NFL stadiums are some of the most awe-inspiring buildings in the world. These colossal venues have to keep millions of people entertained and moderately comfortable every year, even if the on-field performances aren’t up to snuff.
By and large, people seem to love going to all the current NFL stadiums. The average Google rating as of fall 2018 of all 31 home venues currently in use by NFL teams was 4.5 out of 5, with none getting a lower average score than 4.0 from the people who’ve gone there.
But, like teams, not all NFL stadiums are created equal. Take a look at our ranking of every NFL home stadium from worst to best.
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FedExField (Washington Redskins)
Location: Landover, Maryland
Year Opened: 1997
Proof that bigger isn’t always better, FedExField (no, there isn’t supposed to be a space anywhere in there) has a higher seating capacity than most stadiums in the NFL, but it’s also arguably the last one you’d want to visit. First off, when your team is supposed to be located in a major city like the nation’s capital, having to drive 45 minutes out to the suburbs to take in a game frankly sucks. Not to mention that once you get there, parking will cost you nearly $60 and tickets are among the most expensive in the league.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland Raiders)
Location: Oakland, California
Year Opened: 1966
You’d have to fly across the country from Washington to find the league’s other most commonly hated stadium. The decrepit Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum gets points for not having a corporate-sponsored name but loses those points for also being used as a baseball stadium by MLB’s Oakland Athletics. That fact makes the field’s layout somewhat awkward, with expensive 50-yard-line seats actually being farther away than some others because of the curvature of the seating area at midfield.
In 2018, MoneyWise voted the Raiders home field the worst stadium in the entire NFL. The good news for the team turns out to be bad news for fans: The Raiders will be moving into a brand-new stadium in Las Vegas at some point in 2020.
New Era Field (Buffalo Bills)
Location: Orchard Park, New York
Year Opened: 1973
Kickers hate this stadium and most fans do too. The windy conditions at New Era Field are legendary, thanks to the venue’s downwind location from Lake Erie.
Despite being one of the older stadiums still being used in the NFL, New Era Field had the fewest reviews left by visitors on Google, likely meaning that most people who attend a game aren’t too excited to share their experience once they hit the exits. Some people have even said the field is cursed because the Bills have struggled mightily since 1973, famously losing four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s.
Dignity Health Sports Park (Los Angeles Chargers)
Location: Carson, California
Year Opened: 2003
By far the smallest stadium being used by an NFL team in 2019, Dignity Health Sports Park was built as the home of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy but is being used to house the Los Angeles Chargers until 2020. It’s tiny, but its stature gives it some novelty for NFL fans. It honestly seems kind of neat to say you watched an NFL game at such a small venue — almost like catching Bruce Springsteen performing at a local bar.
Dignity Health Sports Park has a solid 4.5/5 rating from Google users, so it’s certainly not the worst place to take in a football game, provided you can find one of the 27,000 tickets!
FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns)
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Year Opened: 1999
Some Browns fans call it “NoEnergy Stadium” and others call it the “Factory of Sadness,” but either way it’s one of the lamest venues in the league. The Browns have the worst home record of any NFL team since 2013, winning fewer than 30 percent of their games at FirstEnergy Stadium in that time, meaning that home-field advantage is virtually nonexistent here.
Cleveland also has the second-worst weather of any NFL city, according to The Weather Channel, thanks to frigid winds constantly blowing in from nearby Lake Erie. But, with all that said, it is the cheapest place in the NFL to see a game, according to GoBankingRates.com.
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)
Location: Miami Gardens, Florida
Year Opened: 1987
For such a busy venue, Hard Rock Stadium is pretty forgettable. It plays home to both the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami Hurricanes — and hosted MLB’s Miami Marlins until 2011. It has also hosted five Super Bowls and will host its sixth in 2020.
But the venue has changed names seven times since 1996, enough to where Dolphins fans could legitimately get confused on what its current title is. The stadium also gets knocked for its design, leaving front-row fans far away from the field. In 2017, ESPN calculated that Hard Rock Stadium was tied for the worst home-field advantage in the NFL.
Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Year Opened: 1924
It has one of the best names of any stadium and is the oldest permanent stadium in the NFL but Chicago’s Soldier Field isn’t one of the league’s standout venues. Soldier Field predates Lambeau Field by 33 years and Arrowhead Stadium by nearly 50 years but doesn’t have the charm of those sacred sites. Many critics blame a series of renovations that the stadium underwent in the 2000s, which caused Soldier Field to lose its status as a historic landmark in 2006.
The fact that the stadium has a much smaller capacity than those two aforementioned stadiums, although it’s located in the heart of one of America’s biggest cities, doesn’t help its reputation.
Nissan Stadium (Tennessee Titans)
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Year Opened: 1999
Nissan Stadium, formerly known as LP Field, has a prime location right outside downtown Nashville but, other than that, it’s a pretty pedestrian NFL venue. In 2017, Deadspin ripped Titans fans for taking a backseat to visiting teams’ fans at Nissan Stadium, saying “home games are essentially vacation destinations for visiting fans.” But I will give Nissan Stadium some extra credit for being the home of the Music City Miracle in January 2000, closing out the Titans first season in the stadium with one of the best plays in NFL history.
Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Year Opened: 2000
Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium boasts nice views of the city skyline but is pretty basic other than that, in terms of modern perks. From the outside, PBS — as it’s known by the locals — is an attractive building, winning several honors for its design. This stadium also scores some bonus points for its namesake, standing as a tribute to Bengals founder and football icon Paul Brown.
TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Year Opened: 1995
TIAA Bank Field, formerly EverBank Field, has been open since the Jacksonville Jaguars joined the NFL. Despite its age, it does have some pretty unique amenities. It’s the only NFL stadium where you can swim during the game, in the pools located on the stadium’s north deck. You’ll probably need that option since Jacksonville has some of the NFL’s most humid fall temperatures.
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Location: Tampa, Florida
Year Opened: 1998
The Ray Jay loses some cred for splitting time as the home stadium of the University of South Florida Bulls — because an NFL stadium should be only that. The stadium has hosted a pair of Super Bowls and has another in line for 2021, but it’s a pretty unremarkable stadium — other than the 100-foot pirate ship located in the north end zone!
Sadly, the fans in Tampa haven’t had many reasons to celebrate after leaving home games at Raymond James Stadium in recent years, as only the Cleveland Browns have a worse home record since 2013 than the Bucs. The team is 16-27 at home in that span.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles Rams)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Year Opened: 1923
No current NFL stadium has stood longer than Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which opened its doors in 1923 — or 44 years before the first Super Bowl! Despite all that history, the stadium doesn’t have much in the way of modern amenities or unique food options, hurting its standing on this list. Parking is also said to be pricey, running up to $200 for a close spot during a Rams game. The team will only play its games there until 2020 when their new stadium is set to open.
Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco 49ers)
Location: Santa Clara, California
Year Opened: 2014
A major bummer about this state-of-the-art stadium is that 49ers fans who live in San Francisco have to drive about 45 miles to get to a home game. But the experience of the common fan has been criticized, too, as the hot sun hammers anyone sitting in the general seats, while the massive luxury-box section has the sun behind it. The tailgating scene is also pretty much dead, since parking is among the most expensive in the league, as are average ticket prices. One major bonus: You can order food from your phone and have it delivered to your seat, so you never have to miss a play.
Still, fans don’t seem to love Levi’s Stadium, giving it a relatively low 4.4/5 score on Google despite it being one of the league’s newest venues.
Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts
Year Opened: 2002
Fans at Gillette Stadium have seen a whole lot of winning since it opened in 2002, including the Patriots having the best home record in the NFL since 2013 by a mile at 47-6. The always-sold-out atmosphere is undeniable. However, the design and amenities of Gillette Stadium are pretty bare bones.
MetLife Stadium (New York Jets/New York Giants)
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey (13 miles)
Year Opened: 2010
It’s got the highest capacity of any NFL stadium, but MetLife Stadium still manages to be one of the most energy-efficient venues in the country. Located about 13 miles from New York City, the home to both the Giants and Jets also rarely gets a Sunday off during the NFL season. It gets knocked for its bland architecture, but it’s a pure football venue. Another bonus is that seeing a game at MetLife Stadium is reportedly a lot cheaper than you’d probably think, with Jets tickets ranking among the league’s lowest, in terms of median pricing.
Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Year Opened: 1996
Bank of America Stadium is underrated among NFL home sites. Its bowl design calls to mind all the classic football stadiums from the old days of the league and its view of Charlotte’s skyline makes the cheap seats more exciting. Also, fans there get some of the best fall weather in the entire NFL, according to The Weather Channel. It’s certainly a little dated, having opened its doors before Bill Clinton’s second term, but, since 2013, the Carolina Panthers have the second-best record at home of any team in the NFL.
Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Year Opened: 2002
You’ll be safe from the elements of a Michigan winter at a game inside Ford Field. The stadium allows plenty of natural light to filter in through skylights and massive windows. Its location right in the heart of downtown Detroit is also a big plus. The venue has been deemed nice enough to host a Super Bowl, an NCAA Final Four and WWE’s WrestleMania, in addition to other major sporting events.
Oh, and did I mention you can get $12 dessert nachos that feature Nutella, cinnamon, sugar, cherries and whipped cream?
Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Year Opened: 2003
It’s not the most gorgeous or cutting-edge stadium on the list but the Linc embodies Philadelphia football, leaving fans and players exposed to the elements. It’s got a respectable seating capacity and a very solid 4.6/5 average rating from nearly 5,000 visitors on Google. Lincoln Financial Field has also been praised for its energy efficiency and access to vegetarian food options.
M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Year Opened: 1998
Another NFL stadium that flies under the radar a bit is Baltimore’s home field. The stadium has been home to the Ravens since 1998, hosting nearly every home game in the franchise’s existence, with the team’s beloved marching band, The Flock, making the atmosphere even better. Design-wise, it’s a typical football stadium, aside from the purple seats, but M&T Bank Stadium is very proud of its reputation as one of the NFL’s pioneers in terms of energy efficiency.
Ravens fans are also very likely to see their favorite team win if they catch a home game. In 2017, ESPN calculated that M&T Bank Stadium presented the third-best home-field advantage in the NFL. And did I mention you can get crab cakes at some concession stands?
NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
Location: Houston, Texas
Year Opened: 2002
Houston has had a proud history of awesome sports venues dating back to the Astrodome, and NRG Stadium keeps that legacy alive. It was a major trendsetter, being the NFL’s first stadium with a retractable roof when it opened in 2002. In addition to hosting every Texans home game since the team was founded, NRG Stadium has hosted two of the greatest Super Bowls ever played. It also has one of the biggest capacities of any stadium with a roof in the league. The fact that, when it was built, NRG Stadium cost about a third as much as the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium is mind-blowing.
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year Opened: 2008
A major improvement over Indy’s RCA Dome, Lucas Oil Stadium is one of the most beautiful and advanced stadiums in the NFL. It features a retractable roof to keep things comfortable at all times, but the red-brick exterior and massive window wall, both reminiscent of Indianapolis’ iconic Hinkle Fieldhouse, are what make it a true gem of stadium design.
Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
Location: Denver, Colorado
Year Opened: 2001
The atmosphere at Mile High Stadium, which is what pretty much everyone still calls this venue, is one of the best in the league. The team has sold out every game since it opened in 2001. If you like craft beer with your football, Denver’s extensive brewery scene gives Empower Field one of the league’s best beer selections. The fact that you can legally smoke marijuana in Colorado gives the stadium’s famous name a whole new meaning (even though pot isn’t allowed on the stadium grounds, it seems some tailgaters still partake).
State Farm Stadium (Arizona Cardinals)
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Year Opened: 2006
One of America’s premier venues, State Farm Stadium, formerly University of Phoenix Stadium, has hosted everything from Super Bowls to college football championship games to a Final Four and WWE WrestleMania. The most unique feature of this relatively small stadium is its one-of-a-kind grass field that can be retracted and even moved outside the stadium when it’s not needed. State Farm Stadium also gets bonus points for playing host to one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played, when the New York Giants ended the undefeated season of the New England Patriots in 2012.
State Farm Stadium gets hurt for its location, which has been described as the “middle of nowhere,” but it has the cheapest parking in the entire league, according to GoBankingRates.com. With the money you save on parking, you can buy a $75 burger that weighs 7 pounds!
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans Saints)
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Year Opened: 1975
Few sports venues in the entire world have as much symbolic significance as the Superdome. In 2005, the then-30-year-old stadium became emblematic of the New Orleans community, as it housed thousands of residents needing shelter after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. When you move beyond that, it might not be the most attractive stadium in the league as it’s been described as a “basement.” But it’s been good enough to host seven Super Bowls and is renowned for having a loud, rowdy atmosphere in the stands for Saints home games.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Year Opened: 2017
The amenities are fantastic at the newest stadium in the NFL, with the world’s largest, 360-degree HD video board and an outdoor patio that’s supposedly amazing to hang out on before — or during — a game. The stadium also has 2,500 TVs inside it and Wi-Fi that’s reportedly strong enough for more than 70,000 people to have fast connections at once. Perhaps the best part of going to a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, though, is that food prices are the lowest of any venue in all major American pro sports.
U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Year Opened: 2016
Definitely the most striking stadium in the league, Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016 and immediately won awards for its design and certifications for its energy efficiency. Parking is also apparently really cheap, with $15 spots available on the property. But the best part of the entire building might be the massive Viking horn that gets blown before each home game, which one fan on Trip Advisor described as a “goosebump experience” to be present for.
Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Year Opened: 2001
Heinz Field has only been around since 2001, but it somehow already feels like an NFL icon. This open-air, old-school football venue gives fans a great view of Pittsburgh and the three rivers that meet right outside its walls. The constant presence of Terrible Towels also make it one of the best home atmospheres in any sport. Football historians will also love the stadium’s Great Hall, a concourse that includes memorabilia from the team’s great history.
AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)
Location: Arlington, Texas
Year Opened: 2009
The many amenities at this billion-dollar stadium are already legendary. The infamous jumbotron is a high-definition delight that stretches 60-yards wide. There are also 3,000 TVs placed around the stadium and a serious art gallery as well. Believe it or not, there may be no more cultured place to see a game than at The House Jerry Built. Visitors also seem to love sharing their experiences, with nearly 12,000 people giving it an average Google score of 4.7 — more votes than any other stadium.
However, tickets are expensive and parking is brutal. Nabbing a spot at the stadium could run you $75, the highest baseline price in the league, according to GoBankingRates.com.
CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Year Opened: 2002
In our opinion, Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is the best NFL stadium built in the 2000s — and we certainly aren’t alone in feeling that way. It was voted the best football stadium in the world in a poll of about 2,000 people on Ranker. The view of downtown is stunning and the atmosphere in this place is legendary, with fan activity measuring on the Richter Scale. It was also calculated by ESPN to have the best home-field advantage of any NFL stadium.
Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Year Opened: 1957
There is no more hallowed football stadium in America than Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. Despite opening its doors in 1957, this no-frills football paradise has the third-largest seating capacity in the NFL. It doesn’t have much in the way of amenities, but the amount of history inside its walls is unbeatable — plus, it has a great beer selection. Fans seem to love Lambeau, with it having a 4.8/5 average score on Google, the highest of any NFL venue.
What keeps it from topping our list is that, despite Packers fans having a reputation as everymen, attending games at Lambeau Field is simply not affordable for the average person. Ticket prices are outrageous, with median seats going for $301 each.
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Year Opened: 1972
For our money, the greatest stadium atmosphere in the NFL belongs to Kansas City’s vaunted Arrowhead Stadium. Not only has the field name not been sold to a sponsor, but it’s also a very tough place for opponents to get wins. In 2013, Arrowhead Stadium set a Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium. Fall weather is also pretty nice in K.C. and, more often than not, the Chiefs put a great team on the field.
It’s got nearly as much history as Lambeau Field but attending a game is much more affordable, with median tickets among the league’s cheapest at $135 each. Plus, you won’t have a bunch of cheese-shaped headpieces blocking your view!