10 Unique NFL Stadiums

Sylvia Cochran
Yahoo! Contributor Network
10 Unique NFL Stadiums
Bears vs. Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field

What makes a great NFL stadium? What causes one stadium to be different and well worth a visit? Is there something about your hometown stadium you do not know about? Find out now and capitalize on the bragging rights.

1. CenturyLink Field, Seattle: The Loudest Stadium in the NFL

Home of the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field is a facility that also hosts auto shows and concerts. It seats 67,000 attendees in addition to 7,000 club visitors. A year ago, the Bleacher Report named CenturyLink Field the loudest stadium, claiming that it "sets the standard" for volume.

2. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: The Worst Stadium

The Oakland Raiders have the dubious distinction of playing in the stadium that the NFL Gridiron Gab calls "the worst stadium in the NFL." The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was renovated in 1995. Some $120 million later, the time-share it has with the Oakland Athletics is still a thorn in the side of football fans, who also bemoan the neighborhood location.

3. Cowboys Stadium, Arlington: Home of the Best NFL Fans

Cowboys Stadium is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Accommodating between 80,000 and 100,000 attendees, Forbes has ranked these fans as "no. 1 on our list of the NFL's best fans." Aside from the loyal following, the evaluation was based in part on stadium sell-outs.

4. Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland: Home of the Worst NFL Fans

What is it about the Cleveland Browns that inspired the Football Nation to term its fans the "worst fans in NFL?" Playing at Cleveland Browns Stadium, not even the more than 73,200 seats and 10,644 Dawg Pound seats could sway the critics. Instead, each architectural plus is overshadowed by a missing "level of decorum."

5. Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Most Vegetarian-friendly Stadium

Leave it to PETA to rank NFL stadiums with animal cruelty in mind. Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, outshone other venues with its faux-meat fare.

6. Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Most Beloved NFL Stadium

The Green Bay Packers play at Lambeau Field. Seating more than 73,000 fans, the Travel Channel declares it "one of the most beloved stadiums of all time." These experts cite the continuous efforts to renovate the venue and keep it up to date -- while not compromising on the historic appeal of the locale -- as a major reason for this honor.

7. MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford: One of the Greenest NFL Stadiums

The New York Giants and New York Jets share MetLife Stadium, which is identified as "one of the greenest venues in sports." Low-flow faucets, food composting and an emphasis on recycling are just some of the features that earn it this distinction.

8. University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale: Retractable Grass

The home of the Arizona Cardinals, the University of Phoenix Stadium features retractable grass. Uni-Systems note that special technology comes into play, which moves the "9,300 ton retractable grass playing field."

9. Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: Most Home Field Victories

ESPN identifies Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the venue that offers up the biggest home field advantage to its team. Aside from the team's roster and obvious football prowess, what does the stadium deliver? It is a smaller venue, seating about 65,050 fans.

10. Soldier Field, Chicago: Smallest NFL Stadium

The Chicago Bears call Soldier Field their home. When 55,701 visited the team's games starting 1971, the goal of having season ticket holders closer to the action guided the decision to keep things small. Things have not changed much, even after the 1981 renovation.