The History of AT&T Stadium
Home of the Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The stadium opened in 2009 and was one of the most expensive stadium ever built when it opened, costing a whopping $1.3 billion. It seats a crowd of 80,000 for Cowboys games, but on September 21, 2009, 105,121 packed into AT&T Stadium to watch the Cowboys take on the New York Giants.
Jerry’s World, as it is sometimes known, features over 3,000 Sony LCD displays, a retractable roof, and giant glass doors in each end zone. The stadium also houses a giant Mitsubishi video board, which was the largest HDTV screen in the world at the time of the stadium’s opening.
Since opening in 2009, AT&T Stadium has hosted numerous other events in addition to Cowboys games. On February 6, 2011, AT&T Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLV, which resulted in the Green Bay Packers defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. The stadium has also been the site of many college football games including the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, two Big 12 Championship Games, the Cotton Bowl Classic, and the Advocare Classic. Basketball has also found a home at AT&T Stadium with the 2010 NBA All-Star Game and the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four taking place here.
The History of Bank of America Stadium
Home of the Carolina Panthers
Bank of America Stadium opened in the Summer of 1996, a year after the Carolina Panthers began to play as an NFL franchise. The venue is in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina and seats 75,412. The stadium is also the headquarters of the Carolina Panthers and is home to the team’s training facility, practice fields, and administrative offices.
Over the past three years, Bank of America Stadium has undergone a three phase renovation project. The first phase of the project, in 2014, replaced the original scoreboards and ribbon boards with two new 200 ft by 60 ft Daktronics HD video boards and two 360 degree ribbon boards. This phase of the renovation also added escalators and four “fan plazas” to the upper deck. The next phase of the project renovated the existing 158 stadium suites and added a new stadium club called “The 32 Club” at the 32-yard line. Most recently, the third and final phase made substantial upgrades to the concourse on the upper deck.
Bank of America Stadium has been the site of many memorable events since the Panthers held their first regular season home game against the Falcons on September 1, 1996. The stadium was the home of one of the biggest victories in Panthers history when Carolina knocked the defending Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys out of the playoffs on 26-17 on January 5, 1997. Several major college football games have also been held at Bank of America Stadium over the years, including the ACC Championship Game, the Belk Bowl, and several ECU games. Additionally, many international soccer games have taken place inside Bank of America Stadium.
The History of CenturyLink Field
Home of the Seattle Seahawks
CenturyLink Field is the home the Seattle Seahawks as well as the famous 12s. The stadium opened in 2002 to replace the Kingdome, which served as the Seahawks home from 1976 to 1999. CenturyLink Field seats 67,000 Seahawks fans and is notorious for being among the loudest venues in all of sports.
The stadium has a relatively unique layout due to the fact it is located on the smallest build site in the entire NFL. As a result of the small space the upper deck is cantilevered, and the seats are both closer to the field and at a steeper angle than any other stadium. Another uncommon aspect of the stadium is the fact the stadium’s roof covers most of the seats. However, it does not cover the field. The closeness of the fans to the field and the roof make CenturyLink one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL.
CenturyLink Field has also hosted many other major events over its young lifetime. The stadium served home to the Seattle Sounders soccer team and was even originally designed for soccer as it meets FIFA’s sightline regulations and has specific soccer team locker rooms. Supercross has also found a home at CenturyLink as the series has held a race there every year since 2005. Finally, CenturyLink Field like all NFL stadiums has hosted its fair share of concerts including U2, Metallica, and The Rolling Stones.
The History of FedExField
Home of the Washington Redskins
FedExField in Landover, Maryland has been the home of the Washington Redskins since 1997. The stadium was the largest in the NFL from 2004 to 2010 with a capacity just north of 91,000. However, the capacity has since been reduced to 82,000. FedExField was built to replace Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, which served as the home of the Redskins from 1961 to 1996.
Since opening in 1997, FedExField has undergone several renovations and expansions. FedExField was first expanded in 2000 when the stadium’s capacity was increased to 85,407, and a new owner’s club suite level was added. A few years later in 2004, FedExField’s capacity grew to 91,665 when ten rows of seats were added to the back of the lower bowl. Then in 2010, the Redskins replaced the video boards in both end zones. More recently, the stadium’s capacity has been reduced a couple of times, and new party decks have been added to each end zone.
In addition to NFL football FedExField has hosted many other incredible events. The stadium hosts the annual Prince George’s Classic and has hosted a slew of other college football games in the past. FedExField has also hosted many international soccer games including games in the 1999 Women’s World Cup as well as club matches better European giants such as Manchester United and FC Barcelona. Concerts have also found a home at FedExField over the years with some of the world’s most famous musicians taking the stage here including Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, and the Rolling Stones. Regardless of the event, FedExField provides a great venue for the fans.
The History of Ford Field
Home of the Detroit Lions
Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan has served as home to the Detroit Lions since 2002. The stadium was built to replace the aging Pontiac Silverdome and seats a capacity crowd of 65,000 for Lions games; however, the capacity can be expanded up to 70,000. Ford Field is named for the Ford Motor Company who signed a 20-year naming deal in 2002. Additionally, a member of the Ford family also has had ownership of the Lions since 1963.
One of the unique aspects of Ford Field is that the stadium incorporates an existing warehouse into its design. The warehouse’s presence allowed Ford Field to develop a unique seating layout where the majority of the suites are located one side of the stadium. Another feature that sets Ford Field apart from many other stadiums is the fact that despite being a domed stadium there is still a significant amount of natural light that reaches the field. Glass windows in the corners of the stadium and frosted skylights allow for plenty of natural light to enter Ford Field. The frosted skylights also tie into Detroit’s automobile manufacturing history as the skylights resemble automobile factories found throughout the region.
Ford Field is not exclusively home to the Lions and has hosted many other large events. One of the largest events hosted at Ford Field was Super Bowl XL, which saw the Pittsburgh Steelers take down the Seattle Seahawks 21-10. While Ford Field has hosted a Super Bowl it is one of three NFL stadiums to have not hosted a playoff game, however, that looks to change soon as the Lions have put together a strong team who has eyes on an NFC North Division championship. Ford Field is also home to the annual Quick Lane Bowl, which pits a member of the Big Ten against a member of the ACC. Ford Field’s sports prowess extends beyond football as the stadium has hosted NCAA tournament games in both basketball and hockey. The stadium was even the sight of the largest basketball game in history when in 2003 the Kentucky Wildcats squeezed out a win against the Michigan State Spartans 79-74. Non-sporting events held at Ford Field include Wrestlemania 23 and a slew of concerts including the Rolling Stones and Madonna.
The History of Lambeau Field
Home of the Green Bay Packers
Originally named City Field, Lambeau Field was renamed after Packers founder and coach E.L “Curly” Lambeau in 1965. The Packers have called Lambeau Field home since 1957, making it the longest-tenured home field in the NFL. Additionally, the stadium has the third largest seating capacity in the NFL at 81,435.
Lambeau Field is the second oldest stadium in the NFL and as a result, has undergone several renovations and expansions over the years. The first expansion to Lambeau Field occurred in 1961 when the stadium’s capacity increased to 38,669. The stadium was again expanded in 1963, 1965, 1970, 1985, 1990, and 1995 to reach a capacity of 60,890. From 2001 to 2003, Lambeau Field underwent a $295 million renovation, which increased the stadium’s capacity to 72,515 and added The Atrium. A little over a decade later the south end zone was expanded adding 7,500 seats, new HD scoreboards, and a new sound system. Most recently, The Atrium underwent a $140.5 million update from 2013 to 2015.
The Frozen Tundra has been the site of a multitude of amazing moments since the Packers opened it with a 21-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on September 29, 1957. The most famous in Lambeau Field occurred on December 31, 1967 when the Packers squared off against the Dallas Cowboys in the Ice Bowl. In possibly the harshest conditions in the history of the NFL the Packers gritted out a 21-17 victory to punch their ticket to Super Bowl II. Pre-game temperatures were -15 degrees, with an average wind chill of -36 degrees, and to make matters worse the field’s heating system malfunctioned causing it to freeze. In addition to being the home of Packers football, Lambeau Field has also hosted college football, hockey, and snowmobile racing.
The History of Levi’s Stadium
Home of the San Francisco 49ers
Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California is the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium opened in 2014 and is the second-newest stadium in the NFL. It was built to replace Candlestick Park, which served as the 49ers home from 1971 to 2013.
The 65,800 seat Levi’s Stadium was designed to be an environmentally and fan friendly multipurpose venue. The stadium features one of the largest lower bowls in the NFL, which can fit approximately two-thirds of the crowd. Additionally, the majority of the stadium’s luxury suites are on one side of the stadium allowing fans in the upper deck to be closer to the action.
Despite having opened only two years ago, Levi’s Stadium has already hosted a plethora of notable events. The stadium was the site of Super Bowl 50 where the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10. Also, Levi’s Stadium hosted the 2015 NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. Most recently, the opening match of Copa America Centenario took place at Levi’s Stadium on June 3, 2016.
The History of Lincoln Financial Field
Home of the Philadelphia Eagles
Lincoln Financial Field opened in 2003 to replace Veterans Stadium as the home of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple Owls. The stadium cost $512 million to build and has a seating capacity of 69,716. Additionally, Lincoln Financial Field serves as home to the annual Army-Navy Game and is one of the premier sports venues in Philadelphia.
In 2013, the Eagles announced Lincoln Financial Field would undergo its first major renovation since opening in 2003. The renovation expanded the stadium’s seating capacity, added two new HD video boards, improved the stadium’s WiFi, and built two new connecting bridges in the upper level.
The first ever event to be held at Lincoln Financial Field occurred on August 3, 2003 when FC Barcelona and Manchester United met in a friendly. A month later the Owls and Eagles hosted their first ever regular season games at Lincoln Financial Field on September 6th and 8th. Lincoln Financial Field has also hosted two NFC Championships Games since opening, with the Eagles clinching their first NFC title since 1980 in 2005. Most recently, the stadium served as the site of the 2015 Gold Cup Final between Mexico and Jamaica.
The History of Raymond James Stadium
Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Famous for the pirate ship in the end zone, Raymond James Stadium, also known as the “Ray Jay” or “The New Sombrero,” is a multi-purpose football stadium in Tampa, Florida. The stadium opened in 1998 and is the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida Bulls football team. Raymond James Stadium seats 65,890 and is expandable to 75,000 for special events.
Since opening in 1998 to replace Tampa Stadium, Raymond James Stadium has undergone a few renovations with the most recent renovations taking place in 2016. The 2016 renovation to Raymond James Stadium cost over $100 million and replaced the 2,200 square foot end zone scoreboards with 9,600 square foot scoreboards, added a new 2,300 square video tower in each corner of the stadium, and upgraded the stadium’s luxury boxes.
Raymond James Stadium has been the home to many notable moments over the years. The stadium has been the site of four Buccaneers home playoff games since opening and was the site of Super Bowl XXXV and XLIII. Raymond James Stadium has also served as the home of the annual Outback Bowl since 1999 and in 2017 will host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
The History of Soldier Field
Home of the Chicago Bears
Soldier Field originally opened in 1924 and became the home of the Chicago Bears in 1971 following the team’s move from Wrigley Field. The stadium is located on the shore of Lake Michigan and is one of the most well-known landmarks in Chicago. It is also the third smallest stadium in the NFL seating a capacity of 61,500.
Soldier Field underwent its first post-Bears renovation in 1978 when individual seats replaced the stadium’s bleacher seating. Four years later in 1982, the stadium added a new press box and 60 luxury suites. In 1988, even more, luxury suites were added, and the stadium’s capacity grew to over 66,946. Most recently, Soldier Field experienced a massive renovation that had the Bears playing their 2002 campaign at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. The project completely redid the entire interior of the stadium while preserving the exterior.
Over the years Soldier Field has hosted many notable events. The first major event to take place at Soldier Field was the 1926 Army-Navy game, which ended in a 21-21 tie and the Midshipmen winning the National Championship. Soldier Field has also been the site of four NFC Championships since the Bears moved in with the most memorable taking place on January 12, 1986, when the famed ‘85 Bears defeated the Los Angeles Rams 24-0 en route to the Super Bowl. Outside of football, Soldier Field has been the home to several outdoor hockey games, including a 2014 NHL Stadium Series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins, and five games of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
The History of The University of Phoenix Stadium
Home of the Arizona Cardinals
The University of Phoenix Stadium opened on August 1, 2006, and is the home of the Arizona Cardinals. The 63,400 seat stadium cost $455 million to build and replaced Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium as the Cardinals home. The University of Phoenix Stadium has been considered one of the most impressive stadiums in the NFL due to its retractable roof and natural roll in grass.
The University of Phoenix Stadium features Daktronics LED ribbon and video display boards and has 88 luxury lofts, which can be expanded to up to 104 in the future. The stadium also is surrounded by the 25-acre Sportsman’s Park, which offers a great place to tailgate before games. Additionally, University of Phoenix Stadium’s seating capacity can be expanded up to 72,200 for major events such as the Super Bowl or Fiesta Bowl.
Since opening in 2006, University of Phoenix Stadium has been the host of many major events. The first regular season football game to take place at the stadium occurred on September 10, 2006, when the Cardinals defeated the 49ers 34-27. Later that same season, University of Phoenix Stadium was the site of the famous “they are who we thought they were” game where the Chicago Bears overcame a 20 point deficit to beat the Cardinals 24-23. The stadium has also been the site of two Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XLII where David Tyree’s helmet catch helped the Giants knock off the undefeated New England Patriots 17-14. The University of Phoenix Stadium has also hosted many college football national championship games, including the 2007 BCS National Championship Game, 2011 BCS National Championship Game, and 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.