Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ten Largest Pro Football Stadiums in the United States

These are the 10 largest pro football stadiums in the United States by normal seating capacity. The average attendance for a NFL football game is 68,400 and each one of these 10 largest pro football stadiums has a seating capacity well above that.

While the NFL makes most of its money from TV rights sales, the amount of money generated weekly at its stadiums is nothing to sneeze at. Counting parking, concessions, and apparel sales as well as ticket prices, if each person attending a NFL game spends an average of $100 that is over $6.8 million being generated at each NFL stadium a home game is taking place each week. If there's 15 games a week it's well over $100 million a week being generated just at NFL stadiums.

1. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey - 82,500

                                                  (Photo by Anthony Quintano)

The largest pro football stadium in the United States is MetLife Stadium in New Jersey which has a seating capacity of 82,500. MetLife, which located only a few miles west of New York City, is home to both the New York Giants and the New York Jets of the NFL. MetLife hosted the Super Bowl in 2014 and the stadium also hosts concerts and other sporting events like soccer matches and college football games.

2. FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland - 82,000

FedEx Field is home to the Washington Redskins of the NFL. This stadium used to hold over 91,000 people and was the largest pro football stadium in the country but renovations have reduced the seating capacity to 82,000. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder gets $7.6 million a year from FedEx for the naming rights.

3. Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin - 81,435

New renovations to Lambeau Field have raised the seating capacity to 81,435 making it the third largest pro football stadium in the United States. The home of the Green Bay Packers is easily the most storied pro football stadium in the country.

T-4. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas - 80,000

Built at a cost of $1.3 billion dollars and opened in 2009, AT&T Stadium is the home of the Dallas Cowboys on the NFL. When the stadium was opened in 2009, lots of temporary seating was added and 105,121 Cowboys fans attended the first game here so the stadium can hold that many people but normal seating capacity is 82,000.

T-4. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - 80,000

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be the home of the Los Angeles Rams until the Rams new stadium is finished in 2019. The Coliseum was also the home of the Rams when they played in LA from 1946-1979. This stadium is also the home of the USC Trojans in college football.

6. Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri - 76,416

Renovations completed in 2010 have lowered the seating capacity for Arrowhead Stadium to 76,416. The stadium used to hold almost 80,000 but the addition of luxury boxes reduced the overall capacity but the stadium makes more money now than it did before.

7. Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado - 76,125

Sports Authority Field at Mile High has to be one of the best stadiums for traffic in the country. Located near a bunch of major highways in Denver it's pretty easy to get into and out of this NFL stadium after games. In many NFL stadiums the traffic can be pretty bad after games but Mile High seems to clear out pretty quickly in my experience. 

8. Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina - 75,419

Home of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, Bank of America Stadium also hosts rock concerts, soccer matches and college football games.

9. Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana - 73,000

The Mercedes-Benz SuperDome is home to the New Orleans Saints of the NFL but the most attended event at this stadium was WrestleMania XXX in 2014. This stadium has hosted seven Super Bowls to date.

10. NRG Stadium in Houston Texas - 72,220

NRG Stadium will host Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017, which will be televised on FOX. 

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