Although the Maracana is certainly the first association when it comes to football playing, it is not the biggest stadium in the world. For those who do not know, the biggest stadium on Earth is Rungrado May Day
Stadium, with its capacity of 150,000. It is situated in North Korea capitol Pyongyang and presently in use by the National football team of North Korea.
The stadium that is ranked second for its capacity is Salt Lake Stadium in India, located in West Bengal, which can welcome 120,000 people. It was finished in 1984 and in the beginning used for football, but later they started using it for athletics as well.
Estadio Azteca is the third on the list with the capacity of 105,000, in Mexico City, Mexico. It is officially used by the National Team of Mexico, but also by Mexican League team Club America. It has been used in many purposes since 1966. It welcomed the 1968 Summer Olympics participants, as well as 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cup contestants.
Another stadium of similar capacity is Melbourne Cricket Ground with 100,000. It welcomed 1956 Summer Olympics contestants and Commonwealth Games contestants in 2006.
Azardi Stadium is next on the list of the world’s biggest stadiums, with the same capacity as the previous – 100,000. It is located in Tehran, Iran. It was built in 1971 in order to be used for 1974 Asian games. Back then, the capacity was slightly larger, but later reduced to the present 100,000.
The sixth on the list is Bukit Jalil National Stadium, which has the capacity of 100,000 and situated in Malaysia, Bukik Jalil. It is a stadium intended for multi-purpose, so many concerts have been held here, besides major sport events.
As you can see, the Maracana is not among the top six stadiums, but nevertheless it remains famous and probably better known than those mentioned above.