Now that football-tember is in full swing, fans are heading to the stadiums by the bus full. These stadiums are hallmarks of American society, and are home to some of the greatest moments of all time. So, in honor of these Goliath establishments, we’ve rounded up the 10 most popular football stadiums based on Foursquare check-ins in comparison to surrounding population. Enjoy!
10. Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis Colts
The Lucas Oil Stadium is relatively new compared to the other stadiums on this list, and is a state of the art facility featuring a retractable roof and kinetic architecture. This newbie just scored a major win as the stadium of choice for the 2012 Super Bowl.
9. Raymond James Stadium – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Known as Ray Jay, this stadium boasts a 103ft concrete replica pirate ship. And not just any pirate ship, but a pirate ship that shoots out goodies every time the team scores. One word: awesome.
8. Heinz Field – Pittsburgh Steelers
Designed with the city’s steel production history in mind, this mega-structure is made with an incredible 12,000 tons of steel. Hopefully that’s enough to support the droves of Steelers fans who have kept the stadium sold out since 1972.
7. Lambeau Field – Green Bay Packers
As the home of the Packers for the longest tenure of any NFL team, Lambeau Field has almost mythical status. It was originally named after Curly Lambeau, the team founder, and in honor of him no other name rights have been approved. However, the stadium does occasionally go by “The Frozen Tundra” after a -15° F game against the Dallas Cowboys. Needless to say, there was a significant home field advantage.
6. Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium is a actually part of a the larger Truman Sports Complex, which is a one-of-a-kind twin MLB/NFL facility. In 2010 the complex went under the knife for a $375 million renovation. We suspect it’s looking pretty good.
5. Sun Life Stadium – Miami Dolphins
Games at Sun Life Stadium are incredibly hot and humid, which is why owner Stephen Ross petitioned to have late kickoffs even at the expense of losing home field advantage. Despite these intolerable conditions, Sun Life Stadium has held 5 Super Bowls.
4. FedEx Field – Washington Redskins
FedEx Field is home to one of the greatest football finishes of all time when Nick Novak scored a 47 yard field goal with :00 on the clock, defeating the Dallas Cowboys.
3. Georgia Dome – Atlanta Falcons
The Georgia Dome is one of the largest domed structures in the world, and the largest indoor sporting facility in the US. This juggernaut was also a host during the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta.
2. O.Co Coliseum – Oakland Raiders
O.co Coliseum (named after Overstock.com) is perhaps best know for its “Black Hole”, a group of recognizable fans who occupy the end zone. It also holds a sweet spot in the hearts of Disney fans after making a star appearance in Angels in the Outfield.
1. CenturyLink Field – Seattle Seahawks
By an almost unbelievable margin, the top stadium on this list belongs to the Seattle Seahawks. This could be due in part to the fact that the Seahawks share CenturyLink Field with the Seattle Sounders FC, who have been having an epic love affair with Seattleites since 2009. Though, those Seahawks fans should not be underestimated. CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field), has had a reputation as the rowdiest stadium in the NFL. Loud fans have often contributed to a significant home field advantage, earning them the honor of being the 12th man.