List of current National Football League stadiums

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US Bank 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. Though there are 32 teams in the NFL, there are only 31 full-time NFL stadiums because the New York Giants and New York Jets share MetLife Stadium.[1]

The newest NFL stadium is U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Vikings, which opens for the 2016 season.

The NFL uses several other stadiums on a regular basis in addition to the teams' designated regular home sites. Wembley Stadium in London, England, is contracted to host at least two games per season, as part of the NFL International Series which runs through 2020, and Twickenham Stadium is scheduled to host at least one game. In addition, Tom Benson Hall of Fame 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 except seven NFL stadiums (Arrowhead Stadium, Georgia Dome, Lambeau Field, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Paul Brown Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium and Soldier Field being the exceptions) have sold the naming rights to their stadiums to corporations. This number will reduce to six in 2017 when Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens as the Georgia Dome's replacement.

Stadium characteristics[edit]

Stadiums represent a considerable expense to a community, and thus their construction, use, and funding often enters the public discourse.[2] 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 , in which case the roof operators will close the roof.[3]

Seating[edit]

AT&T Stadium is currently the largest stadium in the NFL by regular seating capacity. For the 2015 season, it was configured to hold over 93,000 seats for regular season games; the stadium has a flexible seating capacity that allows the stadium to hold over 100,000 spectators for special events. The smallest full-time NFL stadium is Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears.

All of the NFL's stadiums currently seat between 60,000 and 85,000 (in contrast to college football stadiums, the largest of which can accommodate over 100,000 spectators). 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 prohibited 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. For this reason, until the blackout was suspended in 2015, the Cowboys restricted capacity to 80,000 seats at AT&T Stadium. O.co Coliseum, the stadium that most recently hosted the Oakland Raiders, has over 60,000 seats, but the team restricted capacity to under 53,000 in its most recent seasons. 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.

Legend[edit]

double-daggerDenotes stadium with a retractable roof.
daggerDenotes stadium with a fixed roof.

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) Location Playing surface Roof type Team(s) Opened Ref(s)
11-11-06-LA-Coliseum-USC-UO.jpg Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 93,607 Los Angeles, California Natural grass Open Los Angeles Rams 1923 [4]
New Meadowlands Stadium Mezz Corner.jpg MetLife Stadium 82,566 East Rutherford, New Jersey UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf[5] Open New York Giants
New York Jets
2010 [6]
FedExField01.jpg FedExField 82,000 Landover, Maryland Latitude 36 Bermuda Grass Open Washington Redskins 1997 [7]
Lambeau Field bowl.jpg Lambeau Field 81,435 Green Bay, Wisconsin Hybrid Grass-Synthetic[8] Open Green Bay Packers 1957 [9]
Cowboys Stadium field.jpg AT&T Stadiumdouble-dagger 80,000 Arlington, Texas Matrix RealGrass artificial turf[10] Retractable Dallas Cowboys 2009 [11]
Chiefsgame.jpg Arrowhead Stadium 76,416 Kansas City, Missouri Latitude 36 Bermuda Grass Open Kansas City Chiefs 1972 [12]
Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.jpg Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125 Denver, Colorado Kentucky Bluegrass Open Denver Broncos 2001 [13]
Carolina Panthers 24 Tampa Bay Bucanners 10.jpg Bank of America Stadium 75,412 Charlotte, North Carolina Voyager Bermuda Grass[14] Open Carolina Panthers 1996 [15]
Bills.jpg Ralph Wilson Stadium 73,079 Orchard Park, New York A-Turf Titan (artificial)[16] Open Buffalo Bills 1973 [17]
Saints Stadium (3927508936).jpg Mercedes-Benz Superdomedagger 73,000 New Orleans, Louisiana UBU Turf (artificial)[18] Fixed New Orleans Saints 1975 [19]
Reliantstadium.jpg NRG Stadiumdouble-dagger 71,500 Houston, Texas AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D Retractable Houston Texans 2002 [20]
Georgia Dome Eagles at Falcons September 18, 2011.jpg Georgia Domedagger 71,250 Atlanta, Georgia FieldTurf Classic HD Fixed Atlanta Falcons 1992 [21]
M&T Bank Stadium DoD.jpg M&T Bank Stadium 71,008 Baltimore, Maryland Latitude 36 Bermuda Grass Open Baltimore Ravens 1998 [22]
Qualcomm Interior.jpg Qualcomm Stadium 70,561 San Diego, California Bandera Bermuda Grass Open San Diego Chargers 1967 [23]
Philly (45).JPG Lincoln Financial Field 69,596 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Desso GrassMaster Open Philadelphia Eagles 2003 [24]
Night Settles on LP Field.jpg Nissan Stadium 69,149 Nashville, Tennessee TifSport Bermuda Grass Open Tennessee Titans 1999 [25]
Gillette Stadium02.jpg Gillette Stadium 68,756 Foxborough, Massachusetts FieldTurf Revolution Open New England Patriots 2002 [26]
Broncos vs 49ers preseason game at Levi's Stadium.jpg Levi's Stadium 68,500 Santa Clara, California Tifway II Bermuda Grass / Perennial Ryegrass mixture Open San Francisco 49ers 2014 [27]
Heinz Field02.jpg Heinz Field 68,400 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Kentucky Bluegrass Open Pittsburgh Steelers 2001 [28]
Cleveland Browns Stadium during 2008 NFL season.JPG FirstEnergy Stadium 67,431 Cleveland, Ohio Kentucky Bluegrass Open Cleveland Browns 1999 [29]
Superbowl XXXIX, 2005.JPG EverBank Field 67,246 Jacksonville, Florida Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass Open Jacksonville Jaguars 1995 [30]
LucasOilStadiumTheLuke.jpg Lucas Oil Stadiumdouble-dagger 67,000 Indianapolis, Indiana FieldTurf Classic HD Retractable Indianapolis Colts 2008 [31]
Seahawksvcowboysatqwest.jpg CenturyLink Field 67,000 Seattle, Washington FieldTurf Revolution Open Seattle Seahawks 2002 [32]
Raymond James Stadium02.JPG Raymond James Stadium 65,890 Tampa, Florida Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass Open Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1998 [33]
Cincinnati-paul-brown-stadium2.jpg Paul Brown Stadium 65,515 Cincinnati, Ohio UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf Open Cincinnati Bengals 2000 [34]
Dolphinstadiumint.JPG Sun Life Stadium 65,000 Miami Gardens, Florida Prescription Athletic Turf (Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass) Open Miami Dolphins 1987 [35]
Ford-Field-September-10-2006.jpg Ford Fielddagger 65,000 Detroit, Michigan FieldTurf Classic HD Fixed Detroit Lions 2002 [36]
US Bank Stadium (Southeast) - Sep. 5, 2015.jpg U.S. Bank Stadiumdagger 65,000 Minneapolis, Minnesota Artificial Turf Fixed Minnesota Vikings 2016 [37]
University of Phoenix Stadium no field.jpg University of
Phoenix Stadium
double-dagger
63,400 Glendale, Arizona Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass Retractable Arizona Cardinals 2006 [38]
Soldier field 2006.jpg Soldier Field 61,500 Chicago, Illinois Kentucky Bluegrass Open Chicago Bears 1924[nb 1] [39]
Oakland Coliseum field from Mt. Davis.JPG O.co Coliseum 56,057 Oakland, California Tifway II Bermuda Grass Open Oakland Raiders 1966 [40]

Map of current stadiums[edit]

Additional stadiums[edit]

Image Stadium Capacity Location Playing surface Roof type Event(s) Opened Ref(s)
NFL International Series 2010.jpg Wembley Stadiumdouble-dagger 86,000[nb 2] London, England Desso GrassMaster Partially retractable NFL International Series 2007 [41]
Twickenham Stadium - May 2012.jpg Twickenham Stadium 82,500 London, England Desso GrassMaster Open NFL International Series 1909 [42]
Aloha Stadium, Hawaii.jpg Aloha Stadium 50,000 Honolulu, Hawaii UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf Open Pro Bowl 1975 [43]
Fawcett Stadium.jpg Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium 22,375 Canton, Ohio FieldTurf Classic HD Open Hall of Fame Game 1938 [44]

Future stadiums[edit]

Under Construction
Stadium Capacity Location Playing
surface
Roof type Team(s)/Events Opening Ref(s)
Mercedes-Benz Stadiumdouble-dagger 71,000 Atlanta, Georgia Turf Retractable Atlanta Falcons 2017 [45]
Northumberland Development Project 61,000 London, England Artificial turf Open NFL International Series 2018 [46]
Los Angeles Entertainment Center 70,000 Inglewood, California Artificial turf Open Los Angeles Rams 2019
Proposed
Stadium Team Location Ref(s)
San Diego Stadium San Diego Chargers San Diego, California
New Buffalo Bills Stadium Buffalo Bills Buffalo, New York
New Washington Redskins Stadium Washington Redskins Washington D.C. Area

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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