NFL stadium facts: Loudest, most expensive, cheapest gameday & more

SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium is an NFL record holder. Photo from Ramblin' Fan.

In between regular season games, fans often find themselves pondering various topics. Perhaps it’s wondering who has the best NFL crowd, maybe they’re looking to find out some interesting NFL stadium facts.

NFL stadium facts

Football crowds are partizan. Franchises have their own traditions. Some NFL stadiums have broken sound records, while attendances elsewhere are often a point of debate.

NFL stadium home field advantage varies from state to state, from fan base to fan base. Visiting Lambeau Field in the snow isn’t the same as a sunny Sunday at SoFi Stadium. That goes without saying, of course, but what more is there to know about NFL stadia?

Let’s take a look at some NFL stadium facts, including price, capacity and decibels.

Biggest NFL stadium – MetLife Stadium

Seating 82,500 fans, MetLife Stadium has the largest capacity of any NFL venue. As home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, MetLife is often sold out and features on the bucket list of many football fans.

It is closely trailed in this category by the Washington Football Team’s FedEx Field, which comes in at 82,000.

The iconic Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, can hold over 81,000 fans. It’s also the second-oldest stadium in the league as of 2021.

Most expensive NFL stadium – SoFi Stadium

At the eye-watering cost of $5.5 billion, SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles is not just the NFL’s most expensive stadium. It’s the costliest stadium on the planet, and by an absolute mile at that.


The 4K HDR video board, which weighs 2.2 million pounds with a viewing area of 70,000 square feet, was just part of the cost for this ultra-modern sporting venue. SoFi Stadium has taken leaps ahead of many of its NFL peers, but that’s exactly what you’d expect for such a grotesque expense.

It was without fans in 2020. Crowds have returned in big numbers for 2021 ready to experience SoFi, a venue which will feature in NFL stadium facts for decades to come.

Loudest NFL stadium – Arrowhead Stadium

The crowd at Arrowhead has always been deafening. The devout Chiefs faithful have had plenty to cheer in recent seasons with Super Bowl trips and Patrick Mahomes producing magic on a weekly basis.

Seattle’s CenturyLink Field and Arrowhead have gone toe-to-toe for the honor of being the NFL’s loudest stadium. The Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans has pushed the top two in this NFL stadium facts category, too.

Arrowhead remains the atmosphere king, though. There are plenty of loud nights to come in Kansas City.

Cheapest NFL gameday – Paul Brown Stadium

Fan Cost Index claims a family of four can enjoy a day out at the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium for under $425. When compared to the Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas, that’s around half the price for tickets, parking, drinks and hot dogs.

Cincinnati has been on the wrong end of NFL mockery in recent years. While Joe Burrow is looking to turn the franchise’s fortunes around, the quality of football has corresponded with the low prices. The Bengals haven’t made it past the wildcard round since 1990.

It can’t replicate a day out at the game, but watching the NFL on TV will give a taster of each of these venues.

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