The ten largest pro football stadiums in the United States by standard seating capacity. The average attendance for an NFL football game is 67,509 fans, and each one of the ten largest pro football stadiums in the NFL has a seating capacity well above the average. The NFL is the most popular and most attended sports league in the United States, and football has many rabid fans who love to tailgate and attend their teams’ home games each Fall.
In recent times travel agencies have sprung up that cater to fans who want to visit their NFL teams away sports, and the travel agencies create travel packages including carrier tickets, game day tickets, and lodging facilities in NFL urban communities.
FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland – 91,704 standard seating capacity
FedEx Field is the biggest expert football arena in the United States with a seating capacity of 91,704. Located in Landover, Maryland, FedEx Field is the home of the Washington Redskins pro football team. The stadium was opened in 1997 as Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, but the name was changed in 1999 when new owner Daniel Snyder sold the naming rights to FedEx for $7.6 million per year.
New Meadowlands Stadium – 82,500
The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, replaced the old Giants Stadium at the same location in 2010. The New Meadowlands Stadium is the new home of the New York Giants and New York Jets NFL football teams and will host the 48th edition of the Super Bowl in 2014. Located just a few miles from Manhattan and New York City. The New Meadowlands Stadium is a boon to the hotels and restaurants in the area when it hosts sporting events and rock concerts.
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas – 80,000
Opened in 2009 at the cost of $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium is a new state-of-the-art stadium complete with a retractable roof. And substantial high definition video screen that hangs above the field stretching for 60 yards between each side 20-yard line. To build Cowboys Stadium, the city of Arlington, Texas, passed tax increases on sales taxes as well as on hotels and car rentals. Knowing that the increased tourists the stadium brings into Arlington will increase tax revenue for the city.
Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City – 79,101
Arrowhead Stadium is located in Kansas City, Missouri. And is home to the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and seats 79,101 fans. Arrowhead Stadium was opened in 1991, and the Chiefs have sold out every home game since then.
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium – 76,867
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium is located in Jacksonville, Florida, and is the home of the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars. The team has placed tarps over almost 10,000 seats to avoid the NFL’s TV blackout rule. Which says a team must sell out its home games to avoid having the game blacked out in the local market. Despite the reduction in the number of seats, the Jaguars still struggle to sell out the stadium each week for home games.
INVESCO Field at Mile High – 76,125
INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium is the home of the Denver Broncos and the 6th largest professional football stadium in the United States with a seating capacity of 76,125. Opened in 2001, INVESCO Field at Mile High replaced the old Mile High Stadium, and the INVESCO, investment management company, bought the naming rights for the stadium for $120 million through to most fans the stadium is still just Mile High Stadium.
Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens – 74,916
Formerly known as Dolphin Stadium, the Sun Life Stadium is located in Miami Gardens suburb of Miami, Florida. And saw its name change in 2010 when Sun Life Financial purchased the naming rights for $7.5 million per year with a 5-year deal. Initially opened in 1987 as Joe Robbie Stadium, the stadium today is home to the Miami Dolphins football team. As well as the Florida Marlins baseball team and the Miami Hurricanes college football team. The stadium has hosted 5 Super Bowls, two World Series, and one Pro Bowl. All of which has brought many tourists to Miami to the delight of the hotel, motel and restaurant owners in the area.
Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York – 73,967
Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York is home to the Buffalo Bills pro football team of the NFL. The stadium built in 1973 and originally called Rich Stadium. When the Rich Products Company purchased the naming rights with a 25 year $1.5 million a year contract. When the lease expired, Rich Products refused to pay higher prices for the naming rights. The name of the stadium changed to Ralph Wilson Stadium in honor of the longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills.
Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte – 73,298
Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, has a seating capacity of 73, 298. And is the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers franchise. The stadium opened in 1996 and was known as Ericsson Stadium. When Swedish telecom operator LM Ericsson bought the naming rights for $25 million over ten years. When that deal expired, Bank of America purchased the naming rights with a 20-year contract. Bank of America Stadium helps to fill up the hotels and motels in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sundays each fall.
Cleveland Browns Stadium – 73,200
Rounding out the top ten largest professional football stadiums is Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland. Ohio, which seats 73,200 and is the home of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League or NFL. The stadium built-in 1999 to bring back an NFL team to Cleveland. After Art Modell took the original Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in 1996.