The 11 Largest Stadiums in the United States

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As any die-hard fan can attest to, the only thing better than watching your team win an electric game is getting to do it among tens of thousands of your fellow fans. A stadium that is packed with deafening crowds, like these soccer stadiums we wrote about, is an environment quite unlike any other. With that in mind, these are the largest stadiums in the U.S., and likely the loudest too.

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Fun fact: you might notice that all of the included stadiums are college football venues, and that's because all of the largest stadiums in the US are in fact the homes of NCAA teams, many of which have some fun and wild traditions.

11. Cotton Bowl

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  • Capacity: 92,100
  • City: Dallas, texas
  • Year Opened: 1930
  • Home To: Red River Showdown

The Cotton Bowl stadium, which sits in the heart of Dallas, Texas, has played a big role in American football history. The stadium first opened in 1930, and is now the site of many historic games and legendary matchups. The Cotton Bowl was originally built to host the annual Cotton Bowl Classic college football game. The stadium now hosts a wide range of events, including professional football games, concerts, and soccer matches. The seating capacity of over 90,000 spectators allows for an electrifying atmosphere on game days, filled with passionate fans cheering on their teams. 

The Cotton Bowl is a cherished landmark within Dallas that has been the site of countless memorable moments. It continues to hold a special place in the hearts of sports enthusiasts and remains an integral part of the fabric of American football history.

10. Rose Bowl

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  • Capacity: 92,542
  • City: Pasadena, California
  • Year Opened: 1922
  • Home To: UCLA Bruins, Rose Bowl Game

The Rose Bowl is a famous stadium located in Pasadena, California, in the United States. It is one of the most iconic college football stadiums and has a rich history of hosting various sports and entertainment events. The Rose Bowl stadium opened in 1922 and has since become known for hosting the annual Rose Bowl Game, which is one of the major bowl games in college football. It is often referred to as "The Granddaddy of Them All."

The stadium is situated in the Arroyo Seco area of Pasadena, near Los Angeles. It has picturesque surroundings, including the San Gabriel Mountains. The Rose Bowl has a seating capacity of over 88,500 spectators, making it one of the largest stadiums in the United States. The Rose Bowl stadium is a symbol of college football tradition and is deeply associated with the Tournament of Roses Parade, an annual New Year's Day parade held in Pasadena.

9. Sanford Stadium

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  • Capacity: 92,700
  • City: Athens, Georgia
  • Year Opened: 1929
  • Home To: Georgia Bulldogs Football

Sanford Stadium’s legacy spans over nine decades, and holds a special place in the hearts of Bulldogs fans. It is named in honor of Dr. Steadman Vincent Sanford who was a former university president that played a significant role in the stadium's development.

Sanford Stadium first opened in Athens, Georgia in 1929 with a seating capacity of 30,000. Over the years, it has undergone several expansions, and it now has a capacity of over 90,000 spectators. The iconic "hedges" surrounding the playing field are a unique feature of the stadium which is always filled with electrifying atmosphere on game days. Many traditions take place in the stadium, such as performances of the Redcoat Marching Band, which brings unreal energy to the crowd.

8. Bryant-Denny Stadium

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  • Capacity: 100,100
  • City: Tuscaloosa, Alabama 
  • Year Opened: 1929
  • Home To: Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama stands Bryant-Denny Stadium, home of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. The stadium is named in honor of two legendary figures in Alabama football history, Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and President George Denny. Crimson Tide football is a team synonymous with college football, and the Stadium lives up to its team reputation.

On game days, crimson and white fill the stadium as the crowd energizes their team with their echoes of "Yea Alabama" and "Roll Tide". Game day at Bryant-Denny Stadium does not disappoint and it is likely the energy within the stadium that fuels Alabama into such a powerhouse football program.

7. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

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  • Capacity: 100,100
  • City: Austin, Texas
  • Year Opened: 1924
  • Home To: Texas Longhorns Football

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, is named in honor of legendary coach Darrell K Royal, who led the Texas Longhorns to great heights during his tenure with Longhorns football. Located in Austin, Texas, the stadium stands a symbol of Texas pride and Longhorn tradition. During games, it becomes a sea of burnt orange, filled with passionate fans and renditions of the "Eyes of Texas" and "Texas Fight" fight songs. The experience at Texas Memorial Stadium is unlike any other.

6. Tiger Stadium

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  • Capacity: 102,300
  • City: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Year Opened: 1924
  • Home To: LSU Tigers Football

Tiger Stadium, or as some like to call it "Death Valley," is the home and heart of LSU football. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana fans from all around the state come out in their purple and gold to support the Tigers football team.

The stadium has a reputation as one of the most intimidating and hostile environments for opposing teams, which is partially fueled by the sometimes deafening roar of the crowd with their rhythmic chants of "Geaux Tigers". Tiger Stadium embodies the soul of Louisiana State University and all of the tradition within the LSU community.

5. Neyland Stadium

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  • Capacity: 102,400
  • City: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Year Opened: 1921
  • Home To: Tennessee Volunteers Football

Home to the Tennessee Volunteers, Neyland Stadium is a massive venue that is home to the Tennessee Volunteers. The stadium, which is named in honor of General Robert Neyland, one of the university's most celebrated football coaches, stands as a testament to the historic tradition and passion for college football in the Volunteer State.

Devoted fans dress in orange to support their beloved team within the electric atmosphere at Neyland. The iconic "Rocky Top" fight song creates an unforgettable experience for players and fans alike. Beyond its sporting significance, Neyland Stadium is a symbol of pride for the University of Tennessee and its dedicated supporters.

4. Kyle Field

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  • Capacity: 102,700
  • City: College Station, Texas
  • Year Opened: 1927
  • Home To: Texas A&M Aggies Football

Kyle Field, located in College Station, Texas, is a stadium full of history and iconic moments. It's the home of the Texas A&M Aggies football team and gets its name from Edwin Jackson Kyle, who was a prominent figure in the university's history. The stadium has a seating capacity of over 100,000 passionate fans, and on game days, it transforms into a collage of maroon and white. One of the greatest college football traditions takes place in Kyle field, as the "12th Man" is delegated to an enthusiastic Aggie fan, and is tasked with energizing the team with their unwavering support. 

The "Aggie War Hymn" echoes throughout the stands, creating an electric atmosphere that is unmatched in college football. The cherished Texas A&M University institution is an iconic staple of Texas and Aggie nation.

3. Ohio Stadium

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  • Capacity: 102,700
  • City: Columbus, Ohio
  • Year Opened:  1922
  • Home To: Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Ohio Stadium, commonly dubbed "The Horseshoe," is an iconic stadium located in Columbus, Ohio. Its the home of the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team and can hold over 100,000 passionate fans. The stands quickly become a sea of scarlet and gray when the Buckeyes play at home. The stadium has a long history with lots of traditions such as the iconic dotting of the "i" during the Ohio State marching band's performance.

When the Buckeyes are not occupying the stadium, handfuls of other huge events and concerts take place there, with artists such as Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, Morgan Wallen, and plenty more hosting concerts there.

2. Beaver Stadium

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  • Capacity: 106,500
  • City: University Park, Pennsylvania 
  • Year Opened: 1960
  • Home To: Penn State Nittany Lions Football

Located in the heart of Happy Valley, Beaver Stadium serves as the beloved home to Penn State Football. Game days at Beaver Stadium are like no other; the traditions, history, and passion run deep and bring together the college and the state of Pennsylvania to cheer on the Nittany Lions. 

The seating capacity can accommodate over 100,000 fans. Each year, the stadium hosts a “White Out” game in which the stands become a sea of fans all dressed in white to create an unreal spectacle. This year's white out game ended up being a massive blowout for the Nittany Lions, who have been having a so far, so good season.

Given its size, the stadium can get loud with cheers and chants of “We Are…”. The stadium is an iconic symbol of a community whose passion for Penn State runs strong.

1. Michigan Stadium

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  • Capacity: 107,600
  • City: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Year Opened: 1927
  • Home To: Michigan Wolverines Football

Michigan Stadium, A.K.A., "The Big House," is the largest stadium in the United States and the second-largest in the world. Come the fall, Michigan Wolverines fans flock to the Big House decked out in their Maize and Blue to cheer on their Wolverine football team. The seating capacity exceeds 100,000 spectators which creates an electrifying atmosphere that brings out the best of college football. 

Countless historic moments have taken place in the Big House, including games against Midwest rivals, Ohio State and Michigan State and other thrilling matchups for the Wolverines. This season in particular, the Big House has seen a lot of wins for the Michigan football team (plus quite a bit of controversy), and it seems that they may very well win yet another championship.

Beyond football, Michigan Stadium does not tend to host many other events for various reasons. Even still, the Big House is a landmark that is cherished by both the Michigan community and sports enthusiasts alike.

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