List of current National Football League stadiums

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Levi's Stadium, the newest stadium in the National Football League.

The following is a list of current National Football League stadiums, sorted by capacity, their locations, their first year of usage and home teams. 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 31 full-time NFL stadiums.[2]

The newest NFL stadium is Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home of the San Francisco 49ers, which opened for the 2014 season.

The NFL uses several other stadiums on a regular basis in addition to the teams' designated regular home sites. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a multi-year agreement to play one regular season home game per year at Wembley Stadium in London, England, as part of the NFL International Series which run through 2016. 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.

All but six NFL stadiums (Arrowhead Stadium, Georgia Dome, Lambeau Field, Paul Brown Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium and Soldier Field being the exceptions) have sold the naming rights to their stadiums to corporations.

Stadium characteristics[edit]

Stadiums represent a considerable expense to a community, and thus their construction, use, and funding often enters the public discourse.[3] 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 type of roof all contribute to giving each team its home-field advantage.

Stadiums are either open, enclosed, or have a retractable roof. For retractable roofs, the home team determines if the roof is to be opened or closed 90 minutes before kickoff. The roof remains open unless precipitation or lightning is within the vicinity of the stadium, the temperature drops below 40 °F (4 °C), or wind gusts are greater than 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), in which case the roof operators will close the roof. Once the roof is closed, it may not be reopened.[4]

Seating[edit]

The New York Giants' and The New York Jets' MetLife Stadium is currently the largest stadium in the NFL by regular seating capacity. AT&T Stadium's capacity can expand past that of MetLife Stadium 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 2014) seat between 52,525 and 82,500 fans (in contrast to college football stadiums, the largest of which can accommodate over 100,000 spectators), with all but O.co Coliseum and TCF Bank Stadium (a temporary home for the Vikings until their new stadium is finished) 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.

List of current stadiums[edit]

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 (Seats) +Standing Room/
Expanded seats
Location Playing surface Roof type Team(s) Opened Ref(s)
New Meadowlands Stadium Mezz Corner.jpg MetLife Stadium 82,500 82,500 East Rutherford, New Jersey UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf Open New York Giants
New York Jets
2010 [5]
Lambeau Field bowl.jpg Lambeau Field 80,735 80,735 Green Bay, Wisconsin Desso GrassMaster Open Green Bay Packers 1957 [6][7]
Cowboys Stadium field.jpg AT&T Stadium 80,000 105,000 Arlington, Texas Matrix RealGrass artificial turf[8] Retractable Dallas Cowboys 2009 [9]
061123Broncos-Chiefs02.jpg Arrowhead Stadium 76,416 76,416 Kansas City, Missouri Grass Open Kansas City Chiefs 1972 [10]
FedExField01.jpg FedEx Field 79,000 85,000 Landover, Maryland Bermuda Grass (Latitude 36) Open Washington Redskins 1997 [11]
Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.jpg Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125 77,046 Denver, Colorado Kentucky Bluegrass Open Denver Broncos 2001 [12]
Dolphinstadiumint.JPG Sun Life Stadium 75,540 80,000 Miami Gardens, Florida Prescription Athletic Turf (Natural Grass) Open Miami Dolphins 1987 [13]
Carolina Panthers 24 Tampa Bay Bucanners 10.jpg Bank of America Stadium 74,455 74,455 Charlotte, North Carolina Bermuda Voyager (Natural Grass)[14] Open Carolina Panthers 1996 [15]
Saints Stadium (3927508936).jpg Mercedes-Benz Superdome 73,208 76,468 New Orleans, Louisiana UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf Domed New Orleans Saints 1975 [16]
Cleveland Browns Stadium during 2008 NFL season.JPG FirstEnergy Stadium 67,407 67,407 Cleveland, Ohio Kentucky Bluegrass Open Cleveland Browns 1999 [17]
Bills.jpg Ralph Wilson Stadium 71,857 71,857 Orchard Park, New York A-Turf Titan Open Buffalo Bills 1973 [18][19]
Qualcomm Interior.jpg Qualcomm Stadium 70,561 70,561 San Diego, California Grass Open San Diego Chargers 1967 -
VT Hokies Marching Virginians.jpg Georgia Dome 71,250 75,000 Atlanta, Georgia FieldTurf Domed Atlanta Falcons 1992 [20]
Reliantstadium.jpg NRG Stadium 71,500 71,986 Houston, Texas 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Retractable Houston Texans 2002 [21]
M&T Bank Stadium DoD.jpg M&T Bank Stadium 71,008 75,355 Baltimore, Maryland Sportexe Momentum Turf Open Baltimore Ravens 1998 [22]
Philly (45).JPG Lincoln Financial Field 67,876 67,876 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Desso GrassMaster Open Philadelphia Eagles 2003 [23]
Night Settles on LP Field.jpg LP Field 69,143 69,143 Nashville, Tennessee 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Open Tennessee Titans 1999 [24]
Gillette Stadium02.jpg Gillette Stadium 68,756 68,756 Foxborough, Massachusetts FieldTurf Open New England Patriots 2002 [25]
Entering Levi's Stadium.JPG Levi's Stadium 68,500 75,000 Santa Clara, California Bermuda Grass / Ryegrass mixture Open San Francisco 49ers 2014 [26][27]
Superbowl XXXIX, 2005.JPG EverBank Field 67,246 76,867 Jacksonville, Florida 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Open Jacksonville Jaguars 1995 [28]
Seahawksvcowboysatqwest.jpg CenturyLink Field 67,000 72,000 Seattle, Washington FieldTurf Open Seattle Seahawks 2002 [29]
Raymond James Stadium02.JPG Raymond James Stadium 65,890 75,000 Tampa, Florida 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Open Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1998 [30]
Cincinnati-paul-brown-stadium2.jpg Paul Brown Stadium 65,535 65,535 Cincinnati, Ohio UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf Open Cincinnati Bengals 2000 [31]
Edwardjonesinterior.jpg Edward Jones Dome 66,000 66,000 St. Louis, Missouri AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D Domed St. Louis Rams 1995 [32]
Heinz Field02.jpg Heinz Field 65,500 65,500 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Grass Open Pittsburgh Steelers 2001 [33]
Ford-Field-September-10-2006.jpg Ford Field 65,000 70,000 Detroit, Michigan FieldTurf Domed Detroit Lions 2002 [34]
University of Phoenix Stadium no field.jpg University of Phoenix Stadium 63,400 78,600 Glendale, Arizona 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass Retractable Arizona Cardinals 2006 [35]
Oakland Coliseum field from Mt. Davis.JPG O.co Coliseum 56,047 64,200 Oakland, California Grass Open Oakland Raiders 1966 [36]
LucasOilStadiumTheLuke.jpg Lucas Oil Stadium 63,000 70,000 Indianapolis, Indiana FieldTurf Retractable Indianapolis Colts 2008 [37]
Soldier field 2006.jpg Soldier Field 61,500 62,114 Chicago, Illinois Grass Open Chicago Bears 1924[nb 1] [38]
TCF Bank Stadium Vikings.jpg TCF Bank Stadium 52,525 52,525 Minneapolis, Minnesota FieldTurf Open Minnesota Vikings 2009 [39]

Map of current stadiums[edit]

Additional stadiums[edit]

Image Stadium Capacity Location Playing surface Roof type Event(s) Opened Ref(s)
Wembley Stadium interior.jpg Wembley Stadium 86,000[nb 2] London, England, United Kingdom Desso GrassMaster Retractable NFL International Series 2007 [40]
Aloha Stadium, Hawaii.jpg Aloha Stadium 50,000 Honolulu, Hawaii UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf Open Pro Bowl 1975 [41]
Fawcett Stadium.jpg Fawcett Stadium 22,375 Canton, Ohio FieldTurf Open Hall of Fame Game 1938 [42]

Future stadiums proposed or under construction[edit]

Future stadiums
Stadium Capacity
(Seats)
+Standing Room/
Expanded seats
Location Playing
surface
Roof type Team(s) Opening Ref(s)
New Minnesota Stadium 65,000 73,000 Minneapolis, Minnesota Turf Domed Minnesota Vikings 2016
New Atlanta Stadium 71,000 75,000 Atlanta, Georgia Turf Retractable Atlanta Falcons 2017
Proposed stadiums
Stadium Team Location Capacity Opening Ref(s)
City of Champions Stadium St. Louis Rams and/or Relocated Franchise Inglewood, California 80,000 2018
Carson Stadium Oakland Raiders & San Diego Chargers Carson, California 70,000-75,000 2019
New St. Louis Stadium St. Louis Rams or Relocated Franchise St. Louis, Missouri 62,000 2019
Los Angeles Stadium Relocated Franchise Industry, California 75,000 Unknown
New Buffalo Bills Stadium Buffalo Bills Buffalo, New York Unknown Unknown
San Diego Stadium San Diego Chargers San Diego, California 65,000 2020
New Washington Redskins Stadium Washington Redskins Washington D.C. Area Unknown Unknown

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Soldier Field opened in 1924; Bears became tenants in 1971; playing field and seating bowl renovated in 2003.
  2. ^ Wembley Stadium seating reduced from 90,000 for NFL games

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