With 102,455 seats, Tennessee's Neyland Stadium remains the largest. With a capacity of 101,821, Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium is immediately behind Neyland. LSU is also considering an expansion to reach a capacity of 100,000, and the SEC will soon have four stadiums with capacities of 100,000 or more.
Neyland was built in 1931 and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is home to the Tennessee Volunteers football team. The stadium is named for John McLean "Mac" Neyland, who coached Tennessee's football program from 1906 to 1930, including seven years as head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores.
It took nearly 30 years before another large baseball stadium was built in the Southeastern Conference. In1961, Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium opened its doors with a game between Georgia Tech and Clemson. The stadium was named for former Georgia Tech athlete and coach Bobby Dodd, who was known as the "Father of American Football."
Dodd Stadium has a maximum capacity of 102,542 people and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful games venues in all of sports. The stadium is part of the Tech campus in Atlanta, Georgia.
After Neyland and Dodd, no other SEC stadium has been expanded since 1961, even though all eight schools now play in stadiums that can hold over 50,000 fans.
The stadium's stated seating capacity is 102,455....
|Operator||University of Tennessee|
|Capacity||102,455 (since 2010)|
|Record attendance||109,061, on September 18, 2004 vs. Florida|
|Surface||Grass (1921–1967, 1994–present) AstroTurf (1968–1993)|
MetLife Stadium in New Jersey has a capacity of 82,500 people, whereas Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor has a capacity of 107,601. The Atlanta Falcons have the largest dome in the NFL.
The Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium has a roof that can be lowered in bad weather, but it is not domed. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Heinz Field has a roof that can be raised in good weather, but it is not domed either.
The Chicago Bears' Soldier Field has a roof that can be raised in good weather, but it is not domed either.
Dallas/Fort Worth's AT&T Stadium has a roof that can be raised in good weather, but it is not domed either.
Detroit's Ford Field has a roof that can be raised in good weather, but it is not domed either.
Green Bay's Lambeau Field has a roof that can be raised in good weather, but it is not domed either.
Houston's Reliant Stadium had a roof that could be raised in good weather, but it is not domed either.
Kyle Field is Texas' largest stadium in terms of regular seating capacity, with a capacity of nearly 102,000 people. Brady While he has won 70% of the Super Bowls in which he has appeared, Brady is one Super Bowl defeat away from tying the record for most Super Bowl losses by a starting quarterback. Jim Kelly now holds the record, having gone 0-4 in Super Bowls as the Buffalo Bills' quarterback in the early 1990s. The New York Giants' Eli Manning is next on the list with a 1-3 record as a starter.
In addition to its size, Kyle Field has other unique features worth mentioning including: a large number of club seats (most stadiums have only luxury boxes or some form of premium seating), an elevated track around the outside of the stadium for cars to drive on during rain delays, and two giant domes over each end zone that contain lights that can be illuminated at night.
The stadium opened in 1928 and was originally known as "State College Stadium" before it was renamed after former Texas A&M University football coach John Kyle. The original stadium had a capacity of 10,500 people and was built as part of a merger between State College and Texas A&M. Over the years, the stadium has been expanded several times with the latest expansion being completed in 1995 when 40,000 additional seats were added for football games. The total cost of the expansion was $150 million.
Houston's major stadiums and arenas—the largest venue, NRG Stadium, can seat up to 71,500 people. Rice Stadium, with a maximum capacity of 70,000, is ranked second, followed by Minute Maid Park, which can seat up to 41,000 people. The Domitorium, an arena used for basketball and hockey games, has a maximum capacity of 18,000 people.
NRG Stadium opened in 2014 across from the Galleria area on the north side of Houston. It is the home of the NFL's Houston Texans and Major League Baseball's Houston Astros. The $1 billion facility has a roof that can be raised or lowered in wind conditions from either a vertical or horizontal position. It features state-of-the-art sound systems, lighting, and video presentation tools.
Minute Maid Park opened in 2003 and is located just south of downtown Houston. It is the home of the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets. With a maximum capacity of 41,000, it is ranked as the largest baseball stadium and third largest overall (dominant sports team) behind FedExField (50,000) and AT&T Park (45,000).
The Domitorium opened in 1968 and was the first domed stadium built for a professional sports team. It housed the Dallas Stars of the NHL and the Texas Rangers of MLB until 2000 and 2001, respectively.