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.
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
9 – NRG Stadium – Houston Texans – 72,220
8 – Caesars Superdome – New Orleans Saints – 73,208
7 – Bank of America Stadium – Carolina Panthers – 75,523
6 – Empower Field at Mile High – Denver Broncos – 76,125
5 – GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City Chiefs – 76,416
4 – AT&T Stadium – Dallas Cowboys – 80,000
3 – Lambeau Field – Green Bay Packers – 81,441
2 – Fedex Field – Washington Commanders – 82,000
1 – MetLife Stadium – New York Jets and Giants – 82,500