The National Football League (NFL) is an American football league comprising of 32 teams of which the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) each give 16 teams. The football league was founded on August 20, 1920, having its headquarters in New York City, US. Football fans in the US show a preference to the NFL making it the highest attended sports league in the world. The Football League has total revenue of $13.16 billion, and the team with the highest revenue is the Dallas Cowboys. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum tops the list of largest stadiums for the NFL, while the largest stadium used to play American football is the Michigan Stadium in Ann Abor, with a capacity of 107,601.
Largest NFL Football Stadiums
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The Coliseum was the home of the Los Angeles Rams from 1946 to 1979. It is now their temporary home while a stadium in nearby Inglewood, California is under construction. The stadium is also the permanent home of the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. The stadium was commissioned in 1921 and construction being completed in 1923 at a cost of $954,873. At the time, it had a capacity of 75,144 people, making it the largest stadium in Los Angeles. With further renovations over the years, the capacity of the stadium increased to 105,000 people, before being reduced to today's 93,607 people. However, it still tops the list as the largest NFL stadium.
MetLife stadium situated in New Jersey has a capacity of 82,500 people. MetLife is home to the New York Jets and the Giants of the NFL. MetLife is the only NFL stadium shared by two NFL clubs. It was officially opened on April 10, 2010, and with construction cost amounting to $1.6 billion, it is the most expensive stadium ever constructed. It is the only stadium shared by two clubs and the only present facility to host two teams from the same league in the country.
FedExField stadium is situated in Landover, Maryland, and it is home to the Washington Redskins football team. It had the largest stadium capacity of 91,000 as from 2004 up to 2010, but the current capacity is down to 82,000. The field is owned by Daniel Snyder and was opened on September 14, 1997. There has been criticism about this field as fans feel the field is not up to standard and the location of the stadium is challenging to access using public transport.
Other Large-Capacity Stadiums
There are other NFL stadiums with a capacity of more than 80,000 seating capacity, and these include Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin with a capacity of 81,435 and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas with a capacity of 80,000.
The National Football League is one of the highest attended sports events in the US, with the Super Bowl championship game being one of the most watched broadcasts on American television. In 2015, the Super Bowl made history as the most watched American program with viewers amounting to 114.4 million. The NFL regular season is made up of 17 weeks that starts in September and ends in December or early January. The Super Bowl is the final game bringing the regular season to an end and declaring a winning team in the NFL games.
Largest NFL Football Stadiums
|1||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||93,607||Los Angeles, California|
|2||MetLife Stadium||82,500||East Rutherford, New Jersey|
|4||Lambeau Field||81,435||Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|5||AT&T Stadium||80,000||Arlington, Texas|
|6||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||76,468||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|7||Arrowhead Stadium||76,416||Kansas City, Missouri|
|8||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||76,125||Denver, Colorado|
|9||Bank of America Stadium||75,419||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|10||NRG Stadium||72,220||Houston, Texas|