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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 its 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.

Because the two New York City franchises, the New York Giants and New York Jets, share a stadium located in New Jersey (MetLife Stadium), there are only 31 full-time NFL stadiums.[2]

The NFL uses several other stadiums on a regular basis in addition to the teams' designated regular home sites. The Jacksonville Jaguars will, in 2013, begin a four-year agreement to play one regular season home game per year at Wembley Stadium in London, England, as part of the NFL International Series, while the Buffalo Bills have an agreement to play one home game per year from 2013-2018 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In addition, Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, is the location of the annual exhibition Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, and Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, is usually the location of the Pro Bowl.

The Washington Redskins' FedEx Field is the largest stadium in the NFL by its regular seating capacity. AT&T Stadium's capacity can expand past that of FedEx Field by means of using temporary seating, which makes AT&T Stadium the only NFL stadium capable of holding 100,000 or more spectators; for regular season games, the stadium is reconfigured so that it only seats 80,000. The smallest full-time NFL stadium is O.co Coliseum, the home of the Oakland Raiders.

All of the NFL's stadiums currently (as of 2013) seat between 53,000 and 85,000 fans (in contrast to college football stadiums, the largest of which can accommodate over 100,000 spectators), with all but O.co Coliseum having over 60,000 seats. Teams rarely build their stadiums far beyond the 80,000 seat threshold (and even then, only in the largest markets) because of the league's blackout policy, which prohibits the televising of any NFL game within 75 miles of its home market if a game does not sell all of its non-premium seating. In the opposite direction, the league has a firm minimum on the number of seats an NFL stadium should have; with the exception of the aforementioned Hall of Fame Game, since 1971 the league has not allowed any stadium under 50,000 seats to host an NFL team. In normal circumstances, all NFL stadiums are all-seaters.

All but seven NFL stadiums (Candlestick Park, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Lambeau Field, the Georgia Dome, Soldier Field, Paul Brown Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium being the exceptions) have sold the naming rights to their stadiums to corporations. (Candlestick Park's pending replacement has sold its naming rights, which will bring the number of stadiums without corporate names down to six in 2014.)


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Key Meaning
Domed stadiums
Stadiums with a retractable roof

Stadiums

Some stadiums can be expanded to fit larger crowds for other events such as concerts or conventions. Official seating capacities do not include standing room.

Image Stadium Capacity +Standing Room/Expanded seats Location Playing surface Team(s) Opened Ref(s)
FedExField 85,000 85,000 Landover, Maryland Bermuda Grass (Latitude 36) Washington Redskins 1997 [3]
MetLife Stadium 82,566 82,566 East Rutherford, New Jersey UBU-Intensity Series- S5-M Synthetic Turf New York Giants
New York Jets
2010 [4]
Lambeau Field 80,750 80,750 Green Bay, Wisconsin Desso GrassMaster Green Bay Packers 1957 [5]
AT&T Stadium 80,000 105,121 Arlington, Texas Matrix RealGrass artificial turf[6] Dallas Cowboys 2009 [7]
Arrowhead Stadium 76,416 76,416 Kansas City, Missouri Grass Kansas City Chiefs 1972 [8]
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125 77,160 Denver, Colorado Desso GrassMaster Denver Broncos 2001 [9]
Sun Life Stadium 75,540 80,120 Miami Gardens, Florida Prescription Athletic Turf (Natural Grass) Miami Dolphins 1987 [10]
Bank of America Stadium 73,778 74,113 Charlotte, North Carolina Grass Carolina Panthers 1996 [11]
Mercedes-Benz Superdome 73,208 76,468 New Orleans, Louisiana UBU-Intensity Series- S5-M Synthetic Turf New Orleans Saints 1975 [12]
120px FirstEnergy Stadium 73,200 73,200 Cleveland, Ohio Kentucky Bluegrass Cleveland Browns 1999 [13]
Ralph Wilson Stadium 73,079 73,079 Orchard Park, New York A-Turf Titan Buffalo Bills 1973 [14][15]
Georgia Dome 71,228 75,624 Atlanta, Georgia FieldTurf Atlanta Falcons 1992 [16]
Reliant Stadium 71,054 71,738 Houston, Texas 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Houston Texans 2002 [17]
M&T Bank Stadium 71,008 74,320 Baltimore, Maryland Sportexe Momentum Turf Baltimore Ravens 1998 [18]
Qualcomm Stadium 70,561 70,561 San Diego, California Grass San Diego Chargers 1967 [19]
Candlestick Park 69,732 69,732 San Francisco, California Kentucky Bluegrass San Francisco 49ers 1960[nb 1] [20]
LP Field 69,143 69,143 Nashville, Tennessee 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Tennessee Titans 1999 [21]
Gillette Stadium 68,756 68,756 Foxborough, Massachusetts FieldTurf New England Patriots 2002 [22]
Lincoln Financial Field 68,532 69,144 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Desso GrassMaster Philadelphia Eagles 2003 [23]
120px EverBank Field 67,246 76,867 Jacksonville, Florida 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Jacksonville Jaguars 1995 [24]
CenturyLink Field 67,000 72,000 Seattle, Washington FieldTurf Seattle Seahawks 2002 [25]
Edward Jones Dome 66,000 66,000 St. Louis, Missouri AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D St. Louis Rams 1995 [26]
Raymond James Stadium 65,890 75,000 Tampa, Florida 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1998 [27]
Paul Brown Stadium 65,535 65,535 Cincinnati, Ohio UBU-Intensity Series- S5-M Synthetic Turf Cincinnati Bengals 2000 [28]
Heinz Field 65,050 66,662 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Grass Pittsburgh Steelers 2001 [29]
Ford Field 65,000 70,000 Detroit, Michigan FieldTurf Detroit Lions 2002 [30]
Mall of America Field 64,121 64,121 Minneapolis, Minnesota UBU-Intensity Series- S5-M Synthetic Turf Minnesota Vikings 1982 [31]
University of Phoenix Stadium 63,400 78,600 Glendale, Arizona 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Arizona Cardinals 2006 [32]
Lucas Oil Stadium 62,421 70,000 Indianapolis, Indiana FieldTurf Indianapolis Colts 2008 [33]
Soldier Field 61,500 62,871 Chicago, Illinois Grass Chicago Bears 1924[nb 2] [34]
O.co Coliseum 53,200 64,200 Oakland, California Grass Oakland Raiders 1966 [35]

Map of current stadiums

Additional stadiums

Image Stadium Capacity Location Playing surface Team(s) Opened Ref(s)
Wembley Stadium 90,000 London, England, United Kingdom Desso GrassMaster NFL International Series 2007 [36]
Rogers Centre 54,000 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Astroturf Gameday Grass 3D Buffalo Bills[37] 1989 [38]
Aloha Stadium 50,000 Honolulu, Hawaii FieldTurf Pro Bowl 1975 [39]
120px Fawcett Stadium 22,375 Canton, Ohio FieldTurf Hall of Fame Game 1938 [40]

Future stadiums proposed or under construction

Future, proposed stadiums
Stadium Team Location Capacity Opening Ref(s)
Levi's Stadium San Francisco 49ers Santa Clara, California 68,500 2014 [41]
Vikings Stadium Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota 65,000 2016 [42][43]
New Falcons Stadium Atlanta Falcons Atlanta, Georgia 65,000 2017
New Chargers Stadium San Diego Chargers San Diego, California Unknown Unknown
Farmers Field Expansion or relocation team Los Angeles, California 72,500 Unknown
Los Angeles Stadium Expansion or relocation team Industry, California 75,000 Unknown
New Buffalo Bills Stadium Buffalo Bills Buffalo, New York 72,000 Unknown

See also

Notes

References

External links

  • Map of NFL Stadiums
  • Aerial Views of NFL Stadiums
  • Stadiums of Pro Football
  • NFL Map
  • Ranking the NFL Stadiums - Yahoo! Sports
  • NFL stadiums on Ballparks.com
  • best nfl stadiums

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