These Are the Loudest NFL Stadiums
The final judgment handed down on any NFL franchise ultimately comes to wins and losses and championships — it just so happens that the best teams seem to have the loudest stadiums.
How loud, exactly, can NFL stadiums get when they're packed with fans every Sunday? Loud enough to be confused with an earthquake on local seismology charts. Loud enough to end up in the Guinness World Records. Loud enough.
10. State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Capacity: 78,600 (standing room)
Bottom Line: Way out in the Arizona desert, you might be surprised to know that Arizona Cardinals fans can absolutely bring it when it comes to the noise department — they equal almost 80,000 strong when State Farm Stadium goes standing room only.
The stadium has already hosted a Super Bowl, in 2008, and will host again in 2023. It's also been home to college football's biggest games, hosting the BCS National Championship Game in 2007 and 2011 and the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2016.
9. U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Bottom Line: One of the coolest stadiums we've ever seen, the glassed-up U.S. Bank Stadium was opened in 2016 as the new home to the Minnesota Vikings. It replaced the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and its legacy of knee-snapping, skin-burning astroturf.
Made at a cost just north of $1 billion, U.S. Bank Stadium hosted a Super Bowl less than two years after it opened and has been home to some of the more raucous crowds in recent NFL memory. It was at its loudest during "The Minneapolis Miracle" on Jan. 14, 2018, when Stefon Diggs caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum as time expired in an NFC divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.
8. Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Massachusetts)
Team: New England Patriots
Bottom Line: Few stadiums have opened with such perfect timing as Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots.
The Patriots broke ground on the stadium in 2000 — and by the time they began playing there in 2002, they'd won the first of six Super Bowl championships in the dynasty led by quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.
How do you win all those games? Crowd noise definitely doesn't hurt, and the legions of fans dedicated to this franchise have brought the thunder almost every time the Pats played a home game.
7. Acrisure Stadium (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Bottom Line: If you didn't realize the Pittsburgh Steelers played at Acrisure Stadium, that's OK. We didn't either. Known as Heinz Field for the last 20 years, the name switch came during the 2022 season and, while it's now called something else, one thing that won't change is how bananas Steelers fans get during games and how much noise they make.
It's not a behemoth stadium by any means, even with the Steelers adding 3,000 seats to get to 68,400 in 2015. Regardless, it seems like quite a bit more whenever those Terrible Towels get waving. Personally, we'll always have Three Rivers Stadium No. 1 in our hearts — that's where the Steelers played from 1970 to 2000.
6. Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
Team: Green Bay Packers
Capacity: 81,000 (est.)
Bottom Line: The most famous football stadium in the world is Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. It's also one of the loudest.
What makes the noise at Lambeau Field so amplified and so intimidating for the other team is, hands down, the noise associated with it. Wait, actually it's a combination of the noise and the cold, and never was that more on display than the 1967 NFL Championship Game between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. More commonly known as The Ice Bowl, temperatures stayed steady at about -36 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind chill factor, and the Packers won, 21-17.
5. AT&T Stadium (Dallas, Texas)
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Capacity: Expandable to 105,000
Bottom Line: Formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, you might get a look of confusion from casual NFL fans if you call it AT&T Stadium — if you want instant recognition, just call it "Jerry World" because that's what most people call it.
Lots of the crowd noise at Jerry World comes from the fact that the capacity of the stadium is so flexible. You can have between 80,000 to 105,000 people in attendance for any game with the "Party Pass" options behind the end zones. These are the people you can see partying around the Cowboys as they walk out to the field before games.
Jerry World set the attendance record for an NFL regular-season game in 2009 with a whopping 105,121 fans to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants.
4. Lumen Field (Seattle, Washington)
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Bottom Line: Fans of the Seattle Seahawks have set the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd roar at an outdoor stadium twice — reaching 136.6 decibels in 2013 and 137.6 decibels in 2014.
No moment in the stadium's history has crystallized exactly how loud Seahawks fans can get than the "Beast Quake" that occurred when running back Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch broke nine tackles on the way to a 67-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFC Wild Card Playoff Game. Lynch's run caused such a noise to emanate from the stadium that it registered on a regional seismograph and pulled.
3. Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Bottom Line: Lucas Oil Stadium is truly "The House That Peyton Built" — having opened exactly one decade after former quarterback Peyton Manning was taken by the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and turned around the fortunes of the moribund franchise.
Lucas Oil doesn't just get rocking for games when the Colts are playing. It's scheduled to host the Final Four every five years from now until 2040.
2. Caesars Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Team: New Orleans Saints
Bottom Line: Originally known as the Louisiana Superdome — most people just call it the Superdome — this stadium has hosted seven Super Bowls and will host an eighth in 2025. Not bad for a team that hasn't really seen sustained success until the last 15 years — right around when they added Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
You cannot overestimate the advantage the crowd at the Superdome gives the Saints and the ensuing insanity that comes when almost 80,000 fans pour into the stadium after hours of boozing on Bourbon Street. Enter at your own risk … and Geaux Saints.
1. Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Missouri)
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Bottom Line: Arrowhead Stadium is part of the Truman Sports Complex — located directly across from Kauffman Stadium, home to the Kansas City Royals.
Arrowhead has consistently held the title as the NFL's loudest stadium for some time — decibel level readings be damned. It's safe to say that Green Bay Packers fans at Lambeau Stadium are the only other fanbase that can relate to the Kansas City Chiefs fans and their long-term, home-field dedication to their team.
That said, no fanbase can compare when it comes to sheer, ear-splitting, beer-chugging volume. And they've had plenty to cheer for lately. The Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years following the 2019 season and have played in the AFC Championship Game five consecutive times.