Every NFL Stadium, Ranked From Worst to First
If you're spending your Sunday in an NFL stadium, you're doing pretty OK — mainly because you're watching football, which is awesome.
Like anything else, though, there are varying degrees of awesome when it comes to NFL stadiums. The 32 NFL teams that play in 30 different stadiums — four teams that call New York and Los Angeles home share stadiums — offer a wide variety of experiences for their fans.
Some are pretty mind-blowing. Some leave a lot to be desired. Here's a look at where all 30 NFL stadiums rank, from worst to first.
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30. TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Bottom line: It doesn't matter if the Jacksonville Jaguars are getting better. Doesn't matter if Jacksonville Beach is amazing. Doesn't matter if they changed to a logo and team colors that didn't look like a dirty diaper. This place is a dump. Don't go here.
How is it that after almost 30 years in the NFL, the Jaguars haven't developed any real rivalries? Even the Panthers can say they hate Saints fans and vice versa.
Luckily, the Jaguars unveiled plans for a Stadium of the Future in June 2023. At least it's better than moving to London, right?
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29. Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Bottom line: You probably haven't watched many games at Bank of America Stadium on TV recently because the Carolina Panthers haven't had a winning season since 2017 and have had just one winning season since they went 15-1 and made it to the Super Bowl in 2015.
The stadium itself is pretty serviceable for being almost 30 years old; it's just not really remarkable in any way. There are talks of demolishing the stadium and build a new one in its place, and if 2023 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young becomes the franchise quarterback fans hope he can be that could happen sooner than later. Combine that with the opening of the $800 million Gateway Station to bring mass transit to the masses in the Charlotte area, and we might be onto something here.
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28. NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
Location: Houston, Texas
Bottom line: What little vital energy NRG Stadium ever had went out the door when three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt left following the 2020 season.
It's tough to envision the Houston Texans being able to make this a fun place to watch football games any time soon, so for now, avoid this place at all costs.
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27. Nissan Stadium (Tennessee Titans)
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Bottom line: I've always thought the Tennessee Titans occupied a strange spot in their own football-crazy state — no matter what they do, they will always be the second-most popular team in the state behind the University of Tennessee. And they'll always have the second-best stadium in the state behind the University of Tennessee. That the team in most years is middling and offers little in the way of joy for its fanbase only compounds the issue.
Nissan Stadium is also ugly and looks like it came out of a Lego box. So there's that.
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26. FedEx Field (Washington Commanders)
Location: Landover, Maryland
Bottom line: With the presumptive sale of the Washington Commanders seemingly around the corner, the ick of over two decades under the ownership of Daniel Snyder could be gone soon. Watching this franchise's diehard fan base slowly erode has been a sad sight, although no matter who owns the team, FedEx Field still sucks. It's simply a venue with zero personality, flair or anything to like about it.
It also suffers from the one thing about pro stadiums we can all agree we hate, which is when they're not even located in the place the team calls home.
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25. Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Bottom line: There was something memorable about watching games at the old Pontiac Silverdome, which most likely sprang from watching Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders shred NFL defenses on AstroTurf for a decade. Since moving to Ford Field 20 years ago, it's been one nightmare season after another for the home team, which hasn't won a playoff game since 1991 and, in 2008, became the first NFL team in the modern era to go winless.
One weird fact about Ford Field — it's the only NFL stadium with east and west end zones.
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24. Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)
Location: Miami Gardens, Florida
Bottom line: Hard Rock Stadium is awesome. It's architecture, vibes, location … everything works. There's a reason this place has hosted six Super Bowls.
The reason it's not higher on this list is this might be the most apathetic fan base in the entire NFL. It's great there's pro football in Miami. There always will be. But the fans absolutely do not seem to care. Watching a Dolphins home game on TV makes it look like you could just buy nosebleed seats at the stadium, walk down to the lower level and no one would care.
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23. MetLife Stadium (New York Giants/New York Jets)
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Bottom line: Look at that … two New York teams that don't actually play in New York. How strange. Once you get past that, MetLife Stadium's full potential has been held back by a dreadful New York Jets franchise that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2011.
Here's the thing, though. The Giants are good again. The Jets now have Aaron Rodgers and a ton of young talent on the roster. The vibes coming out of East Rutherford are feeling pretty good right about now.
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22. Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland Browns)
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Bottom line: Known as First Energy Stadium for the last decade, there's something kind of nostalgic and thrilling about watching a stadium return to a classic name like Cleveland Browns Stadium, which it will do in 2023.
The Dawg Pound, where Cleveland's craziest fans are located, almost keeps this stadium in the top half of our list alone. But the fact the Browns have never hosted a playoff game doesn't let it get much higher.
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21. Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Bottom line: Built for a staggering $1.6 billion, Mercedes-Benz Stadium replaced a legendary venue, the Georgia Dome, and opened with one of the coolest ideas we've seen a major modern stadium implement. They capped concession prices to make things affordable for middle-class families who have had to drop the bag to secure tickets.
The stadium is a really beautiful piece of architecture — is it modernist? Is it cubist? Is it just amazing corporate logo placement with that Mercedez-Benz logo making us want to spend too much money on a car we can't afford?
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20. State Farm Stadium (Arizona Cardinals)
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Bottom line: There's a reason State Farm Stadium has hosted the Super Bowl three times since it opened in 2006 — because it's awesome.
The greater Phoenix area offers plenty to do, but the sight of the stadium on the drive up is kind of striking because it seems isolated. Once inside the stadium, everything is state-of-the-art except the home team, which has won just one playoff game in the last decade.
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19. Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas Raiders)
Location: Paradise, Nevada
Bottom line: When the Oakland Raiders cut bait on California a few years ago and moved to their desert oasis, it was in large part because of Allegiant Stadium. With a price tag of $1.9 billion, it's the second-most expensive stadium in the world and will host the Super Bowl in 2024.
While the Raiders still suck and will suck for the foreseeable future, getting to watch an NFL game in Las Vegas and all Sin City has to offer can't be beaten. This stadium makes you feel like you just stepped into the future.
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18. M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Bottom line: Most people know the home stadium of the Baltimore Ravens as The Bank or, most commonly, as Ravens Stadium. This place has had a great reputation since it opened in 1998 as a fan-friendly place to watch NFL games, and the product on the field has been consistently good.
Making sure quarterback and former NFL MVP Lamar Jackson stayed in the fold by resigning him to a five-year, $260 million contract helps make sure the seats stay filled.
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17. Levi's Stadium (San Francisco 49ers)
Location: Santa Clara, California
Bottom line: This is a really cool stadium — nothing about it not to like — but once again, if you have a team that says it's from one city but is very much in another, that's hard to take.
For basic geography purposes, let's clarify that the stadium the San Francisco 49ers play in is located 40 miles south of San Francisco, which means if you know anything at all about Bay Area traffic that's a two-hour drive at any given time of the day. True fans know Candlestick Park will always be home.
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16. Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Location: Tampa, Florida
Bottom line: It's tough to knock a stadium that's been good enough to host three Super Bowls since it opened 25 years ago and a franchise that shows it's willing to commit to being a winner, having won a pair of Super Bowls in that time as well.
The Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg triumvirate is hard to beat if you want to have a really good time. No shade here. This place rocks.
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15. U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bottom line: Some stadiums on this list are so beautiful and such stunning pieces of architecture that how good the home team plays is sometimes an afterthought — such is the case of U.S. Bank Stadium and the Minnesota Vikings.
It's a gigantic NFL stadium that looks like it's encased in glass, which is dope. And you have to love a fan base that is as loyal as any in the NFL despite having never won a Super Bowl and not having even played in one since 1976.
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14. Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Bottom line: One man can be so good they get a stadium built for them. In this case, that's former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who got the gigantic fieldhouse built because of how good the team became under his leadership.
Colts fans thought they had another decade or so of great football with quarterback Andrew Luck, who retired in the prime of his career in 2018, so it's been kind of a downer going to games here since then.
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13. Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
Location: Denver, Colorado
Bottom line: You have to respect the fact that the Denver Broncos incorporated the old name of Mile High Stadium into the new stadium's name in 2001 — and was there ever a better stadium name than Mile High Stadium?
Even when the Broncos are bad, their fans are great. That's why the franchise has one of the best home-field advantages in not just the NFL but all of professional sports. Fans will get a new look when they come to games in 2023 with $100 million in upgrades, including a new video board.
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12. Lincoln Financial Stadium (Philadelphia Eagles)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bottom line: It's a testament to Philadelphia Eagles fans and the franchise itself that Lincoln Financial Field — The Linc — has been able to establish its own personality since it opened in 2003. That's because the previous home of the Eagles, Veterans Field, was essentially a mythological place. Think about Vince Papale. Think of the stadium jail. Think of the Vietnam vet who lived there in secret for a few years.
The biggest reason The Linc has been able to carve out its own lane is that the team has been so damn good for most of the last 20 years, including three Super Bowl appearances and the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history in 2017. That said, this is one of the few stadiums in the NFL where we would recommend you think twice before wearing the opposing team's colors to a game here.
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11. SoFi Stadium (Los Angeles Rams/Los Angeles Chargers)
Location: Inglewood, California
Bottom line: There are two teams that play at SoFi Stadium — one that fans kind of care about (the Rams) and one that fans absolutely don't care about (the Chargers). The thing is, it doesn't really matter. There is no stadium on Earth like this.
SoFi Stadium cost an estimated $6 billion to build and hosted a Super Bowl in February 2022 that was won by one of the home teams — the Rams. What's more, it seems to have the same effect on everyone who goes to an event here, and that is awe.
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10. Lumen Field (Seattle Seahawks)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Bottom line: Old-school football fans (anyone over 40 years old) can remember what it was like to watch the Seattle Seahawks playing in the Kingdome back in the day — fascinating but also kind of impersonal. That's never been a problem at Lumen Field, which has provided some of the signature NFL moments over the last 20 years and just looks like a cool place to watch a game.
It's always weird to think that the city of Seattle could come out like this for an NFL team but lost an NBA team in that same stretch. On that note … bring the Sonics back to Seattle!
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9. Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Bottom line: Soldier Field is the oldest stadium in the NFL by over 30 years, so going to a game here can feel more like a visit to a museum than anything else — even though the Chicago Bears didn't actually move into the stadium full time until 1971. If you're not a die-hard Bears fan and visited in the last decade, it's definitely been more for history because the Bears have been so bad.
But renovations have transformed Soldier Field to the point that it doesn't really look like the stadium most of us remember from back in the day. Not as much fun as it used to be.
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8. Highmark Stadium (Buffalo Bills)
Location: Orchard Park, New York
Bottom line: One of a trio of NFL stadiums still in use that opened in the early 1970s, there's something thrilling about watching the Buffalo Bills play in a snowstorm — imagine what it must be like to attend a game in person. It's not only cold, but it's also windy, located south of Lake Erie, which makes it a nightmare for opposing teams.
Imagine yourself walking up to the stadium with seven layers of clothes on, drinking a beer and dodging Bills fans flying off their cars, smashing tables all around you. You've achieved football nirvana. Try and chase that feeling.
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7. Paycor Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Bottom line: Something truly remarkable has happened in the last few years at The Jungle — no one calls it Paycor Stadium. Since the Cincinnati Bengals drafted LSU quarterback Joe Burrow as the No. 1 overall pick in 2020, this place has been L-I-T on gamedays.
It's pretty cool that people are coming to The Jungle now en masse because it's really a beautiful piece of architecture — lots of clean, smooth lines. It's aesthetically pleasing, and in a Harris survey of the best buildings and structures in the U.S., it was the only NFL stadium to make the list and one of only three sports stadiums, along with Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field.
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6. Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts
Bottom line: Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 and was home to the greatest dynasty in NFL history with the New England Patriots. The franchise won six Super Bowls with quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick leading the way — five of them happening after Gillette Stadium opened.
If you take one thing away about Gillette Stadium, let it be this: Every single preseason game, home game and playoff game has been sold out since the stadium opened in 2002.
Every. Single. One.
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5. Acrisure Stadium (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bottom line: You have to feel kind of bad for Acrisure — after paying an estimated $200 to $300 million for naming rights, there is absolutely no one outside of corporate sponsors and television announcers who calls this place Acrisure Stadium. It's Heinz Field 'til forever, and Pittsburgh Steelers fans unleashed the heat of a million suns on the team's ownership for changing the name in 2022.
In my opinion, you can call this stadium whatever you want, and it will still be awesome because of the team that plays here, its fans and the city it's in. This is how football is supposed to be seen and appreciated. Does anybody else get an overwhelming desire to drink a ton of beer when they watch the Steelers play home games? Just me? OK, cool.
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4. Caesars Superdome (New Orleans Saints)
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Bottom line: You won't have more fun at a game than when you make it to the Caesars Superdome to watch the New Orleans Saints play — it's awesome outside the stadium and awesome once you get inside.
Pro tip: Hit up the Erin Rose before the game, and wake yourself up with one of their frozen coffees. Even if the team isn't going to be very good for the foreseeable future, this stadium still rules.
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3. AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)
Location: Arlington, Texas
Bottom line: There's something magical that happens when you walk into AT&T Stadium to watch the Dallas Cowboys — maybe it's the team or the fans or the opulence of the stadium itself. It's just wonderful. That is, unless you're a fan of the other teams in the NFC East.
While most people know AT&T Stadium as its proper name, it's more often referred to as Jerry World — for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — or The Death Star. While listed capacity seating is 80,000, the stadium can expand to 100,000 and set the NFL single-game attendance record with 105,121 in 2009.
The construction of the stadium is a story in itself. It was budgeted at a cost of $650 million, which ballooned to $1.1 billion and required a $150 million loan from the NFL and Jones himself to pay any overages after that. With the Cowboys valued at a staggering $8 billion in 2022, you could say it was worth the extra cash.
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2. Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Bottom line: Going to a game at Lambeau Field is a bucket-list experience for any true sports fan, although hopefully, you made it to the game in the last 20 years to see Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers at quarterback because it's going to be slim pickings for the foreseeable future with both those eras now over.
Of note, Lambeau Field is the oldest continually operating NFL stadium — yes, Chicago's Soldier Field is older, but the Bears didn't move in until 1971.
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1. Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Bottom line: Arrowhead Stadium has been one of the great places to watch an NFL game for almost the entire 51 years of its existence, and that's with a steady, uninterrupted run dating back to the Derrick Thomas and Marty Schottenheimer era of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
There is no louder place to watch a football game in the NFL, and the tailgating goes nose-to-nose with any of the 30 stadiums on this list.
That said, it's one man who currently elevates Arrowhead Stadium to the No. 1 spot on this list — and that man is quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Chiefs fans get to watch one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in his prime and have won two Super Bowls in the last four years.
To quote Pro Bowl Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce: "Don't you ever disrespect Pat Mahomes."
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