The Top 10 American Football Stadiums in the World


American football games almost always carry a carnival atmosphere as large crowds assemble to get behind their teams and cheer them on to success. And the stadiums that some of the teams play in are massive too, built to accommodate these raucous set of fans. Here are the 10 biggest stadiums in the world that host American football games, in order of capacity.Also read: 10 Biggest football stadiums in the world

#10 Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Capacity - 92,542)

Tiger Stadium is best known as the home stadium of the Louisiana State University Tigers football team. It opened with a capacity of 12,000 in 1924, but after renovations and expansions its current seating capacity now stands at 92,542, making it the eighth largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA and the eighteenth largest stadium in the world. When filled to capacity, Tiger Stadium ranks as the fifth largest "city" by population in the state of Louisiana.

#9 Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia (Capacity - 92,746)

This is the only on-campus playing venue for football at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. It is the seventh largest stadium in the NCAA. The stadium is the 8th largest non-racing stadium in the United States and the 14th largest such stadium in the world.

#8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California (Capacity - 93,607)

Known as "The Coliseum", this is a large outdoor sports stadium in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, at Exposition Park, which is home to the Pacific-12 Conference's University of Southern California Trojans football team. It is the largest football stadium in the Pac-12. The stadium is jointly owned by the State of California, Los Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles, and is managed and operated by the University of Southern California. It is the first stadium to have hosted the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984. It has also hosted many Super Bowls and World Series in baseball. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on July 27, 1984, just a day before the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Record attendance - 104,953 (1947 vs. Notre Dame)

#7 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California (Capacity - 94,542)

The stadium is the home field of the football team from UCLA and the venue for the annual college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl, held on New Year's Day every year. It has also played host to events during the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, and also staged the final of the 1994 FIFA World Cup and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. The stadium is a National Historic Landmark and a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Record attendance - 106,869 (1973 Rose Bowl)

#6 Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas (Capacity - 100,119)

Formerly known as the War Memorial Stadium, Memorial Stadium, and Texas Memorial Stadium at various points of time, it is the home of the Austin Longhorns (University of Texas) football team since 1924. The current official stadium seating capacity of 100,119 makes the stadium the largest football-only venue by seating capacity in the state of Texas, the largest in the Big 12 Conference, the sixth largest stadium in the United States, and the ninth largest non-motorsport stadium in the world.

Record attendance - 101,851 (October 6, 2012)

#5 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Capacity - 101,821)

This is the home stadium for the University of Alabama football team. Opened in 1929, it was originally named Denny Stadium in honor of former University of Alabama president George H. Denny. It was then changed to Bryant–Denny Stadium in 1975 after the Alabama legislature chose to honor famed Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. It has a seating capacity of 101,821, and is the second largest stadium in the SEC, the fifth largest stadium in the United States and the eighth largest non-racing stadium by seating in the world.

#4 Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio (Capacity - 102,329)

Also known as The Horseshoe or The Shoe, this stadium is located on the campus of The Ohio State University. Its the home venue of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.

In addition to American football and track, the Ohio Stadium is also a concert venue, with U2, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Metallica among the many acts to have played there. It is the largest stadium by capacity in the state of Ohio, the fourth largest football stadium in the United States, and the seventh largest non-racing stadium in the world. The stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on March 22, 1974.

Record attendance - 106,102 (October 6, 2012)

#3 Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee (Capacity - 102,455)

Neyland Stadium primarily serves as the home of the Tennessee Volunteers American football team, but it also hosts large conventions and has been used to host several NFL exhibition games. The stadium's official capacity is 102,455. The stadium has undergone 16 expansion projects since being constructed in 1921 and at one point even pushed up capacity to 104,079 before again being brought down thanks to further alterations. It is the fourth largest non-racing stadium in the United States, the sixth largest non-racing stadium in the world, and the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference. It is named after legendary UT football coach Robert Neyland (1892–1962).

Record attendance - 109,061 (September 18, 2004)

#2 Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania (Capacity - 106,572)

Beaver Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania inside the campus of The Pennsylvania State University. It is the home ground of the Penn State Nittany Lions. It is named after James A. Beaver, a former governor of Pennsylvania (1887–91) who was also once the president of the university's board of trustees. It has an official seating capacity of 106,572, making it currently the second-largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth-largest in the world.

Record attendance - 110,753 (September 14, 2002)

#1 Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Capacity - 109,900)

Nicknamed "The Big House", this stadium is home to the University of Michigan's American football team (Michigan Wolverines). It is the largest stadium in the United States, the third largest stadium in the world and the 31st largest sports venue. Its official listed capacity is 109,901, but it is known to host crowds in excess of 115,000.

Record attendance - 115,109 (September 7, 2013)

Edited by Staff Editor


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