The 5 smallest current NFL stadiums

Some of the smallest stadiums in the NFL in terms of capacity are also among the most famous.

The XFL has struck a partnership deal with the NFL.

In the NFL, bigger is often thought to be better, but when it comes to stadiums in the league some of the smaller ones still have plenty to offer.

Here we list the five smallest current NFL stadiums by capacity.

5. Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins – 65,236

Opening in 1987 and the hosts of six Super Bowls, including the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2020 success, it’s fair to say that the Hard Rock Stadium is one of most well known in the NFL.

The Miami Dolphins and college football’s Miami Hurricanes call the stadium home and the baseball team the Florida Marlins did too from 1993 until 2011.

The Florida heat can be a real issue for teams, so much so that in September all home games start on or after 4pm. 

4. Ford Field, Detroit Lions – 65,000

Detroit Lions fans haven’t had much to shout about in recent years but their downtown Ford Field is a source of pride. 

SInce construction was finished in 2002, the stadium has hosted the Super Bowl in 2005 and a number of group stage games in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Despite being a domed stadium, its huge skylights and glass windows provide plenty of natural light onto the field of play.

For the Lions, the problem tends to be what they illuminate on the pitch.

3. Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas Raiders – 65,000

One of the newest stadiums in the NFL, the Allegiant Stadium is home to the Las Vegas Raiders, as well as the University of Nevada, Las Vegas college football team.

Opened in 2020, the stadium hosted the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final and is due to host the Super Bowl in 2024.

The stadium is a 10-level domed stadium with a 275-foot video screen and retractable windows facing the Las Vegas Strip.

After moving to Las Vegas, the Raiders now have a state of the art stadium to call their own in the city.

2. State Farm Stadium, Arizona Cardinals – 63,400 

Built in 2006, the State Farm Stadium almost brought about early success for the Arizona Cardinals, who won the NFC just two years later.

The stadium hosted the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2015 and is due to do so again in 2023.

The NCAA Final Four was also hosted in 2017 and is scheduled to return in 2024.

The venue is just one of five in the NFL with a retractable roof.

1. Soldier Field, Chicago Bears – 61,500

The smallest stadium by capacity in the NFL is Soldier Field in Chicago, which is also the oldest.

Originally built in 1924 and most recently extensively renovated between 2002 and 2003, the stadium also hosts the Chicago Fire of the MLS and was a host stadium for the 1994 World Cup.

The Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl win also makes them the only team in this list to have won the NFL’s greatest prize while in their current stadium.

A sports journalist for over 15 years, Aidan has been part of written and audio coverage on a wide-ranging number of events. Having played and coached at amateur level, he offers in-depth insight and opinion into the world of football in particular.
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