Looking for a massive sports event or a concert maybe? Longing for the exhilarating feeling of cheering with thousands and thousands of people? Well, then we have just the thing for you, because today, we are going to explore the largest indoor arenas around the world. Even if you only visited them to take a thorough look at them from the outside, the trip would still be worth it for they are simply spectacular. Let’s investigate together!
7. Baku Crystal Hall:
Azerbaijan kicks off the competition with its Baku-based Baku Crystal Hall. With a massive construction cost of 350 million dollars and a capacity to hold 25,000 people, it was opened on 7 May 2012 (even though it had been built between August 2011 and April 2012). Situated proudly on the coast of Baku near National Flag Square, the arena served as host to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012. That was its first significant event but it has since seen performances from superstars such as Rihanna, Shakira and even Jennifer Lopez.
As the name suggests, our quest takes us far away from Azerbaijan to the remote lush lands of Brazil. Located in Belo Horizonte, the arena is officially known as the Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drummond. With a sheer capacity of 25,000 people, it is the largest indoors sporting arena in Brazil. Note that this contestant has the exact same seating capacity as the previous one, yet we chose this one for the sixth place because it is older (built between 1973 and 1980). What’s interesting about it is that it is part of the Sports Complex of Mineirão Stadium in the Pampulha (in fact, that is where it got its name from).
5. Telenor Arena:
Also known as Fornebu Arena, the Bærum-based (Fornebu, Norway) Telenor Arena is the next contestant on our list. With a capacity of 26,000, it but narrowly outruns the previous two contestants. Completed in 2009 and opened in the same year, the Telenor Arena cost around 65 million Euros. It has also been a Eurovision Song Contest host, namely in the year 2010. What’s interesting about it is that it has 40 luxury boxes and club seating for around 1,200 people.
4. Gwangmyeong Velodrome:
South Korea could not have stayed out of the competition for too long for its Gwangmyeong Velodrome indoor arena has a massive capacity of 30,000. Outrunning all previous contestants by the long-haul, it was built between the years 2003 and 2006. Located in Gwangmyeong (Gyeonggi Province), of course, the arena was modelled after a cyclist’s helmet. What’s interesting about it is the fact that it is the largest domed structure in its parent country.
3. Olympic Stadium:
If you’ve seen Roland Emmerich’s movie “2012”, then you probably know the expression “It’s Russian, it’s big”. Well, Moscow’s renowned Olympic Stadium adheres to the aforementioned axiom for it has the ability to accommodate 35,000 people within its bounds. Hosting the Eurovision Song contest in 2009, the arena is constantly bombarded with important sports and musical events. Pertaining to the Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex, it was opened in 1980. Notable musical performances held there include those of Limp Bizkit, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Green Day, Roger Walters and even Thirty Seconds to Mars.s
2. Saitama Super Arena:
We all know how much Japan likes innovation and architectural grandeur. Well, its Saitama-City-based eponymous Saitama Super Arena takes the second place without question for it can harbour 36,500 people. Costing more than 140 million Euros to build, the arena is dedicated mainly to basketball, volleyball, tennis, ice hockey, gymnastics, boxing, mixed martial arts, and even professional wrestling. What’s interesting about it is the fact that it is the only Japanese indoor arena equipped for American Football.
1. Philippine Arena:
And we have finally arrived at the final juggernaut of the scrutinised weight class. The Philippine Arena is located at Ciudad de Victoria, a Bocaue-and-Santa-Maria-based entertainment complex (tourism enterprise) spread across a land area of 140 hectares. Costing more than 210 USD to build and boasting with a capacity to harbour 55,000 people, it is by far the largest indoor arena in the world. Outrunning and outgunning all previous contestants, the Philippine Arena was completed in 2014 and it has remained a global masterpiece since then.
Did you enjoy or list? How many of the aforementioned arenas have you visited and what impressions did they give you? Tell us all about your travels in the comment section below for we are most interested in all the facets of the world through the prism of your eyes.