NFL Stadiums don’t produce eye popping numbers like some of College Football 100,000+ venues, but there aren’t any with less than 60,000. Cowboys Stadium can pack 110,000 when Jerry Jones feels like it, while FedEx stadium keeps getting smaller, but remains high on the list.
Number 10 – Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers – 73,128
An almost Mythic stadium which is named after Curly Lambeau, the founder of the Green Bay Packers. It was the first stadium to be built exclusively for a NFL team and is the longest continuously-occupied stadium in the NFL. It also goes by “the frozen tundra”, especially during the harsh winter months.
Number 9 – Cleveland Browns Stadium – 73,200
The Cleveland Browns play in this heavily criticized stadium by civic leaders, for the fact that it was built solely for the purpose of football, meaning it’s used around ten times a year. Maybe if it hosted a more successful team the critics would be more silent.
Number 8 – Bank of America Stadium, Carolina Panthers – 73,778
The stadium, opened in 1996, started the big “stadium-boom” in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, and is already under it’s third name – it was called the Carolinas Stadium and the Ericsson stadium.
Number 7 – Sun Life Stadium, Miami Dolphins – 75,192
The stadium formerly known as Dolphins Stadium, Joe Robbie Stadium, Players Park and Land Shark is home to the Miami Dolphins and has hosted a few Super Bowls since opening in 1987. It was also the home of the Florida Marlins(MLB) and still of the Miami ‘Canes (College Football).
Number 6 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver Broncos – 76,125
The stadium that replaced Mile High stadium in Denver and caused a lot of fan rage with the addition of Invesco next to Mile High, especially after Denver Post Columnist revealed Invesco executives refer to the stadium as “the Diaphragm”. Since August 16, 2011, the naming rights moved to the Sports Authority.
Number 5 – Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs – 76,416
The home of the Chiefs, or the Kansas City Chiefs to be more exact and the fourth largest NFL stadium. Referred to usually simply as Arrowhead and until recently was considered as one of the better home field advantages any NFL team had, with the loudest fans recorded in the NFL, along with those in Seattle.
Number 4 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Saints – 76,468
Mostly knows as the Superdome and was previously called the Louisiana Superdome, the new Car themed named venue is one of the oldest grounds in the NFL, home to the Saints and seven Super Bowls.
Number 3 – Cowboys Stadium, Dallas Cowboys – 80,000
As expected from a new Texas stadium built by Jerry Jones, this has a few “biggest” attached to it. Besides the fact that it can host up to 110,000 if filled with standing room fans, it is the largest domed stadium in the world and holds, proudly, the largest HD video screen. It’s been used for about everything possible, from College Football, boxing, High School ball to College Basketbal, and oh yes, Cowboys games.
Number 2 – FedExField, Washington Redskins – 82,000
Owned by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, FedEx field lost it’s top spot to MetLife after 10,000 seats were removed from the upper deck. Fans in Washington still miss the old RFK Stadium, and who knows, 15 years is kinda old for an NFL stadium these days.
Number 1 – MetLife Stadium, New York Giants & Jets – 82,566
Opened on April 2010, this was originally named The New Meadowlands stadium, but I guess that was too depressing and didn’t bring enough money with it. As with the previous, adjacent ground, this is home to both the New York Giants and Jets. More remarkably, by being named the host to the Super Bowl in 2014, it will be the first non-domed stadium in the Northern United States to host a Super Bowl game.