In the National Football League, there are only a few stadiums where you can tell that there’s a playoff-like atmosphere every time the home team steps on the field. These particular venues are known to play a significant factor in how the visiting team will perform for all four quarters of the contest. Today, Strike 7 Sports will rank and analyze the top five loudest stadiums in the NFL. We get things started with the franchise located in the heart of the Midwest.
1. Arrowhead Stadium: Kansas City, Missouri
Arrowhead Stadium is home to the defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs. The venue itself has had a long history of being one of the top disruptive stadiums in the history of the NFL. Under the Andy Reid era, Arrowhead’s reputation remains the same.
According to Guinness World Records, Arrowhead broked Seattle’s CenturyLink Field for crowd decibels with a number of 142.4 back in 2020. Regardless of the Chiefs being in the hunt for the postseason or not, opponents will be in for a long day down in Arrowhead.
2. Mercedes-Benz Superdome: New Orleans, Louisiana
No matter how greater the opposing team may be, they seem to lose a step in being effective once they are inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. A prime example of that would be during the 2018 NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints. The venue had gotten so loud to the point that quarterback Jared Goff had to have his earpiece inside of his helmet altered so that he can properly communicate with the team.
The Rams may have won the game, but the home-field advantage of the Dome made them earn every inch. The loudest decibel recording at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was 128, which occurred on January 13, 2019.
3. CenturyLink Field: Seattle, Washington
Seattle’s CenturyLink Field continued the reputation once held by the Kingdome of being one of the toughest places to play when it comes to visiting teams. For about six years, CenturyLink grew into one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL.
The venue started the trend of how crowd decibels became a trending topic in sports stadiums. CenturyLink Field set the Guinness World Record for crowd decibels with a number of 136.6 in 2013. The record would be broken the following year at CenturyLink with a number of 137.6.
4. Lambeau Field: Green Bay, Wisconsin
By far, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field is considered the shrine of the NFL. The stadium is filled with so many historical moments and traditions of one of the league’s premier franchises in the Green Bay Packers. Visiting Lambeau Field is considered by many football fans as one of those bucket list places to visit. When a home-team can combine crowd noise along with the elements of harsh winter conditions such as wind and snow, it’s due to be a recipe for success.
5. Lincoln Financial Field: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Similar to the setting in Green Bay, the winter elements combined with a disruptive crowd can become an issue for opponents once they step inside Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. The stadium replaced the raucous venue known as Veterans Stadium back in 2003. The Eagles momentum tends to grow stronger as the game progresses when they are in front of their home crowd at “The Linc.”
Similar to the other stadiums that are on this list, visiting highly efficient teams seem to struggle once they are within the confines of Lincoln Financial Field. It is truly one of the toughest fan bases a road team will have to deal with during the season. These are your top five loudest stadiums in the NFL power rankings.
Photo courtesy of CenturyLink Field.com.