Texas is the second most populated state in the United States, after California, and home to several major professional and collegiate sports teams. Texas is located in the South-Central part of the country, and therefore most teams compete in the Central, South or West divisions. A notable exception is the Dallas Cowboys of the the National Football League (NFL), who participate in the NFC East. Major professional teams in the state include the Houston Texans (National Football League), FC Dallas (Major League Soccer), San Antonio Spurs (National Basketball Association), Houston Rockets (National Basketball Association), Dallas Mavericks (National Basketball Association), Texas Rangers (Major League Baseball), and Houston Astros (Major League Baseball). The state has some of the country's biggest stadiums to accommodate these sports teams. The biggest stadiums in Texas are highlighted below.
The Largest Stadiums in Texas
Kyle Field is the largest stadium in Texas. It is owned and located within Texas A&M University and serves as the home field for the Texas A&M Aggie football team. It has a seating capacity of 102,995, making it the fourth largest in the country and the fifth largest non-racing stadium in the world. Although the stadium has the largest regular seating capacity, it is overshadowed by AT&T Stadium, which has a larger overall capacity including a standing bay. The stadium's record attendance of 110,631 was achieved on October 11, 2014, when Texas A&M lost a home match to the Ole Miss Rebels.
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is the second largest stadium in Texas. It is located in Austin and serves as the home field for the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns football team. The stadium has an official capacity of 100,119, but a record attendance of 102,315 was set on September 4, 2016, during a match against the University of Notre Dame. The stadium is the eighth largest in the country, and ninth largest in the world. Since its construction in 1924, the stadium has been expanded several times in order to reach its current seating capacity. The last expansion project was conducted in 2009 at a cost of $27 million.
AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, is the third largest stadium in Texas. It is home to the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) and the Cotton Bowl Classic. The stadium was completed in 2009 by the city of Arlington. It is also used to host basketball games, concerts, high school and college football games, rodeos, soccer matches, Spartan races, and motocross. AT&T Stadium as a seating capacity of 80,000, but can be expanded to 100,000 when necessary. The maximum capacity of the stadium, including standing room, is 105,000. A record attendance of 108,713 was reached on February 14, 2010, during the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.
Largest Stadiums in the United States
Michigan Stadium is the largest in the United States, with a capacity of 107,601. The stadium was opened in 1927 and is home to the University of Michigan Wolverines. Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, is the second largest, with a capacity of 106,572. The stadium was constructed in 1960 and is home to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, is the third largest in the country, with a capacity of 104,944. It was completed in 1922 and is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes.