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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.