Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe with over 99,000 fans able to sit and watch Barcelona in action in one of the most extraordinary sporting cauldrons around.
In second place, Wembley Stadium’s 91,000 seats overflow with iconic status as the self-proclaimed home of football where the England national team plays under the famous arch.
And further afield, stadiums in the United States of America, India and even North Korea boast official capacities exceeding 100,000 in what must be a truly breathtaking spectacle.
Also, while it’s said that “size doesn’t matter,” there’s no denying that climbing the steps out of the atrium and into a stadium of that stature is quite an experience.
Yes, you can create an incredible atmosphere in a 20,000-seat hall and yes, larger arenas run the risk of being soulless, but often the engineering feat alone can really surprise you.
It is not worth thinking about how much time and effort by outrageously intelligent humans went into building mega-structures like, for example, the stunning new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
And the kid who builds Legos, who dreams big and thinks madly inside of you, can’t imagine what would happen if someone sincerely decided to break the world record for the largest stadium capacity?
Now, we would like to consciously say that we may be alone in that thought, but in reality we know we are not because an artist has taken that exercise of thinking to the extreme.
That’s because images on social media went viral this week showing a model of what a stadium with a capacity of one million fans would actually look like. Yes, you read that correctly.
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What does a 1,000,000 seat look like
According to ESPNthe stunning shots that made the rounds on Twitter depicted the brainchild of American artist Paul Pfeiffer, who illustrated the gigantic size needed to accommodate so many people.
And although the model isn’t actually brand new – Marca reported it in 2020 – it still captured the imagination of fans in looking frankly straight out of a science fiction movie.
So, make sure you imagine how big you think a million-capacity stadium would be in your head and then double it … and double it again as you take a look at Pfeiffer’s jaw-dropping model below:
The concept of a 1 million seat stadium by the American artist Paul Pfeiffer.
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An experimental prototype of a stadium for 1 million fans
Certainly impossible in reality but an interesting concept.
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Come on, somebody build it for the jokes.
Someone build it!
Now, to be honest, we’re not entirely sure the fan experience at the world record stadium would have been that good because the pitch feels frankly tiny from what Row ZZZZZZ must be.
It looks eerily similar to Camp Nou if someone selected the outermost ring and just selected copy and paste until the last row touched the clouds.
As many people have said in the comments, you’d probably be better off watching the game on television with the trip to St. James’ Park made to look like he’s on the sidelines by comparison.
But as a thought experiment, there’s no denying it’s a lot of fun because we’ve all probably wondered why a top club doesn’t just “fuck” and decide to build the biggest arena in the world.
On the off chance that they do, though, we would support the three-day climb to the press stand if it meant we have to see the million seats with our own eyes. We’ll also get a tenner.
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