In the midst of a global pandemic, sport has been one thing that has gone on through adversity. Leagues like the NBA, NFL, and MLB have brought joy to millions of people around the country. However, all the leagues, especially the NFL, have missed an irreplaceable part of their operation, the fans.
The supporters who come to stadiums to get behind their team are an integral part of the system. While adding to the ticketing revenue, they also spur the team to perform better and generate an atmosphere that cannot be replicated.
American football stadiums are known all around the world for their sheer size and capacity. They can house thousands of supporters and often produce an intense environment. Moreover, they are engineered in such a way that the sound bounces off the raptors to become even more deafening. The NFL fans let the teams know that they are behind them with their roar all through the game.
However, the loudness of the stadium is not proportional to its capacity. Some stadiums have relatively fewer capacities but produce the same levels of sound in every game. Today, with the 2021-22 season on the horizon, we take a look at some of the loudest NFL stadiums in the country.
#10. AT&T Stadium
There are many factors that work in favor of the AT&T stadium when it comes to noise. Home of the Dallas Cowboys, this swanky new stadium can house up to 80,000 spectators at once. It is also considered one of the most luxurious stadiums in the entire league.
The way it has been designed exudes opulence and shows a modernist take on stadium design. The closed roof adds to the extravagance of the stadium and also helps in amplifying the noise as it bounces off the rafters. The stadium reportedly cost a hefty amount of $1 Billion. However, the Cowboys supporters are the real highlight. The way they cheer their team on all through the game is a treat to watch.
#9. Lucas Oil Stadium
Home of the Indianapolis Colts, the Lucas Oil Stadium has born witness to many great victories ever since its construction. After it underwent a massive revamp in 2009 that cost over $800 million, the stadium was made to meet the standards of the modern game.
Nowadays the stadium boasts of all the modern amenities and extravagance it has to offer. The Lucas Oil Stadium also holds the distinction of being the loudest stadium in Central America. The fans here are very much invested in their side and come out in large numbers for every game.
The acoustics of this stadium are on point and the closed roof helps in increasing the intensity of the cheers. At times, it feels as if the entire crowd is roaring like one. This effect mostly takes place when the crowd sings specific chants that have been formed over time.
#8. State Farm Stadium
This is one of those stadiums where capacity does not come into consideration. The crowds are always so upbeat and full of zeal that they make up for the lack of numbers. Home to the Arizona Cardinals, the State Farm Stadium is the pride of Arizona.
Constructed in a way that looks very unique from the outside, the stadium does not cut down on its acoustics in any way. In fact, opposition players have admitted to being scared of visiting the ground owing to the constant rumble throughout the game. The Cardinals faithful are known all across the country for being really noisy and intense.
One cannot deny the fact that fan support has played a big part in improving the performances of the Cardinals. The players are spurred on by their supporters and strive to achieve more on the field.
#7. US Bank Stadium
This is hands down the most modernized NFL stadium in recent times. The stadium has a beautiful look from the outside and houses all of the basic amenities on the inside. Fans can enjoy the free wifi and the 1200 flat-screen TVs dotted all across the arena.
After its revamp in 2016, the US Bank Stadium can accommodate 65,000 fans with ease. Home to the Minnesota Vikings, the stadium boasts of having the fiercest crowds in the country. Some reports suggest that the sound that echoes in the stands is enough to deafen a person. However, it has to be admitted that the Vikings have some of the most loyal supporters in the entire league.
#6. Gillette Stadium
Team performance can play a huge role in determining the number of crowds that throng the stadium. Gillette Stadium is a perfect example of that. Hone to the New England Patriots, the arena has seen a lot of good days in recent years. However, that was not always the case.
The Patriots were going through a tough phase before the appointment of Bill Belichick as their head coach. Their performances were routinely abysmal and there wasn’t a marquee player on their roster. This was the main reason behind the fact that the stadium was not always full and a few seats were visibly empty.
As time passed, the New England Patriots started to grow as a franchise and achieve new heights. Now, they are one of the top sides in the country and have formed a legacy of producing prolific quarterbacks. Due to this, fans have started to flock to the stadium to see their local team in action. When the stadium is completely filled, the tension is palpable and the atmosphere becomes electric. It is one of the greatest sights to watch before the start of any game.
#5. Heinz Field
This stadium holds the distinction of being one of the most well-designed arenas in the league. Constructed in 2001, this is one of the few stadiums that has not needed a revamp in recent times. Each seat has a perfect view of the field and that plays a part in the crowds coming out to watch their beloved team.
Moreover, Heinz Field is regarded as one of the most beautiful stadiums. When one steps into the arena, they are greeted by a 68,400 strong crowd cheering and roaring all throughout the game. It is a truly magnificent work of engineering and the pride of Ohio State.
Even though the performances of the Pittsburgh Steelers have not been satisfactory in recent times, the fans still throng the stadium with complete faith. Here’s hoping that the Steelers are able to perform well in the upcoming season.
#4. Mercedes Benz Superdome
When a stadium attains international recognition and acclaim, it can be considered an architectural marvel. Mercedes Benz Superdome has done exactly that while serving its primary purpose of being a cauldron of sound.
The stadium has a capacity of 74,000 which is enough to produce unprecedented levels of noise. The arena has born witness to many memorable moments ever since its construction in 2014. Moreover, the Superdome is home to the New Orleans Saints, who are notorious for having the most raucous fans in the country.
Mercedes Benz Superdome has played host to many different events ranging from concerts to soccer games. It is one of the first choices when it comes to deciding an arena for a big event. Many notable artists have performed shows to sell out crowds inside the Superdome.
#3. Centurylink Field
The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best stadiums in the country in terms of crowds. Watching an NFL game in Centurylink Field is considered a great experience no matter what time of year. The Seattle crowd gets behind the side with sheer ferocity and keeps going with no signs of relent. No wonder they call themselves the “12th man”.
With a capacity of 72,000, Centurylink Field is one of the biggest stadiums in the country. Moreover, the stadium is designed in such a way that it concentrates the sound to produce an atmosphere that is hard to replicate anywhere else. The fans impose their presence on the game and try to upstage the opposition. There have been many instances where players have admitted that their concentration gets disrupted because of the noise inside the stadium.
On game days, it is a treat to see the fans fill each and every seat and cheer for their side.
#2. Arrowhead Stadium
Home to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Arrowhead Stadium is the perfect amalgamation of engineering and loud crowds. It was designed in such a way that the sound and its vibrations stay inside the cauldron for as long as possible. Moreover, the Arrowhead also holds the world record for most decibels ever achieved in a football game.
The thing that sets apart “The Red Tide” from other sets of supporters is their loyalty. The fans stuck to their side through some tough times and are now rewarded with Super Bowl appearances and victories. Hearing the perfectly choreographed chants during the games is an experience in itself. They once managed to record 142.2 decibels in a regular-season game.
The Arrowhead Stadium has born witness to many historic moments in recent years. The Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years at their home ground. It was an iconic moment that the Chiefs faithful had waited years for.
#1. Lambeau Field
For many NFL fanatics, the definition of perfection might be the Lambeau Field. It is a lifelong dream for many people to attend one game in this stadium. Home to the Green Bay Packers, the stadium boasts incredible acoustics and an amazing atmosphere.
With a seating capacity of 80,000, the arena is also called the city with the least population. The reason behind such astonishing attendance numbers might be the performance of the Green Bay Packers. They have been a side that has remained near the top of the league for many years. Veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers has achieved legendary status by playing in this stadium and the fans adore him.
The city of Green Bay has only 104,000 inhabitants, which gives us in calculations that 80 percent of the population attends every two weeks to support what is probably the most emblematic team in the NFL. Considered as the holy ground of American football, the stadium is a true architectural marvel and everyone from the players to the management is aware of the fact.
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