List of rugby union stadiums by capacity

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The Stade Ernest-Wallon, the home of Stade Toulousain.

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[edit]

# Stadium Capacity City Country Tenants/use Image
1 FNB Stadium 94,736 Johannesburg  South Africa Some South Africa national rugby union team matches and some Varsity Cup matches
2 Stadium Australia 84,000 Sydney  Australia Some Australia national team matches
3 Twickenham Stadium 82,000 London  England England national team, Gallagher Premiership final, London Sevens, London Women's Sevens final and third-place match
4 Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis[a 1]  France Most France national team matches,[a 2] Top 14 final[1]
5 Principality Stadium 74,500 Cardiff  Wales Wales national team, Judgement Day
6 Stadio Olimpico 73,000 Rome  Italy Most Italy national team matches[a 3]
7 Murrayfield Stadium 67,800 Edinburgh  Scotland Scotland national team, Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland Sevens (2007–2011)
8 Orange Vélodrome 67,394 Marseille  France Some France national team matches, some Toulon matches
9 Ellis Park Stadium 62,567 Johannesburg  South Africa Lions, Golden Lions, some South Africa national team matches
10 Soldier Field 61,500 Chicago  United States Currently 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.
11 Optus Stadium 60,000 Perth  Australia Some Australian national team matches
12 Cape Town Stadium 58,310 Cape Town  South Africa South Africa Sevens (2015–present)
13 Marvel Stadium 56,347 Melbourne  Australia Some Australia national team matches
14 Boris Paichadze Stadium 56,000 Tbilisi  Georgia Many Georgia national team matches
15 National Stadium 55,000 Singapore  Singapore Singapore Sevens (2016–present), some Sunwolves matches
16 Estadio Ciudad de La Plata 53,000 La Plata  Argentina Some Argentina national team matches
17 Suncorp Stadium 52,500 Brisbane  Australia Queensland Reds, some Australia national team matches
18 Kings Park Stadium 52,000 Durban  South Africa Sharks, Sharks (Currie Cup), some South Africa national team matches
19 Newlands Stadium 51,900 Cape Town  South Africa Stormers, Western Province, some South Africa national team matches
20 Loftus Versfeld Stadium 51,762 Pretoria  South Africa Bulls, Blue Bulls, some South Africa national team matches
21 Aviva Stadium 51,700 Dublin  Ireland Ireland national rugby union team, some Leinster matches.
22 King Baudouin Stadium 51,122 Brussels  Belgium Belgium national team
23 Eden Park 50,000 Auckland  New Zealand Auckland Rugby Football Union, Blues, some New Zealand national team matches
24 The Sevens 50,000[a 4] Dubai  United Arab Emirates Dubai 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
25 Estadio José Amalfitani 49,540 Buenos Aires  Argentina Jaguares, some Argentina national team matches
26 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 48,459 Port Elizabeth  South Africa Southern Kings, Eastern Province Elephants, South Africa Sevens (2011–2014), some South Africa national team matches
27 Choctaw Stadium 48,000 Arlington  United States Dallas Jackals
28 Sydney Football Stadium 45,500 Sydney  Australia New South Wales Waratahs, Australian Sevens (starting 2022)
29 Toyota Stadium 45,000 Toyota  Japan Toyota Verblitz
30 Patersons Stadium 42,922 Perth  Australia Some Australia national team matches
31 Matmut Atlantique 42,115 Bordeaux  France Some Union Bordeaux Bègles matches
32 Hong Kong Stadium 40,000 Wanchai  Hong Kong Hong Kong national team, Hong Kong Sevens
33 Sam Boyd Stadium 36,800 Las Vegas  United States USA Sevens, USA Women's Sevens
34 Free State Stadium 36,538 Bloemfontein  South Africa Free State Cheetahs, some Cheetahs matches
35 Allianz Riviera 35,624 Nice  France Some Toulon matches[a 5]
36 Renato Dall'Ara Stadium 35,624 Bologne  Italy Rugby
37 Stadium Municipal 35,472 Toulouse  France Some Stade Toulousain matches[a 6]
38 Snapdragon Stadium 35,000 San Diego  United States San Diego Legion
39 Sky Stadium 34,500 Wellington  New Zealand Hurricanes, Wellington Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches, Wellington Sevens
40 Stade Chaban-Delmas 34,462 Bordeaux  France Most Union Bordeaux Bègles matches
41 Simonds Stadium 34,074 Geelong  Australia Some Melbourne Rising matches
42 Rotorua International Stadium 34,000 Rotorua  New Zealand Some Bay of Plenty Steamers matches
43 Adelaide Oval 33,597 Adelaide  Australia Australian Sevens (2007–2011)
44 Coventry Building Society Arena 32,609 Coventry  England Wasps
45 Paris La Défense Arena 32,000 Nanterre  France Racing 92
46 Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza 30,748 Dunedin  New Zealand Highlanders, Otago Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches
47 Noevir Stadium Kobe 30,132 Kobe  Japan Kobelco Steelers
48 AAMI Park 30,050 Melbourne  Australia Melbourne Rebels
49 Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium 30,000 Higashiōsaka  Japan Kintetsu Liners
50 Mt Smart Stadium 30,000 Auckland  New Zealand Counties Manukau Rugby Union
51 Skilled Park 27,400 Gold Coast  Australia Gold Coast Sevens (2011–2015)
52 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium 27,223 Tbilisi  Georgia Some Georgia national team matches
53 Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium 27,188 Tokyo  Japan Most Japan national rugby union team matches,[a 7] most Sunwolves matches, Japan Sevens (2012–15)
54 Ashton Gate Stadium 27,000 Bristol  England Bristol
55 Dignity Health Sports Park Soccer Stadium 27,000 Carson  United States RFCLA
56 Welford Road 26,000[2] Leicester  England Leicester Tigers
57 FMG Stadium Waikato 25,800 Hamilton  New Zealand Waikato Rugby Union, Chiefs
58 Thomond Park 25,600 Limerick  Ireland Munster, Shannon RFC, UL Bohemians RFC
59 Canberra Stadium 25,011 Canberra  Australia Brumbies
60 Nittawela Rugby Stadium 25,000 Kandy  Sri Lanka Kandy SC
61 Pam Brink Stadium 25,000 Springs  South Africa Some Falcons matches
62 North Harbour Stadium 25,000 Albany  New Zealand North Harbour Rugby Union
63 Okara Park 25,000 Whangarei  New Zealand Northland Rugby Football Union
64 Yarrow Stadium 25,000 New Plymouth  New Zealand Taranaki Rugby Football Union
65 The Darlington Arena 25,000 Darlington  England Darlington Mowden Park
66 Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground 24,000 Dubai  UAE Some Arabian Gulf rugby union team matches, many local club matches
67 Parramatta Stadium[3] 20,741 Parramatta  Australia Some Greater Sydney Rams matches
68 Liberty Stadium 20,532 Swansea  Wales Ospreys
69 Headingley Stadium 20,500 Leeds  England Yorkshire Carnegie
70 HBF Park 20,500 Perth  Australia Western Force
71 Stade des Alpes 20,068 Grenoble  France Most FC Grenoble matches
72 America First Field 20,008 Sandy  United States Utah Warriors
73 SeatGeek Stadium 20,000 Bridgeview  United States Chicago Hounds
74 Concord Oval 20,000 Concord  Australia Some Greater Sydney Rams matches, West Harbour RFC
75 Leichhardt Oval 20,000 Leichhardt  Australia Sydney Stars
76 North Sydney Oval 20,000 Sydney  Australia Northern Suburbs Rugby Club
77 Owen Delany Park 20,000 Taupō  New Zealand King Country Rugby Football Union
78 Stade Jean-Bouin 20,000 Paris  France Stade Français, France Sevens (2016–present)
79 Baypark Stadium 19,800 Mount Maunganui  New Zealand Bay of Plenty Rugby Union
80 Dick's Sporting Goods Park 19,680 Commerce City  United States Denver Barbarians
81 Meadow Lane 19,588 Nottingham  England Nottingham RFC
82 Stadio Euganeo 19,500 Padua  Italy
83 Stade Ernest-Wallon 19,500 Toulouse  France Stade Toulousain
84 Stadio della Vittoria 19,253 Bari  Italy
85 Queenstown Events Centre 19,000 Queenstown  New Zealand Some Highlanders matches
86 Brianteo Stadium 18,500 Milan  Italy Aironi Rugby
87 Stade de la Méditerranée 18,555 Béziers  France AS Béziers Hérault
88 RDS Arena 18,500 Dublin  Ireland Leinster
89 Subaru Park 18,500 Chester  United States Collegiate Rugby Championship
90 Ravenhill Stadium 18,196 Belfast  Northern Ireland Ulster
91 Stade Marcel-Michelin 18,030 Clermont-Ferrand  France ASM Clermont Auvergne
92 Totally Wicked Stadium 18,000 St Helens  England St. Helens
93 Ballymore Stadium 18,000 Brisbane  Australia Brisbane City, Queensland Premier Rugby Grand Final and some individual matches, Queensland XV matches, some Reds preseason matches, Australian national rugby union academy
94 ABSA Park 18,000 Kimberley  South Africa some Cheetahs matches
95 AMI Stadium 18,000 Christchurch  New Zealand Crusaders, Canterbury
96 Arena Manawatu 18,000 Palmerston North  New Zealand Manawatu Turbos
97 Stade Aimé Giral 17,500 Perpignan  France USA Perpignan
98 Brentford Community Stadium 17,250 London  England London Irish
99 Rugby Park Stadium 17,000 Invercargill  New Zealand Southland Rugby Football Union
100 Stade Jean Dauger 17,000 Bayonne  France Aviron Bayonnais
101 Yamaha Stadium 16,879 Iwata  Japan Yamaha Júbilo
102 Stade Guy Boniface 16,800 Mont-de-Marsan  France Stade Montois
103 Kingsholm Stadium 16,500 Gloucester  England Gloucester
104 Trafalgar Park 16,000 Nelson  New Zealand Tasman
105 Danie Craven Stadium 16,000 Stellenbosch  South Africa FNB Varsity Cup
106 Stade Mayol 15,700 Toulon  France Toulon
107 Franklin's Gardens 15,500 Northampton  England Northampton Saints
108 Central Stadium 15,000 Krasnoyarsk  Russia Russia national team, local club matches
109 Bilino Polje 15,000 Zenica  Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
110 Parc des Sports Aguiléra 15,000 Biarritz  France Biarritz Olympique
111 National Stadium 15,000 Suva  Fiji
112 Stade Amédée-Domenech 15,000 Brive-la-Gaillarde  France CA Brive
113 Stade Maurice Boyau 15,000 Dax  France US Dax
114 Mizuho Rugby Stadium 15,000 Nagoya City  Japan Some Japan national team matches, several local clubs
115 Apia Park 15,000 Apia  Samoa Samoa national team
116 Stade Makis 15,000 Antananarivo  Madagascar Madagascar national team, local club matches
117 Parc y Scarlets 14,870 Llanelli  Wales Scarlets, Llanelli RFC
118 Twickenham Stoop 14,816 London  England Harlequins, London Women's Sevens (2015)
119 GGL Stadium 14,700 Montpellier  France Montpellier
120 Stade Georges Pompidou 14,380 Valence  France La Voulte-Valence
121 Stadio Giglio 14,138 Reggio Emilia  Italy Local club matches; formerly Aironi
122 Stade Armandie 14,000 Agen  France SU Agen
123 Estadio Charrúa 14,000 Montevideo  Uruguay Uruguay national team
124 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir 14,000 Colombes  France Racing 92
125 Stade du Hameau 13,966 Pau  France Section Paloise
126 Recreation Ground 13,500 Bath  England Bath
127 Stadium Municipal d'Albi 13,058 Albi  France SC Albi
128 Stade Sapiac 12,600 Montauban  France US Montauban
129 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park 12,500 Cardiff  Wales Cardiff Blues, Cardiff RFC
130 Stade Marcel-Deflandre 12,500 La Rochelle  France Stade Rochelais
131 Sandy Park 15,600 Exeter  England Exeter Chiefs
132 Estadio Nacional Complutense 12,400 Madrid  Spain Many Spain national team matches
133 Estadio GEBA 12,133 Buenos Aires  Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires
134 Sixways 12,024 Worcester  England Worcester Warriors
135 Velodromo Paolo Borsellino 12,000 Palermo  Italy Palermo Rugby
136 AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford  England Sale Sharks
137 Fraser Park 12,000 Timaru  New Zealand South Canterbury Rugby Football Union
138 Brewery Field 12,000 Bridgend  Wales Bridgend Ravens
139 Arturo Collana Stadium 12,000 Naples  Italy Partenope Rugby
140 Parc des Sports Et de l'Amitié 12,000 Narbonne  France RC Narbonne
141 Sunshine Coast Stadium 12,000 Kawana Waters  Australia Some Queensland Country matches
142 Stade Lesdiguières 11,900 Grenoble  France Some FC Grenoble matches
143 Rodney Parade 11,676 Newport, Wales  Wales Dragons Newport RFC
144 Stade Pierre-Fabre 11,500 Castres  France Castres Olympique
145 Bonney Field 11,442 Sacramento  United States
146 Stade Michel Bendichou 11,430 Colomiers  France US Colomiers
147 Stade Gabriel Montpied 10,607 Clermont-Ferrand  France France Women's Sevens
148 American Legion Memorial Stadium 10,500 Charlotte  United States Anthem Rugby Carolina
149 Kingston Park 10,200 Newcastle  England Newcastle Falcons
150 Arena Civica 10,200 Milan  Italy Amatori Milano
151 Churchill Park 10,000 Lautoka  Fiji Colonial Cup, Digicel Cup
152 Allianz Park 10,000 London  England Saracens
153 Dubarry Park 10,000 Athlone  Ireland Buccaneers RFC & AIB League Final
154 Outeniqua Park 10,000 George  South Africa SWD Eagles; used for the South Africa Sevens from 2002 to 2010
155 Tommaso Fattori Stadium 10,000 L'Aquila  Italy L'Aquila Rugby 1936
156 Stade d'Albert Domec 10,000 Carcassonne  France US Carcassonne
157 Stade André Moga 10,000 Bègles  France Some Union Bordeaux Bègles matches
158 Stade Pierre Rajon 10,000 Bourgoin-Jallieu  France CS Bourgoin-Jallieu
159 Plebiscito Stadium 10,000 Padua  Italy Petrarca Rugby
160 Viking Park 10,000 Canberra  Australia University of Canberra Vikings
161 Gold Mine on Airline 10,000 Metairie  United States New Orleans Gold
  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[edit]

Lansdowne Road Stadium
Stadium Capacity (at time of closure) City Country Home Team Closed Fate
The National Stadium 53,000 Cardiff  Wales Wales national team 1997 Replaced 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 Road 49,000 Dublin  Ireland Ireland national team 2007 Demolished and replaced on-site by Aviva Stadium.
PETCO Park 42,445 San Diego  United States USA Sevens 2010 Remains in use for its original purpose of baseball.
Athletic Park 39,000 Wellington  New Zealand Wellington Hurricanes, Wellington Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches 1999 Demolished. The replacement venue, Wellington Regional Stadium, is 5.9 km (~3.7 miles) away.
Lancaster Park 36,000 Christchurch  New Zealand Crusaders, Canterbury Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches 2011 Following 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]
Carisbrook 29,000 Dunedin  New Zealand Highlanders, Otago Rugby Football Union, some New Zealand national team matches 2011 Demolition began in early 2012. Parts of the stadium will be preserved or reused.
Dignity Health Sports Park 27,000 Carson  United States USA Sevens 2007 Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Cardiff City Stadium 26,828 Cardiff  Wales Cardiff Blues 2014 Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Vicarage Road 19,920 Watford  England Saracens 2013 Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Loftus Road 18,500 London  England London Wasps 2001 Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Meadowbank Stadium 16,500 Edinburgh  Scotland Edinburgh 2006 Remains in use for many other sports, including football (soccer) and American football.
Racecourse Ground 15,500 Wrexham  Wales Scarlets 2009 Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer), and has hosted rugby league since 2010.
Stade Jean-Bouin 12,000 Paris  France Stade Français 2010 Replaced on-site by a new stadium of the same name that opened in 2013.
Edgeley Park 10,900 Stockport  England Sale Sharks 2012 Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).
Firhill 10,887 Glasgow  Scotland Glasgow Warriors 2012 Remains in use for its original purpose of football (soccer).

Future stadiums[edit]

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

Stadium Capacity
City Country Home Team/Event Hosting Opening
DSC Multi-Purpose Stadium 60,000 Dubai  United Arab Emirates TBA
Kai Tak Stadium 50,000 Hong Kong  Hong Kong TBA

See also[edit]


  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.

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