List of rugby union stadiums by capacity


The following is a list of stadiums at which rugby union is played, ordered by seating capacity. Currently all stadiums with a capacity of 10,000 or more which are the regular home venue of a club or national team, or are the regular hosts of a major competition (such as an event in the World Rugby Sevens Series, its women's version, or the final of an annual national competition), are included. Stadiums for which the only rugby union use is hosting occasional matches or which have only hosted one-off rugby union tournaments are not included. Not all of these stadiums are primarily venues for rugby union, with some being primarily venues for another sport.

Current stadiums


RankStadiumCapacityCityCountryHome Team/Event Hosted
1FNB Stadium94,736Johannesburg South AfricaSome South Africa national rugby union team matches and some Varsity Cup matches
2ANZ Stadium84,000Sydney AustraliaSome Australia national team matches
3Twickenham Stadium82,000London EnglandEngland national team, Aviva Premiership final, London Sevens, London Women's Sevens final and third-place match
4Stade de France81,338Saint-Denis[a 1] FranceMost France national team matches,[a 2] Top 14 final[1]
5Millennium Stadium74,500Cardiff WalesWales national team, Judgement Day
6Stadio Olimpico73,000Rome ItalyMost Italy national team matches[a 3]
7Murrayfield Stadium67,800Edinburgh ScotlandScotland national team, Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland Sevens (2007–2011)
8Ellis Park Stadium62,567Johannesburg South AfricaLions, Golden Lions, some South Africa national team matches
9Soldier Field61,500Chicago United StatesCurrently hosts matches for the United States national team every November for one weekend known as The Rugby Weekend. Shares stadium with National Football League team, Chicago Bears.
10Stade Vélodrome60,013Marseille FranceSome France national team matches, some Toulon matches
11Optus Stadium60,000Perth AustraliaSome Australian national team matches
12Marvel Stadium56,347Melbourne AustraliaSome Australia national team matches
13Boris Paichadze Stadium56,000Tbilisi GeorgiaMany Georgia national team matches
14Cape Town Stadium55,000Cape Town South AfricaSouth Africa Sevens (2015–present)
15National Stadium55,000Singapore SingaporeSingapore Sevens (2016–present), some Sunwolves matches
16Estadio Ciudad de La Plata53,000La Plata ArgentinaSome Argentina national team matches
17Suncorp Stadium52,500Brisbane AustraliaQueensland Reds, some Australia national team matches
18Kings Park Stadium52,000Durban South AfricaSharks, Sharks (Currie Cup), some South Africa national team matches
19DHL Newlands51,900Cape Town South AfricaStormers, Western Province, some South Africa national team matches
20Loftus Versfeld Stadium51,762Pretoria South AfricaBulls, Blue Bulls, some South Africa national team matches
21Aviva Stadium51,700Dublin IrelandIreland national rugby union team, some Leinster matches.
22King Baudouin Stadium51,122Brussels BelgiumBelgium national team
23Eden Park50,000Auckland New ZealandAuckland Rugby Football Union, Blues, some New Zealand national team matches
24The Sevens50,000[a 4]Dubai United Arab EmiratesDubai Sevens, Dubai Women's Sevens, and most United Arab Emirates national team matches; also hosted most Arabian Gulf rugby union team matches before that team's 2010 breakup
25Estadio José Amalfitani49,540Buenos Aires ArgentinaJaguares, some Argentina national team matches
26Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium48,459Port Elizabeth South AfricaSouthern Kings, Eastern Province Elephants, South Africa Sevens (2011–2014), some South Africa national team matches
27Allianz Stadium45,500Sydney AustraliaNew South Wales Waratahs, Australian Sevens (2016–present)
28Toyota Stadium45,000Toyota JapanToyota Verblitz
29Patersons Stadium42,922Perth AustraliaSome Australia national team matches
30Matmut Atlantique42,115Bordeaux FranceSome Union Bordeaux Bègles matches
31Hong Kong Stadium40,000Wanchai Hong KongHong Kong national team, Hong Kong Sevens
32Stadio della Vittoria40,000Bari Italy
33Sam Boyd Stadium36,800Las Vegas United StatesUSA Sevens, USA Women's Sevens
33Free State Stadium36,538Bloemfontein South AfricaFree State Cheetahs, some Cheetahs matches
34Allianz Riviera35,624Nice FranceSome Toulon matches[a 5]
35Renato Dall'Ara Stadium35,624Bologne ItalyRugby
36Stadium Municipal35,472Toulouse FranceSome Stade Toulousain matches[a 6]
37Westpac Stadium34,500Wellington New ZealandHurricanes, Wellington Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches, Wellington Sevens
38Stade Chaban-Delmas34,462Bordeaux FranceMost Union Bordeaux Bègles matches
39Simonds Stadium34,074Geelong AustraliaSome Melbourne Rising matches
40Rotorua International Stadium34,000Rotorua New ZealandSome Bay of Plenty Steamers matches
41EPRU Stadium33,852Port Elizabeth South AfricaNo longer used for professional rugby, but still hosts many local age-grade, amateur, and club matches.
42Adelaide Oval33,597Adelaide AustraliaAustralian Sevens (2007–2011)
43Ricoh Arena32,609Coventry EnglandWasps
44Paris La Défense Arena32,000Nanterre FranceRacing 92
45Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza30,748Dunedin New ZealandHighlanders, Otago Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches
46Home's Stadium Kobe30,132Kobe JapanKobelco Steelers
47AAMI Park30,050Melbourne AustraliaMelbourne Rebels
48Flaminio Stadium30,000Rome ItalyCapitolina, Rugby Roma
49National Stadium30,000Suva Fiji
50Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium30,000Higashiōsaka JapanKintetsu Liners
51Mt Smart Stadium30,000Auckland New ZealandCounties Manukau Rugby Union
52Skilled Park27,400Gold Coast AustraliaGold Coast Sevens (2011–2015)
53Mikheil Meskhi Stadium27,223Tbilisi GeorgiaSome Georgia national team matches
54Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium27,188Tokyo JapanMost Japan national rugby union team matches,[a 7] most Sunwolves matches, Japan Sevens (2012–15)
55Ashton Gate Stadium27,000Bristol EnglandBristol
56Stade Guy Boniface26,100Mont-de-Marsan FranceStade Montois
57Welford Road26,000[2]Leicester EnglandLeicester Tigers
58FMG Stadium Waikato25,800Hamilton New ZealandWaikato Rugby Union, Chiefs
59Thomond Park25,600Limerick IrelandMunster, Shannon RFC, UL Bohemians RFC
60Canberra Stadium25,011Canberra AustraliaBrumbies
61Pam Brink Stadium25,000Springs South AfricaSome Falcons matches
North Harbour Stadium25,000Albany New ZealandNorth Harbour Rugby Union
Okara Park25,000Whangarei New ZealandNorthland Rugby Football Union
Yarrow Stadium25,000New Plymouth New ZealandTaranaki Rugby Football Union
The Darlington Arena25,000Darlington EnglandDarlington Mowden Park
62Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground24,000Dubai UAESome Arabian Gulf rugby union team matches, many local club matches
63Central Stadium22,500Krasnoyarsk RussiaRussia national team, local club matches
64Parramatta Stadium[3]20,741Parramatta AustraliaSome Greater Sydney Rams matches
65Liberty Stadium20,532Swansea WalesOspreys
Headingley Stadium20,500Leeds EnglandYorkshire Carnegie
66 Perth Oval20,500Perth AustraliaWestern Force
67Stade des Alpes20,068Grenoble FranceMost FC Grenoble matches
68Rio Tinto Stadium20,008Sandy United StatesUtah Warriors
69Concord Oval20,000Concord AustraliaSome Greater Sydney Rams matches, West Harbour RFC
Leichhardt Oval20,000Leichhardt AustraliaSydney Stars
North Sydney Oval20,000Sydney AustraliaNorthern Suburbs Rugby Club
Owen Delany Park20,000Taupo New ZealandKing Country Rugby Football Union
Stade Jean-Bouin20,000Paris FranceStade Français, France Sevens (2016–present)
70Baypark Stadium19,800Mount Maunganui New ZealandBay of Plenty Rugby Union
71Dick's Sporting Goods Park19,680Commerce City United StatesDenver Barbarians
72Meadow Lane19,588Nottingham EnglandNottingham RFC
73Stadio Euganeo19,500Padua Italy
Stade Ernest-Wallon19,500Toulouse FranceStade Toulousain
74Queenstown Events Centre19,000Queenstown New ZealandSome Highlanders matches
75Brianteo Stadium18,500Milan ItalyAironi Rugby
Stade de la Méditerranée18,555Béziers FranceAS Béziers Hérault
76RDS Arena18,500Dublin IrelandLeinster
Talen Energy Stadium18,500Chester United StatesCollegiate Rugby Championship
77Ravenhill Stadium18,196Belfast Northern IrelandUlster
78Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin18,030Clermont-Ferrand FranceASM Clermont Auvergne
79Totally Wicked Stadium18,000St Helens EnglandSt. Helens
80Ballymore Stadium18,000Brisbane AustraliaBrisbane City, Queensland Premier Rugby Grand Final and some individual matches, Queensland XV matches, some Reds preseason matches, Australian national rugby union academy
Churchill Park18,000Lautoka FijiColonial Cup, Digicel Cup
ABSA Park18,000Kimberley South Africasome Cheetahs matches
AMI Stadium18,000Christchurch New ZealandCrusaders, Canterbury
Arena Manawatu18,000Palmerston North New ZealandManawatu Turbos
Estadio G.E.B.A.18,000Buenos Aires ArgentinaGimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires
81Stade Aimé Giral17,500Perpignan FranceUSA Perpignan
82Brentford Community Stadium17,250London EnglandLondon Irish
83Rugby Park Stadium17,000Invercargill New ZealandSouthland Rugby Football Union
Stade Jean Dauger17,000Bayonne FranceAviron Bayonnais
84Yamaha Stadium16,879Iwata JapanYamaha Júbilo
85Kingsholm Stadium16,500Gloucester EnglandGloucester
86Trafalgar Park16,000Nelson New ZealandTasman
Danie Craven Stadium16,000Stellenbosch South AfricaFNB Varsity Cup
87Stade Mayol15,700Toulon FranceToulon
88Franklin's Gardens15,500Northampton EnglandNorthampton Saints
89Bilino Polje15,000Zenica Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina national team
Parc des Sports Aguiléra15,000Biarritz FranceBiarritz Olympique
Stade d'Albert Domec15,000Carcassonne FranceUS Carcassonne
Stade Amédée-Domenech15,000Brive-la-Gaillarde FranceCA Brive
Stade Maurice Boyau15,000Dax FranceUS Dax
Mizuho Rugby Stadium15,000Nagoya City JapanSome Japan national team matches, several local clubs
Apia Park15,000Apia SamoaSamoa national team
Stade Makis15,000Antananarivo MadagascarMadagascar national team, local club matches
90Parc y Scarlets14,870Llanelli WalesScarlets, Llanelli RFC
91Twickenham Stoop14,816London EnglandHarlequins, London Women's Sevens (2015)
92Altrad Stadium14,700Montpellier FranceMontpellier
93Stade Georges Pompidou14,380Valence FranceLa Voulte-Valence
94Stadio Giglio14,138Reggio Emilia ItalyLocal club matches; formerly Aironi
95Stade Armandie14,000Agen FranceSU Agen
Estadio Charrúa14,000Montevideo UruguayUruguay national team
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir14,000Colombes FranceRacing 92
96Stade du Hameau13,966Pau FranceSection Paloise
97Recreation Ground13,500Bath EnglandBath
98Stadium Municipal d'Albi13,058Albi FranceSC Albi
99Stade Sapiac12,600Montauban FranceUS Montauban
100BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park12,500Cardiff WalesCardiff Blues, Cardiff RFC
Stade Marcel-Deflandre12,500La Rochelle FranceStade Rochelais
101Sandy Park12,300Exeter EnglandExeter Chiefs
102Estadio Nacional Complutense12,400Madrid SpainMany Spain national team matches
103Sixways12,024Worcester EnglandWorcester Warriors
104Velodromo Paolo Borsellino12,000Palermo ItalyPalermo Rugby
AJ Bell Stadium12,000Salford EnglandSale Sharks
Alpine Energy Stadium12,000Timaru New ZealandSouth Canterbury Rugby Football Union
Brewery Field12,000Bridgend WalesBridgend Ravens
Arturo Collana Stadium12,000Naples ItalyPartenope Rugby
Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié12,000Narbonne FranceRC Narbonne
Sunshine Coast Stadium12,000Kawana Waters AustraliaSome Queensland Country matches
105Stade Lesdiguières11,900Grenoble FranceSome FC Grenoble matches
106Rodney Parade11,676Newport, Wales WalesDragons Newport RFC
107Stade Pierre-Antoine11,500Castres FranceCastres Olympique
108Bonney Field11,442Sacramento United StatesSacramento Express
109Stade Michel Bendichou11,430Colomiers FranceUS Colomiers
110Stade Gabriel Montpied10,607Clermont-Ferrand FranceFrance Women's Sevens
111Kingston Park10,200Newcastle EnglandNewcastle Falcons
Arena Civica10,200Milan ItalyAmatori Milano
112Allianz Park10,000London EnglandSaracens
Dubarry Park10,000Athlone IrelandBuccaneers RFC & AIB League Final
NRCA Stadium10,000Amsterdam NetherlandsNetherlands national team, Amsterdam Women's Sevens
Outeniqua Park10,000George South AfricaSWD Eagles; used for the South Africa Sevens from 2002–2010
Tommaso Fattori Stadium10,000L'Aquila ItalyL'Aquila Rugby 1936
Pittwater Park6,000Warriewood AustraliaSome North Harbour Rays matches, Warringah RC
Stade d'Albert Domec10,000Carcassonne FranceUS Carcassonne
Stade André Moga10,000Bègles FranceSome Union Bordeaux Bègles matches
Stade Pierre Rajon10,000Bourgoin-Jallieu FranceCS Bourgoin-Jallieu
Plebiscito Stadium10,000Padua ItalyPetrarca Rugby
Truman Bodden Stadium10,000George Town Cayman IslandsCayman Islands national team
Viking Park10,000Canberra AustraliaUniversity of Canberra Vikings
  1. Stade de France is often stated as being in Paris. Although it is in the metropolitan area, it is not in the city proper, as evidenced by its postal code of 93216. The first two digits of "93" indicate that it is in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis. Paris is department 75.
  2. France play Tests throughout the country, but typically play all Six Nations home matches at Stade de France (although one match in 2018 will be held in Marseille).
  3. Italy play Tests throughout the country, but since 2012 have played all Six Nations home matches at Stadio Olimpico.
  4. The Sevens has a permanent capacity of 4,000, but is designed to be expandable to 50,000 with temporary seating. The full capacity is used for the annual Dubai Sevens tournament, and was also used when the stadium hosted the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
  5. In recent years, Toulon have taken occasional home matches in both the Top 14 and European Rugby Champions Cup to this ground.
  6. Stade Toulousain regularly take at least two matches in the Top 14 and one in the European Rugby Champions Cup to this ground every season, though it was unable to do so from 2013–2015 due to renovations for UEFA Euro 2016.
  7. Japan play Tests throughout the country, but Chichibunomiya is the most widely used ground, and also houses the headquarters of the country's national federation.

Closed or demolished stadiums


StadiumCapacity (at time of closure)CityCountryHome TeamClosedFate
The National Stadium53,000Cardiff WalesWales national team1997Replaced by Millennium Stadium. The 1970 North Stand of National Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park) forms "Glanmor's Gap" in Millennium Stadium; the remainder was demolished.
Lansdowne Road49,000Dublin IrelandIreland national team2007Demolished and replaced on-site by Aviva Stadium.
PETCO Park42,445San Diego United StatesUSA Sevens2010Remains in use for its original purpose of baseball.
Athletic Park39,000Wellington New ZealandWellington Hurricanes, Wellington Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches1999Demolished. The replacement venue, Wellington Regional Stadium, is 5.9 km (~3.7 miles) away.
Lancaster Park36,000Christchurch New ZealandCrusaders, Canterbury Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches2011Following major damage from the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, one stand was demolished, and demolition of the rest of the ground will start in late 2017.[4]
Carisbrook29,000Dunedin New ZealandHighlanders, Otago Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches2011Demolition began in early 2012. Parts of the stadium will be preserved or reused.
Dignity Health Sports Park27,000Carson United StatesUSA Sevens2007Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Cardiff City Stadium26,828Cardiff WalesCardiff Blues2014Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Vicarage Road19,920Watford EnglandSaracens2013Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Loftus Road18,500London EnglandLondon Wasps2001Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Meadowbank Stadium16,500Edinburgh ScotlandEdinburgh2006Remains in use for many other sports, including football (soccer) and American football.
Racecourse Ground15,500Wrexham WalesScarlets2009Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer), and has hosted rugby league since 2010.
Stade Jean-Bouin12,000Paris FranceStade Français2010Replaced on-site by a new stadium of the same name that opened in 2013.
Edgeley Park10,900Stockport EnglandSale Sharks2012Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Firhill10,887Glasgow ScotlandGlasgow Warriors2012Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).

Future stadiums


This list includes stadiums that are either under construction or planned.

StadiumCapacity
(planned)
CityCountryHome Team/Event HostingOpening
Allegiant Stadium65,000Las Vegas United StatesUSA Sevens, USA Women's Sevens2020
Kai Tak Stadium50,000Hong Kong Hong KongTBA
DSC Multi-Purpose Stadium60,000Dubai United Arab EmiratesTBA
New Parramatta Stadium30,000Parramatta AustraliaGreater Sydney Rams (some matches)2019
Brentford Community Stadium17,250London EnglandLondon Irish2020
Stadium for Cornwall10,000Cornwall EnglandCornish Pirates2019

1 As a Rugby ground.

See also


References


  1. Also hosted select Stade Français matches until that club completed the current Stade Jean-Bouin in 2013, and also hosted select matches for Racing 92.
  2. Future plans call for expansion to 30,000.
  3. To be demolished in late 2016; will be replaced on-site by a new 30,000-capacity stadium.
  4. Hamilton, Tom (8 June 2017). "The unique spirit of the Crusaders -- Saturday's game against Lions is Christchurch's Test match". ESPN (UK). Retrieved 9 June 2017.