The environment of a packed NFL stadium is something unmatched in all sports. We sure felt the silence of an empty NFL stadium last year.
However, NFL stadiums are expected to be back at capacity this year. That means the crowd noise, the intensity, and the overall atmosphere of 60,000+ fans screaming and jeering are all set to return. Looking ahead at the season, we can take a look at the 10 biggest stadiums in the NFL based on capacity.
These stadiums are sure to carry a little extra punch when it comes to creating a hostile environment for the other team as they’re literally filled with more people. Read on to see what the 10 biggest NFL Stadiums are.
Roger Goodell on a conference call with media, reiterates they expect full NFL stadiums this season. Says 30 teams would currently be allowed to play in front of full capacity crowds, expect the remaining two to get approval in the near future.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 26, 2021
What Is The Biggest NFL Stadium? 10 Biggest NFL Stadiums By Capacity
#10. Highmark Stadium, Home Of The Buffalo Bills: 71,608 Fans
Bills mafia always makes sure to fill out at home games giving Buffalo a great home-field advantage. It is loud and rowdy in here among all the tail-gating, and the strength of the fan base contributes to the large stadium.
#9. NRG Stadium, Home Of The Houston Texans: 72,220 Fans
The newest NFL team also has one of the biggest stadiums in the league. Texans fans bring a punch during home games donning the intimidating battle red the Texans are known for. NRG stadium has also hosted Super Bowl 38 and 51.
#8. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Home Of The New Orleans Saints: 73,208 Fans
The Saints Superdome has some history to it as it was rebuilt following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Saints fans have seen memorable games in the Superdome after Drew Brees took charge, and it stands as a symbol now more than anything else.
The NFL stadium has also hosted seven Super Bowls, more than any other stadium. It hosted Super Bowls 12, 15, 20, 24, 31, 36 and 47.
#7. Bank of America Stadium, Home Of The Carolina Panthers: 75,523 Fans
The Panthers have been an up and down franchise throughout their existence, but Bank of America stadium has never failed to bring the thunder. The stadium is also a relatively newer one, being built in 1996.
#6. Empower Field at Mile High, Home Of The Denver Broncos: 76,125 Fans
This NFL stadium has seen an exodus of name changes in recent memory, but that doesn’t take away for how powerful an environment it creates. The fan noise coupled with the extreme altitude creates for one of the most difficult playing surfaces across the NFL.
#5. Arrowhead Stadium, Home Of The Kansas City Chiefs: 76,416 Fans
Arrowhead is as brutal as you can get when it comes to fan noise. The Chiefs’ stadium holds the record for the loudest sound recorded at a stadium for a sporting event.
Arrowhead hit 142.2 dbA in an infamous blowout game against the Patriots in 2014. With the Chiefs set to be good for a long time in the NFL, this NFL stadium could become the most feared playing field of all.
#4. AT&T Stadium, Home Of The Dallas Cowboys: 80,000 Fans
Better known as Jerry’s World, AT&T stadium features one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world, with its unique sloping retractable roof and the world’s largest HDTV. This NFL stadium hosted Super Bowl 45 and the stadium was able to expand to 100,000 seats for the Super Bowl.
#3. Lambeau Field, Home Of The Green Bay Packers: 81,441 Fans
Lambeau Field is one of the most historic stadiums in the NFL as it is the oldest playing field in the NFL. Yes, Soldier Field in Chicago was built earlier, but the Bears started playing there much later.
Nevertheless, this historic site is known for several traditions, the most famous of them being the ‘Lambeau Leap’ celebration.
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#2. FedExField, Home Of The Washington Football Team: 82,000 Fans
As Washington adjusts to having a new team, one thing they can bank on having is the support of their massive fanbase. This NFL stadium used to be the biggest in the league as between 2004 and 2010 it could 91,000 fans, but is has since cut back on capacity. The atmosphere is still electric, however.
#1. Biggest NFL Stadium: MetLife Stadium, Home Of The New York Giants and Jets: 82,500 Fans
MetLife Stadium just edges out FedExField in terms of capacity, and it is a venue to behold. The home of the Giants and Jets used to be the only NFL stadium hosting two teams until this year when SoFi Stadium opened to both the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams.
MetLife Stadium also became the first stadium to a host a Super Bowl in a cold-weather city when it hosted Super Bowl 43 in 2014.