The Largest Stadiums In The United States

By Benjamin Elisha Sawe on January 19 2020 in Travel

The large scale of Columbus's massive Ohio Stadium is seen in this photo.
The large scale of Columbus's massive Ohio Stadium is seen in this photo.

Which are the Largest Stadiums in the United States?

The Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the country’s largest stadium by capacity and the world’s second biggest. The US is home to the majority of the largest stadiums in the world. American football and baseball sports are extremely popular in the country, and they demand large stadiums partly due to the wide playing space required.

Michigan Stadium

Construction of the Michigan Stadium was started in 1927 at a cost of $950,000, which is equivalent to $13.1 million in 2017. It was officially opened on October 1, 1927. The original capacity was 72,000, and it was built with footings to enable future expansion. The stadium was expanded in 1928, 1949, 1956, 1992, 1998, and 2010. Currently, it has a capacity of 109,901. The stadium is owned and operated by the University of Michigan, and it also hosts the University’s major graduation ceremonies. The stadium is primarily used for football in addition to the occasional hockey games. In 1930, the stadium installed electronics scoreboards, the first stadium in the country to do so.

Beaver Stadium

Beaver Stadium was completed in 1960 in State College, Pennsylvania. Its capacity of 106,572 makes it the second largest stadium in the nation and the fourth largest in the world. The stadium’s capacity has been expanded nine times and renovated five times over the years. Its name was borrowed from a former governor of Pennsylvania, James A. Beaver (1887-1891). The Stadium's tenants are the Penn State Nittany Lions, and it becomes packed with the commencement of the college football season. Beaver Stadium has earned a reputation as one of the toughest venues for competing teams in collegiate athletics.

Ohio Stadium

The Ohio State University in Columbus is home to Ohio Stadium, the country’s third-largest stadium. The stadium’s current tenants are the Ohio State Buckeyes. The stadium’s groundbreaking took place on August 3, 1921, and it began operations on October 7, 1922, with a seating capacity of 66,210. After several expansions in 1948, 1991, 2001, and 2014, it has a current capacity of 102,780. The stadium, due to its shape, is often referred to as “The Horseshoe.” In addition to football, the stadium also hosts athletics, concerts, and the University’s spring commencement events.

Kyle Field

The state of Texas prides in the country’s fourth largest stadium, the Kyle Field Stadium. Located in College Station, the stadium sits on the campus of Texas A&M University. The stadium's construction took place in 1927, and it has a current capacity of 102,733. The Texas A&M Aggies have been the stadium’s official tenants since 1904. The Kyle File Stadium is notably known as the original home of “The 12th Man”. The largest crowd in the Stadium was recorded on October 11, 2014, when 110,633 attended the game against Ole Miss.

Future Trends

The US is projected to still hold the number one spot of the country with the largest stadiums worldwide. This continued dominance will be fueled by stadiums increasing capacities across the country. Stadiums in the US are also expected to take on a more artistic and sculptural look.

Which Are The Largest Stadiums In The United States?

RankStadiumCapacityCity / State
1Michigan Stadium107,601Ann Arbor, Michigan
2Beaver Stadium106,572State College, Pennsylvania
3Ohio Stadium102,780Columbus, Ohio
4Kyle Field102,733College Station, Texas
5Neyland Stadium102,455Knoxville, Tennessee
6Tiger Stadium102,321Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7Bryant–Denny Stadium101,821Tuscaloosa, Alabama
8Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium100,119Austin, Texas
9Sanford Stadium92,746Athens, Georgia
10Cotton Bowl Stadium92,100Dallas, Texas
11Rose Bowl90,888Pasadena, California
12Ben Hill Griffin Stadium88,548Gainesville, Florida
13Jordan–Hare Stadium87,451Auburn, Alabama
14Memorial Stadium86,047Lincoln, Nebraska
15Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium86,112Norman, Oklahoma
16MetLife Stadium82,500East Rutherford, New Jersey
17FedExField82,000Landover, Maryland
18Memorial Stadium81,500Clemson
19Lambeau Field81,441Green Bay, Wisconsin
20Notre Dame Stadium80,795South Bend, Indiana
21Camp Randall Stadium80,321Madison, Wisconsin
22Williams-Brice Stadium80,250Columbia, South Carolina
23AT&T Stadium80,000Arlington, Texas
24Doak Campbell Stadium79,560Tallahassee, Florida
25Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum77,500Los Angeles
26TIAA Bank Field76,867Jacksonville, Florida
27Arrowhead Stadium76,412Kansas City, Missouri
28Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium76,212Fayetteville, Arkansas
29Empower Field at Mile High76,125Denver
30Spartan Stadium75,025East Lansing, Michigan
31New Era Field73,967Orchard Park, New York
32Bank of America Stadium73,298Charlotte, North Carolina
33Mercedes-Benz Superdome73,208New Orleans
34FirstEnergy Stadium73,200Cleveland
35Legion Field72,000Birmingham, Alabama
36NRG Stadium71,500Houston
37M&T Bank Stadium71,008Baltimore
38Faurot Field71,004Columbia, Missouri
39Mercedes-Benz Stadium77,430Atlanta
40Kinnick Stadium70,585Iowa City, Iowa
41SDCCU Stadium70,561San Diego
42Husky Stadium70,138Seattle
43Nissan Stadium69,143Nashville, Tennessee
44CenturyLink Field68,740Seattle
45Lincoln Financial Field68,532Philadelphia
46Levi's Stadium68,500Santa Clara, California
47Heinz Field68,400Pittsburgh
48The Dome at America's Center66,965St. Louis
49U.S. Bank Stadium66,655Minneapolis
50Lane Stadium66,233Blacksburg, Virginia

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