Interesting Football brings you the top 10 biggest stadiums in the MLS for the 2024 season.
1. Bank of America Stadium
- Capacity: 74,867
- Club: Charlotte FC
- Location: Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Bank of America Stadium will be the original home for the newly created MLS expansion team Charlotte Football Club.
The Bank of America Stadium was opened in 1996 as Ericsson Stadium before the Bank of America purchased the naming rights. The stadium has several unique features, making it one of the best in the MLS.
Its external features include three substantial main entrances and six light domes.
2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Capacity: 71,000
- Club: Atlanta United
- Location: Atlanta, Georgia
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that was opened in 2017.
It currently serves as the home stadium of Atlanta United FC. It has 42,500 for soccer (Expandable to 71,000 and 73,019).
It is one of the biggest in Major League Soccer which can accommodate over 73,000 fans.
3. Nissan Stadium
- Capacity: 69,143
- Club: Nashville SC
- Location: Nashville, Tennessee
The Nissan Stadium was primarily constructed to host American Football matches. However, it is also suitable for soccer and can also be used to host public events, meetings, and parties.
The stadium’s playing surface is purely natural grass. Major League Soccer outfit Nashville SC play their home games at the Nissan Stadium.
It is one of the unique stadiums in the United States by sitting arrangements. It features up to three levels of seating, such as the lower bowl and upper classes.
4. Lumen Field
- Capacity: 69,143
- Club: Seattle Sounders FC
- Location: Seattle
The Lumen Field is a multi-purpose stadium located in the neighbourhood of Seattle. It serves as the home ground for the NFL side Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.
Opened in 2002, it has gone through a series of name changes from Qwest Field in June 2004 to CenturyLink Field and its current name as the Lumen Field.
It is one of the best stadiums with the most modern facilities in the MLS. It also provides avenues for other purposes, such as a parking garage and a public plaza. It can also be used as a venue for concerts, trade shows, etc.
5. Gillette Stadium
- Capacity: 65,878
- Club: New England Revolution
- Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts
The Gillette Stadium was opened in 2002. It has a seating capacity of 65,878. It also supports other social activities.
The features include a club hall with over 5,876 seats and 89 luxury suites.
6. Soldier Field
- Capacity: 61,500
- Club: Chicago Fire FC
- Location: Chicago, Illinois
The Soldier Field is soccer and American Football stadium located in Chicago, Illinois.
Opened in 1924, it is one of the oldest stadiums in Major League Soccer used as a home ground by the Chicago Fire FC.
It has undergone a series of innovations and has been used for major soccer competitions like the USA 1994 FIFA World Cup, USA 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
7. BC Place
- Capacity: 54,500
- Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
It is a multi-purpose stadium owned and operated by the BC Pavilion Corporation. It is currently the home ground for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of the Major League Soccer.
It was officially opened in 1983, featuring a retractable roof supported by cables which is one of the largest of its type.
In 2012, the stadium received numerous awards like the Project of the Year by the International Stadium Business Awards.
8. Yankee Stadium
- Capacity: 47,309
- Club: New York City FC
- Location: Concourse, Bronx, New York City
The Yankee Stadium is one of the most vibrant sporting facilities in the United States, host to the famously celebrated New York Yankees and the New York City Football Club.
At the cost of over two billion dollars, it is valued as one of the most expensive stadiums in the United States.
9. BMO Field
- Capacity: 30,000
- Club:Toronto FC
- Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The BMO Field is one of the best stadiums in Canada. It is an outdoor stadium tome to Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
It was first opened in 2007. As part of plans to bring an MLS expansion to Canada, the Toronto City Council and the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment collaborated to reconstruct a standard stadium with a unique approach to support soccer matches.
The BMO Field is one of the few soccer-specific stadiums in the MLS. Although it now serves as the home field for Canadian Football games.
It has played host to several soccer matches, including the MLS Cup final, FIFA U-20 World Cup, and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Some of the stadia features include an upper deck to the east grandstand, new roofing covering the seating areas, and alteration of the playing field to support Canadian Football matches.
10. Dignity Health Sports Park
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- Capacity: 27,000
- Club: Los Angeles Galaxy
- Location: Carson, California
The Disney Health Sports Park is one of the first stadiums to host Major League soccer matches in the United States.
It is a multiple-use sports complex located at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.
It is also used for tennis events, track, and field. It is currently the original home for the MLS most successful side LA Galaxy.
The Disney Health Sports Park is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the U.S. and the second-largest after the BMO Field.
11. TQL Stadium
- Capacity: 26,000
- Club: FC Cincinnati
- Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
TQL is a soccer-specific stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of FC Cincinnati of the Major League Soccer.
12. Exploria Stadium
- Capacity: 25,500
- Club: Orlando City SC
- Location: Orlando, Florida
The Exploria Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando, home to Orlando City, SC.
It was first used when Orlando City SC began their journey in the MLS during the 2017 season.
The stadium features a grass field with canopies over the spectator’s area to protect fans from the atmosphere and to increase the crowd noise.
13. Providence Park
- Capacity: 25,218
- Club: Portland Timbers
- Location: Portland, Oregon
The Providence Park is an outdoor soccer stadium located in the Goose Hollow neighbourhood of Portland, Oregon.
Providence Park is currently the oldest soccer-specific stadium in MLS, with a seating capacity of 25,218. It serves as the home field for Portland Timbers of the Major League Soccer.
14. Red Bull Arena
- Capacity: 25,000
- Club: New York Red Bulls FC
- Location: Harrison, New Jersey
The Red Bull Arena features one of the most attractive designs in the United States, including a transparent partial roof.
The transparent roof extends 120 feet (37 m) from the last row of seats to just past the field’s touchlines.
The New York Red Bulls is part of the Red Bull soccer empire which includes other notable names like RB Leipzig in Germany, RB Bragantino in Brazil, and RB Salzburg in Austria.
There’s also the Red Bull Arena in Austria which is the home ground for the Red Bull Salzburg soccer team of the Austrian Bundesliga.
15. PNC Stadium
- Capacity: 22,039
- Club: Houston Dynamo FC
- Location: Houston, Texas
The PNC Stadium, formerly the BBVA Stadium, is a famous multi-purpose stadium.
Opened in 2012, it serves as the home ground for the Houston Dynamo FC of the MLS and the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League.
It has some unique features, including 34 private suites, 1,100 club seats, Premium Club, dedicated supporters stand, and food court.
It also features a faceted facade of expanded metal mesh with orange polycarbonate enclosed entrances.
16. Banc of California Stadium
- Capacity: 22,000
- Club: Los Angeles Football Club
- Location: Los Angeles, California
The Blanc of California stadium was opened in 2018. It became the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles in 1962.
It is currently home to the Los Angeles Football Club of Major League Soccer. It has a seating capacity of 22,000 at 34 degrees, which makes it one of the steepest stadiums present in MLS.
Other unique features include a walkway, plaza, parking space, press box suites, removable stage for use during concerts, a 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2) of ETFE film roof.
17. Q2 Stadium
- Capacity: 20, 738
- Club: Austin FC
- Location: North Austin, Texas
The Q2 Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium currently home to MLS side Austin FC who joined the league in 2021 as an expansion franchise.
Austin FC began to play its home matches at the stadium in 2021.
18. Toyota Stadium
- Capacity: 20,500
- Club: FC Dallas
- Location: Frisco, Dallas
The Toyota Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium with a 20,500 seat capacity. It was opened in 2005 and is currently used by MLS side FC Dallas.
The stadium complex also has an additional 17 regulation size, stadium-quality soccer fields used for practice by FC Dallas and their reserve teams.
It has played host to numerous soccer competitions in the United States. It is currently home to the National Soccer Hall of Fame (NSHOF).
19. Lower.com Field
- Capacity: 20,371
- Club: Columbus Crew
- Location: Columbus, Ohio
The Lower.com Field is a soccer-specific stadium currently the home stadium of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.
It was previously known as the New Crew Stadium before the stadium’s opening. Owned by the Columbus Crew, it has a capacity of 20,371 and other facilities like 30 suites and 1,900 club seats.
Since October 2021, it has hosted some United States Men’s Soccer National Team 2022 World Cup Qualifier matches.
20. Rio Tinto Stadium
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- Capacity: 20,213
- Club: Real Salt Lake
- Location: Sandy, Utah
Rio Tinto Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium currently home to Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake.
It has a seating capacity of 20,213 for soccer. Other social activities like concerts could have up to 25,000 seats.
It was officially opened in 2008. The stadium had played host to major soccer matches like the 2009 MLS All-Star Game, 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the 2013 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
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