Which sport is played on the largest pitch?
The sport with the largest pitch would be polo of the horse variety. If we exclude horses, then cricket has large ovals and Australian football is played on large cricket fields or even larger Australian football fields. Some sports do not have standardized fields.
Polo Has The Largest Pitch – See Dimensions
The polo field has a length of 275m and a width of 145m. The length in Polo are usually measured in yards. In that unit, a polo field is 300 yards long and 160 yards wide.
These dimensions are the equivalent of 5 official football fields. The field needs to have an area of 10 meters aside and 30 meters behind the goals where no one can access and that are known as safety zones.
The goals are composed of two posts that must be at least 3 meters high and are separated by 7,3 meters.
The side borders must be at maximum 27cm high.
The playing field is carefully maintained with closely mowed turf providing a safe, fast playing surface. To keep the field in a good shape and to avoid horses loss of balance, Polo is extremely rarely played under the rain or on a wet field.
While the game of Polo of the horse variety might be the sport with the largest pitch, it is also important to mention some of the world’s largest sport stadiums.
The World’s Largest Sports Stadiums
The capacity of the stadiums can vary depending on the configuration. Sometimes seating is taken away for certain sports. Many of these stadiums once had greater capacity – over time, standing room is replaced with more comfortable (and safer) seating for all spectators.
The list of large stadiums below refers to classic closed stadiums and does not include venues for horse and car racing. Of note is Strahov Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, a stadium no longer used for competitive sporting events (only large concerts!). It has a capacity of 220,000 (56,000 seats).
Rungrado May 1 Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, view of Rungrado May 1 Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, the largest stadium in the world.
A major sports venue in use (but not a stadium) is the Circuit de la Sarthe, site of the Le Mans 24-hour auto race in France. It has a capacity of 263,500, and does not include other large race tracks such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has a capacity of 257,325. Another large venue is Tokyo Racecourse with a capacity of 223,000 (with 13,750 seats).
In addition, stadium capacities can vary by seating configuration, with some stadiums changing seating arrangements depending on the event. One such stadium is Cowboys (AT & T) Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which is listed as having a seating capacity of 80,000, but apparently can be expanded to 105,000 with standing room.
Here are the top 10 largest sports stadiums in the world
The capacities listed are from the figures published in December 2020 and may have changed since then.
|1.||– Rungrado May Day Stadium||Pyongyang Nth Korea||114,000|
|2||– Narendar Modi Stadium||Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India||110,000|
|3||– Michigan Stadium||Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA||107,601|
|4||– Beaver Stadium||State College, Pennsylvania, USA||106,572|
|5||– Ohio Stadium||Columbus, Ohio, USA||102,780|
|6||– Kyle Field||College Station, Texas, USA||102,733|
|7||– Neyland Stadium||Knoxville, Tennessee, USA||102,455|
|8||– Tiger Stadium||Baton Rouge, LA, USA||102,321|
|9||– Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium||Austin, Texas, USA||100,119|
|10||– Bryant–Denny Stadium||Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA||100,077|