2021 is a massive year for the NFL as it signifies the return of fans and injects life back into the stadiums, which was sorely missed last season. How does each stadium stand up against each other? As fans make travel plans and clear out schedules, here are the 30 NFL stadiums ranked from best to worst.
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Want to go and see a football game? Well, it is important to note which NFL franchise owns the best stadium in the league.
1) Lambeau Field
Lambeau Field opened in 1957, has a capacity of 81,441, and is the home of the Green Bay Packers.
Is it new? No. Is it the best looking? No.
However, it is steeped in history and needs to be on every NFL fan’s bucket list. That is if you can even get tickets. Packers fans are some of the most faithful in the league, and even when it takes on the moniker of the “Frozen Tundra,” they still come out in droves, fueled by brats, cheese, and beer. That speaks to my soul on so many levels.
2) SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium opened in 2020, has a capacity of 70,240, and is the home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams.
Simply put, SoFi Stadium is stunning. From all of the glass to the curved roof which comes to the ground. From the wrap-around jumbotron to the indoor setup that is also open-air due to its construction.
We have yet to see fans pack this stadium, but given the buzz around both the Chargers and Rams, that shouldn’t be an issue come September. You could easily make a case for this to be the top-ranked NFL stadium.
3) U.S. Bank Stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, has a capacity of 73,000, and is the home of the Minnesota Vikings.
I honestly can’t believe U.S. Bank Stadium is almost five years old because it looks like it is from 25 years in the future. The translucent roof paved the way for other modern stadiums, and at night, it looks like the backdrop to a Prince concert with all the lights and colors.
4) Lumen Field
Lumen Field opened in 2002, has a capacity of 72,000, and is the home of the Seattle Seahawks.
The 12th man. It’s that simple. There might not be a more intimidating place to play as an opposing team than when the Seattle faithful are in full song. Since the Legion of Boom era and The Beast Quake, Lumen Field has been host to some of the most electric moments in recent years.
My one complaint is the awful green/gray turf color that looks like the same color as the foggy Puget Sound on a cold winter day. With that being said, the home-field advantage is as good as it gets.
5) Allegiant Stadium
Allegiant Stadium opened in 2020, has a capacity of 65,000, and is the home of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Football in Las Vegas. It’s weird but feels oh so right. Perhaps that is also the bottle service and club in the end zone talking to me.
Nevertheless, the “Death Star” is an incredible facility with a look we have never seen before. The only question is, what will the Black Hole look like, or did they leave that behind in Oakland?
6) AT&T Stadium
AT&T Stadium opened in 2009, has a capacity of 80,000, and is the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“Jerry’s World” was indeed a world wonder when constructed. From the design of the stadium, record-setting screen, the surrounding facilities, and amenities, AT&T Stadium has it all. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, just like how the players enter the field through the thralls of fans rather than a corner tunnel.
7) Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in 2017, has a capacity of 71,000, and is the home of the Atlanta Falcons.
It surprised many when it was announced the Georgia Dome would be torn down, but I doubt anyone is complaining now. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a work of art.
I could watch the roof open and close all day long. While the Rams’ screen is larger, they were not the first to do the circular jumbotron as the Falcons implemented it into their stadium as well. What cannot be overlooked is the family-friendly concession prices.
8) Arrowhead Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium opened in 1972, has a capacity of 76,416, and is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
If anyone can rival the Seahawks for home-field advantage, it is the Chiefs and Arrowhead Stadium. One of the older stadiums still around, it has seen improvements to help it keep up with the times but not lose the history. In September 2014, Chiefs Kingdom set the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd volume at 142.2 decibels.
9) Heinz Field
Heinz Field opened in 2001, has a capacity of 68,400, and is the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Say what you will about the city of Pittsburgh, but Heinz Field has one of the best views in sports as it sits on the convergence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. When Renegade plays and the Terrible Towels wave, there is no better environment to take in an NFL game.
10) Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Mercedes-Benz Superdome opened in 1975, has a capacity of 74,295, and is the home of the New Orleans Saints.
Outside of perhaps Lambeau Field, no stadium means more to a city than what Mercedes-Benz Superdome means to New Orleans residents. After Hurricane Katrina hit, it served as a beacon of hope to all residents and 74,000 of their closest friends. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
11) Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium opened in 2008, has a capacity of 70,000, and is the home of the Indianapolis Colts.
Lucas Oil Stadium might be the most underrated stadium in the NFL. It has an old-school look from the outside but is state-of-the-art inside with a retractable roof and large glass windows that provide views of the city. It’s located in the middle of Indianapolis and is within walking distance of all the restaurants and bars you could desire. For those who have been to the NFL Combine, you know this all too well.
12) State Farm Stadium
State Farm Stadium opened in 2006, has a capacity of 63,400, and is the home of the Arizona Cardinals.
Once inside, fans are treated to a fantastic experience and reprieve from the Phoenix heat. The most notable feature is the retractable grass field, which allows the Cardinals to benefit from an indoor stadium and the natural surface.
13) Highmark Stadium
Highmark Stadium opened in 1973, has a capacity of 71,870, and is the home of the Buffalo Bills.
If I waited any longer, Bills Mafia was going to come and find me. While the stadium itself is nothing special, it’s those same people who make this incredible. From the broken tables to the ketchup and mustard ritual, there is no place I want to see a game/party at more than with the Bills Mafia.
14) Empower Field at Mile High
Empower Field at Mile High opened in 2001, has a capacity of 76,125, and is the home of the Denver Broncos.
Empower Field hosts the ultimate home-field advantage — altitude. Mile High is known for taking the breath away from opposing teams and fans in attendance with picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains.
15) Lincoln Financial Field
Lincoln Financial Field opened in 2003, has a capacity of 67,594, and is the home of the Philadelphia Eagles.
After years at The Vet, the Eagles received a much-needed upgrade with Lincoln Financial Field. It is located near the other major sports teams, and it is a fantastic stadium to catch an NFL game unless you are a visiting team, the Eagles, or Santa. But hey, Philly Philly, am I right?