30. FedEx Field — Washington Commanders
Some Washington fans still believe the old, broken down RFK Stadium — within sight of the U.S. Capitol building — was a better place. FedEx Field, which holds 82,000 for football, is located roughly five miles from D.C., but could be an hour’s drive on some days. The amenities are fine, but nothing special. Many believe the ticket prices are not in line with the quality of the product on the field. With new reports suggesting the team is for sale, one would have to imagine a new stadium would soon follow.
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29. Highmark Stadium — Buffalo Bills
Talk of a new stadium for the Bills continues, perhaps one closer to downtown Buffalo. Though the team’s current home has undergone updates and renovations, it hardly stands out. Located south of the city in Orchard Park, Highmark Stadium almost has a college stadium feel – and we’re not talking a Power Five school. While those Bills teams of the 1990s gave their fans plenty to rave about, this stadium does not.
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28. TIAA Bank Field — Jacksonville Jaguars
It’s been the home of the Jaguars since they entered the league in the mid-1990s. While it is nothing fancy, the place has undergone some needed work to boost things from a cosmetic and fan-friendlier standpoint. It can get hot during the early season, so the two pool areas in the north end zone are a nice touch.
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27. Hard Rock Stadium — Miami Dolphins
Even with those recent renovations that hoped to make the stadium more intimate, the home of the Dolphins still seems as stale as it’s always been. There is plenty of room to tailgate, but during the first half of the season the heat can be unbearable. Also, since the Dolphins have consistently struggled of late, the familiar site of empty seats only adds to the overall lackluster experience.
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26. Nissan Stadium — Tennessee Titans
No doubt, the best part about the Titans’ home is its location. Close to the electricity and fun that the city of Nashville has to offer, the stadium is pretty accessible and provides a solid tailgate environment. Once inside, however, it’s just like any average sports venue that’s probably in need of a makeover. There are some SEC stadiums that are more attractive inside.
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25. Bank of America Stadium — Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have played all but one of their seasons in this downtown Charlotte stadium. It can be quaint and offers generally favorable views of the game. Just like some others we’ve mentioned on this list, BoA really only offers a serviceable, yet somewhat forgettable, experience for fans.
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24. FirstEnergy Stadium — Cleveland Browns
The Browns are getting better, which means more people – in theory – will come to the games. Though the stadium is modern enough, it does not necessarily stand out. Furthermore, if the product on the field is poor, then watching bad football along Lake Erie in December can be emotionally and physically painful. At least the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is within walking distance.
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23. Paycor Stadium — Cincinnati Bengals
We can draw some similarities to that of Cleveland, which is fitting since these clubs are rivals. The riverfront location is nice and there is probably enough to do before and after the game to satisfy fans. However, the upper levels can be a hindrance to those who don’t like heights. Aside from last season’s surprising Super Bowl run, the consistent mediocrity over the past few decades certainly does not help the experience.
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22. Raymond James Stadium — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Akin to the same stadium spirit as Jacksonville and Tennessee, Raymond James isn’t a bad place — especially if you can deal with the Floridian sun, which can be an issue for some. The upper level seats can feel a bit steep, but the saving grace is obviously the full-blown pirate ship in the north end zone.
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21. MetLife Stadium — New York Giants & New York Jets
This is certainly better than what Giants Stadium had to offer. The yard drew a pretty hefty price tag (about $1.6 billion) and in the end, is kind of like some of the other ordinary stadiums mentioned on this list. There is not much to totally complain about, but not much to be thrilled about, either.
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20. Soldier Field — Chicago Bears
There is a lot of history in this venue and the lakefront location offers one of the best in the NFL. However, traffic can be rough close to the start and shortly after the game. While the sight-lines are decent and one can walk around nearly the entire the concourse and still see the action, plopping a renovated structure inside the classic colonnades is still an aesthetic eye sore.
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19. M&T Bank Stadium — Baltimore Ravens
While the Ravens’ house doesn’t totally stand out among others, it’s comfortable enough to enjoy a game. The sight-lines are all relativity solid, and the fact the Ravens are consistently winning also helps. As does the stadium’s stellar downtown location, which is rather easily accessible and near entertainment areas — such as Camden Yards, home of the Orioles.
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18. Gillette Stadium — New England Patriots
Yes, the home base of the Patriots’ dynasty is in the middle of nowhere in suburban Foxboro, Mass – between Boston and Providence, R.I. But as the team continues to win, the stadium and its surroundings grow. It’s basically become a full-fledged entertainment complex with plenty of parking and things to do before and after the game. Once inside, the stadium actually feels more intimate than it looks.
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17. Lincoln Financial Field — Philadelphia Eagles
Anything was an upgrade from old Veterans Stadium, and the city did a nice job with this one. There are plenty of amenities and seating options to satisfy just about every level of fan. Though the overall fan experience is better, a nicer home has not kept the Philly faithful from some of their tasteless antics – especially toward opposing fans who stop by for a visit.
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16. Caesars Superdome — New Orleans Saints
The fact the old dome is still standing is remarkable and a symbol of the city’s strength following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Like the city of New Orleans, the Superdome survived damages sustained from the storm and was renovated to the point that it seemed to revive itself as a venue and also boost the team to greater heights — including a Super Bowl-winning 2009 season. The dome remains one of the best home-field advantages in all of sports.
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15. Levi’s Stadium — San Francisco 49ers
Many regular attendees would likely consider Levi’s ranking too high. Yes, the Santa Clara-based stadium is almost an hour from San Francisco, and perhaps worse in traffic. Plus, getting in and out can be brutal. That said, it’s not the unsafe dump known as Candlestick Park and its “green” initiatives (roof and solar panels) earns points with us. It could be a trendsetter for other new facilities down the road.
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14. Ford Field — Detroit Lions
We are safe in saying that Ford Field is one of the more underrated venues in the NFL. Having an indoor stadium within spitting distance of Canada in November and December is beneficial for host and opponents alike. Plus, fans can walk the lovely wide concourses and still see the action on the field. The beer selection isn’t bad, either.
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13. State Farm Stadium — Arizona Cardinals
There is a lot to like about the Cardinals’ home – whether as a player or fan. Not only is the roof retractable, but the playing surface is as well, since the venue is used for various sports and events. It’s kind of spaceship-looking on the outside, but once inside it offers one of the best and most comfortable fan experiences in all of sports.
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12. Empower Field at Mile High — Denver Broncos
The backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in the distance and one of the best tailgate experiences in the NFL is really enough to make the home of the Broncos earn a spot in the top 10. Of course, the 2019 Broncos don’t seem worth watching, but there are plenty of quality food and drink options for fans to enjoy. Plus, the sight-lines are more favorable than the old horseshoe-shaped Mile High Stadium.
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11. NRG Stadium — Houston Texans
Catering to the trend of multi-purpose stadiums in the NFL, NRG sits next to the famed Astrodome. Though the overall venue is quite large and it can seat more than 72,000 for a Texans game, it does not feel overly huge. Of course, the stadium’s best feature is its mammoth retractable roof.
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10. GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium — Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead might be getting up there in age, but for fans of the Chiefs, it’s all about the football and supporting the team. The Chiefs have one of the most loyal fan bases in all of sports, and that’s why Arrowhead is among the loudest and toughest places for opponents to play. For anybody who loves to watch football in the elements alongside fans who are passionate about their team, this is the place.
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9. Lucas Oil Stadium — Indianapolis Colts
One of the more unique stadiums in the NFL, Lucas Oil is huge and offers a pleasant experience for fans. The upper seats might be a tad high, but the seating is plentiful and the atmosphere vibrant — especially when the Colts are playing well. Food and drink options are endless, and the surrounding area in downtown Indianapolis is filled with plenty of entertainment.
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8. Acrisure Stadium — Pittsburgh Steelers
Like its baseball neighbor PNC Park, Acrisure Stadium gets high marks for its location and view of downtown Pittsburgh. The open-air south end zone caters to that view and helps make it seem a world apart from the cookie-cutter Three Rivers Stadium. Once the Terrible Towels get waving by the thousands, there’s no sight quite like it in the NFL. The only knock on this timeless stadium is that it is no longer named Heinz Field.
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7. Mercedes-Benz Stadium — Atlanta Falcons
Complete with a state-of-the art 360-degree video screen and perhaps the most unique retractable roof of any sports venue, the new home of the Falcons is a true gem. It pretty much has what any fan needs to feel comfortable when taking in a game. The stadium is also known for its reasonably priced food and drink options, which is impressive since it cost more than $1.5 billion to build.
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6. U.S. Bank Stadium — Minnesota Vikings
It’s quite impressive how the Vikings – and the Twin Cities for that matter – went from one of the worst sports venues in the Metrodome to one of the best. With just over a $1 billion price tag, U.S. Bank was worth the money. The stadium has everything for fans to enjoy, provides a tremendous home-field advantage for the Vikings and a daunting task for the opposition. If the sun is shining on game day, the natural light emanating from the roof and walls is truly special.
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5. AT&T Stadium — Dallas Cowboys
Things are always bigger in Texas — and “Jerry World” might take the cake. Then again, would we expect anything less from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones? From the mammoth video screen that stretches nearly the entire field to the 80,000-seating capacity, the home of the Cowboys is a sight truly to behold – whether a fan of the team or not.
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4. Allegiant Stadium — Las Vegas Raiders
The days of the “Black Hole” in Oakland are numbered, but now we (eventually) will have the joy of witnessing the Black Hole take over the Vegas Strip. From the outside, Allegiant Stadium looks like something out of Star Wars — hence why Mark Davis deemed his team’s new home the ‘Death Star’. Adorned in a glossy black finish, Allegiant is both imposing and beautiful — and the beauty exists inside, as well. First, there’s a 95-foot Al Davis Memorial Torch. Also, like the Rams/Chargers new home, the stadium is topped by a translucent roof. Want some fresh air? Allegiant is equipped with massive sliding doors that open up to face the Strip. Traveling to Vegas for a Raiders game is a must.
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3. Lumen Field — Seattle Seahawks
There might not be a bigger – and certainly louder – home-field advantage for any team in the NFL than the one that downtown Lumen provides for the Seahawks. The somewhat-clam-shaped structure does a terrific job of keeping the noise in and making the famed “12th Man” feel like double the 68,000-fans are on top of the opposition.
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2. SoFi Stadium — Los Angeles Rams & Chargers
What can $5 billion buy? One hell of a stadium. Upon its introduction to the country in Week 1 tilt between the host Los Angeles Rams and visiting Dallas Cowboys, SoFi Stadium immediately announced itself as one of the world’s premier venues. The Rams and Chargers new home is a far cry from the Los Angeles Coliseum (Rams) and soccer stadium the teams called home the past few seasons. Between the translucent roof, party decks, numerous palm trees and the enormous, unmatched Oculus video board, SoFi is simply beautiful.
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1. Lambeau Field — Green Bay Packers
Lambeau is in the same company as Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. It’s a bucket-list destination that exudes sports history. Even with the extensive interior and exterior renovations and updates, Lambeau still has not lost any of its charm. It’s also become a year-round entertainment option that celebrates one of the most historic franchises in all of sports.
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