Top 20: The biggest sport stadiums in the US
Do the biggest sports stadiums in the US exist in order to cater for the biggest audiences, or do they have the biggest audiences simply because they have the biggest capacities? That’s a chicken-and-egg question for the philosophers to ponder. In the meantime, let’s just take a look at which stadiums are the biggest in the country…
20. Notre Dame Stadium
Home of the Fighting Irish football team, the stadium at Notre Dame, Indiana, was opened in 1930. It originally had a capacity of 54,000, but has been able to accommodate 77,622 spectators since 2017.
19. Lambeau Field
With a capacity of 81,435, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has been the home of the Green Bay Packers since it opened in 1957. It was the first stadium built solely for a team in the NFL.
18. Memorial Stadium (Clemson)
Opened in 1942, the Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina, is home to the Clemson Tigers football team and has a capacity of 81,500.
This is one of the newest stadiums in our list, having been opened in Landover, Maryland, in 1997. It has a capacity of 82,000 and is home to the Washington Football Team, formerly known as the Washington Redskins.
16. MetLife Stadium
The MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is home to both the New York Giants and New York Jets NFL franchises, and can accommodate up to 82,500 people.
15. Memorial Stadium (Lincoln)
The Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, is the home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. It has a current capacity of 85,458, which is considerably more than the 31,080 capacity that it had when it opened in 1923.
14. Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium opened in 1923, and has been expanded and renovated multiple times since then. Home to the Oklahoma Sooners football team, it can seat up to 80,126 spectators.
13. Jordan–Hare Stadium
Home of the Auburn University Tigers football team, the Jordan-Hare Stadium in Alabama opened in 1939 and has a current capacity of 87,451.
12. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Known as Florida Field when it opened in 1930, this stadium in Gainesville, Florida, was renamed in 1989 to honour local businessman Ben Hill Griffin. This is the largest football stadium in the state, with a capacity of 88,548.
11. Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, is one of the best known stadiums in the world, thanks in part to it having hosted five Super Bowl games and the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final. It opened in 1922 and can now accommodate 92,542 spectators.
10. Cotton Bowl
This stadium has a current seating capacity of 92,100. It was opened in 1930 in Dallas, Texas, and is named after the annual Cotton Bowl Classic which it hosted from 1937 to 2009.
9. Sanford Stadium
The Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, is home to the Georgia Bulldogs football team. It is the tenth biggest stadium in the NCAA, with the ability to seat 92,746 spectators.
8. Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
Named after football coach Darrel K Royal and dedicated to the memory of 198,520 Texans who fought in the first World War, this stadium has an official seating capacity of 100,119.
6. Tiger Stadium
Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tiger Stadium was opened in 1924 with a modest capacity of 12,000. Now up to 102,321 fans can watch the LSU Tigers football team play, and that maximum capacity has been reached 11 times.
7. Bryant–Denny Stadium
Bryant-Denny Stadium is located on the campus of the University of Alabama. It is home to the Alabama Crimson Tide football team and has an official capacity of 100,077.
5. Neyland Stadium
Opened in 1921, Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, is home to the Tennessee Volunteers football team. It has been expanded more than a dozen times since then and now has an official capacity of 102,455.
4. Kyle Field
The Kyle Field football stadium in College Station, Texas, was opened in 1927 with a capacity of 32,890. The Texas A&M Aggies football team has played there from the outset, but can now seat up to 102,733 Aggies fans.
3. Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium had a maximum capacity of 66,210 when it was opened in 1922, but it can now seat 102,780. It is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes and also doubles as a concert venue from time to time.
2. Beaver Stadium
Beaver Stadium in Pennsylvania has been home to the Penn State Nittany Lions since it opened in 1960. It has been expanded multiple times, and can now accommodate 106,572 spectators.
1. Michigan Stadium
Michigan Stadium opened in 1927 and is currently the largest stadium in the USA as well as the third largest in the world. Originally seating 72,000, it now has an official capacity of 107,601.