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The Ten Biggest Stadiums in China

Back in the 2010s, China threatened to become a major powerhouse in the world of football, much in the same way that Saudi Arabia have done in recent years. Some of the biggest names in world football made the move to the Chinese Super League including Oscar, Carlos Tevez and Axel Witsel.

While the league hasn't taken off in the way that many people predicted, the footballing infrastructure in the country remains impressive and it will only be a matter of time before China hosts the FIFA World Cup. Below, is a list of the ten biggest stadiums in China and key information about each one, including the capacity and location.

Beijing National Stadium
Where will the Beijing National Stadium rank in the biggest stadiums in China? – Photo by Icon sport

The ten biggest stadiums in China – ranked

10) Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Stadium

  • Location: Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Capacity: 60,334
  • Year opened: 2011

The Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that is used for various sports and events including football, swimming and basketball. The stadium was primarily used as the home stadium for Shenzhen FC but they were dissolved at the end of the 2023 Chinese Super League. Basketball team, Shenzhen Leopards, still play their home matches here.

9) Dalian Sports Centre Stadium

  • Location: Dalian, Liaoning, China
  • Capacity: 61,000
  • Year opened: 2013

The Dalian Sports Centre Stadium was a stadium purpose-built for the 2013 Games of China – a prestigious sporting event in China that occurs every four years. The stadium has been used for various sports including swimming, football, baseball and tennis and it was the home ground of former Chinese Super League side, Dalian Professional, for six years.

8) Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Stadium

  • Location: Nanjing, China
  • Capacity: 61,443
  • Year opened: 2005

The Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Stadium was opened in 2005 for that year's National Games of China. It was then used nine years later as the main venue for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. Outside of track and field events, the stadium has been used for concerts and football, with the stadium playing previously being the home stadium Jiangsu Football Club.

7) Shanxi Sports Centre Stadium

  • Location: Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  • Capacity: 62,000
  • Year opened: 2011

The Shanxi Sports Centre Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Taiyuan that has been used for basketball and football matches over the years. At present, the stadium is virtually abandoned despite only being built thirteen years ago. However, due to its impressive size and capacity, it surely won't be long until someone calls it home again.

Shanxi Sports Centre Stadium
The Shanxi Sports Centre Stadium has a capacity of 62,000

6) Dalian Barracuda Bay Football Stadium

  • Location: Dalian, Liaoning, China
  • Capacity: 63,671
  • Year opened: 2023

The Barracuda Bay Football Stadium is one of the newest stadiums in China having only been formally opened in 2023. It was built to be the new home stadium of Dalian Professional but just in January 2024, the club officially dissolved due to unaffordable debts. The Chinese national football team have also played here, beating Myanmar 4-0 in a friendly in the summer of 2023.

5) Workers' Stadium

  • Location: Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Capacity: 68,000
  • Year opened: 2023

The Workers' Stadium is another new Chinese football stadium that was officially opened in 2023. The stadium was originally meant to be one of the host venues for the 2023 Asian Cup before China had to give up their hosting rights due to COVID-19 regulations in the country. It is the new home stadium of the Chinese Super League side, Beijing Guoan.

4) Shanghai Stadium

  • Location: Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
  • Capacity: 72,000
  • Year opened: 1997

The Shanghai Stadium has always primarily been a football stadium in China and between 2009-2019 it was the home stadium of Shanghai SIPG. Since 2023, it has been the home stadium of Shanghai Shenhua. The Shanghai Stadium was also used for football matches during the 2008 Olympics and hosted the Italian Super Cup match between Juventus and Lazio in 2015.

3) Hangzhou Sports Park

  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
  • Capacity: 80,000
  • Year opened: 2018

Hangzhou Sports Park is one of the most visually stunning stadiums from the outside due to its unique design. The stadium is commonly known as “The Big Lotus” and it was built specifically for the 2022 Asian Games. The stadium has predominantly been used for football matches, including the final of the 2022 Asian Games football tournament, but it has also been used for concerts.

Hangzhou Sports Park
Hangzhou Sports Park looks like a giant lotus flower

2) Guangdong Olympic Stadium

  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Capacity: 80,012
  • Year opened: 2001

The Guangdong Olympic Stadium is the second biggest stadium in China by just 12 seats and it was built ahead of the Ninth National Games of China in 2001. When it was constructed, the plan was for the stadium to be the main stadium for the 2008 Olympics, too, until the government elected to build another new stadium in Beijing.

1) Beijing National Stadium

  • Location: 1 National Stadium South Road, Beijing, China
  • Capacity: 91,000
  • Year opened: 2008

The Beijing National Stadium, otherwise known as the “Bird's Nest” was purpose-built for the 2008 Olympic Games. The stadium was used throughout the games and has since been used for the 2015 Athletics World Championships and the 2022 Winter Olympics. The record attendance at the stadium is 89,102 from the Men's Football Gold Medal match at the 2018 Olympics.


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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