The Athletic recently polled a team of writers ahead of the 2023 NFL season, asking them to rank the five best and five worst stadiums in the league. With the results, they came up with a list from 1-30 of the best homes in professional football.
Here’s the top 10:
- U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
- SoFi Stadium (L.A Rams/Chargers)
- Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
- AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)
- Lumen Field (Seattle Seahawks)
- GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)
- Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas Raiders)
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons)
- Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
- Acrisure Stadium (Pittsburgh Steelers)
On Mercedes-Benz Stadium:
It’s a little surprising that this place doesn’t get more love. It landed in the top five on 12 ballots, ranking fifth on seven. It’s important to note that there is a clear drop-off in the voting after this spot. These top eight stadiums have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is one of the NFL’s newest venues, opening in 2017. It has a retractable roof and a ring-shaped video board above the field.
My issue with this list is there doesn’t seem to be any kind of criteria for how the writers chose to vote. If you’re looking for the best stadium atmosphere, the Falcons should probably be at the bottom of the list. But if this is just about the stadium itself, Mercedes-Benz Stadium undoubtedly deserves a spot in the top five. It’s a beautifully built building that is a fantastic place to watch a football game or your favorite artist perform. Not to mention, their prices on concessions are unmatched.
Still, the Falcons were well clear of everyone else in their division. No other team in the NFC South came in ranked above 20th, which is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked. Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium was ranked 22nd, with New Orleans’ Caesars SuperDome ringing in at 26th.
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