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.[1]

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.[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 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.[3]

Seating[edit]

The Redskins' FedExField 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 50,805 and 82,566 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.

ImageStadiumCapacity (Seats)+Standing Room/Expanded seatsLocationPlaying surfaceRoof typeTeam(s)OpenedRef(s)
New Meadowlands Stadium Mezz Corner.jpgMetLife Stadium82,56682,566East Rutherford, New JerseyUBU-Speed Series- S5-M Synthetic TurfOpenNew York Giants
New York Jets
2010[4]
Lambeau Field bowl.jpgLambeau Field80,73581,435Green Bay, WisconsinDesso GrassMasterOpenGreen Bay Packers1957[5][6]
Cowboys Stadium field.jpgAT&T Stadium80,000105,121Arlington, TexasMatrix RealGrass artificial turf[7]RetractableDallas Cowboys2009[8]
061123Broncos-Chiefs02.jpgArrowhead Stadium79,54179,541Kansas City, MissouriGrassOpenKansas City Chiefs1972[9]
FedExField01.jpgFedExField79,00091,673Landover, MarylandBermuda Grass (Latitude 36)OpenWashington Redskins1997[10]
Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.jpgSports Authority Field at Mile High76,12577,160Denver, ColoradoDesso GrassMasterOpenDenver Broncos2001[11]
Dolphinstadiumint.JPGSun Life Stadium75,54080,120Miami Gardens, FloridaPrescription Athletic Turf (Natural Grass)OpenMiami Dolphins1987[12]
Carolina Panthers 24 Tampa Bay Bucanners 10.jpgBank of America Stadium73,77974,113Charlotte, North CarolinaBermuda Voyager (Natural Grass)[13]OpenCarolina Panthers1996[14]
Saints Stadium (3927508936).jpgMercedes-Benz Superdome73,20876,468New Orleans, LouisianaUBU-Speed Series- S5-M Synthetic TurfDomedNew Orleans Saints1975[15]
Cleveland Browns Stadium during 2008 NFL season.JPGFirstEnergy Stadium73,20467,407Cleveland, OhioKentucky BluegrassOpenCleveland Browns1999[16]
Bills.jpgRalph Wilson Stadium73,08971,857Orchard Park, New YorkA-Turf TitanOpenBuffalo Bills1973[17][18]
Qualcomm Interior.jpgQualcomm Stadium71,28370,561San Diego, CaliforniaGrassOpenSan Diego Chargers1967-
VT Hokies Marching Virginians.jpgGeorgia Dome71,22875,624Atlanta, GeorgiaFieldTurfDomedAtlanta Falcons1992[20]
Reliantstadium.jpgNRG Stadium71,05471,738Houston, Texas419 Tifway Bermuda GrassRetractableHouston Texans2002[21]
M&T Bank Stadium DoD.jpgM&T Bank Stadium71,00874,320Baltimore, MarylandSportexe Momentum TurfOpenBaltimore Ravens1998[22]
Philly (45).JPGLincoln Financial Field70,00076,158Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaDesso GrassMasterOpenPhiladelphia Eagles2003[23]
Night Settles on LP Field.jpgLP Field69,14369,143Nashville, Tennessee419 Tifway Bermuda GrassOpenTennessee Titans1999[24]
Gillette Stadium02.jpgGillette Stadium68,75668,756Foxborough, MassachusettsFieldTurfOpenNew England Patriots2002[25]
Entering Levi's Stadium.JPGLevi's Stadium68,50075,000Santa Clara, CaliforniaBermuda Grass / Ryegrass mixtureOpenSan Francisco 49ers2014[26][27]
Superbowl XXXIX, 2005.JPGEverBank Field67,24676,867Jacksonville, Florida419 Tifway Bermuda GrassOpenJacksonville Jaguars1995[28]
Seahawksvcowboysatqwest.jpgCenturyLink Field67,13572,000Seattle, WashingtonFieldTurfOpenSeattle Seahawks2002[29]
Raymond James Stadium02.JPGRaymond James Stadium65,89075,000Tampa, Florida419 Tifway Bermuda GrassOpenTampa Bay Buccaneers1998[30]
Cincinnati-paul-brown-stadium2.jpgPaul Brown Stadium65,48465,535Cincinnati, OhioUBU-Speed Series- S5-M Synthetic TurfOpenCincinnati Bengals2000[31]
Edwardjonesinterior.jpgEdward Jones Dome65,30966,000St. Louis, MissouriAstroTurf GameDay Grass 3DDomedSt. Louis Rams1995[32]
Heinz Field02.jpgHeinz Field65,05066,662Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaGrassOpenPittsburgh Steelers2001[33]
Ford-Field-September-10-2006.jpgFord Field65,00070,000Detroit, MichiganFieldTurfDomedDetroit Lions2002[34]
University of Phoenix Stadium no field.jpgUniversity of Phoenix Stadium63,40078,600Glendale, Arizona419 Tifway Bermuda GrassRetractableArizona Cardinals2006[35]
Oakland Coliseum field from Mt. Davis.JPGO.co Coliseum63,13264,200Oakland, CaliforniaGrassOpenOakland Raiders1966[36]
LucasOilStadiumTheLuke.jpgLucas Oil Stadium63,02470,000Indianapolis, IndianaFieldTurfRetractableIndianapolis Colts2008[37]
Soldier field 2006.jpgSoldier Field61,50062,871Chicago, IllinoisGrassOpenChicago Bears1924[nb 1][38]
TCF Bank Stadium opener.jpgTCF Bank Stadium50,80552,525Minneapolis, MinnesotaFieldTurfOpenMinnesota Vikings2009[39]

Map of current stadiums[edit]

O.co Coliseum
Levi's Stadium
CenturyLink Field
Qualcomm
Stadium
University of Phoenix
Stadium
Paul Brown
Stadium
Soldier Field
Lucas Oil Stadium
Edward Jones Dome
Arrowhead Stadium
Sports Authority
Field
Ford Field
TCF Bank Stadium
Lambeau
Field
Ralph Wilson
Stadium
Gillette Stadium
MetLife Stadium
NRG Stadium
Mercedes-Benz
Superdome
Georgia Dome
EverBank Field
AT&T Stadium
LP Field
Sun Life
Stadium
Raymond James
Stadium
Heinz
Field
FirstEnergy
Stadium
Linc. Finc'l Fld
FedEx
Field
M&T Bank Sta
Bank of America
Stadium

Additional stadiums[edit]

ImageStadiumCapacityLocationPlaying surfaceRoof typeTeam(s)OpenedRef(s)
Wembley Stadium interior.jpgWembley Stadium86,000[nb 2]London, England, United KingdomDesso GrassMasterRetractableNFL International Series2007[40]
Aloha Stadium, Hawaii.jpgAloha Stadium50,000Honolulu, HawaiiUBU-Speed Series- S5-M Synthetic TurfOpenPro Bowl1975[41]
Fawcett Stadium.jpgFawcett Stadium22,375Canton, OhioFieldTurfOpenHall of Fame Game1938[42]

Future stadiums proposed or under construction[edit]

Future stadiums
StadiumCapacity (Seats)+Standing Room/Expanded seatsLocationPlaying surfaceRoof typeTeamOpeningRef(s)
Vikings Stadium65,00073,000Minneapolis, MinnesotaTurfDomedMinnesota Vikings2016
New Atlanta Stadium65,00075,000Atlanta, GeorgiaTurfRetractableAtlanta Falcons2017
Proposed stadiums
StadiumTeamLocationCapacityOpeningRef(s)
New Buffalo Bills StadiumBuffalo BillsBuffalo, New YorkUnknownUnknown
Farmers FieldRelocated FranchiseLos Angeles, California72,500Unknown
Los Angeles StadiumRelocated FranchiseIndustry, California75,000Unknown
San Diego StadiumSan Diego ChargersSan Diego, CaliforniaUnknownUnknown
Inglewood StadiumRelocated FranchiseInglewood, California80,0002018
St. Louis StadiumSt. Louis RamsSt. Louis, Missouri64,0002020

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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