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Where are the NFL teams located? Stadiums, cities and states

The stadiums of the National Football League are as varied and colorful as the teams that they host. Here’s a quick tour of the places that NFL teams call home.

The stadiums of the National Football League are as varied and colorful as the teams that they host. Here’s a quick tour of the places that NFL teams call home.
Tony GutierrezAP

The stadiums of National Football League teams are varied, differing in many ways from size to age. Although there are 32 NFL teams, there are only 30 full-time stadiums where the games are held.

That’s because the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams share SoFi stadium, while the New York Giants share MetLife Stadium with the New York Jets.

Almost all of the stadiums are named after the corporations which sponsor them. Only three of them do not bear corporate names- Lambeau Field, Paul Brown Stadium, and Soldier Field.

There are old ones and new ones- the oldest stadium in the league is Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois at almost a hundred years old. The newest are Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada and SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which both debuted in 2020.

One attraction that few arenas have is the retractable roof. There are only five stadiums which have them- AT&T, Lucas Oil, Mercedes-Benz, NRG, and State Farm Stadiums.

If you want to get a closer look at these arenas, they offer stadium tours for fans who want to see more of their facilities.

Here is a full list of NFL stadiums, listed according to their teams.

1. Arizona Cardinals- State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona. Opened in 2006, seating capacity of 63,400.

State Farm Stadium is regarded as an architectural landmark in the area, and has won awards for its design. It boasts the first retractable natural grass-playing surface in the US, as well as the first completely retractable roof operating at an incline. State Farm is a multi-purpose facility, also having hosted soccer and basketball matches, motor sports, and trade shows. State Farm Stadium will host Super Bowl LVII in February 2023.

2. Atlanta Falcons- Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Georgia. Opened in 2017, seating capacity of 71,000.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multi-purpose venue, and is also home to the Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer. Its most notable feature is its retractable roof which presents a pinwheel made of eight panels. The stadium features a lot of contemporary art both in its interior and exterior. It reportedly cost more than a billion dollars to build.

3. Baltimore Ravens- M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland. Opened in 1998, seating capacity of 71,008.

M&T Bank Stadium is known for its amenities for fans, ease of access, and other facilities. It features high-definition video screens and a high-density WiFi network. The structure was completed to the tune of approximately $220 million.

4. Buffalo Bills- Highmark Stadium- Orchard Park, New York. Opened in 1973, seating capacity of 71,608

The particularities of Highmark Stadium are custom-designed for NFL dimensions; thus it is difficult to hold other sporting events there, such as soccer, baseball or track and field.The area is also very windy, making the arena difficult for kickers. Highmark has hosted many concerts, including performances by the Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Beyoncé.

5. Carolina Panthers- Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina. Opened in 1996, seating capacity of 75,523.

Aside from being home to the Panthers, Bank of America Stadium has hosted college football and soccer matches. The stadium has also been the site for concerts of artists such as Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney, and Def Leppard.

6. Chicago Bears- Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 1924, seating capacity of 61,500.

Soldier Field, the oldest NFL stadium, was renovated in 2002, which resulted in a more modern facility but also caused it to be removed from the list of National Historic Landmarks. Aside from sporting events such as soccer, boxing, and the Special Olympics World Games, it has also seen concerts, circuses, open-air operas, and skiing events. Soldier Field has the smallest seating capacity among all NFL stadiums.

7. Cincinnati Bengals- Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio. Opened in 2000, seating capacity of 65,515.

Paul Brown Stadium, or PBS for short, is named after the team’s founder Paul Brown. The structure has been recognized for its architecture, and has received numerous awards. It is also nicknamed “The Jungle” not only as a nod to the Bengal tiger but also because “Welcome to the Jungle” is unofficially considered its song.

8. Cleveland Browns- First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio. Opened in 1999, seating capacity of 67,895.

Aside from home games for the Browns, the stadium also holds college and high school football and international soccer games, as well as concerts. Performers that have graced the arena include One Direction, U2, and Taylor Swift.

9. Dallas Cowboys- AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. Opened in 2009, seating capacity of 80,000.

AT&T Stadium has a peak total capacity of over 100,000 fans, which is considered the highest of any NFL stadium. The stadium is also the home of the Cotton Bowl Classic and the Big 12 Championship Game. It has held concerts, basketball games, rodeos, motocross, and Spartan races.

10. Denver Broncos- Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado. Opened in 2001, seating capacity of 76,125.

Built at a cost of $400 million, Empower Field at Mile High Stadium covers a total of 1.8 million square feet. It is situated 5,280 feet above sea level, a height that is said to give the Broncos one of the best home field advantages because of the difficulty in playing at high altitudes. Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination took place here.

11. Detroit Lions- Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan. Opened in 2002, seating capacity of 65,000.

Aside from the Lions, Ford Field also hosts college footballs games, wrestling championships, marching band finals, and basketball games, among other events. The stadium takes in a lot of natural light that reaches the field because of its giant windows.

12. Green Bay Packers- Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Opened in 1957, seating capacity of 81,441.

Lambeau Field has made the top of several lists of best NFL stadiums because of its rich history, and is considered a must-visit for any football fan. The stadium has a combination of bench seating and luxury suites. A museum has been added into the mix, making it a more attractive venue worthy of a tour.

13. Houston Texans- NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. Opened in 2002, seating capacity of 72,220.

NRG Stadium’s see-through retractable roof is its most outstanding feature. It is considered a solid all-around arena and has hosted Super Bowls, Final Fours, among others. The complex covers 350 acres and has 26,000 parking spaces.

14. Indianapolis Colts- Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. Opened in 2008, seating capacity of 67,000.

Lucas Oil Stadium’s traditional exterior belies its state-of-the-art interior. It’s a modern arena with a retractable roof, a handsome structure, and a good location which allows fans to walk to nearby restaurants and bars. The stadium’s massive windows give fans access to picturesque city views while enjoying the game.

15. Jacksonville Jaguars- TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida. Opened in 2008, seating capacity of 69,132.

TIAA Bank Field was the venue for Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. It is used as a venue by the US men’s national soccer team. It also hosts the annual football rivalry game between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.

16. Kansas City Chiefs- Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri. Opened in 1972, seating capacity of 76,416.

Arrowhead ranks high in lists of the best NFL stadiums, in big part because of its atmosphere. KC fans set up a great tailgating scene, and their cheers ring loud, setting a Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd cheer at 142.2 decibels in September 2014.

17. Las Vegas Raiders- Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, Nevada. Opened in 2020, seating capacity of 65,000.

Allegiant, one of the newest stadiums, is domed and has ten levels. It has a unique high-tech look with a lot of black and silver. It also hosts the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels college football team. It is reported to have cost $1.9 billion to build.

18. Los Angeles Chargers/Los Angeles Rams- SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California. Opened in 2020, seating capacity of 70, 240.

SoFi is a highly-ranked stadium, with a distinctive wrap-around design for its Jumbotron structure which sits at the middle. It’s a beautiful new sports and entertainment complex which utilizes a lot of glass. The venue hosted Super Bowl LVI last season in February 2022.

19. Miami Dolphins- Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida. Opened in 1987, seating capacity of 65,236.

Hard Rock is a multi-purpose stadium that has hosted six Super Bowls, two World Series, and WrestleMania. The Orange Bowl, an annual college football game, and the Miami Open tennis tournament are held there. The facility has undergone several name changes, having been known as Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Joe Robbie Stadium, Land Shark Stadium, and Sun Life Stadium.

20. Minnesota Vikings- U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Opened in 2016, seating capacity of 66,655.

U.S. Bank also ranks among the best, and its design is considered a trendsetter for stadiums that have come after it. The venue hosted its first Super Bowl in 2018. It has a roof that mimics the effect of a retractable one, effectively protecting fans and players from the city’s chilly weather.

21. New England Patriots- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough Massachusetts. Opened in 2002, seating capacity of 66,829.

The history that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have created with the Patriots in recent years has made Gillette Stadium a celebrated arena for New England fans. Apart from the team’s success, though, not much sets it apart. Spectators have had to deal with horrendous traffic and terrible weather as the regular season heads into the playoffs.

22. New Orleans Saints- Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana. Opened in 1975, seating capacity of 73,208.

The Superdome has hosted seven Super Bowls, and is considered one of the remaining old-school domes in any sport. It has seen NCAA basketball championships, college football games, and was formerly the home of the New Orleans Jazz of the NBA. The stadium has a Mardi Gras feel, fitting for the city of New Orleans.

23. New York Giants/New York Jets- MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Opened in 2010, seating capacity of 82,500.

MetLife’s seating capacity is the biggest among all NFL stadiums. It hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, as well Wrestlemania, soccer games, as well numerous concerts. It covers 2.1 million square feet, provides parking for 28,000 vehicles, and cost $1.6 billion to construct.

24. Philadelphia Eagles- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Opened in 2003, seating capacity of 69,596.

Lincoln Financial Field, nicknamed “The Linc”, features a fantastic view of the Philadelphia skyline. It is also the home of Temple University’s Temple Owls football team. It has also hosted soccer and lacrosse games.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers- Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Opened in 2001, seating capacity of 68,400.

Heinz Field is primarily a football stadium that has hosted hockey games and concerts. It has a scenic view, situated right on the banks of the Ohio River. The fans add color to the venue, waving Terrible Towels in support of the Steelers.

26. San Francisco 49ers- Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California. Opened in 2014, seating capacity of 68,500.

The location of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara isn’t perfect for fans in San Francisco, but that’s the price that the 49ers need to pay after moving from its old home at Candlestick Park. The American football stadium hosted Super Bowl 50 and the 2019 Football Playoff National Championship.

27. Seattle Seahawks- Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington. Opened in 2002, seating capacity of 69,000.

Lumen is a stadium to beat, with an incomparable home-field advantage and charming scenery. Seahawks fans used to hold the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar at 136.6 decibels in 2013, then at 137.6 decibels in 2014. Its windy weather also makes it challenging for visiting kickers.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. Opened in 1998, seating capacity of 65,890.

Raymond James, nicknamed “The New Sombrero”, holds the distinction of having a pirate ship behind the stands in the north end zone. It fires cannons when the Buccaneers chalk up a touchdown. Aside from this centerpiece, nothing much sets it apart form other stadiums, although it was deemed worthy of hosting three Super Bowls.

29. Tennessee Titans- Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee. Opened in 1999, seating capacity of 69,143.

Aside from being the home of the Titans, the stadium regularly hosts soccer matches featuring the US men’s and women’s soccer teams. It has also seen concerts by N’Sync, Guns N’ Roses, and Ed Sheeran. It is centrally located, and fans can easily go to and from nearby bars.

30. Washington Football Team- FedExField, Landover, Maryland. Opened in 1997, seating capacity of 82,000.

FedExField has consistently made it to the list of worst NFL stadiums. One reason cited is its location, which makes it difficult for fans to reach especially via public transportation. The five-level venue has hosted college football games, as well as occasional international soccer and rugby matches.


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