List of current National Football League stadiums


List of current National Football League stadiums

The following is a list of current National Football League stadiums, sorted by capacity, their locations, their first year of usage and home teams.

Stadiums represent a considerable expense to a community, and thus their construction, use, and funding often enters the public discourse.[1] Also, given the perceived advantage a team gets to playing in their home stadium, particular attention is given in the media to the peculiarities of each stadium's environment. Climate, playing surface (either natural or artificial turf), and the presence or lack of a roof or dome all contribute to giving each team its home-field advantage.

Franchises playing in a domed or retractable-roof stadium typically do poorly in the playoffs.[2] As of January 4, 2007, dome teams were 8-29 in outdoor playoff games. The only dome teams to win a Super Bowl are the 1999 St. Louis Rams, the 2006 Indianapolis Colts and the 2009 New Orleans Saints, although the Rams won the Super Bowl in the Georgia Dome in 1999.[3] In 2010, three of the four teams playing in the AFC and NFC championships had home stadiums that had a dome or retractable roof (New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and the Indianapolis Colts). Super Bowl XLIV hosted the Saints and the Colts, marking the first time that two indoor teams played each other in a Super Bowl. Conversely, outdoor stadium teams tend to do well in the playoffs. Through Super Bowl XLIV, outdoor teams have won 41 of the 44 Super Bowls held so far.[4][5] Outdoor stadiums built in climates with an average January temperature of less than 50°F (10°C) are, by rule, not allowed to host the Super Bowl, though this was apparently waived to allow Super Bowl XLVIII, in 2014, to be hosted at MetLife Stadium.

The New York Giants and New York Jets share a stadium (MetLife Stadium), thus there are only 31 NFL stadiums.[6]

The NFL uses several other stadiums on a regular basis in addition to the teams' designated regular home sites. The NFL International Series places one regular season game per year at Wembley Stadium in London, and the Buffalo Bills have an agreement to play one home game per year from 2008-2012 plus three exhibition games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition, Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio hosts the annual exhibition Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, and Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii usually hosts the Pro Bowl.

The New York Giants' and New York Jets' MetLife Stadium is the largest in the NFL in terms of regular capacity. The Dallas Cowboys' Cowboys Stadium can expand past that of MetLife Stadium by means of standing room and temporary seating, which makes Cowboys Stadium the only NFL stadium capable of holding 100,000 or more fans, though it normally only seats 80,000. The smallest full-time NFL stadium is Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. All of the full-time NFL stadiums seat between 60,000 and 83,000 fans; teams rarely go above this mark because the league's television contracts encourage teams to sell out by allowing sellout games to be televised locally, and having too many seats to fill makes selling out difficult, reducing the team's media attention. The Jacksonville Jaguars faced this exact problem, and for the past several years have covered up several thousand seats at EverBank Field in an effort to sell out more games. Teams are allowed to cover seats to reduce capacity, but must do so for all home games at the stadium, including playoff games, unless given express permission otherwise. Super Bowls are generally exempt from this rule and can expand to as many seats as desired.

Contents

List

Stadiums are listed by their seating capacity for NFL games. Some stadiums can be expanded to fit larger crowds.

Key
dagger Domed Stadiums
double-dagger Stadiums with a retractable roof


Image Stadium Capacity City State/Province Surface Home teams Opened Refs
New Meadowlands Stadium Mezz Corner.jpg
MetLife Stadium 82,566 East Rutherford New Jersey FieldTurf New York Giants

New York Jets

2010 [7]
FedExField01.jpg
FedEx Field 82,000 Landover Maryland Grass Washington Redskins 1997 [8]
Cowboys Stadium full view.jpg
Cowboys Stadiumdouble-dagger 80,000 Arlington Texas Matrix RealGrass artificial turf [9] Dallas Cowboys 2009 [10]
Superdome Sunset.jpg
Mercedes-Benz Superdomedagger 76,468 New Orleans Louisiana Sportexe Momentum Turf New Orleans Saints 1975 [11]
061123Broncos-Chiefs02.jpg
Arrowhead Stadium 76,416 Kansas City Missouri Grass Kansas City Chiefs 1972 [12]
Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.jpg
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125 Denver Colorado Grass Denver Broncos 2001 [13]
Dolphinstadiumint.JPG
Sun Life Stadium 75,192 Miami Gardens Florida Grass Miami Dolphins 1987 [14]
Carolina Panthers 24 Tampa Bay Bucanners 10.jpg
Bank of America Stadium 73,778 Charlotte North Carolina Grass Carolina Panthers 1996 [15]
DSCN4567 clevelandbrownsstadium e2.jpg
Cleveland Browns Stadium 73,200 Cleveland Ohio Grass Cleveland Browns 1999 [16]
Lambeau Field bowl.jpg
Lambeau Field 73,128 Green Bay Wisconsin Grass Green Bay Packers 1957 [17]
Bills.jpg
Ralph Wilson Stadium 73,079 Orchard Park New York A-Turf Titan Buffalo Bills 1973 [18][19]
Qualcomm Interior.jpg
Qualcomm Stadium 71,294 San Diego California Grass San Diego Chargers 1967 [20]
VT Hokies Marching Virginians.jpg
Georgia Domedagger 71,228 Atlanta Georgia FieldTurf Atlanta Falcons 1992 [21]
Reliant Stadium.jpg
Reliant Stadiumdouble-dagger 71,054 Houston Texas Grass Houston Texans 2002 [22]
M&T Bank Stadium DoD.jpg
M&T Bank Stadium 71,008 Baltimore Maryland Sportexe Momentum Turf Baltimore Ravens 1998 [23]
Candlestick Park field from section 55.JPG
Candlestick Park 69,732 San Francisco California Grass San Francisco 49ers 1960 [24]
Philly (45).JPG
Lincoln Financial Field 69,144 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Grass Philadelphia Eagles 2003 [25]
Night Settles on LP Field.jpg
LP Field 69,143 Nashville Tennessee Grass Tennessee Titans 1999 [26]
Gillette Stadium02.jpg
Gillette Stadium 68,756 Foxborough Massachusetts FieldTurf New England Patriots 2002 [27]
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.JPG
EverBank Field 67,164 Jacksonville Florida Grass Jacksonville Jaguars 1995 [28]
Qwest Field.jpg
CenturyLink Field 67,000 Seattle Washington FieldTurf Seattle Seahawks 2002 [29]
Edwardjonesinterior.jpg
Edward Jones Domedagger 66,965 St. Louis Missouri AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D St. Louis Rams 1995 [30]
Raymond James Stadium02.JPG
Raymond James Stadium 65,857 Tampa Florida Grass Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1998 [31]
Cincinnati-paul-brown-stadium2.jpg
Paul Brown Stadium 65,790 Cincinnati Ohio FieldTurf Cincinnati Bengals 2000 [32]
Heinz Field02.jpg
Heinz Field 65,050 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Grass Pittsburgh Steelers 2001 [33]
Ford-Field-September-10-2006.jpg
Ford Fielddagger 64,500 Detroit Michigan FieldTurf Detroit Lions 2002 [34]
051207-MPLS-006Metrodome-crop.jpg
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodomedagger 64,121 Minneapolis Minnesota Sportexe Momentum Turf Minnesota Vikings 1982 [35]
University of Phoenix Stadium aerial.jpg
University of Phoenix Stadiumdouble-dagger 63,400 Glendale Arizona Grass Arizona Cardinals 2006 [36]
Oakland Coliseum field from Mt. Davis.JPG
O.co Coliseum 63,026 Oakland California Grass Oakland Raiders 1966 [37]
LucasOilStadiumTheLuke.jpg
Lucas Oil Stadiumdouble-dagger 63,000 Indianapolis Indiana FieldTurf Indianapolis Colts 2008 [38]
Soldier field 2006.jpg
Soldier Field 61,500 Chicago Illinois Grass Chicago Bears 2003 [39]



Additional stadiums

Image Stadium Capacity City State/Province Surface Home teams Opened Refs
Wembley Stadium interior.jpg
Wembley Stadium 86,000 London England, United Kingdom Grass NFL International Series 2007 [40]
RogersCentre Toronto Sept1-05.jpg
Rogers Centre 54,000 Toronto Ontario, Canada Astroturf Gameday Grass 3D Buffalo Bills 1989 [41]
Aloha Stadium, Hawaii.jpg
Aloha Stadium 50,000 Honolulu Hawaii FieldTurf Pro Bowl 1975 [42]
HallofFameGame.JPG
Fawcett Stadium 22,375 Canton Ohio FieldTurf Hall of Fame Game 1938 [43]



Future stadiums proposed or under construction

See also

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