Best Stadium to Watch a Football Game Across America

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Although football season might be over now that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have won yet another Super Bowl title, there’s a lot for football fans to look forward to this upcoming season. For one, the NFL draft is right around the corner, which means a whole new batch of football talent will soon take to playing fields across America.

GOBankingRates exclusively analyzed data from NFL and NCAA Division I stadiums in every state to compile a comprehensive list of football stadiums. That data included the average cost of ticket prices, stadium capacity, cost of parking and food. In addition, GOBankingRates included each stadium’s Google rating, which is out of a score of five. One interesting thing to note is that only 11 NFL stadiums made this list and the most expensive game tickets were at the University of Washington and North Dakota State University.

If you plan on seeing your favorite NFL or college team play this year, take a look at the best stadiums to watch football this season.

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Alabama - Bryant-Denny Stadium

Although it’s no secret that Alabama has one of the best college football teams in America, the southern state is also home to one of the best football stadiums in the country. Bryant-Denny Stadium serves as the playing field for the 17-time NCAA football champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and seats 101,821 people. But the cost of tickets to see a game at the Alabama football stadium is among the nation’s highest, with the average ticket price at $115 per person.

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Arizona - State Farm Stadium

The home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, State Farm Stadium, cost $455 million to build and officially opened in August 2006. It is the first NFL stadium with a fully retractable field in North America; the field is made of real grass. The stadium has a 4.6 Google rating and the average ticket price is $83.54.

Arkansas - Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is the home field of the University of Arkansas football team. The stadium seats 76,000 people and has a Google rating of 4.7. You can also score a ticket for a game for an average price of $96.

California - Dignity Health Sports Park

Now that the San Diego Chargers are the Los Angeles Chargers, the team has Dignity Health Sports Park as its home — that is, while it waits for its new, $2.6 billion dollar stadium to finish construction. But the sports arena doesn’t fit as many people compared with that of other major cities on this list — it seats just 27,000 people to be exact. Despite its smaller size, the average ticket price to attend the stadium is the fourth-most expensive at $199.10.


Colorado - Broncos Stadium at Mile High

The place where future hall-of-fame quarterback Peyton Manning spent his last NFL season, Mile High Stadium, is the residence of the Denver Broncos. The stadium can seat 76,082 people and has a Google rating of 4.6.

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Connecticut - Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field

The prime-time stadium for the University of Connecticut football team, Rentschler Field, has a Google rating of 4.3 and can seat 38,066 people. The average price of a game ticket is $27.

Delaware - Delaware Stadium

Delaware Stadium is the primary residence of the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens football team and has a Google rating of 4.5. The average ticket price on game day is $99 per person.

Florida - Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

The sports venue for the Florida Gators, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, is one of the loudest and hottest stadiums in the country for football teams, with temperatures often reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the average price of a game ticket is on the high side at $115, parking is free.

Georgia - Sanford Stadium

The University of Georgia’s historic Sanford Stadium — once a venue for the Olympic games — is the nation’s second-best place to watch football on this list. Recently, the stadium completed a round of renovations for an estimated $63 million to upgrade locker rooms and add more concession stands, among other features. Although the venue holds fewer than 93,000 people, the average price of a game ticket is the second-highest at an average of $203 per ticket.

Hawaii - Aloha Stadium

In the Rainbow State, Aloha Stadium in Honolulu is a great place to check out a football game. The stadium, which opened in 1975, is the home of the University of Hawaii football team and seats 50,000.

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Idaho - Albertsons Stadium

Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University opened in 1970 and was the first football stadium in the world to use blue AstroTurf. But regardless of the field’s color, the college sports venue has a Google rating of 4.6, and tickets come in at a reasonable $62.

Illinois - Memorial Stadium

Located on the campus of the University of Illinois, Memorial Stadium once served as the home to the Chicago Bears in the early 2000s. Although you won’t be able to get tickets to a Bears game here anymore — the team plays at Soldier Field — you can get tickets to a college game for an average price of $37.

Indiana - Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis opened in 2008 and serves as the playing field for the Indianapolis Colts. It cost an estimated $720 million to build, seats 67,000 people and has a Google rating of 4.7.

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Iowa - Kinnick Stadium

Kinnick Stadium is the home stadium for the University of Iowa’s football team. It’s also one of the most unique college football stadiums, largely because of its famous pink locker rooms for visiting teams. It might not be the largest college football stadium, but it does boast a Google rating of 4.7 and is among the best football stadiums in the country.

Kansas - Bill Snyder Family Stadium

Renamed after the famous Kansas State University coach Bill Snyder in 2005, Bill Snyder Family Stadium is a must-see destination for football fans. The Manhattan, Kansas-based stadium has one of the highest Google ratings on this list at 4.8. Although the stadium is on the smaller side, it has a reasonable average ticket price at $53.

Kentucky - Kroger Field

Originally called “Commonwealth Stadium,” Kroger Field was constructed in 1973 for $12 million and is the official home of the University of Kentucky football team. In 2015, the stadium underwent a $126 million renovation to add new amenities, which reduced its capacity to 61,000. If you plan on watching the Wildcats play, the average price of tickets for game day is $76.

Louisiana - Tiger Stadium

Tiger Stadium, also popularly known as “Death Valley,” is the home of the Louisiana State University Tiger football team. In 2016, the stadium was listed by Bleacher Report as the No. 1 toughest place for football teams to play in due to the deafening sound of the team’s die-hard fan base on game days. Tiger Stadium has a Google rating of 4.7 and seats 102,321 people, making it the country’s fourth-largest stadium. Plus, public parking at the stadium is free.

Maine - Alfond Stadium

If you’re a football fan in Maine, you might want to check out Alfond Stadium, the home field for the University of Maine’s Black Bears football team. The average ticket is among the country’s lowest at $9. In addition, the intimate stadium is tied for the third-smallest football venue on this list, with the capacity to seat 10,000.

Maryland - M&T Bank Stadium

For Baltimore Ravens fans, nothing is better than visiting the team’s home turf. But M&T Bank Stadium is not just a beloved stadium, it’s also the first outdoor professional sports facility to receive the U.S. Green Building Council Gold rating for sustainability and green building. To see a game here, you’re looking at paying an average of $115.11 per person.

Massachusetts - Gillette Stadium

The second home of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, Gillette Stadium is the home playing field for last season’s Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots. The stadium seats 65,878 and has a Google rating of 4.6.

Michigan - Michigan Stadium

Affectionately referred to as “The Big House,” Michigan Stadium serves as home field for the University of Michigan football team. It was once the playing ground for six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady during his college years, and is the largest stadium in North America with a capacity of nearly 110,000. But if you’re planning see a game, tickets cost an average of $157, which is the 11th-highest in the nation.

Minnesota - U.S. Bank Stadium

Located in Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium seats 66,400 people and serves as the primary residence of the Minnesota Vikings. It has a Google rating of 4.6 and the average ticket price is just under $100 at $99.72.

Mississippi - Davis Wade Stadium

Davis Wade Stadium at the Mississippi State University is the second-oldest college football stadium in the U.S. The stadium, which was built in 1914, holds a little over 61,000 people and has the fifth-lowest average ticket price in the nation at $19.

Missouri - Arrowhead Stadium

The place of residence for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium is located in Kansas City, Missouri, and has a Google rating of 4.7. Of the stadiums with available research on concession food and drinks, Arrowhead Stadium had the most expensive price for beer at $10.

Montana - Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Washington-Grizzly Stadium is home of the University of Montana football team. The stadium opened in 1986 and was named after Missoula businessman Dennis R. Washington, who gave $1 million for its construction. It is the ninth-smallest stadium on this list, with the capacity to seat 25,217 people. In addition, the average price of game tickets is tied for the lowest in the country at $9.

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Nebraska - Memorial Stadium

Home to a Division I football team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Memorial Stadium is part of the pride and joy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The average cost of game tickets is $108 and parking costs between $15 to $25.

Nevada - Sam Boyd Stadium

If you want to play the slot machines and see a football game after, head over to Sam Boyd Stadium. The stadium is home of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels football team. Compared with the venues on this list, Sam Boyd Stadium has a relatively low Google rating of 4.3.

New Hampshire - Wildcat Stadium

The main playing field for the football team at the University of New Hampshire, Wildcat Stadium, has a Google rating of 4.5. It also is the fifth-smallest stadium on this list with a capacity to fit 11,015 people in its stands.

New Jersey - MetLife Stadium

Home to both the New York Giants and the New York Jets, the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium hosts 20 NFL games each season, the most of any NFL stadium. It has a 4.4 Google rating and can hold 82,500 people.

New Mexico - Dreamstyle Stadium

Dreamstyle Stadium changed its name from University Stadium in 2017. The stadium is the home of the University of New Mexico Lobos football team and the New Mexico Bowl. It has the capacity to seat 37,215, and the average price of a game-day ticket is the second-lowest on this list at $14.

New York - Michie Stadium

Michie Stadium is where you’ll see the United States Military Academy football team, the Army Black Knights. Although the stadium currently seats 38,000 people, there have been talks to renovate the arena in the near future. The price to attend the stadium costs an average of $39, which is only $20 more than the cost of parking.

North Carolina - Carter-Finley Stadium

Carter-Finley Stadium is the primary residence of the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The stadium served as host to the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games opening ceremonies. The average ticket price to see a football game at Carter-Finley Stadium is $90.

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North Dakota - Fargodome

The Fargodome at North Dakota State University might not be able to seat more than 18,700 people, but the average price to attend a game is tied for the highest at $245 per person. The reason for the unusually high price is due to the football team’s winning success. The team has won seven national championships which have caused ticket prices to spike — and many ticket holders are now selling them for two to three times their value. The indoor stadium opened in 1992 and is owned by the city of Fargo, despite being located on campus grounds.

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Ohio - Ohio Stadium

Ohio Stadium at Ohio State University is the second-largest stadium on this list, with the capacity to seat 102,854 people. It’s also where praised football coach Urban Meyer spent more than 15 years leading the Ohio State Buckeyes. The stadium has a Google rating of 4.7 and tickets are the sixth-most expensive in the country at nearly $200.

Oklahoma - Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, which serves as the home of the University of Oklahoma Sooners, is one the largest football venues in the southern state. It seats 86,112 people and costs an average of $100 to attend a game. The stadium also charges just $5 for shuttle service on game days, or $30 for parking.

Oregon - Autzen Stadium

Autzen Stadium is the outdoor stadium for the Oregon Ducks football team. It was built in 1967 and has gone through several major renovations, including a $90 million expansion in 2003. The school team has a strong fan base across the nation, but only 54,000 of them can be seated at one time to watch a game at the stadium, which has a 4.7 Google rating.

Pennsylvania - Heinz Field

Opened in August 2001, Heinz Field is the top sports venue for football in Pittsburgh. It serves as the home for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh’s Division I Panthers football team. Ticket prices will run you about $104.60, on average.

Rhode Island - Brown Stadium

Brown Stadium serves as the home field for the Ivy League Brown University Bears. In 1988, the stadium underwent a major renovation to help upgrade and fix several damaged areas in the stadium. Brown Stadium seats 20,000 people and has a Google rating of 4.2.

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South Carolina - Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium

Home to the recently crowned 2018 national champions, the Clemson Tigers, Memorial Stadium is the fourth-best stadium to watch football on this list. It has one of the highest Google ratings at 4.8 and seats 81,500 people. However, at $189 each, it has the third-highest average ticket price for a game.

South Dakota - DakotaDome

The DakotaDome, home to the University of South Dakota football team, is the third-smallest football stadium on this list. It seats 10,000 people and has a Google rating of 4.7. Ticket prices are also comparatively cheaper at an average of $25.

Tennessee - Neyland Stadium

Nestled in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, Neyland Stadium is the home field of the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team. According to the university’s athletic department, more than 25 million people have watched football in Neyland Stadium and an average of 68,925 fans have attended 364 games in 58 years. The stadium can hold 102,037 people, which makes it one of the biggest college football stadiums on this list. Tickets cost an average of $80 per person, and parking is available for $25.

Texas - Kyle Field

Everything is bigger in Texas, and Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field Stadium in College Station is no exception. It is the third-largest stadium on this list, with the capacity to hold up to 102,510 football fans. The price to attend a game is also Texas-size, with an average price of $93.

Utah - Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium

Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium might be small, but it’s among the top 10 highly-rated stadiums to make this list. The stadium, which is the home field for the Utah State University football team, seats just over 25,000 people. Not to mention, the average ticket price is the eighth-lowest in the nation at $33 per person.

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Vermont - Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium

Located at Middlebury College in Vermont, Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium is the smallest stadium on our list. It seats up to 3,500 people and tickets to the college’s sporting events are generally free.

Virginia - Lane Stadium

Originally constructed to seat 35,000 people, Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech University now seats 65,632 people. In 2006, the university spent $52.5 million to construct a new press area in the stadium and add 11,000 seats, as well as a few other major additions. Although the stadium is small in terms of capacity, it has a high Google rating of 4.8.

Washington - Husky Stadium

The Husky Stadium at the University of Washington has repeatedly been voted one of the most scenic and beautiful stadiums in the country. It sits above Union Bay on Lake Washington and is the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest. But it’s also tied for the most expensive average ticket price, at $245 per person.

West Virginia - Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium

Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium is the home of the West Virginia Mountaineers football team. It has a Google rating of 4.8, and the average cost to attend a game is $107.

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Wisconsin - Lambeau Field

The oldest continually operating NFL stadium in history, Lambeau Field opened in 1957 and is the home to the Green Bay Packers and is one of the best NFL stadiums to watch football. It holds a wealth of NFL iconic moments, including hosting one of the most memorable NFL games in history when the Packers played the Dallas Cowboys in 13 degrees below zero. In addition, it’s one of the few NFL stadiums on this list to receive a near-perfect Google rating of 4.8.

Wyoming - War Memorial Stadium

Taking a trip to the University of Wyoming? Make sure to check out War Memorial Stadium. The venue sits at the highest elevation of any Division I football stadium, at 7,220 feet above sea level, according to the Casper Star Tribune. The stadium has a Google rating of 4.7, and the average ticket price is $45.

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Methodology: GOBankingRates analyzed American football stadiums from all 50 states to find the best football stadium in each state. GOBankingRates ranked the stadiums by finding the Google rating for the largest football stadiums in terms of capacity for each state with a limit of 5. GOBankingRates only ranked NFL and NCAA division 1 stadiums. Supplemental information included 1) average ticket price sourced from the 2018 NFL Fan Cost Index from Team Marketing Report for the NFL and Ticket City for the NCAA; 2) capacity for each stadium sourced from each stadium’s website; 3) cost of parking sourced from stadium websites; and 4) cost of snacks, drinks, etc. sourced from the 2018 NFL Fan Cost Index from Team Marketing Report for the NFL. All data is from 2018 unless otherwise noted. Only the Google rating for each stadium was factored into the final rankings. Alaska was not factored into the final ratings due to lack of data.

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