Football stadiums are our own modern version of Rome’s Coliseum. There are fewer lions and not nearly as many pints of blood spilled, but they are basically the same thing. That said, not all stadiums are created equal. Some are glorious palaces to football’s honor, and others are depressing holes in the ground. It’s the doldrums of the NFL calendar, let’s arbitrarily decide which is which, shall we?
1. Lambeau Field
Home of the Green Bay Packers
I briefly toyed with the idea of not ranking Lambeau Field first, but I just couldn’t do it. Lambeau Field is perfect.
2. AT&T Stadium
Home of the Dallas Cowboys
The Jerry Dome gets a lot of flak for its grandiosity and being a giant monument to the ego of Jerry Jones, but the fact is despite all the jokes, AT&T really is impressive. Say what you want about the Cowboys, or Texas, or Jones himself, but if you are going to spend over a billion dollars on a stadium, this is pretty much exactly what you want it to look and feel like.
3. CenturyLink Field
Home of the Seattle Seahawks
The Link has a unique layout that gives it the classic silhouette of a stadium with some unique architectural stylings. It’s just pleasant to look at, and that design is perfect for reverberating noise. The giant overhangs keep the rain out of most fans’ faces in the wet northwest. Your tolerance of the local fanbase may vary, and the sheer number of “12” flags hanging around borders on obnoxious, but it’s still a glorious facility.
4. Arrowhead Stadium
Home of the Kansas City Chiefs
Gets points for not having a sponsored company name, because sponsor names almost always disappoint. Arrowhead is an old stadium that has the classic “giant bowl” shape that has gone missing in recent decades. It’s loud, very round, and just feels right.