Top 10 NFL Stadiums
I have ranked the top 10 NFL stadiums in the league from 10 to 1. I based my opinions on design, beauty, size, location, and age. Granted this is just my humble opinion and in no way reflects the way I feel about the teams themselves. It was hard leaving out the historical stadiums such as Lambeau Field, but most of these are all newer stadiums. I have been to many of these stadiums, so there is some other information that I was able to use to create this list.
10: Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles)
Lincoln Financial Field has a design that focuses a lot of attention on fan friendly public spaces, and architecture that embraces the passion of the Philadelphia sports fan. The premium seating and a huge public plaza at the entrance really make this something for the fans. Also features an interesting time line display of the team's history, as well as beautiful artwork of an eagle on the floor.
9: Gillette Stadium (Patriots)
In each end zone you will find giant HDTV video boards offering a clarity and sharpness that rival any other in the league. There are also different bridges and ramps that offer fans the chance to view a game from unique vantage points not found anywhere else. The seats are all team colors, which makes a big impact on the beauty, and the LED light shows all around the stadium really catch the eye of the fan.
8: Raymond James Stadium (Buccs)
One of the most spacious tailgating areas found in the NFL. The pirate ship is located in the north end zone, which is what really makes this building special. when the Buccs reach the red zone, rally flags are raised on the flag poles around the top of the stadium. The pirate theme is all around, and really creates a unique atmosphere for all to enjoy.
7: University Of Phoenix Stadium (Cardinals)
“The Great Lawn” is where you will find some of the best tailgating fans. Before every game there is live entertainment, followed by a prize for the best tailgating fans. The retractable roof here takes about 12 minutes to fully open. “Pat Tillman Plaza” can be found at the main entrance, which is really a great tribute. The open end zones have a wide public gathering and viewing
area as well.
6: Invesco Field At Mile High (Broncos)
The championship banners are the first thing you see here when walking through the main entrance. Near one sideline, there is an ESPN fantasy broadcast booth, where fans can sit at an anchor desk and
do their own ESPN telecast. The many sculptures, decorations, and
the modern 21st century feel really add to the impressive structure of this building.
5: Qwest Field (Seahawks)
This impressive structure features one of the best skyline views of any venue in all of sports. The roof provides protection from the elements to about 70% of
the seats in the stadium. There is a vertical video board that offers fans a pleasantly different view of the game. The pregame festivities and the indoor tailgating experiences make this one of the best stadiums in the league, a real jewel.
4: Heinz Field (Steelers)
In a truly beautiful setting, Heinz Field is located along the Ohio River and next to PNC Park. Configured in the shape of a horseshoe, the south end is completely open to the river, except for the beautiful scoreboard display. In the main entrance, there are center posts shaped as massive Vince Lombardi trophies. The Steelers "Great Hall" is by far the nicest concourse in the league.
3: Soldier Field (Bears)
This place oozes history, and is very good about showing it. With lots of flag poles and American flags, the patriotism can be felt everywhere. The unmistakable pillars are the signature element of Soldier Field, and were kept intact for the stadium's reconstruction. They are lcated on both sides of the venue. The modern futuristic design of the stadium meshes very well with the old colonnades and statues.
2: Lucas Oil Stadium (Colts)
Hundreds of restaurants surround this impressive new structure. The massive retractable roof here can be opened in about 10 minutes. On top of that, the glass wall on the north side if the stadium also retracts, offering fans inside a terrific view of the city’s amazing skyline. There are seven levels of seating in this new building, all with a great view. The building is truly an architectural marvel.
1: Cowboys Stadium (Cowboys)
This 1.15 billion (yes billion with a B) tops the list of all NFL stadiums to date. This massive futuristic structure trumps anything in it's path. Seating up to 100,000 people here will not be a problem for many years to come. The massive steel arches remind you of Qwest field, but the roof placed on top is something that renders a UFO. This will easily be the #1 Stadium for many, many years to come.