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 for the NFL, making it the highest attended sports league in the world. The Football League has a total revenue of $13.16 billion, and the team with the highest revenue is the Dallas Cowboys. MetLife Stadium tops the list of largest stadiums for the NFL, with a capacity of 82,500, 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
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 NFL stadium to host two teams from the same league in the country. It became the largest stadium in the NFL due to a renovation that reduced the size of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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.
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 was completed in 1923 at the 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 a maximum of 105,000 people, before being reduced and by 2008 it had a capacity of 93,607. It still topped the list as the largest NFL stadium until 2018 when a renovation reduced seats, and upon completion, a year later, it only had 77,500, making it the 5th largest stadium in the NFL.
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.