Today’s NFL Stadiums are truly remarkable. From the exterior and interior design to the sheer size of each one, some teams around the league have shown what the future of a great sports venue should look like.
The Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, and Rams to the San Francisco 49ers are just a few to name with impressive new stadiums in the last few years. Now with a team in Las Vegas (the Raiders) in a brand new market with another marvelous stadium, just adds to what the NFL will soon become.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted to host another Super Bowl in the city of Atlanta. The Vikings ownership and governor wanted a new sporting venue to accommodate big sporting events like the Final Four and the Summer X Games. Heading to the west coast, LA now has two NFL teams playing in a brand new 70,240 seat stadium expandable up to 100,000 seats. Now the silver and black have a stadium that fits its hardcore fan base. Fans have already begun to call the massive venue the “Death Star” after the space station from the popular film franchise Star Wars.
Teams who were previously awarded with new stadiums are the Dallas Cowboys, NY Jets, and Giants around ten years ago. These two stadiums are unique in their own ways. Built in 2009, so-called America’s team, the Cowboys, have a retractable roof, one of the largest HDTV screens in the world hung from the center of the stadium, and a maximum capacity of 105,000 with standing room. This stadium, sometimes called Jerry’s World, after their wealthy owner Jerry Jones has been the main attraction for all kinds of performance and entertainment events. Just a few of those have been Wrestlemania, Taylor Swift Reputation Tour which almost reached maximum capacity with a crowd of 105,002, and the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
The architects for this new stadium had to come up with a design that could accommodate two teams. Ultimately they came up with what is now Metlife Stadium. The base of it is limestone-like stonework with an outer skin of aluminum louvers and glass. The bland color was so that it is capable of switching from one team’s colors to the next in a short amount of time. That is why the stadium crew only displays banners, lighting, and the end zones, only the team that is actively playing is displayed. Which NFL Franchise will get a “pimp my ride” upgrade to their stadium next?