Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First Featured Image 800x450
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First Featured Image 800x450

All NFL stadiums are not created equal, however, age apparently has little to do with why some older venues have stood the test of time, while others newer stadiums are downright dumps.

Now that America has the Coronavirus pandemic on the ropes, the NFL is planning to reopen the gates to fans.

As NFL football fans count down the days until the Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off the NFL 2021 Season.

Ranking All 30 NFL Stadiums Worst To First

#30 FedEx Field (Washington Football Team)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To Best #30 FedEx Field
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #30 FedEx Field
  • Capacity: 82,000
  • Opened: September 14, 1997
  • Surface: Bermuda grass

Yes, RFK Stadium in D.C. was old but despite its age, it was still the perfect place for the now-former Washington Redskins, after all, their fans were called the Hogs.

FedEx Field is pretty much the opposite. The stadium is now located in the middle of nowhere, it’s annoying to travel to and doesn’t have much to offer outside the stadium.


#29 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To Best #29 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #29 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Capacity: 65,535
  • Opened: August 19, 2000
  • Surface: S5-M Synthetic Turf

Paul Brown Stadium comes in as one of the worst stadiums in the NFL, because other than a great view of Cincinnati, the stadium, like their team offers very little to fans.


#28 TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To Best #28 TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #28 TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Capacity: 67,164
  • Opened: August 18, 1995
  • Surface: Bermuda grass

The former Alltel Stadium still packs them in for the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” aka the annual Florida-Georgia game.

But the Jacksonville Jaguars fans aren’t having as much fun.

By adding a swimming pool as well as some other recent renovations. We’ll give them credit for at least trying to spice things up. But in the end, it’s still a horrible stadium.


#27 Highmark Stadium  (Buffalo Bills)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To Best #27 New Era Field (Buffalo Bills)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #27 New Era Field (Buffalo Bills)
  • Capacity: 71,870
  • Opened: August 17, 1973
  • Surface: A-Turf Titan 50

While Bills Mafia makes Highmark Stadium tough on any opponent, the facility itself isn’t anything to write home about.

Besides the dreadful aesthetics of the stadium. After infamously losing four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s, many Bills fans have come to believe the field is cursed, no matter what it’s called.

And one would think after last year’s disastrous playoff loss, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will only make the curse even more a reality.


#26 FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns)

#26 FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #26 FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns)
 
  • Capacity: 67,895
  • Opened: September 12, 1999
  • Surface: Kentucky bluegrass

Tailgating is a great experience and Dawg Pound is always special. beyond that FirstEnergy Stadium offers no real advantages or special features. 

Despite FirstEnergy Stadium being as ugly as the Browns the team colors.

Let’s at least give the field some credit for ridding the world of ‘The Mistake By the Lake that was Municipal Stadium’.


#25 Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)

#25 Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #25 Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)
  • Capacity: 75,412
  • Opened: September 14, 1996
  • Surface: Bermuda grass

Since opening in 1996, according to The Weather Channel, Carolina Panther fans get treated to some of the best fall weather among all NFL teams.

Weather aside very little has changed to Bank of America Stadium since it opened and the Bank of America stadium is truly showing its age.

The stadium has become so outdated, the decision now comes down to either doing extensive upgrades or blowing the stadium up, and starting from scratch with a brand new one?


#24 Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)

#24 Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #24 Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)
  • Capacity: 65,326
  • Opened: August 16, 1987
  • Surface: Scutch grass

While fans may have trouble keeping up with the never-ending name changes to the stadium. 

The one thing we do know is, whatever it’s called, the stadium doesn’t feel like an authentic football field. So it doesn’t generate too much excitement with the Dolphins fanbase.

The positives, however, are that it does a good job of keeping fans dry, and they have tried to improve the stadium by adding roomier seats, and larger video boards.


#23 Nissan Stadium (Tennessee Titans)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To Best #23 Nissan Stadium (Tennessee Titans)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #23 Nissan Stadium (Tennessee Titans)
  • Capacity: 69,143
  • Opened: August 27, 1999
  • Surface: Bermuda grass

When it first opened as Adelphia Stadium, no one really cared about how Nissan Stadium looked or felt.

It provided a noisy atmosphere that led to both the Music City Miracle and an AFC championship.

It’s also located right near all the action in Nashville, so fans can go from some of the best bars right to the game and you really can’t beat that.

Besides being as ugly as the Titan helmets, Nissan stadium is old, dated, and doesn’t offer much to enhance the fan’s experience. 


#22 MetLife Stadium (New York Jets & New York Giants)

#22 MetLife Stadium (New York Jets & New York Giants)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #22 MetLife Stadium (New York Jets & New York Giants)
  • Capacity: 82,500
  • Opened: April 10, 2010
  • Surface: S5-M Synthetic Turf

It’s got the highest capacity of any NFL stadium, and it’s located about 13 miles from New York City, the home to both the Giants and Jets.

It gets knocked for its bland architecture, but at least it’s a pure football venue.

One bonus Jets tickets rank among the league’s lowest, in terms of median pricing. Of course, those prices could just be based on how God-awful the Jets play.


#21 Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco 49ers)

#21 Levi's Stadium (San Francisco 49ers)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #21 Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Capacity: 68,500
  • Opened: July 17, 2014
  • Surface: Bermuda Grass / Perennial Rye Grass

Despite being one of the newer state-of-the-art stadiums, fans don’t seem to love it.

49ers fans who live in San Francisco have to drive about 45 miles to get to a home game.

But what’s worse, is once you arrive, tailgating is pretty much dead, since Levi’s Stadium parking is among the most expensive in the league, as are average ticket prices.

They also have one of the highest concession prices in the NFL.


#20 Ford Field (Detroit Lions)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To Best #22 Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #22 Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
  • Capacity: 65,000
  • Opened: August 24, 2002
  • Surface: FieldTurfClassic HD

While Detroit has its own reputation, Ford Field lacks that bit of panache to elevate higher in our rankings.

The Lions just being an awful team year after year being a huge drawback.

The best thing that could be said about Ford Field is, it’s nestled right next to Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, and the revered Detroit Athletic Club.

#19 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #19 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #19 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Capacity: 65,890
  • Opened: September 20, 1998
  • Surface: Bermuda grass

The stadium that hosted last year’s Super Bowl is a pretty unremarkable stadium — other than the 100-foot pirate ship located in the north end zone!

Whether you love it or hate it, the pirate ship does make the stadium unique.

Unfortunately, For Raymond James Stadium, without the dated spectacle, there really wouldn’t be much going on.


#18 M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #18 M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #18 M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Capacity: 71,008
  • Opened: September 6, 1998
  • Surface: Bermuda grass

Despite Baltimore spending $120 million in renovations in 2019. There really isn’t anything special about the stadium.

But then again the Ravens passionate fanbase doesn’t seem to mind.

Few fanbases are more intense during home games than those wearing Purple and Black. 


#17 NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #17 NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #17 NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
  • Capacity: 72,220
  • Opened: August 24, 2002
  • Surface: Hellas Matrix Turf

Exceptionally average is the best way anyone could describe NRG Stadium.

It has solid esthetics, a retractable roof, and gets loud when it is closed.

But those cheers might turn to echoes given the franchise’s current direction.


#16 Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #16 Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #16 Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)
  • Capacity: 61,500
  • Opened: October 9, 1924
  • Surface: Kentucky bluegrass

For a stadium with as storied of history as Soldier Field, it should be ranked higher than 16th in our worst to first NFL stadiums list.

However, Soldier Field lost much of its charm during its 2003 renovation when they couldn’t find the sweet spot between modernity and maturity.


#15 Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #17 Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #15 Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
  • Capacity: 66,878
  • Opened: May 11, 2002
  • Surface: FieldTurfCORE

No stadium has compiled more history in recent years, as Brady and Belichik have made the place hollow ground.

Yet, beyond that success, the stadium isn’t *that* special. The design is standard and stories of traffic are nightmare has become legendary.

Gillette will always hold a special place for New England fans, but now that Brady is winning Super Bowls in Tampa Bay. 

If the Patriots don’t rebound from a disastrous 2020 season fans may ditch their mediocre stadium, avoid the traffic jams and just watch the Pats lose from the comfort of their couch.


#14 Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #14 Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #14 Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
  • Capacity: 76,125
  • Opened: August 11, 2001
  • Surface: Kentucky bluegrass

Other than being compared to a tampon when it was built, and having a background of the Rocky Mountains there’s really nothing unique about Empower Field.

What it does have is the ultimate home-field advantage — altitude, and one of the league’s best craft beer selections. 

There’s also the fact that you can legally smoke marijuana in Colorado which gives ‘Mile High” a whole new meaning.


#13 Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #13 Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #13 Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Capacity: 69,596
  • Opened: August 3, 2003
  • Surface: Desso GrassMaster

After years of watching their beloved team at the dilapidated Vet, Eagles fans received a much-needed upgrade with Lincoln Financial Field.

When the place is rocking, it is a fantastic stadium to catch an NFL game…

Unless you’re a visiting fan…or Santa Claus. 


#12 Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans Saints)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #12 Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans Saints)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #12 Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans Saints)
  • Capacity: 74,295
  • Opened: August 3, 1975
  • Surface: Field Turf Revolution 360

Outside of perhaps Lambeau Field, no stadium means more to a city than what Mercedes-Benz Superdome means to New Orleans residents.

After Hurricane Katrina hit, it served as a beacon of hope to all residents and 74,000 of their closest friends. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Unfortunately, when you move beyond that, The Superdome might be one of the NFL’s most unattractive stadiums as it’s been described as a “basement.”


#11 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #11 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #11 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Capacity: 70,000
  • Opened: August 16, 2008
  • Surface: UBU Sports Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf

Situated in the heart of downtown Indy, Lucas Oil Stadium been a force in hosting events.

‘The Luke’ has hosted everything from the Super Bowl to the Big Ten championship, to serving as the perennial host for the NFL Scouting Combine.

It has an old-school look from the outside but it’s all state-of-the-art inside.

With a retractable roof and large glass windows that provide views of the city, Lucas Oil Stadium might be the most underrated stadium in the NFL.

#10 State Farm Stadium (Arizona Cardinals)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #10 State Farm Stadium (Arizona Cardinals)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #10 State Farm Stadium (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Capacity: 63,400
  • Opened: August 1, 2006
  • Surface: Bermuda grass

Once inside, fans are treated to a fantastic experience and reprieve from the Phoenix heat.

The most notable feature is the retractable grass field, which allows the Cardinals to benefit from an indoor stadium and the natural surface.


#9 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #9 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #9 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Capacity: 68,400
  • Opened: August 18, 2001
  • Surface: Kentucky bluegrass

Say what you will about the city of Pittsburgh, but Heinz Field has one of the best views in sports.

It’s a beautiful open setting worthy of all the traditions of Black and Gold, down to the last Terrible Towel.

And when Renegade plays and the Terrible Towels wave, there is no better environment to take in an NFL game.

Heinz Field also gets bonus points for being a key part in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.


#8 Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas Raiders)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #8 Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas Raiders)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #8 Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas Raiders)
  • Capacity: 65,000
  • Opened: July 31, 2020
  • Surface: Bermuda grass

The Raiders left their troubled venue in Oakland, Calif., for their fancy new digs right off the Las Vegas Strip

While the “Death Star” is an incredible facility with a look we have never seen before.

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, there were no fans during its inaugural season. So two important questions still need to be answered.

  1. How loud will Allegiant Stadium be?
  2. What will the infamous Black Hole look like, or did they leave that behind in Oakland?

#7 AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #7 AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #7 AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Capacity: 80,000
  • Opened: May 27, 2009
  • Surface: Hellas Matrix Turf

“Jerry’s World” was indeed a world wonder when constructed.

From the design of the stadium, record-setting screen, the surrounding facilities, and amenities, AT&T Stadium has it all.

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, just like how the players enter the field through the thralls of fans rather than a corner tunnel.

Love him or hate him, Jerry Jones delivered big time here.


#6 Lumen Field (Seattle Seahawks)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #6 Lumen Field (Seattle Seahawks)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #6 Lumen Field (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Capacity: 72,000
  • Opened: July 28, 2002
  • Surfrace: FieldTurf Revolution 360

The 12th man. It’s that simple.

Outside of Arrowhead stadium, there might not be a more intimidating place to play as an opposing team than when the Seattle faithful is in full song.

Since the Legion of Boom era and The Beast Quake, Lumen Field has been host to some of the most electric moments in recent years.

My one complaint is the awful green/gray turf color.


#5 Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #5 Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #5 Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Capacity: 71,000
  • Opened: August 26, 2017
  • Surface: FieldTurf Revolution

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a work of art, the roof is next level, and the amenities are out of this world:

  • The first-ever stadium to implement a circular 360-degree Jumbotron video board.
  • An outdoor patio that’s simply amazing to hang out on before — or during — a game.
  • 2,500 TVs inside the stadium
  • Wi-Fi that’s reportedly strong enough for more than 70,000 people to have fast connections at once.

But perhaps the best part of going to a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is that food prices are the lowest of any venue in all major American pro sports.


#4 U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #4 U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #4 U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Capacity: 73,000
  • Opened: July 22, 2016
  • Surface: UBU S5-M Synthetic Turf

The Vikings’ new Stadium set the tone for the next wave of NFL stadiums.

U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016 and immediately won awards for its design and certifications for its energy efficiency.

But the best part is the massive Viking horn that gets blown before each home game, which one fan on Trip Advisor described as being a “goosebump experience”.


#3 SoFi Stadium ( Los Angeles Rams & Los Angeles Chargers)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #3 SoFi Stadium ( Los Angeles Rams & Los Angeles Chargers)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #3 SoFi Stadium ( Los Angeles Rams & Los Angeles Chargers)
  • Capacity: 70,000 (expandable up to 100,240 for Super Bowl)
  • Opened: September 8, 2020
  • Surface: Hellas Matrix Turf

It’s beautiful in every way from all of the glass to the curved roof which comes to the ground, SoFi Stadium is stunning!

SoFi’s circular jumbotron is innovative, unique, and also happens to be the largest in the world.

SoFi Stadium Oculus video board Jumbotron
SoFi Stadium Oculus video board Jumbotron

This stadium will quickly become host to the biggest game and events, and the only thing left to see is who creates a bigger fanbase for Rams and Chargers games. 

We have yet to see fans pack this stadium, but given the buzz around both the Chargers and Rams, that shouldn’t be an issue come September. 

And if the fan experience is anything close to what’s expected, in 2022 SoFi could easily make a case to be our top-ranked NFL stadium.


#2 Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #2 Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #2 Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
  • Capacity: 81,441
  • Opened: September 29, 1957
  • Surface: Desso GrassMaster

Is it new? No.

Is it the best looking? No.

However, it is steeped in history and needs to be on every NFL fan’s bucket list.

That is if you can even get tickets. Packers fans are some of the most faithful in the league, and even when it takes on the moniker of the “Frozen Tundra,” they still come out in droves, fueled by brats, cheese, and beer.


#1 Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)

Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #1 Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)
Ranking All NFL Stadiums Worst To First #1 Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Capacity: 76,416
  • Opened: August 12, 1972
  • Surface: Bermuda Grass

For our money, the greatest stadium atmosphere in the NFL belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs vaunted Arrowhead Stadium.

Prior to the game, fans get rowdy and sauced at one of the best tailgating party’s in sports.

Then, during the game, Chiefs fans get loud! REAL LOUD!

In fact, Arrowhead gets so loud that on Sep 29, 2014, Chiefs Kingdom set a Guinness World Record for the loudest outdoor stadium at 142.2 decibels.

Besides the tailgating, the wild atmosphere, the crowd noise, and a recently completed 12 million dollar renovation that focused solely on raising the Chiefs fan experience.

What also enabled Kansas City to squeak past Green Bay to be rated #1 on our list of Best NFL Stadiums was due to not only Arrowhead having nearly as much history as Lambeau Field.

But attending a Chiefs game is far 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!

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here