The Oldest and Biggest Stadiums in the Current NFL

Soldier Field Is Almost 100 Years Old

Soldier Field Is Almost 100 Years Old

The two oldest stadiums in the NFL (one quite a bit older than the other) are also the two that come to mind when you think of classic old-school football.

They are the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field, recently renovated, but still the same stadium for almost 100 years, and the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, the only other league stadium over 50 years old.

Soldier Field will celebrate its centennial season in 2023. Lambeau, spruce in comparison but aged compared to the rest of the league, has been around since 1957.

Every other team in the NFL plays in a stadium younger than 50 years old, which seems younger than one might expect. Football is one of America’s oldest games and the NFL has been around since 1922 (or since 1920 as the APFA) – but 30 of 32 teams play in (relatively) recent and modern stadiums.

And it’s even so much younger than that.

Most teams (23) play in stadiums 20 years old or younger – and 15 in stadiums that were built in 2000 or later.

Just more proof of how well the NFL has been doing.

Now, how about size? That’s today’s second list, sorted by seating capacity.

NFL STADIUMS BY AGE

STADIUM OPENED AGE (YEARS) TEAM(S) WHERE?
1. Soldier Field 1924 91 Chicago Bears Chicago, Illinois
2. Lambeau Field 1957 58 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
3. O.co Coliseum 1966 49 Oakland Raiders Oakland, California
4. Qualcomm Stadium 1967 48 San Diego Chargers San Diego, California
5. Arrowhead Stadium 1972 43 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City, Missouri
6. Ralph Wilson Stadium 1973 42 Buffalo Bills Orchard Park, New York
7. Mercedes-Benz Superdome 1975 40 New Orleans Saints New Orleans, Louisiana
8. Sun Life Stadium 1987 28 Miami Dolphins Miami Gardens, Florida
9. Georgia Dome 1992 23 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta, Georgia
10. EverBank Field 1995 20 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville, Florida
10. Edward Jones Dome 1995 20 St. Louis Rams St. Louis, Missouri
12. Bank of America Stadium 1996 19 Carolina Panthers Charlotte, North Carolina
13. FedExField 1997 18 Washington Redskins Landover, Maryland
14. M&T Bank Stadium 1998 17 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore, Maryland
14. Raymond James Stadium 1998 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa, Florida
16. FirstEnergy Stadium 1999 16 Cleveland Browns Cleveland, Ohio
16. LP Field 1999 16 Tennessee Titans Nashville, Tennessee
18. Paul Brown Stadium 2000 15 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati, Ohio
19. Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2001 14 Denver Broncos Denver, Colorado
19. Heinz Field 2001 14 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
21. NRG Stadium 2002 13 Houston Texans Houston, Texas
21. Gillette Stadium 2002 13 New England Patriots Foxborough, Massachusetts
21. CenturyLink Field 2002 13 Seattle Seahawks Seattle, Washington
21. Ford Field 2002 13 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
25. Lincoln Financial Field 2003 12 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
26. University of Phoenix Stadium 2006 9 Arizona Cardinals Glendale, Arizona
27. Lucas Oil Stadium 2008 7 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis, Indiana
28. AT&T Stadium 2009 6 Dallas Cowboys Arlington, Texas
28. TCF Bank Stadium 2009 6 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota
30. MetLife Stadium 2010 5 New York Giants, Jets East Rutherford, New Jersey
31. Levi’s Stadium 2014 1 San Francisco 49ers Santa Clara, California

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NFL STADIUMS BY SEATING CAPACITY

STADIUM TEAM(S) SEATING CAPACITY
1. FedExField Washington Redskins 91,673
2. MetLife Stadium New York Giants, Jets 82,566
3. Lambeau Field Green Bay Packers 80,735
4. AT&T Stadium Dallas Cowboys 80,000
5. Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City Chiefs 76,416
6. Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver Broncos 76,125
7. Sun Life Stadium Miami Dolphins 75,540
8. Bank of America Stadium Carolina Panthers 73,779
9. Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans Saints 73,208
10. FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland Browns 73,204
11. Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo Bills 73,089
12. Qualcomm Stadium San Diego Chargers 71,283
13. Georgia Dome Atlanta Falcons 71,228
14. NRG Stadium Houston Texans 71,054
15. M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore Ravens 71,008
16. LP Field Tennessee Titans 69,143
17. Gillette Stadium New England Patriots 68,756
18. Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia Eagles 68,532
19. Levi’s Stadium San Francisco 49ers 68,500
20. EverBank Field Jacksonville Jaguars 67,246
21. CenturyLink Field Seattle Seahawks 67,135
22. Raymond James Stadium Tampa Bay Buccaneers 65,890
23. Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati Bengals 65,484
24. Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Rams 65,309
25. Heinz Field Pittsburgh Steelers 65,050
26. Ford Field Detroit Lions 65,000
27. University of Phoenix Stadium Arizona Cardinals 63,400
28. O.co Coliseum Oakland Raiders 63,132
29. Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis Colts 63,024
30. Soldier Field Chicago Bears 61,500
31. TCF Bank Stadium Minnesota Vikings 50,000

Photo: Chris Sweda via chicagotribune.com

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