Of the 10 biggest stadiums in the NFL, there is only one that’s an outright domed stadium (Superdome in New Orleans). The biggest stadium on the list, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys, has a retractable roof.
There are cold weather stadiums on this list – Mile High in Denver, Kansas City with Arrowhead, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, FedExField in Landover, Michigan, and Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
The capacity numbers include standing room and extra seats
10th – Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs), 76,416
Home of the Kansas City Chiefs since 1972, Arrowhead Stadium at its “peak” could seat 79,451 people, but underwent a $375 million renovation in 2010 which slightly reduced its size. Chiefs fans set a new record for crowd noise in the 2014 season, hosting the New England Patriots, hitting 142.2 decibels and taking the “title” away from Seattle Seahawks fans.
9th – Mercedez-Benz Superdome (New Orleans Saints), 76,468
The Superdome in New Orleans has been around since 1975, being the home to the Saints but has also hosted the Super Bowl seven times, most recently in 2013 as the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers. That game had the famous ‘lights out’ incident which helped the 49ers bounce back and almost win the game. The Superdome was shut down after the damages from Hurrican Katrina, but was reopened in 2006.
8th – EverBank Field (Jacksonville Jaguars), 76,867
Known as the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium when no sponsor was found or also the Alltel stadium for almost a decade, EverBank Field opened in 1995 and has been the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars ever since. It usually gets a bit louder and fuller during the annual Florida – Georgia game, also known as the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party.
7th – Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos), 77,160
Home of the Denver Broncos since 2001, replacing the previously used Mile High Stadium which was the team’s home for 41 years. The stadium also hosts Lacrosse games and the Rocky Mountain Showdown, the College Football derby between Colorado and Colorado State.
6th – University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals), 78,600
The stadium, used only by the Arizona Cardinals except for major College Football games, was initially called Cardinals Stadium. In 2006, shortly after opening, it switched to University of Phoenix, who are the sponsors, nothing else, as the school doesn’t have a football program. It hosted Super Bowl XLII and will also host the upcoming one in 2015.
5th – FedExField (Washington Redskins), 79,000
Home of the Washington Redskins, it’s actually in Landover, Maryland. It was opened on September 14, 2007 and underwent several expansions. At its capacity peak it could seat 91,665 fans, but has since been reduced a number of times. It is considered as one of the worst in the NFL concerning fan experience, especially when compared to the previous RFK Stadium.
4th – Sun Life Stadium (Miami Dolphins), 80,120
Home of the Miami Dolphins since 1987 and also for College Football games, it has went by a long number of different names: Joe Robbie, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium and Land Shark Stadium before reaching its current name. It has hosted five Super Bowls, the last of them in 2010, when the Saints beat the Colts.
3rd – Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers), 80,735
Lambeau Field is the oldest continually operating NFL stadium and has been the home of the Green Bay Packers since 1957. Soldier Field is older, but the Bears haven’t started using it until 1970 after leaving Wrigley Field.
2nd – MetLife Stadium (New York Giants & Jets), 82,566
Home of both the Giants and the Jets since 2010, this time not changing its name depending on who is the home team that Sunday, MetLife Stadium hosted the Super Bowl between the Broncos and the Seahawks in 2014. It was the first time a cold-weather city hosted the event without it being in a domed stadium.
1st – AT & T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), 105,121
Home of the Dallas Cowboys since 2009, it is sometimes referred to as Jerry World after Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. Besides hosting the Cowboys in home games, it has also been the venue for the Super Bowl in 2011 when the Packers beat the Steelers, a long number of College Football games – from the Cotton Bowl to the annual Cowboys Classic at the beginning of each season.