NFL stadium capacities, which ones rank in the top ten?

Plans are afoot for the Washington Commanders to get themselves a new stadium at some point in the near future.

According to a recent report from John Keim of ESPN, the Washington Commanders have recently paid as much as $100m to buy a spot of land in Woodbridge, Virginia, which is roughly 35 miles south of their current home Fedex Field.

The report states that the plot of land is likely to be used for “a 60,000-seat domed stadium — so it can be used throughout the year — as well as: the team’s practice facility; an amphitheater that seats between 15,000 and 20,000; a small indoor music arena; high-end retail shops; bars and restaurants and residential living.”

So it seems as though after more than 25 years, the ‘Washington’ Commanders are set to move even further away from Washington than they are now, with Fedex Field situated in the nearby state of Maryland. 

How would it compare to other stadiums in size?

60,000 might seem like quite a lot, especially when you consider that there are only 9 stadiums in the UK that have a bigger capacity, those being in order Wembley, Twickenham, Old Trafford, The Principality Stadium, Murrayfield, The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, The London Stadium, Celtic Park and The Emirates.

However in NFL size, it doesn’t even come close to cracking even the top 10, as 60,000 would actually make it the smalled stadium in the NFL today, and would actually be as much as 22,000 seats smaller than Fedex Field. 

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So it’s clearly a case of quality over quantity in terms of what the Commanders are going for, and it’s fair to say that based off the renderings that have been revealed, quality is certainly a good word to describe what is being proposed:

What are the biggest stadiums in the NFL today?

So whilst the Commanders would be taking on the mantle of the smallest stadium in the NFL, who currently takes the trophy for the biggest in terms of capacity? 

Here we see the top ten, but with a point of clairty, this is their base capacity, and does not include standing room or what they could expand to for special events:

10 – Highmark Stadium – Buffalo Bills – 71,608

Highmark Stadium of the Buffalo Bills
Jan 9, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills players celebrate a blocked punt with fans against the New York Jets during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

9 – NRG Stadium – Houston Texans – 72,220

NRG Stadium of the Houston Texans
Sep 10, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Fans arrive at NRG Stadium before a game between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

8 – Caesars Superdome – New Orleans Saints – 73,208

Caesers Superdome of the New Orleans Saints
Apr 2, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; A overall view of Caesars Superdome before a game between the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four semifinals at. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

7 – Bank of America Stadium – Carolina Panthers – 75,523

Bank of America Stadium of the Carolina Panthers
Oct 28, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

6 – Empower Field at Mile High – Denver Broncos – 76,125

Empower Field at Mile High of the Denver Broncos
Dec 29, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos general manager John Elway before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

5 – GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City Chiefs – 76,416

Arrowhead Stadium of the Kansas City Chiefs
Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of the stadium and fans before the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

4 – AT&T Stadium – Dallas Cowboys – 80,000

AT&T Stadium of the Dallas Cowboys
Oct 8, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Sun beams fall into At&T Stadium in the fourth quarter of the game with the Dallas Cowboys playing against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

3 – Lambeau Field – Green Bay Packers – 81,441

Lambeau Field of the Green Bay Packers
Nov 6, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; A general view of Lambeau Field as the Green Bay Packers take the field prior to their game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

2 – Fedex Field – Washington Commanders – 82,000

Fedex Field of the Washington Commanders
Football – DC United v Chelsea – Pre Season Friendly – FedEx Field – Hanover – Maryland – USA – 05/06 , 28/7/05 Scoreboard at the FedEx Field in Hanover Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Smith

1 – MetLife Stadium – New York Jets and Giants – 82,500

MetLife Stadium of the New York Jets and Giants
Oct 17, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; The New York Giants take the field before their game against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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