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All 30 NFL stadiums, ranked: 2022 edition

It’s been a long six months since the Rams’ victory in Super Bowl 56. But here we are: We’re finally getting back to football season.

In the coming days and weeks, fans will be filing into stadiums across the NFL. And while NFL stadiums may not have the character we see in ballparks throughout baseball, they’re all unique in their own way.

Between the staff members at For The Win, we were able to offer first-hand experiences for all 30 NFL stadiums and ranked them with the admittedly subjective criteria of general atmosphere, design, location, amenities, food, character and — of course — the stadium itself. They’re all key factors in the overall game-day experience. Each ranking will be marked with its respective author.

The 2022 season is here. Let’s get ready.

30. FedEx Field - Washington Commanders

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Look, there’s no way around this. FedEx Field is awful. It’s literally falling apart. Remember when a railing gave way back in January and sent a handful of Philly fans tumbling at the feet of Jalen Hurts? Or when that pipe burst in the fall of 2021 and sent questionable water all over fans? Yeah. Not only will the stadium actively work against you, you need to drive or train an annoying distance and either walk a further annoying distance or sit in hours of traffic to experience a team that hasn’t made it out of the Wild Card round since 2005. At least tickets are $70 each!

– Caroline Darney

29. Soldier Field - Chicago Bears

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Soldier Field is a bizarre mix of past and present, like if Laura Ingalls Wilder had married a cyborg. The reverence for the history of the field means there’s limited leg room and entryways, leading to long wait times to see whichever underwhelming quarterback happens to be getting sacked that day. The present-day additions make the whole thing feel a little like Cincinnati, which, huh.

– Christian D’Andrea

28. TIAA Bank Field - Jacksonville Jaguars

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TIAA Bank Field is a football stadium! So, there’s that. The location isn’t horrible, it has all the amenities you would want, including pizza, popcorn and hotdogs. Football!

– Caroline Darney

27. Caesars Superdome - New Orleans Saints

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The Superdome was an architectural marvel when it first opened, but that was almost 50 years ago. It’s a dump now and no amount of renovation can make it nice (though they are trying). On the other hand, it has one of the best game-day atmospheres in the league, and the walkable location in the French Quarter makes for a fun experience. But man, the stadium is so bad. I can’t emphasize that enough.

– Andrew Joseph

26. Nissan Stadium - Tennessee Titans

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Your Madden create-a-franchise stadium, come to life. It’s not memorable in any way, but the pedestrian bridge from downtown is a nice touch.

– Christian D’Andrea

25. Highmark Stadium - Buffalo Bills

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

“Garbage stadium surrounded by garbage fans.” – a visiting Patriots fan (who is not me, but whom I contacted for this ranking). This is a good thing for the city of Buffalo. Highmark is a relatively intimate NFL stadium with limited amenities but a tremendous tailgating scene that provides the attraction the on-field product failed to bring for so many years.

– Christian D’Andrea

24. Bank of America Stadium - Carolina Panthers

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Bank of America Stadium is well-located in Charlotte (we love a walkable stadium) and has all the amenities you’d want for a football game. They have the “self-serve” beverage and snack locations (you just grab the drinks you want out of the cooler and take them to cashiers to check out) which speeds things up, and they have the tall boy black cherry White Claws so, yeah.

– Caroline Darney

23. Raymond James Stadium - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Some venues go a little overboard with their decor, but seriously, why wouldn’t you want a pirate ship in the middle of your stadium? However, when you have that, the end zone seating options are a little limited, but it’s a fine stadium. The food is decent (especially when the Outback Bowl was in town, RIP), the outdoor weather is often lovely and the atmosphere, especially with Tom Brady under center, is cool.

– Michelle Martinelli

22. MetLife Stadium - New York Giants and Jets

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It doesn’t have the prestige and history of the other top stadiums on this list. It’s a bit cookie-cutter in design (although thank goodness for bigger concourses than its predecessor!), and the food isn’t anything special. But it’s fairly new, and that means it’s got some modern amenities. And feral cats.

– Charles Curtis

21. Empower Field at Mile High - Denver Broncos

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a stadium that is absolutely starting to show its age (and catches on fire more often than an NFL stadium should). And while it can use modern updates to compete with the newer stadiums in the league, it does have a great location going for it — surrounded (beyond the parking lots) by bars, breweries, restaurants and a Denny’s. Also, the Denver sunsets are spectacular.

– Andrew Joseph

20. Paycor Stadium - Cincinnati Bengals

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

This stadium has three things going for it: 1) It was one of only three NFL stadiums not named after a corporate sponsor (not anymore) 2) it’s next to a river and 3) it looks good and has nice views. Stadiums gain so many points simply by being near a river. The good thing about this river is, if you cross it, you’re in Kentucky and there are a bunch of good places to get nice bourbon. Beyond that, Paycor Stadium is an aesthetically pleasing place. The open corners give it a more airy feel and the views of Cincy and the surrounding area are lovely.

– Chris Korman

19. Gillette Stadium - New England Patriots

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It’s a very nice stadium with few bad seats and even fewer inexpensive ones. The Patriots leaned hard into making their Foxborough locale a full retail destination and the game-day experience suffers a bit as a result. There’s a certain amount of dissonance involved when you realize Tom Brady won six Super Bowls coming out of one tunnel, but that the field was reserved for UMass football games – despite the fact their campus is 93 miles away – for several Saturdays before the GOAT could take the field in the 2010s.

– Christian D’Andrea

18. Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia Eagles

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Though the Linc isn’t the most modern NFL stadium, it holds its charm for Eagles fans. Situated in the heart of the Philly Sports Complex, the tailgating scene feels reminiscent of a college experience, though the in-stadium beer is a bit pricy. Even still, the Linc is a fitting home for Eagles fans, who continuously pack in the stadium and make it one of the harshest road environments in the NFL.

– Mary Clarke

17. FirstEnergy Stadium - Cleveland Browns

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A stadium often overshadowed by the garbage heaps either on the field or in the front office above it. FirstEnergy has a solid location, good sight lines, and relatively inexpensive amenities. For years it’s been a destination for visiting fans, who generally leave pleasantly surprised.

– Christian D’Andrea

16. M&T Bank Stadium - Baltimore Ravens

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There’s something so quintessentially Baltimore about this stadium. Situated right near the much-lauded Oriole Park at Camden Yards, this football stadium is …. Well, it’s just a football stadium. It’s easy to get around. Most of the seats offer a good view. The food is pretty decent. Parking is plentiful, and makes for good tailgating. The fans are passionate and, mostly, charming. Baltimore is a place where our idea of a gourmet meal is some newspapers slapped on a table with a pile of crabs you’ve gotta pick yourself in the middle. We make our own good time, we don’t need the stadium to do it for us.

– Chris Korman

15. NRG Stadium - Houston Texans

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The retractable fabric roof is fantastic. The whole stadium also radiates light from within at night, which looks great. And it’s cozy enough to make watching a Final Four game there not feel totally insane. It would be so much better if it wasn’t just sort of plopped down into Houston’s weird sprawl (though maybe Houston IS sprawl), but overall it’s a good place to watch a game.

– Chris Korman

14. State Farm Stadium - Arizona Cardinals

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On the outside, it’s one of the more outlandishly designed stadiums in the league. But once you walk inside, it’s almost a bit underwhelming how generic and stripped down the concourses are. You won’t find many fans who enjoy the long trips to Glendale, but they can put up with it for eight or nine days a year. The stadium is better known for hosting classic Super Bowls and college games than it is for anything related to the Cardinals. It’s a fine stadium, but there’s room for improvement with this season’s Super Bowl venue.

– Andrew Joseph

13. Levi’s Stadium - San Francisco 49ers

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

This is a great stadium. They got most everything right inside of it. But nothing can overcome the fact that it’s an hour drive from the place where the team is supposed to be located, and also plopped right in the middle of Silicon Valley, making prices truly outrageous. This is easily a Top 10 stadium if it’s built where Candlestick Park once stood.

– Chris Korman

12. Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City Chiefs

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As a stadium itself, Arrowhead is just OK. But the game-day experience is among the best in the league. Surrounded by nothing but parking lots, there’s little to do around the stadium besides tailgating. Which is awesome before games but leads to hour-plus traffic jams to exit Truman Sports Complex after games. The fans are LOUD and they love to remind you that they hold the Guinness World Record for loudest outdoor stadium. And they have plenty to cheer about these days. Overall, though, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Arrowhead. There aren’t many better places to spend an NFL Sunday.

– Andrew Joseph

11. Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Dolphins

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Hard Rock Stadium feels a little underrated. The location is a little brutal as it sits kind of in the middle of nowhere, but the actual stadium experience isn’t bad. The club level upgrades are really nice, so if you can find a way up there, do it. If you’re hungry, you can grab a Shula Burger, which is branded “SHULA” across the bun.

– Caroline Darney

10. Ford Field - Detroit Lions

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By far, Ford Field’s biggest asset is its roof because while some fan bases relish the idea of freezing in the winter during games at their outdoor venues, it’s so much better to watch the home team (lose) without battling frigid temperatures and sideways snowing. Beyond that, the food, particularly Slows Bar BQ, is fantastic, and the Bloody Marys are good and spicy. Plus, even when the Lions are rolling towards a three-win season, the ultra-dedicated fans inside remain consistently rowdy, and when an occasional Detroit touchdown is scored, the energy inside feels like it could blow that precious roof off.

– Michelle Martinelli

9. Acrisure Stadium - Pittsburgh Steelers

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Between PNC Park and the formerly named Heinz Field, Pittsburgh does picturesque stadiums so well. While Acrisure Stadium has a new (and terrible) name, it should remain a stadium that has aged incredibly well in its 20 years. It’s a short walk to bars and restaurants, and the surrounding area is a sea of black and yellow on game days – making for a great atmosphere. It might lack some of the more luxurious amenities of the new stadiums, particularly in the concourses. But this is still a solid stadium.

– Andrew Joseph

8. Lumen Field - Seattle Seahawks

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One of the best things about Lumen Field is the location. Close – like, very walkable – from downtown Seattle, Lumen is nestled by the water and also hosts the MLS’s Seattle Sounders and NWSL’s Seattle Reign. It has a wonderful variety of local brews, and features food and beverage from Seattle originals like Ivar’s and Starbucks, as well as Poke bowls, something called Sasquatch fries and chicken and biscuits. The game experience is electric with 72,000 “12s” cheering their support. Highly recommend a trip to not only Seattle, but Lumen as well.

– Caroline Darney

7. AT&T Stadium - Dallas Cowboys

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Jerry’s World is a Jerry Jones joint, for sure. It’s big and it’s bold and it’s brash and it’s a little bit out there. Does it have much soul? Nah. Is it all that pleasing to gaze upon? Nope. But the screen is gigantic and there’s always a lot going on and you often get the sense that it might just catch on fire but probably won’t. Texas forever.

– Chris Korman

6. U.S. Bank Stadium - Minnesota Vikings

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no describing just how much of an upgrade U.S. Bank Stadium is over the 1970s shuttered airport aesthetic of the Metrodome. The glass ceiling makes the scope of the stadium appear truly enormous, but you never feel separated from the field itself. Plus, they have Grain Belt on tap – which is either a feature or a bug, depending on how you view the local lager.

– Christian D’Andrea

5. Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis Colts

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Cathedral that Peyton Built is one of the best places in the country to watch football. It’s in Indiana, so of course it looks, from the outside, more like a basketball arena. But the retractable roof and large window (offering a view of downtown) means it can feel like an open-aired stadium, too. The architecture of the place is in harmony with the nearby downtown, and everything just … works. It’s a unique stadium, in a way that makes sense for the location (which is one of the country’s most underrated.)

– Chris Korman

4. Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta Falcons

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The Falcons found themselves in the strange position of building a stadium that is almost *too* nice. MBS is a great stadium. It’s unique, everything is new, the concession prices are fan friendly. But when it comes to amenities, there are so many great options that fans tend to spend time enjoying the stadium away from their seats (can you blame them? It’s the Falcons!). I know I wanted to walk around until I saw it all. That being said, the stadium is a world-class venue, and there’s a reason major events are regularly held there.

– Andrew Joseph

3. Allegiant Stadium - Las Vegas Raiders

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This stadium is so nice, it’s almost silly. Sure, the Raiders don’t have much of an established fanbase in Las Vegas, and the games are a combination of tourist attraction, sporting event and social outing with $20 beers at the Wynn Field Club. But the nearly $2 billion stadium feels like a $2 billion stadium. Between the expansive concourses with marble floors, premium clubs around every corner and ridiculously comfortable seats, you can’t help but laugh about this team previously playing at Oakland Coliseum (or RingCentral/whatever it’s called these days). Allegiant is a phenomenal stadium.

– Andrew Joseph

2. SoFi Stadium - Los Angeles Chargers and Rams

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Moments after walking into SoFi Stadium — like Allegiant Stadium — you totally feel like you’re in a place that cost $5.5 billion to make. Everything just feels like no other stadium that I’ve ever been in. The concourses are beautiful and clean and the sight lines of the field are just about perfect no matter where you are sitting or standing. The best part of it, though, is the open-air feel to it while also kind of being inside. Los Angeles pretty much always has great weather so it was brilliant to have have both ends of the stadium be open to allow the breezes to sweep through the stadium. Also, the views from those areas are pretty great – one side you have the legendary Forum and then Hollywood Hills way off in the distance and from the other side you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean. It’s all so, so good.

– Andy Nesbitt

1. Lambeau Field - Green Bay Packers

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Lambeau Field remains every bit the old school experience you want it to be, rising from the suburban grid of Green Bay to welcome NFL pilgrims to its hallowed grounds. Between the history of the Hall of Fame and the frigid aluminum bench seats that freeze your Leinenkugel’s in the can each December, it’s perfect roughneck football. Go Pack Go.

– Christian D’Andrea

 

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