Ranking the Biggest MLS Stadiums: Capacity of all Venues

Ranking the Biggest MLS Stadiums: Capacity of all Venues

In this article, we offer a succinct look at the ten largest MLS stadiums, each a symbol of the sport's growing popularity in North America. We spotlight venues like Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a marvel of modern engineering, and Portland's Providence Park, a blend of historic charm and soccer fervor.

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Top 10: MLS Stadiums with the Largest Capacity

Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta United FC

  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Capacity: 42,500 (for soccer)
  • Opened: 2017
  • Tenants: Atlanta United FC (MLS), Atlanta Falcons (NFL)
  • Notable: Known for its unique retractable roof and as a venue for major events like the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, and the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte FC

  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Capacity: 38,000 (for soccer)
  • Opened: 1996
  • Tenants: Charlotte FC (MLS), Carolina Panthers (NFL)
  • Notable: Originally built for American football, the stadium has undergone renovations to better accommodate soccer, including improvements to seating and the addition of a center-hung scoreboard.

Lumen Field - Seattle Sounders FC

  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Capacity: 37,722 (for soccer)
  • Opened: 2002
  • Tenants: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS), Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
  • Notable: Renowned for its loud and passionate fanbase, Lumen Field is known for its electrifying atmosphere during soccer matches.

BMO Field - Toronto FC

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Capacity: 30,991
  • Opened: 2007
  • Tenants: Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
  • Notable: BMO Field hosted the 2010 MLS Cup and has undergone several expansions and renovations, including the addition of a canopy over the seating areas.

Yankee Stadium - New York City FC

  • Location: Bronx, New York
  • Capacity: 30,321 (for soccer)
  • Opened: 2009
  • Tenants: New York City FC (MLS), New York Yankees (MLB)
  • Notable: Primarily a baseball stadium, Yankee Stadium has been adapted for soccer, offering a unique setting for MLS games in one of the most iconic sports venues in the United States.

Geodis Park - Nashville SC

  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Capacity: 30,000
  • Opened: 2022
  • Tenants: Nashville SC (MLS)
  • Notable: As one of the newest stadiums in MLS, Geodis Park is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States and Canada.

Dignity Health Sports Park - LA Galaxy

  • Location: Carson, California
  • Capacity: 27,000
  • Opened: 2003
  • Tenants: LA Galaxy (MLS), Los Angeles Chargers (NFL, temporarily)
  • Notable: Formerly known as StubHub Center, this stadium has hosted two MLS Cup finals and is part of a larger sports complex that includes facilities for multiple sports.

TQL Stadium - FC Cincinnati

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Capacity: 26,000
  • Opened: 2021
  • Tenants: FC Cincinnati (MLS)
  • Notable: TQL Stadium is recognized for its striking design, featuring a unique lighting system and a facade composed of vertical fins.

Inter&Co Stadium - Orlando City SC

  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Capacity: 25,500
  • Opened: 2017
  • Tenants: Orlando City SC (MLS), Orlando Pride (NWSL)
  • Notable: Known for its purple seating, reflecting the team colors, and a standing-only supporters' section known as "The Wall," which enhances the stadium's lively atmosphere.

Providence Park - Portland Timbers

  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Capacity: 25,218
  • Opened: 1926 (renovated for soccer in 2011)
  • Tenants: Portland Timbers (MLS), Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)
  • Notable: One of the oldest stadiums used in MLS, Providence Park combines historic charm with modern amenities, creating a unique and intimate atmosphere for soccer fans.

... Stadiums Outside Top 10

Outside the top 10, it's a close race between most of the stadiums where the capacity lies around 20,000 for the majority of the venues.

Red Bull Arena - New York Red Bulls

  • Capacity: 25,000
  • Tenants: New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Soldier Field - Chicago Fire FC

  • Capacity: 24,955
  • Tenants: Chicago Fire FC (MLS)

CityPark - St. Louis City SC

  • Capacity: 22,500
  • Tenants: St. Louis City SC (MLS)

BC Place - Vancouver Whitecaps FC

  • Capacity: 22,120
  • Tenants: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS)

Shell Energy Stadium - Houston Dynamo FC

  • Capacity: 22,039
  • Tenants: Houston Dynamo FC (MLS)

BMO Stadium - Los Angeles FC

  • Capacity: 22,000
  • Tenants: Los Angeles FC (MLS)

DRV PNK Stadium - Inter Miami CF

  • Capacity: 21,000
  • Tenants: Inter Miami CF (MLS)

Q2 Stadium - Austin FC

  • Capacity: 20,738
  • Tenants: Austin FC (MLS)

Lower.com Field - Columbus Crew

  • Capacity: 20,371
  • Tenants: Columbus Crew (MLS)

America First Field - Real Salt Lake

  • Capacity: 20,213
  • Tenants: Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Audi Field - D.C. United

  • Capacity: 20,000
  • Tenants: D.C. United (MLS)

Gillette Stadium - New England Revolution

  • Capacity: 20,000
  • Tenants: New England Revolution (MLS)

Saputo Stadium - CF Montréal

  • Capacity: 19,619
  • Tenants: CF Montréal (MLS)

Allianz Field - Minnesota United FC

  • Capacity: 19,400
  • Tenants: Minnesota United FC (MLS)

Toyota Stadium - FC Dallas

  • Capacity: 19,096
  • Tenants: FC Dallas (MLS)

Subaru Park - Philadelphia Union

  • Capacity: 18,500
  • Tenants: Philadelphia Union (MLS)

Children's Mercy Park - Sporting Kansas City

  • Capacity: 18,467
  • Tenants: Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Colorado Rapids

  • Capacity: 18,061
  • Tenants: Colorado Rapids (MLS)

PayPal Park - San Jose Earthquakes

  • Capacity: 18,000
  • Tenants: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

How many of the MLS stadiums have you visited and which one is your favorite when it comes to hospitality, matchday feeling, and support? With  MLS on the rise, the 2024 season looks to break new attendance records and we can't wait for another season to kick off. As always, you find all upcoming MLS games on Apple TV and the complete season schedule here at Livesportsontv.com

Author: Dan Anderson