Which are the 10 highest stadiums in the world and how high are they?

Which are the 10 highest stadiums in the world and how high are they?

Claudia Kogi
March 11, 2024 at 7:00 AM
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When it comes to stadiums, the subject is always about the largest, most expensive, or the biggest stadiums with large capacities. But have you ever thought of the highest stadiums in the world? Read on to find out everything about these stadiums and their incredible heights.

General views of the El Campin and Huancayo stadiums
General views of the El Campin (l) and Huancayo stadiums. Photo: John Vizcaino and Leonardo Fernandez (Modified by author)
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Each sports stadium is unique in its own way. Modern facilities have evolved into more thrilling sceneries, attracting fans who travel season by season to these beautiful arenas to support their favourite players and teams.

Top 10 highest stadiums in the world

Football fans rarely sit to talk about various arenas' altitudes above sea level. Most fans talk about capacities, sizes, expenses, and ownership.

After an in-depth analysis, Sports Brief has compiled a list of the rankings of some of the highest-altitude stadiums in the world based on a combination of objective and quantifiable criteria. The criterion includes data from reputable sources such as Khel Now, World Atlas, and existing official statistics.

Stadium

Height in feet

Estadio Daniel Alcides Carrion

14,332

Estadio de Villa Ingenio

13,392

Estadio Victor Augustin Ugarte

12,795

Estadio Enrique Torres Bolen

12,562

Estadio Guillermo Briceno

12,545

Estadio Jesus Bermudez

12,253

Estadio Hernando Siles

11,824

Estadio Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

11,079

Estadio Huancayo

10,690

Estadio El Campin

10,660

10. Estadio El Campin

  • Height in feet: 10,660
  • Height in metres: 3,250
  • Capacity: 36,343
  • Location: Bogota, Colombia
General view of the El Campin stadium in Bogota, Colombia
General view of the El Campin stadium in Bogota, Colombia, on 24 January 2024. Photo: John Vizcaino
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Although it barely makes it to the list, Estadio El Campin is regarded among the highest stadiums in the world. It currently sits at 3,250 metres or 10,660 feet above sea level. It was first launched in August 1938 when it hosted a match between Colombia and Ecuador. The arena is home to Colombian clubs Millonarios FC and Independiente FC.

9. Estadio Huancayo

  • Height in feet: 10,690
  • Height in metres: 3,259
  • Capacity: 20,000
  • Location: Huancayo
View of the Huancayo Stadium on 31 July 2013 in Huancayo, Peru
View of the Huancayo Stadium on 31 July 2013 in Huancayo, Peru. Photo: Leonardo Fernandez
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One of the highest-altitude stadiums in the world, it is located in the mountainous region of Huancayo at 3,259 metres or 10,690 feet above sea level. The Huancayo arena is home to Sport Huancayo and Deportivo Junin, with a capacity of 20,000.

Not only does the arena hold football matches, but it is also used for political activities and other sports, such as American football and baseball.

8. Estadio Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

  • Height in feet: 11,079
  • Height in metres: 3,377
  • Capacity: 42,056
  • Location: Cusco, Peru

The Inca Garcilaso de la Vega arena is located in Cusco, Peru. It was built in 1950 with an initial capacity of 20,000, but as eras passed, it was renovated and readjusted to a holding capacity of 42,056. As of 2024, the famous arena is home to Club Real Garcilaso Cusco and Cienciano del Cusco.

7. Estadio Hernando Siles

  • Height in feet: 11,824
  • Height in metres: 3,605
  • Capacity: 41,143
  • Location: La Paz, Bolivia
A general view of the Hernando Siles arena
A general view of the Hernando Siles arena in La Paz on 12 November 2020. Photo: Alzar Raldes
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The La Paz stadium, Estadio Hernando Siles, is popularly called the Bolivian Stadium after the former Bolivian president Hernando Siles. It was launched in 1930 with an opening match between La Paz teams, The Strongest and Universitario.

Estadio Hernando Siles's altitude above sea level is 3,605 metres or 11,824 feet. It is the home ground of the Bolivia National Team.

6. Estadio Jesus Bermudez

  • Height in feet: 12,253
  • Height in metres: 3,735
  • Capacity: 30,000
  • Location: Oruro, Bolivia
A general view of the Jesus Bermudez arena in Oruro, Bolivia
A general view of the Jesus Bermudez arena in Oruro, Bolivia. Photo: Matthew Ashton
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Another famous arena located in Bolivia is the Jesus Bermudez. The arena was named after Jesus Bermudez, the first goalkeeper of the Bolivian national team. With an altitude of 3,735 metres or 12,253 feet above sea level, it was launched in 1955.

5. Estadio Guillermo Briceno

  • Height in feet: 12,545
  • Height in metres: 3,823
  • Capacity: 12,545
  • Location: Juliaca, Peru
Aerial view of Estadio Guillerm at Estadio Guillermo
Aerial view of Estadio Guillerm at Estadio Guillermo, on 11 February 2024. Photo: Marcelo Endelli
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Estadio Guillermo Briceno is among the highest stadiums in the world. It is located in Juliaca, Peru and was officially launched in 1946. The stadium is home to the Peruvian side Deportivo Binacional. With a capacity of 20,030, it is among the largest soccer stadiums in Bolivia.

4. Estadio Enrique Torres Bolen

  • Height in feet: 12,562
  • Height in metres: 3,829
  • Capacity: 20,000
  • Location: Puno, Peru

Enrique Torres Belon arena is located in Puno, Peru. It is allegedly one of the most unique stadiums in the world because it was built out of stones. One of the highest stadiums in the world, it was named after Enrique Torres Belon, a former senator of Peru.

3. Estadio Victor Augustin Ugarte

  • Height in feet: 12,795
  • Height in metres: 3,900
  • Capacity: 32,105
  • Location: Potosi, Bolivia
A general view of the Victor Augustin Ugarte arena
A general view of the Victor Augustin Ugarte arena. Photo: @víctoragustinugarte (Modified by author)
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Located in Potosi, Bolivia, the Victor Augustin Ugarte arena is the third-highest stadium in the world, with an altitude of 3,900 metres or 12,795 feet above sea level. It was first launched in 1992 and is home to Real Potosi and Nacional Potosi. As of 2024, it is the third-highest stadium in the world.

2. Estadio de Villa Ingenio

  • Height in feet: 13,392
  • Height in metres: 4,081
  • Capacity: 25,000
  • Location: El Alto, Bolivia

The Vila Ingenio arena in El Alto, Bolivia, is the second-highest stadium in the world. It was first launched in 2017 and has a seating capacity of 25,000. It is home to Always Ready and Club Deportivo FATIC.

1. Estadio Daniel Alcides Carrion

  • Height in feet: 14,232
  • Height in metres: 4,338
  • Capacity: 8,000
  • Location: Cerro de Pasco, Peru

At the first position is the Estadio Daniel Alcides Carrion, with an altitude of 14,232 feet or 4338 metres above sea level. One interesting fact about this arena is that the Egyptian Armed Forces Corps engineers designed it.

Being the tallest stadium in the world, it is renowned for being home to Union Minas and has a seating capacity of 8,000.

Trivia

With a huge fan following worldwide, building massive arenas to attract avid spectators to various televised sports worldwide is necessary. Here are some of the most exciting facts about these arenas.

Which is the largest soccer stadium in the world?

The largest soccer stadium in the world is Rungrado 1st of May Stadium. It is located in Pyongyang, North Korea and has a capacity of 114,000. It has 1,300 rooms and 80 entrances spanning approximately 2,152,782 square feet of the entire space.

Which is the best World Cup stadium of all time?

Qatar has produced some of the best World Cup stadiums. Several magnificent arenas have hosted World Cup games since 1930, providing a stage for unforgettable moments and for fantasy football players to shine.

An aerial view of the Wembley Stadium
An aerial view of the Wembley Stadium on 26 July 2011 in London, England. Photo: Tom Shaw
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As of February 2024, London's Wembley Stadium is undoubtedly the most iconic arena in the football world. It is then followed by:

  • Camp Nou (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
  • Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
  • Old Trafford (Manchester, England)
  • The Maracana (Rio de Janeiro)

Which is the highest-elevation NFL stadium?

Sports Authority Field, located in Denver, CO, is currently the highest-elevation NFL stadium in the world. Its altitude above sea level is 5280 feet or 1609 metres.

Which is the biggest NFL stadium in the world?

US Bank Stadium is the most significant NFL ground in the world, with a holding capacity of 73,000 spectators. The construction reportedly cost $1.61 billion and was completed in 2016. It is the home ground of the Minnesota Vikings. Apart from its large holding capacity, it is regarded among the priciest venues in the history of the NFL.

Which is the best MLB stadium in the world?

Wrigley Field is one of the best MLB stadiums as of March 2024. It is allegedly one stadium that has it all. From the rich history, homely neighbourhood feel, and uniquely designed ballpark features. The most pronounced features of the arena include the Ivy, rooftop bleachers, and day games in the summer.

Final word

Some of the highest stadiums in the world go over 14,000 feet. Their geographical locations have attracted significant attention across the globe. However, the highest stadiums do not have the largest capacities.

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Claudia Kogi is a Kenyan content creator with over 3 years of experience. Claudia joined Sportsbrief.com as a writer in January 2022, covering sports and relatable content.