My husband and I are from Arkansas, so of course we cheer on the Arkansas Razorbacks! I’m always fascinated when we go to a game because both the basketball and football stadiums are always packed full with fans! It’s like a sea of people! And that got me to wondering…what are the biggest stadiums in the U.S.? So, I did the research and here’s what I found:
The results are based on the number of people the stadium can hold (including standing areas).
- Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States. Located in Ann Arbor, MI, the University of Michigan’s football stadium can hold 109,901 Wolverine fans. Nicknamed “The Big House,” this stadium is also the third largest stadium in the world, after Rungrado May Day Stadium in North Korea and Salt Lake Stadium in India.
- Beaver Stadium is the second largest stadium in the United States. It’s located in University Park, PA and is home to the Penn State Nittany Lions. It can hold approximately 106,572 fans and is the fourth-largest stadium in the world! Beaver Stadium was named after a former governor of the state, James A. Beaver. He was also president of the Penn State board of trustees.
- Neyland Stadium is the third largest stadium in the United States. Home to the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, the stadium is not only used for the Volunteers football team, but also for large conventions and NFL exhibition games! The stadium was named for the former UT football coach Robert Neyland. The official capacity of Neyland Stadium is 102,455. It also holds the second-highest home-field wins in college football history at 426 wins!
- Ohio Stadium is the fourth largest stadium in the United States. Located on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, the stadium can hold 102,329 Buckeye fans. Ohio Stadium is unique in that it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Ohio Stadium is also known as “The Horseshoe” because of its shape. The stadium does not have permanent field lights. Instead, temporary field lights are brought in when night events occur.
- Bryant-Denny Stadium is the fifth largest stadium in the United States. You can find the Alabama Crimson Tide playing football in Tuscaloosa, AL at this stadium. The stadium can hold 101,821 fans yelling “roll tide!” The university’s football team won the 2013 BCS National Championship game in 2012. The stadium is named for two men: former university president George H. Denny and former coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
- Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium is the sixth largest stadium in the United States. With an official capacity of 100,119, this stadium in Austin, TX is home to the University of Texas Longhorns. The DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium is the largest football-only venue by seating capacity in the state!
- The Rose Bowl is the seventh largest stadium in the United States. Located in beautiful Pasadena, CA, the UCLA Bruins, the actual Rose Bowl game call the Rose Bowl home each year. The BCS National Championship game is played at the Rose Bowl every fourth year. The stadium can hold 94,392 people. The playing field is made of natural grass! This stadium is also special in that it is a National Historic Landmark!
- Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the seventh largest stadium in the United States. 93,607 fans cheer on the USC Trojans year after year in Los Angeles, CA. The stadium is owned by the state of CA, Los Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles. However, it’s managed by the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission. As the only stadium to have hosted the Olympic Games twice, Super Bowls, and the World Series, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1984.
- Sanford Stadium is the ninth largest stadium in the United States. 92,746 Georgia Bulldog fans root on their team in Athens, GA. Between 1929 and 1996, games at the Sanford Stadium were said to be played “between the hedges” due to the privet hedges surrounding the field. The large hedges were removed during 1996 and shorter hedges were restored immediately after.
- Tiger Stadium is the tenth largest stadium in the United States and is located in Baton Rouge, LA. Home to the LSU Tigers, the stadium can hold 92,542 fans. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the stadium also became a temporary home for the New Orleans Saints. Of course, no one can forget the famous “Earthquake Game” against Auburn in 1998. LSU won the game when Eddie Fuller caught a game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Hodson with only second remaining in the game. The crowd’s reaction registered as a legitimate earthquake on the seismograph!
Well, that’ completes our list of the top 10 biggest stadiums in the U.S.! But I’m not done yet! Below, you’ll find the 15 more stadiums that can hold a lot of people! Take a look and see if a stadium in your state is on the list!
- Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX (92,100).
- Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL (88,548).
- Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL (87,451).
- Kyle Field in College Station, TX (82,600).
- MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ (82,566).
- Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL (82,300).
- Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK (82,112).
- FedExField in Landover, MD (82,000).
- Frank Howard Field at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC (81,500).
- Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE (81,091).
- Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, IN (80,795).
- Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI (80,321).
- Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, MI (80,311).
- Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC (80,250).
- Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX (80,000).
So now you know the biggest stadiums in the U.S.! The Razorbacks are #30 on the list, definitely a far cry from in size to the University of Michigan! Is your favorite stadium on the list? Let us know by commenting below!