What makes a great NFL stadium?
Does it have to sport a rich tradition of success? Or does a big arena for pro football simply equate to being a great one? I think a great stadium should have grass. Or good turf. Or at least some concrete on the stadium floor painted green. Yes, I’m looking at you, old Veterans Stadium.
The 2000s saw an explosion of new NFL stadiums. From 2000 to 2010, no fewer than 13 teams saw their digs upgraded, nearly half of the league. Many of those new stadiums have hosted or, in the case of New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, will host a Super Bowl in 2014. Please don’t ask me to figure out the Roman numerals on that.
Conversely, classic stadiums like Lambeau Field and the O.co Coliseum seem to hold up fine. And then there’s Soldier Field, which underwent considerable renovation in 2003. So much renovation, in fact, that the stadium was de-listed as a national historic landmark the following year. Would that make the home of the Chicago Bears a new old stadium? An old new stadium? I’m confused.
We spent a few minutes discussing what we think are the greatest stadiums in the NFL today, so check our video above and leave us your thoughts on great NFL stadiums in the comments.