10 Largest NFL Stadiums in the United States

Football is a sport that is uniquely American and is still the most watched sport in the United States. Football has an almost cult-like following and people do not only revere the greatest football players in history, they also have an immense love and respect for football stadiums, particularly the ones where some of the greatest moments in football’s history have occurred. In addition to being the largest NFL stadiums, many of the stadiums on this list are also some of the oldest and most visited NFL stadiums in the country.

  1. NRG Stadium

Current Seat Capacity: 72,200
Location: Houston, Texas
Home NFL Team: Houston Texans
Year Opened:  August 24, 2002

NRG Stadium
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NRG Stadium, formerly Reliant Stadium, may not have as much seat capacity as some of the other stadiums on this list, but the stadium occupies a 125,000 square foot space. NRG Stadium is a part of a larger complex called NRG Park, which also includes the NRG Center, NRG Arena, and the NRG Astrodome.

In addition to football games, NRG Stadium is used for rodeos, concerts, private events, and the circus. NRG Stadium has a capacity of 72,200 seats.

Did You Know?

It only takes seven minutes for the retractable roof of NRG Stadium to fully open.

  1. Bank of America Stadium

Current Seat Capacity: 75,523
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Home NFL Team: Carolina Panthers
Year Opened:  August 3, 1996

Bank of America Stadium
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Bank of America Stadium is the home venue of the Carolina Panthers. The stadium is located in Charlotte, the biggest city in North Carolina. Bank of America Stadium was built specifically for football games and has a capacity of 75,523 seats.

Bank of America Stadium sits on 15 acres and has a height of 211 feet. The upper and lower seats in the Bank of America Stadium are 19 inches wide, while the club seats are 21 inches wide. There are many clubs an suites inside of Bank of America Stadium, which provide luxury fan experiences.

Did You Know?

Bank of America Stadium will retain its current name until 2024 because the Panthers and Bank of America signed 20 year naming rights agreement in 2004.

  1. Broncos Stadium at Mile High

Current Seat Capacity: 76,125
Location: Denver, Colorado
Home NFL Team: Denver Broncos
Year Opened:  September 10, 2001

Broncos Stadium at Mile High
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The temporarily named Broncos Stadium at Mile High doesn’t trail too far behind the other stadiums on this list in size. Broncos Stadium currently has 76,125 seats. For the time being, the Denver Broncos have decided to name their home venue Broncos Stadium at Mile High, while the team continues to look for a naming rights sponsor.

Broncos Stadium has been open for nearly two decades and the Denver Broncos played their first game in the stadium against the New York Giants. The stadium was most recently renovated in 2013 for $32 million.

Did You Know?

The oldest tradition of the Broncos Stadium at Mile High is the “Mile High Thunder”, which is when Broncos fans collectively stomp on the stadium’s floor.

  1. Arrowhead Stadium

Current Seat Capacity: 76,416
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Home NFL Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Year Opened:  August 12, 1972

Arrowhead Stadium
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Arrowhead Stadium has been open for over 46 years and currently has a capacity of 76,416 seats. Unlike many sports stadiums, Arrowhead Stadium was not built to be multipurpose and was only meant for football.

Like some of the other stadiums on this list, Arrowhead Stadium boasts an extensive art collection. A majority of the art comes from artists from Kansas City. Art is so popular in Arrowhead Stadium that Paint & Sip classes are offered by local artists.

Did You Know?

Arrowhead Stadium is known for being one of the loudest NFL stadiums.

  1. Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Current Seat Capacity: 76,468
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Home NFL Team: New Orleans Saints
Year Opened:  August 3, 1975

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, commonly called just the Superdome, is home to the New Orleans Saints. The Superdome has a seating capacity of 76,468 and has hosted seven Super Bowls – the eighth Super Bowl at the Superdome will take place in 2024. Overall, New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl 10 times, a record that will be beaten when Miami hosts Super Bowl LIV (54) in 2020.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome spans across 13 acres and is 273 feet about street level. In addition to the football field and surrounding seats, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome has four 19,000 square-foot ballrooms, 53 separable meeting rooms, three dining rooms, and a television studio.

Did You Know?

The main part (the field) of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by posts.

  1. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Current Seat Capacity: 78,500
Location: Los Angeles, California
Home NFL Team: Los Angeles Rams (temporarily)
Year Opened:  May 1, 1923

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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For many years, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has not been used as a regular NFL stadium because Los Angeles professional team for many years until the Rams moved to L.A. in 2016. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is primarily used for college football by the University of Southern California-Los Angeles Trojans. In addition to being one of the largest NFL stadiums, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the oldest NFL stadium in history.

Currently, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is undergoing extensive renovations, including reducing seat capacity. Prior to 2018, the Coliseum had 93,607 seats (and would have been the largest NFL stadium), which will be reduced down to 77,500 seats in 2019. Additionally, in August 2019 the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will change its name to the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.

Did You Know?

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be the first stadium in the world to host the Summer Olympics three times, in 1932, 1984, and the upcoming Summer Olympics in 2028.

  1. AT&T Stadium

Current Seat Capacity: 80,000 (can expand to nearly 100,000 seats)
Location: Arlington, Texas
Home NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys
Year Opened:  May 27, 2009

AT&T Stadium
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AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium, is the current stadium of “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys. The stadium is fairly new and opened in May 2009. During the regular NFL season, AT&T Stadium has 80,000 seats, but can be expanded to nearly 100,000 seats for special events like the Super Bowl.

While it might be weird to place fine art inside of a sports venue, the Jones Family (owners of the Dallas Cowboys) decided to display several pieces of art throughout AT&T Stadium. Many of the art pieces are built directly into the architecture of AT&T Stadium’s interior.

Did You Know?

The scoreboard inside of AT&T Stadium is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the World’s Largest High-Definition Video Display.

  1. Lambeau Field

Current Seat Capacity: 81,441
Location: Green Bay Wisconsin
Home NFL Team: Green Bay Packers
Year Opened:  September 29, 1957

Lambeau Field
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Lambeau Field is one of the most iconic NFL stadiums because it is home to the Green Bay Packers, whose fans are fiercely loyal. The Packers’ home stadium has over 81,400 seats that range in price from $100 – $411 during the regular season.

One of the main features of Lambeau Field is the 376,000 square foot Atrium on the east side of the stadium. Lambeau Field Atrium is five stories high and features a number of dining, retail, and entertainment options. There are also private rooms in the Atrium that can be rented out for special events.

Did You Know?

Although Lambeau Field is not the oldest NFL stadium, it does hold the record for being the longest continuously occupied stadium in the NFL.

  1. FedExField

Current Seat Capacity: 82,000
Location: Landover, Maryland
Home NFL Team: Washington Redskins
Year Opened:  September 14, 1997

FedExField
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FedExField is home to the Washington Redskins and is just 500 seats shy of being the largest NFL stadium. Currently, FedExField has a capacity of 82,000 seats, but in the past the stadium was able to hold 91,000 spectators. However, in the past few years as attendance has declined, the Redskins have removed thousands of seats from FedExField.

FedExField sits on a 200 acre site and was opened in the Fall of 1997, just in time for a Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals game, which the Redskins won. Inside of FedExField is the Bud Light Social Lounge, which was created through a partnership with Anheuser Busch. The Social Lounge has a virtual field goal kick, tablets, lots of Xbox Ones, and of course Bud Light beer.

Did You Know?

FedExField was initially called Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in honor of the Redskins owner at the time, who had passed away before the stadium was completed.

  1. MetLife Stadium

Current Seat Capacity: 82,500
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Home NFL Team: New York Jets and New York Giants
Year Opened:  April 10, 2010

MetLife Stadium
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MetLife Stadium is the largest NFL stadium in the United States with a maximum seat capacity of 82,500 spectators. The stadium also has four luxury club spaces that have 10,000 seats total and were designed by the Rockwell Group.

In addition to football games, MetLife Stadium hosted some of the world’s biggest events, including WrestleMania 29, CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals, and the Copa America Centenario (3 matches, including the Final). From 2010 – 2016, MetLife Stadium was ranked by Billboard Magazine as the No. 1 highest grossing stadium in the world for non-NFL events.

Did You Know?

MetLife Stadium is the only football venue that is home to two NFL teams, the New York Jets and the New York Giants.

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