Located in Pyongyang, North Korea, Rungrado May Day Stadium is a behemoth that will certainly dazzle even the most traveled sports fans. The stadium spreads across 51 acres and currently has seating capacity of 114,000, which makes it become the largest non-racing stadium in the world. The stadium’s main pitch, which measures 22,500 square meters, can fit in up to three full-size football fields easily.
The name of the large stadium was based on two aspects: the first is its location, which is set on Rungrado Islet in the Taedong River, Pyongyang, North Korea, and the second is the international laborday on 1st of May, which is also the day the stadium was inaugurated.
Rungrado May Day Stadium is utilized for a lot of purposes, of which its use for sporting activities is the most popular. Football games are the most common occurrence, and the North Korean national football team also plays its international fixtures in this stadium. Some other athletic events take place in the stadium every year, too.
The largest attended event that took place at Rungrado May Day Stadium was on April 28th and 29th, 1995. The pay-per-view event promoted as Collision in Korea was the largest event in the history of professional wrestling. The two-day sporting event recorded an attendance of 150,000 for the first day and 190,000 for the second day.
The most popular and regularly occurring event at Rungrado May Day Stadium is the annual Arirang performance, which is also widely known as Mass Games. The event has been accepted by The Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest.
Rungrado May Day Stadium of North Korea is also leading the list of the World’s Largest Sporting Stadiums (except horse racing and car racing arenas).