NFL stadiums ranked from best to worst | 16-30
Now at the halfway point, we close in on the worst-ranked NFL stadiums heading into 2021.
16) Soldier Field
Soldier Field opened in 1924, has a capacity of 61,500, and is the home of the Chicago Bears.
I hate having to rank a stadium with as storied of history as Soldier Field at 16th in the best NFL stadiums. However, it lost a bit of its magic when it received a substantial renovation in 2003. Let’s raise a pint to Da Bears and watch fans make their pilgrimage take a shot of Malört.
17) Raymond James Stadium
Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998, has a capacity of 65,890, and is the home of the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It’s the pirate ship. Some hate it, but I love it because explosions and pirates are cool. It’s really that simple. Now just bring back one of the best throwback uniforms in the creamsicle jerseys.
18) NRG Stadium
NRG Stadium opened in 2002, has a capacity of 72,200, and is the home of the Houston Texans.
Exceptionally average is the best way I can describe NRG Stadium. It has solid esthetics, a retractable roof, and gets loud from the cheers of fans when it is closed. Still, those might turn to echoes given the franchise’s current direction.
19) Gillette Stadium
Gillette Stadium opened in 2002, has a capacity of 65,878, and is the home of the New England Patriots.
No stadium has seen more success in the last twenty years than Gillette Stadium, and it has created an intoxicating environment. What remains to be seen is how it will feel with packed crowds in the post-Brady era. Fans will enjoy a solid stadium — that is, once they finally get there.
20) M&T Bank Stadium
M&T Bank Stadium opened in 1998, has a capacity of 71,008, and is the home of the Baltimore Ravens.
While 23 years old, M&T Bank Stadium does not feel like it, thanks to the $120 million spent in renovations in 2019. When the Ravens are rolling, few fanbases are more intense during home games than those wearing Purple and Black. Located in a great spot and by Camden Yards, this National Football League stadium has an energy that few can match.
21) FirstEnergy Stadium
FirstEnergy Stadium opened in 1999, has a capacity of 67,895, and is the home of the Cleveland Browns.
Long gone are the days of “The Mistake by the Lake” and lamenting Browns’ faithful. Despite its concrete-looking exterior, FirstEnergy Stadium is electric inside with the Dawg Pound. Sitting on Lake Erie, winds and weather can be on the brutal side, but it has not stopped fans from filling the seats even in bad years.
Now on the precipice of contention for an AFC title, the Browns and their fans deserve some much-needed upgrades to FirstEnergy Stadium. Should this happen, they could take a massive leap in the 30 best NFL stadium rankings.
22) Ford Field
Ford Field opened in 2002, has a capacity of 65,000, and is the home of the Detroit Lions.
While Detroit has its own reputation, Ford Field remains one of the more underrated NFL stadiums but lacks that bit of panache to elevate in rankings. The play on the field might be the lone drawback. Ford Field is a spacious stadium with some unique design elements. It is also nestled right next to Comerica Park and is within walking distance of great restaurants and bars.
23) Nissan Stadium
Nissan Stadium opened in 1999, has a capacity of 69,143, and is the home of the Tennessee Titans.
Nissan Stadium does not get the love it deserves, possibly due to the Titans’ play in past years. The stadium could use some upgrades for the fan experience inside, but once the game is over, few places, if any, are better than the nightlife in Nashville.
24) Hard Rock Stadium
Hard Rock Stadium opened in 1987, has a capacity of 65,326, and is the home of the Miami Dolphins.
Thanks to renovations, the fan experience at the aging Hard Rock Stadium has improved substantially. Everything from roomier seats, larger video boards, new suites, and fantastic food makes this a solid stadium to catch a game. The issue is that despite the fact this is in Florida, where it rains every day, it is an open stadium. Yet, the partial roof does do a decent job at keeping fans dry.
25) Levi’s Stadium
Levi’s Stadium opened in 2014, has a capacity of 68,500, and is the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Be careful what you wish for, or you might end up with a stadium that is an hour further, and that’s on a day with good traffic. Sure it has a grass roof and reliable WiFi speeds, but is that enough to replace Candlestick Park?
Levi’s Stadium just seems to be missing any soul. They also have one of the highest concession prices in the NFL. It may not be the worst NFL stadium, but it’s far from the best.
26) TIAA Bank Field
TIAA Bank Field opened in 1995, has a capacity of 67,164, and is the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As we get closer to the worst NFL stadium, we have to find little redeeming qualities of average venues. For TIAA Bank Field, you can watch the Jaguars lose from the comforts of a pool located behind the end zone. I can think of worse ways to spend a Sunday.
That’s also about where the list ends as several parts of the stadium transport you back to 1985. I’m a ’90s kid; what can I say?
27) Bank of America Stadium
Bank of America Stadium opened in 1996, has a capacity of 75,412, and is the home of the Carolina Panthers.
Very little has changed to Bank of America Stadium since it opened in 1996 and has served as the only place the Panthers have called home. It’s a stadium showing its age, and David Tepper must decide between extensive upgrades or start from the ground up with a brand new stadium.
28) Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000, has a capacity of 65,535, and is the home of the Cincinnati Bengals.
We are reaching the bottom of the barrel, and Paul Brown Stadium comes in as one of the worst stadiums in the NFL. Sure, it has a great view of Cincinnati, but that’s also where the positives end.
29) MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium opened in 2010, has a capacity of 82,500, and is the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
First off, you are in New Jersey, not New York. Second, MetLife now has a staggering reputation for ending player’s seasons. I don’t care if it was built yesterday; that is simply inexcusable.
The prices are just as insane as the drive to get to the stadium. Once inside, you are just hoping not to run across a feral cat.
30) FedEx Field
FedEx Field opened in 1997, has a capacity of 82,000, and is the home of the Washington Football Team.
We have a winner for the worst stadium in the NFL. The design is barely average, and by November, the field is closer to a dirt patch than anything resembling grass. For everything RFK was, this is the opposite.
It’s a complete hassle to even get to the stadium, and once there, fans pay an exorbitant amount for tickets. It also does not help that there is little to nothing outside for fans to enjoy.
While the play on the field has significantly improved, the stadium needs to catch up. The only way for that to happen is for Dan Snyder to have a new one built. Given his propensity for change, that will likely take a decade at least.
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