Over the years, we’ve seen some of the most iconic structures in the nation be built: NFL stadiums. Although different, each stadium brings its own special experience on game day. But which one is the best? With so many factors to consider, it can be difficult to rank the 31 NFL stadiums, but we figured we’d give it a try anyway. Take a look at which stadiums we think are the best in the NFL.
Opened in 1957, Lambeau Field, originally known as City Stadium, is the NFL’s historic gem and one of the most revered stadiums in the country. In 1965, the stadium was renamed to Lambeau Field following the death of team founder Earl “Curly” Lambeau. Lambeau Field is the oldest NFL stadium and the third oldest of all major American professional sports. Since it was built, the stadium has expanded multiple times, and recently finished a $145 million renovation.
Often known as the crown jewel of NFL stadiums, AT&T Stadium is the epitome of “everything’s bigger in Texas.” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saw his dream come true with this $1.2 billion project that became the new stadium of America’s Team. The stadium features the largest retractable roof in the world, and when closed, makes the venue the largest enclosed NFL stadium. It also boasts the world’s largest retractable end zone doors. With a capacity of 100,000, AT&T Stadium is one place on most NFL fans’ bucket lists.
US Bank Stadium
Opened in 2016, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings is one of the most iconic venues in the world. The main entrance features five 95-foot high pivoting glass doors – the world’s largest – and a 60% translucent roof that allows natural light to filter inside the stadium. Located in the heart of Minneapolis, US Bank Stadium is very versatile and will host baseball, basketball, motocross, concerts and more. It will host Super Bowl LII in 2018 and the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019.
Although one of the oldest, Arrowhead Stadium is still one of the best NFL stadiums. When it opened it 1972, the stadium was praised for its revolutionary and futuristic design and features. It was known for its phenomenal sightlines and for not being a multipurpose stadium like many others built during its time. Since its opening, Arrowhead Stadium has undergone numerous changes to keep the stadium up to par with other NFL stadiums. Home of the Kansas City Chiefs, it is also widely known as one of the loudest NFL stadiums and for having the best tailgating experience.
The stadium may be one of the smallest NFL stadiums, but what it lacks for in size it makes up for in views of the surrounding area and other significant features. The stadium boasts beautiful views of the Seattle skyline. When it’s not raining, fans can typically see Mount Rainier and the Cascades range, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. CenturyLink Field is known for its loud atmosphere, boasting a roof that reverberates noise created by fans. The Seahawks have one of the biggest home field advantages, due in part to the 12th Man – the Seahawks fan base – who are arguably the loudest fan base in the NFL.
Bonus: NRG Stadium
With a capacity of 72,220, NRG Stadium in Houston will host Super Bowl LI in 2017. Home of the Houston Texans and formerly known as Reliant Stadium, the stadium was the first in the NFL with a retractable roof. The field was originally made of natural grass, grown on eight-square-foot trays, which were transported in and out of the stadium. Prior to the 2015 season, the Texans replaced the grass with Astroturf. NRG Stadium previously hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers.
Visit NRG Stadium for Super Bowl LI!
Come February, Houston will be the place to be as football fans pack into NRG Stadium for Super Bowl LI.
Not only can you get some of the best seats in the house, but you will also enjoy a pregame hospitality experience complete with gourmet food, premium open bar, Pro Football Hall of Famer appearances, live entertainment and more. Pair this with hotel accommodations and transportation and you will be all set!