands 3-1.
Estadio Carlos Dittborn
Estadio Carlos Dittborn is a multi-use stadium that’s mostly used for football matches in Arica, Chile. It was named after Carlos Dittborn, the president of Chile’s World Cup Organization Committee, who died one month before the start of the 1962 World Cup.
The stadium was built for the 1962 World Cup and is currently the home of San Marcos de Arica. Estadio Carlos Dittborn was the venue for seven matches at the World Cup, six were group one and the 7th was a quarter-final match where Chile defeated the Soviet Union, a win that was secured with a goal directly from a corner kick, the only one in World Cup history.
Uruguay’s Parque Battle is the home of Estadio Centenario stadium which was constructed between 1929-1930 for the 1st World Cup and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Uruguay’s founding constitution.
The stadium was also the home of the Uruguay national football team and marked a significant era as the sport grew across South America and the rest of the World. Matches that took place at the venue occurred in every round and also featured the final game between Uruguay and Argentina, where Uruguay won the championship 4-2.
Estadio El Teniente
Estadio El Teniente is a multi-use stadium in Rancagua, Chile that was constructed in 1945 by the Braden Copper Company and was originally named Estadio Braden Copper Co.
O’Higgins Football Club of Rancagua has been calling this stadium home since the Club’s inception in 1955. The stadium was a host of the 1962 World Cup, a venue that was used for eight matches. All seven matches of group four were played here along with the quarter-final where Czechoslovakia defeated Hungary 1-0.
Estadio Pocitos was a multi-use stadium in the Pocitos neighborhood of Montevideo. It was built in 1921 and demolished in 1937 as a result of the city’s expanding urbanization.
C.A. Peñarol called this stadium home for those 16 years before moving into Estadio Centenario because of the growth. The venue held the inauguration of the World Cup with the first goal being scored by France’s Lucien Laurent against Mexico on July 13, 1930, with France winning 4-1. The 2nd game featured Romania against Peru.
FNB Stadium’s full name is First National Bank stadium and is also known as Soccer City. The stadium is primarily used for association football and Rugby matches that is home to Kaizer Chiefs F.C. and the South African National Football Team.
The stadium opened in 1989 and was where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech after being released from prison in 1999. FNB was the venue for eight matches at the 2010 World Cup that opened a match between South Africa and Mexico. It hosted four other group matches, a round-of-16 match, a quarter-final, and the final where the Netherlands lost to Spain 1-0 in overtime.
Lusail Iconic Stadium
Lusail Stadium is also known as Lusail Iconic Stadium, and it’s a football stadium that’s managed by the Qatar Football Association and is home to the Qatar National Football Team.
The stadium resides in Lusail, Qatar, and is 1 of 8 stadiums that were renovated for the 2022 World Cup. It is the largest stadium in the country with a capacity of over 88,000 and almost reached 90,000 in the semi-final match where Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0. The venue was the host of ten matches, which includes the final game of the 2022 World Cup.
Luzhniki Stadium is named after the flood meadows of the Moskva River that the stadium is built on. Luzkniki roughly translates to “The Meadows.” It was built in 1956 and is located in the capital of Moscow, and is also the national stadium of Russia.
It’s located in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex and can seat over 81,000, making it the 9th largest stadium in Europe. The stadium was one of the venues of the 2018 World Cup that featured the opening match where Russia defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 and the final where France defeated Croatia 4-2.
Malmö Stadion, or Stadion for short, was a multi-use stadium in Malmö, Sweden that was built for the 1958 World Cup as the predecessor of Malmö IP which was built in 1895.
The stadium was the home of Malmö FF from its opening in 1958 til its closing in 2009. There were four games hosted for the 1958 World Cup where West Germany defeated Argentina 3-1 before tying with Northern Ireland 2-2, Northern Ireland defeated Czechoslovakia 2-1 in overtime, then West Germany defeated Yugoslavia 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
Stanford Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. It was built in 1921 for football and track and field and is still in use today.
The field was used as a venue for both the 1994 World Cup and the 1999 Women’s World Cup. The 1994 World Cup featured six matches including the quarter-finals when Romania defeated Sweden 5-4 on penalty shots after double overtime. The 1999 Women’s World Cup featured a semi-final match where the United States defeated Brazil 2-0.
Cape Town Stadium
The Cape Town Stadium, also known as the Green Point Stadium, is a football and rugby union stadium that was built in 2010 for the 2010 World Cup with a capacity of over 64,000.
The stadium has been the home of Premier Soccer League’s Cape Town Spurs and Cape Town City since 2010 and 2016 respectively while hosting the South Africa Sevens rugby tournament since 2015. The stadium was one of the venues for the 2010 World Cup as it featured five 1st-round matches, one 2nd round, a quarter-final, and a semi-final match.
Al-Bayt stadium is the home of the Qatar National Football Team and Al Khor SC in Al Khor, Qatar, and is a retractable roof stadium that has a capacity of 60,000.
Al-Bayt’s construction was completed and inaugurated in 2021 in time for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021. The stadium was used as the venue for the 2022 World Cup hosting nine matches, which included the opening game that saw Ecuador defeat Qatar 2-0 to a capacity of over 67,000. The other matches were five group matches, the quarter-final, and the semi-final between France and Morocco.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is named after Moses Mabhida, the former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party. The stadium was built in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 World Cup with a capacity of up to 75,000.
The stadium was referred to as the “Durban Stadium” when it was used as a venue for the 2010 World Cup where it hosted five group games, a round-of-16 game where the Netherlands defeated Slovakia 2-1, and the semi-finals where Spain defeated Germany 1-0.
The Wankdorf Stadium was a football stadium that resided in Bern, Switzerland’s Wankdorf district, and was previously the home of the Swiss BSC Young Boys.
It was built in 1925 and could accommodate 22,000 people before being dismantled in 2001 and replaced with the Stadion Wankdorf in 2005. The stadium was the venue for five matches in the 1954 World Cup which included three group games, the quarter-finals match where Hungary defeated Brazil 4-1, and the final that saw West Germany defeat Hungary 3-2.
Stade Olympique de Colombes
The Stade Yves-du-Manoir is a rugby, football, and track stadium that’s also known as the Stade Olympique de Colombes that resides in Colombes, France.
It was built in 1907 and given the name Yves du Manoir in honor of the French rugby star. It could seat 45,000 people and expanded to accommodate over 60,000 in time for the 1938 World Cup. The stadium was the venue for three games during the 1938 World Cup, a round-of-16 between France and Belgium, the quarter-final where Italy defeated France, and the final where Italy defeated Hungary.
The Stadio Olimpico is a football stadium in the Foro Italico sports complex in Rome, Italy. It was built in 1927 and can seat over 70,000 making it the 2nd largest sports facility in the country and Italy’s national athletics stadium.
The stadium is the home of Coppa Italia, Lazio, and Roma football clubs, and the Italian national rugby union team. The stadium was renovated for the 1990 World Cup where it hosted six matches, including the quarter-finals where Italy defeated The Republic of Ireland 1-0, and the final where West Germany defeated Argentina 1-0.
Råsunda Stadium is the former national football stadium of Sweden that has resided in the Solna Municipality of Stockholm, Sweden since 1938 before being demolished in 2013 when the Friends Arena took its place.
Råsunda was the first stadium to be used as a venue for both Men’s and Women's matches in the 1958 and 1995 World Cups. Råsunda hosted eight matches for the 1958 World Cup where Brazil defeated France and Sweden in the semi-finals and finals respectively. The 1995 Women’s World Cup hosted the final where Norway defeated Germany 2-0.
St. Jakob Stadium
The St. Jakob Stadium resides in Basel, Switzerland, and was formerly the home field for FC Basel. It was built in 1954 for the World Cup and could seat over 51,000 at the time before being abandoned in 1998 with St. Jakob-Park being built in its place.
The stadium served as the venue for six matches at the World Cup, four were group stage matches, a quarter-final match where Uruguay defeated England 4-1, and a semi-final match where Germany defeated Austria 6-1.
Stadio Littoriale is now known as Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, named after the former F.C. President, entrepreneur, and sports manager. It is a multi-use stadium that was built in 1927, resides in Bologna, Italy, and is home to Bologna F.C.
The stadium was a venue for the 1934 World Cup where it hosted Sweden vs Argentina and Austria vs Hungary. It was also a venue for the 1990 World Cup for matches featuring Belgium, Colombia, England, United Arab Emirates, and Yugoslavia.
Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos, better known as Estadio Nacional, resides in the Ñuñoa neighborhood of Santiago, Chile. It was built in 1938 and is the largest stadium in the country and the National Stadium of Chile with a capacity of over 48,000.
It is a part of a 64-hectare sporting complex that is home to ten teams of various sports. Estadio Nacional was a venue in the 1962 World Cup where it hosted 10 games including the 3rd place playoff where Chile defeated Yugoslavia 1-0 and the final where Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1.
Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Stadio Luigi Ferraris, also known as the Marassi, is located in the Marassi neighborhood in Genoa, Italy that was built in 1911 and is still in use today. The stadium is named after Luigi Ferrari who was a footballer, engineer, and soldier who died in 1915 during World War I.
The venue was used for the 1934 and 1990 World Cups with the first featuring a round-of-16 match between Spain and Brazil. The later World Cup featured matches between Costa Rica, Scotland, and Sweden, and also a round-of-16 match that put the Republic of Ireland against Romania.
Stadio San Siro
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza was named after the man of the same name who helped win both of Italy's first World Cups in 1934 and 1938. Now known as Stadio San Siro, it is a football stadium in the San Siro neighborhood of Milan, Italy, and is the home of A.C. Milan and Inter Milan.
Built in 1926 and able to seat 35,000, it was renovated in the 1950s with the intent to seat 100,000 but can safely hold 80,018, making it the largest stadium in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.
Krestovsky Stadium is a retractable roof stadium that’s also known as Gazprom Arena due to its sponsorships and it resides on Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The stadium opened in 2017 and is home to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. The inaugural game was the opening for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The stadium was used as one of the venues for the 2018 World Cup that featured seven matches, including the 3rd place match where Belgium defeated England 2-0, and the semi-final where France defeated Belgium 1-0.
Estádio do Maracanã
Estádio do Maracanã is a football stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that is home to the teams Flamengo and Fluminense, which is owned by the state government.
The stadium was built in 1950 to host the World Cup which reached a record attendance of 199,854 in the championship match between Brazil and Uruguay with Uruguay defeating Brazil 2-1. The stadium was also used in the 2014 World Cup where Brazil actually never got to play after losing to Germany in the semi-finals. The finals saw Germany defeat Argentina 1-0 in the championship.
Estadio Azteca is a multi-use stadium in Mexico City, Mexico that is home to Club América and Cruz Azul as of 2018. This is the biggest stadium in Mexico and Latin America with a capacity of over 87,000.
It’s considered one of the most iconic stadiums in the world having featured both Pele and Maradona winning World Cup championships here, and being the first and one of the only stadiums to host two World Cup finals. The stadium was the venue of the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, where Brazil beat Italy 4-1 and Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 respectively.