When it comes to the National Football League (NFL), larger is usually believed to be better, however, in the NFL stadiums, a lot of the smaller ones still have a lot to deliver.
Here in this article, we have listed down the current Top 5 smallest stadiums in 2022 by capacity.
- Stadium: Soldier Field Stadium Capacity: 61,500
One of the oldest stadiums, Soldier Field in Chicago is the smallest stadium in the NFL. The official listed capacity is 61,500 and is currently the smallest stadium.
The stadium was initially constructed in 1924 and most recently vastly reconditioned between 2002 and 2003, Soldier Field also hosts the Chicago Fire of the MLS and was also the host stadium for the World Cup in 1994.
The 1985 Super Bowl won by The Bears’ was probably the only squad to have won the NFL’s ultimate triumph while in their current stadium.
- Stadium: State Farm Stadium
The State Farm Stadium which was originally constructed in 2006 in Glendale, Arizona almost carried about an early victory for the Arizona Cardinals, who gained a victory in the NFC only two years later. The stadium holds a capacity of up to 63,400 and is placed in the Top 2 of the list.
In 2008 and 2015, State Farm Stadium hosted the Super Bowl and will be hosting again in 2023. The NCAA Final Four was also hosted by the Stadium in 2017 and is planned to be back in 2024.
The stadium was unveiled in 2006 as Cardinals Stadium. The same year in September, the University of Phoenix obtained naming liberties, renaming it the University of Phoenix Stadium, in what was originally a twenty-year contract. The existing name was declared openly by an insurance company, State Farm, which has an eighteen-year obligation to its calling rights agreement.
- Stadium: Allegiant Stadium
Allegiant Stadium which is one of the latest stadiums in the NFL is home to the Las Vegas Riders, and also the University of Nevada, Las Vegas college football squad. The stadium is located in Paradise, Nevada. Built-in 2020, Allegiant Stadium has hosted the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final and will be serving as the host stadium for the Super Bowl in 2024.
Allegiance stadium is a ten-level domed stadium that holds a capacity of up to 65,000 and is placed third on the list.
- Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium Capacity: 64, 767
Built-in 1987, Hard Rock Stadium has so far hosted six Super Bowls, as well as the 2020 Kansas City Chiefs. It is safe to say that the stadium is one of the most widely popular in the National Football League (NFL). The stadium is home to the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, the Miami Hurricanes, and the University of Miami’s NCAA Division I (college football team). Hard Rock Stadium’s standard seating capacity is approximately 64, 767 for football though it only can fit around 14,000. The stadium can be expandable up to 75,000.
- Stadium: Ford Field Stadium
Constructed in 2002, Fort Field Stadium is a domed football stadium located in Downtown Detroit. It is home to the Detroit Lions of the NFL also including the annual Quick Lane Bowl college football bowl game, state championship football games for the MHSAA, the MHSAA State Wrestling Championships, and the MCBA Marching Band State Finals, to name a few. The stadium has also hosted the 2005 Super Bowl and several group-stage games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011.
The normal seating capacity is about 65,000, though it can fit up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for basketball.