On the biggest stadiums in Africa and their capacities, Africa has long lagged behind when it comes to stadium size, and that has often been one of the many reasons cited for not given African countries the opportunity to host some of the important sporting festivities that many countries of Europe and South America customarily host.
But the tide is changing; many large, impressive, and well-equipped stadiums are springing up all over Africa, and the world is starting to take notice. For the sake of records, we present you with the list of the biggest stadiums in Africa. This list is not interested in the area occupied by each stadium; we are only interested in the capacity of each stadium: which means how many people it can take.
Without any further time-wasting, we now present the largest stadiums in Africa by capacity.
Top 20 Biggest Stadiums in Africa By Capacity 2020
|| Stadium Name
|| FNB Stadium
|| Johannesburg, South Africa
|| Bahir Dar Stadium
|| Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
|| Borg El Arab Stadium
|| Alexandria, Egypt
|| Stade 5 Julliet 1962
|| Algiers, Algeria
|| Stade des Martyrs
|| Kinshasa, Dr Congo
|| National Sports Stadium (Zimbabwe)
|| Harare, Zimbabwe
|| Cairo International Stadium
|| Cairo, Egypt
|| Tripoli International Stadium
|| Tripoli, Libya
|| Ellis Park Stadium
|| Johannesburg, South Africa
|| Abuja International Stadium
|| Abuja, Nigeria
|| Stade Olympique de Radès
|| Moi International Sports Centre
|| Nairobi, Kenya
|| Tanzania National Main Stadium (Mkapa)
|| Dar es Salaam
|| Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
|| Dakar, Senegal
|| Heroes National Stadium
|| Lusaka, Zambia
|| Stade Municipal de Kintélé
|| Brazzaville, Congo
|| Mogadishu Stadium
|| Mogadishu, Somalia
|| Stade 19 Mai 1956
|| Annaba, Algeria
|| Cape Town Stadium
|| Cape Town, Stadium
|| Stade Mohamed V
|| Casablanca, Morocco
|| Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
|| Rabat, Morocco
Details Of The Largest Stadiums In Africa By Capacity
1. FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Stadium Capacity: 94,736
The FNB Stadium which is located in Johannesburg in South Africa is currently the biggest stadium on the African continent that has been completed, and that is currently in use. The stadium, which sports fans and journalists like to refer to as the Calabash is home to Kaiser Chiefs, as well as the Rugby Union. The South African Football Team also plays their home games there as well. This huge stadium can take 94,736 people.
The record attendance for this stadium is 94,807, and that figure was counted during a Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates game, on 1 August 2015. It was this stadium that hosted the FIFA 2010 World Cup Final, and this stadium that witnessed the final public appearance of Nelson Mandela.
The surface is grass, and the stadium is maintained and managed by Stadium Management South Africa.
South African national football team, Kaizer Chiefs FC.
Stadium Capacity: 90,000
The Bahir Dar Stadium, in Ethiopia is an ambitious edifice located in Ethiopia. At the time of writing this piece, the stadium remains uncompleted, but we add it to our list because it has been recognized by CAF to host international matches.
The stadium is a multi-purpose stadium; there is an athletics track around the football field. The stadium has a record attendance of 70,000 people in a 2017 African Cup of Nations game between Ethiopia and Lesotho.
The stadium has a capacity of 90,000 people, and the playing field is grass.
3. Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria Egypt
Stadium Capacity: 86,000
The Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria Egypt has a sitting capacity of 86,000 people. If you are an artist or any other kind of performer looking to get rich, sell out tickets for this stadium, and that should do the trick. The Borg El Arab Stadium is home to Al Ahly, Al Ittihad, the Egypt national football team, and Smouha.
The stadium is new, having been opened in 2009. Did we also mention that this mega structure contains 2 sub stadiums that can be used for training, and which can hold 2000 spectators each. This stadium is fully air-conditioned, and outside temperatures do not affect the playing conditions. Furthermore, the stadium is located close to the Mediterranean sea and managed by the Egyptian Army.
4. Stade des Martyrs Kinshasa, DR Congo
Stadium Capacity: 80,000
Next, we have the Stade des Martyrs de Pentecote (Stadium of Martyrs of Pentecost) which is located in the city of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That stadium can conveniently accommodate 80,000 people without any worries.
The DR Congo national football team plays their home games at the stadium, as well as AS Vita Club and DC Motema Pembe. The stadium can actually take about 125,000 people, but rarely is it filled to such a capacity.
The field is a synthetic grass field, and the stadium is named after outspoken dissidents who were hanged by former ruler Mobutu.
5. The National Sports Stadium, Zimbabwe
The National Sports Stadium is the largest stadium in Zimbabwe. It is a multi-purpose stadium, in Harare, Zimbabwe, with a rated capacity of 80,000 people. This is a true example of a multi-purpose stadium; it hosts football matches, rugby union games, and also track and field events. Association football club CAPS United F.C. uses the venue for most of their home games.
The stadium was opened in 1987 but was renovated in 2010. The turf is natural grass.
6. Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt
Stadium Capacity: 75,000
Next, we have the Cairo International Stadium, in Egypt, which is rated to be a 75,000 capacity stadium. This stadium is one of the most fearsome fortresses on the continent; one of the most difficult grounds to come and get a win as a visiting team.
This stadium is home to the Egyptian national football team, as well as Al Ahly, and Zamalek, both of which are some of the most successful football clubs in Africa.
The stadium’s playing surface is Grassmaster; a combination of synthetic and natural grass. The record attendance for this stadium is 120,000. If need be, the stadium can accommodate up to 125,000 people.
7. The Tripoli International Stadium, Libya
Stadium Capacity: 65,000
The Tripoli International Stadium is the biggest stadium in Libya. It is an international multipurpose stadium in Tripoli, Libya that has the capacity to hold 65,000 spectators. The stadium is used for football matches but also has an athletics track around the field.
The field is grass, and the stadium is beautiful. It is the main venue used by the Libyan national football team and has been used to host many FIFA World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifying matches. The stadium has also hosted the 2002 Italian Supercup between Juventus and Parma.
8. Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Stadium Capacity: 62,567
Next, we have the Ellis Park Stadium also in Johannesburg, South Africa. This stadium is rated as a 62,567 capacity stadium, and hosts the home games of the South Africa national rugby team, as well as Rugby Union teams Lions, and Golden Lions.
The stadium was built in 1928 but expanded in 2009.
9. Abuja Stadium, Abuja Nigeria
Stadium Capacity: 60,491
The Abuja Stadium, in Abuja, Nigeria comes in next on our list. This is the biggest stadium in Nigeria, and West Africa, with a sitting capacity of 60,491. The Super Eagles of Nigeria play some of their home games there, and the ground is also used for track and field, as well as big cultural, political, and religious events.
The field is grass.
10. Stade Olympique de Radès, Tunisia
Stadium Capacity: 60,000
The Stade Olympique de Radès, formerly known as Stade 7 November, in Radès, is the premier sports facility in Tunisia and currently among the biggest stadiums in Africa. It is more of a multipurpose sports complex, where football games are held, as well as track and field events. This stadium has hosted the Olympics and is part of a bigger Olympic complex.
The stadium is home to the Tunisia national football team, as well as Espérance de Tunis, and Club Africain which are African football clubs of repute. The surface is grass, and the athletics track around the field is 400 meters.
Mogadishu Stadium, Mogadishu, Somalia
Stadium Capacity: 60,000
Due to the terrible and protracted war that engulfed Somalia, many may find it hard to believe that Somalia has such a huge and beautiful sports facility. Well, the Mogadishu Stadium was already an important stadium before the war, but it became a military camp and suffered a sorry period of decay. It has now been completely rebuilt to a 65,000 capacity stadium, and a beautiful artificial pitch has been laid in. the stadium can actually be used for track and field events as well.
It is the home ground of the Somalia national football team, and games from the Somali league are played there.
Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville Congo
Stadium Capacity: 60,000
Next, we have the Stade Municipal de Kintélé, which is located in Brazzaville, in Congo. This is a multipurpose stadium, with a track and field space. It was the main venue for the 2015 All Africa Games which was hosted by Congo.
The stadium accommodates about 60,000 people, although we are not certain whether the field is grass or synthetic. It hosts games of the Congo national football team.
Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco
Stadium Capacity: 52,000
The Stade Mohammed IV, which is located in Casablanca, Morocco, comes in next. This stadium which is named after King Mohammed IV, the current ruler of Morocco, is the premier sports complex in Morocco. The stadium was built in 1955 and renovated in 2015.
The stadium is home to the Morocco national football team, as well as illustrious Moroccan football clubs Raja CA, and Wydad AC.
If you think that these stadiums are big, then wait until you see what Africa has in store for the near future. There are huge stadiums; more impressive in capacity and in design, that is being constructed even as we speak. Morocco, Egypt, Cote d Ivoire, Libya, and Cameroon all have some nice surprises for you, come back in a year or two.