Nfl StadiumsSat, 20 Sep 2008 02:16
NFL games attract a multitude of football enthusiasts. Fans of all ages eagerly buy tickets and spend time in NFL stadiums just to watch an action-packed game played by their favorite football team. Each NFL stadium is different, and its characteristics contribute to the performance of the team. This is why teams who play at their home stadium usually do better than their opponents. There are stadiums with roofs and those without. Other factors that contribute to the performance of the team when it comes to the stadium are the climate and playing surface. The playing surface of NFL stadiums can either be natural or artificial turf. To give you an idea of just how much the stadium affects the game of the players, it's a fact that teams who are used to playing in a domed field or stadiums with retractable roofs usually do poorly during the playoffs. Below are just some of the current NFL stadiums:
Located in Landover, Maryland, the FedEx Field serves as the stadium for the Washington Redskins. With a capacity of 91,704, this stadium is one of the largest. The field surface is grass and this stadium was first used during 1997.
Sharing in one stadium are the New York Giants and New York Jets. The Giants Stadium is situated in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and has a FieldTurf surface and a capacity of 80,242. This stadium was used first by the Giants in 1976. The Jets got to use the stadium for the first time in 1984.
It was in 1957 when the Lambeau Field was first used. This stadium serves as the playing ground for the Green Bay Packers. It has a capacity of 72,928 and a surface of natural grass with synthetic support. The Lambeau Field can be found in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Edward Jones Dome
Located in St. Louis, Missouri is the Edwards Jones Dome. Serving as the stadium for NFL team Saint Louis Rams, this stadium uses FieldTurf surface and has a capacity of 66,000. It was first used in 1995 and is one of the few stadiums that have non-retractable roofs.
University of Phoenix Stadium
First used in 2006, the University of Phoenix Stadium has a grass surface and a capacity of 63,400. Located in Glendale, Arizona, this is one of the few stadiums with retractable roofs.
Lincoln Financial Field
The Lincoln Financial Field is the stadium used by the Philadelphia Eagles. This field has a capacity of 68,532 and features a grass surface. It was first used in 2003 and is situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cleveland Browns Stadium
Named after the team itself, the Cleveland Browns Stadium was first used by the Cleveland Browns team in 1999. It's located in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, and has a capacity of 73,200. The stadium uses a grass surface in the playing field.
The San Francisco 49ers were first able to use the Candlestick Park in 1960. Players battle it out on the grass surface. Candlestick Park has a capacity of 70,207 and can be found in San Francisco, California.