Across the four major sports leagues in the United States – the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Baseball (MLB) – there are myriad stadiums and arenas, each offering its unique experience.
Fans travel far and wide to support their teams, relish the atmosphere, indulge in local cuisine, and create memories to last a lifetime.
However, not all arenas are created equal.
Some provide an exceptional experience that leaves fans raving, while others might miss the mark. But which major sports stadiums and arenas do fans really regard as being the best?
To evaluate this, we have compiled and averaged data from various review platforms – Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Yelp – to gauge overall fan sentiment across these venues.
To make it easy for you to follow along with our analysis, here’s a detailed breakdown of the fan ratings for the US’ best stadiums, according to fans:
|Team||Stadium||Average Rating||Google Rating||Facebook Rating||Tripadvisor Rating||Yelp Rating|
|Green Bay Packers||Lambeau Field||4.95||4.8||5||5||5|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||PNC Park||4.78||4.7||4.9||5||4.5|
|Baltimore Orioles||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||4.75||4.7||4.8||5||4.5|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Busch Stadium||4.70||4.8||5||4.5||4.5|
|Milwaukee Brewers||American Family Field||4.65||4.7||4.9||4.5||4.5|
|Cleveland Guardians||Progressive Field||4.65||4.7||4.9||4.5||4.5|
|Minnesota Twins||Target Field||4.65||4.7||4.9||4.5||4.5|
|San Francisco Giants||Oracle Park||4.63||4.7||4.8||4.5||4.5|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||PayCom Center||4.63||4.6||4.9||5||4|
|Chicago Cubs||Wrigley Field||4.63||4.8||4.7||4.5||4.5|
|Boston Red Sox||Fenway Park||4.60||4.8||4.6||4.5||4.5|
|Memphis Grizzlies||FedEx Forum||4.57||4.7||4.5||4.5|
|Cincinnati Reds||Great American Ball Park||4.57||4.7||4.5||4.5|
|Indianapolis Colts||Lucas Oil Stadium||4.57||4.7||4.5||4.5|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||PPG Paints Arena||4.53||4.7||4.9||4.5||4|
|Nashville Predators||Bridgestone Arena||4.50||4.7||4.8||4.5||4|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Citizens Bank Park||4.50||4.7||4.3||4.5||4.5|
|Colorado Rockies||Coors Field||4.50||4.7||4.8||4.5||4|
|Seattle Seahawks||Lumen Field||4.50||4.6||4.9||4.5||4|
|New York Knicks & New York Rangers||Madison Square Garden||4.50||4.7||4.8||4.5||4|
|Seattle Mariners||T-Mobile Park||4.50||4.7||4.8||4.5||4|
|Chicago Bulls & Chicago Blackhawks||United Center||4.50||4.7||4.8||4.5||4|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Acrisure Stadium||4.48||4.7||4.2||4.5||4.5|
|Orlando Magic||Amway Center||4.48||4.6||4.8||4.5||4|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Chase Field||4.48||4.6||4.8||4.5||4|
|Detroit Tigers||Comerica Park||4.48||4.7||4.7||4.5||4|
|New York Yankees||Yankee Stadium||4.47||4.7||4.7||4|
|Dallas Cowboys||AT&T Stadium||4.45||4.7||4.6||4.5||4|
|New York Mets||Citi Field||4.45||4.6||4.7||4.5||4|
|Dallas Mavericks & Dallas Stars||American Airlines Center||4.43||4.6||4.6||4.5||4|
|Montreal Canadiens||Bell Centre||4.43||4.5||4.7||4.5||4|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Dodger Stadium||4.43||4.7||4.5||4.5||4|
|Houston Astros||Minute Maid Park||4.43||4.7||4.5||4.5||4|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse||4.43||4.6||4.6||4.5||4|
|Miami Heat||Kaseya Center||4.40||4.7||4.4||4.5||4|
|New Orleans Pelicans||Smoothie King Center||4.40||4.6||4.5||4.5||4|
|Minnesota Wild||Xcel Energy Center||4.40||4.6||4.5||4.5||4|
|Los Angeles Angels||Angel Stadium||4.40||4.6||4.6||4|
|Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers & Los Angeles Kings||Crypto.com Arena||4.40||4.7||4.5||4|
|Kansas City Royals||Kauffman Stadium||4.40||4.7||4.5||4|
|Baltimore Ravens||M&T Bank Stadium||4.40||4.7||4.5||4|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Nationwide Arena||4.40||4.7||4.5||4|
|San Diego Padres||Petco Park||4.40||4.7||4.5||4|
|Carolina Panthers||Bank of America Stadium||4.38||4.6||4.4||4.5||4|
|Detroit Lions||Ford Field||4.38||4.6||4.4||4.5||4|
|Washington Nationals||Nationals Park||4.38||4.6||4.4||4.5||4|
|Atlanta Braves||Truist Park||4.38||4.7||4.8||4.5||3.5|
|Denver Broncos||Empower Field at Mile High||4.37||4.6||4.5||4|
|Indiana Pacers||Gainbridge Fieldhouse||4.37||4.6||4.5||4|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||4.35||4.6||4.3||4.5||4|
|New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||4.35||4.6||4.8||4.5||3.5|
|Miami Marlins||loanDepot Park||4.35||4.5||4.4||4.5||4|
|Arizona Cardinals||State Farm Stadium||4.35||4.6||4.8||4.5||3.5|
|San Antonio Spurs||AT&T Center||4.33||4.5||4.5||4|
|Toronto Raptors & Toronto Maple Leafs||Scotiabank Arena||4.33||4.5||4.5||4|
|Buffalo Sabres||KeyBank Center||4.33||4.5||4.3||4.5||4|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Lincoln Financial Field||4.33||4.6||4.7||4||4|
|San Jose Sharks||SAP Center||4.33||4.6||4.7||4||4|
|Atlanta Hawks||State Farm Arena||4.33||4.5||4.3||4.5||4|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Arrowhead Stadium||4.30||4.7||4||4.5||4|
|Denver Nuggets & Colorado Avalanche||Ball Arena||4.28||4.6||4.5||4.5||3.5|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Fiserv Forum||4.28||4.7||4.4||4||4|
|Boston Celtics & Boston Bruins||TD Garden||4.28||4.6||4.5||4.5||3.5|
|Vegas Golden Knights||T-Mobile Arena||4.25||4.7||4.3||4.5||3.5|
|Minnesota Vikings||U.S. Bank Stadium||4.23||4.7||4.5||3.5|
|Chicago White Sox||Guaranteed Rate Field||4.23||4.6||4.3||4||4|
|Anaheim Ducks||Honda Center||4.23||4.6||4.3||4.5||3.5|
|Buffalo Bills||Highmark Stadium||4.20||4.5||3.8||4.5||4|
|Charlotte Hornets||Spectrum Center||4.20||4.6||4||4|
|Vancouver Canucks||Rogers Arena||4.18||4.5||4.2||4.5||3.5|
|Carolina Hurricanes||PNC Arena||4.17||4.5||4.5||3.5|
|Atlanta Falcons||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||4.15||4.7||3.4||4.5||4|
|Miami Dolphins||Hard Rock Stadium||4.13||4.6||4.4||4||3.5|
|New Orleans Saints||Caesars Superdome||4.13||4.6||3.4||4.5||4|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Tropicana Field||4.13||4.4||4.6||4||3.5|
|Brooklyn Nets & New York Islanders||Barclays Center||4.10||4.5||3.9||4.5||3.5|
|St. Louis Blues||Enterprise Center||4.10||4.6||4.3||4||3.5|
|Houston Texans||NRG Stadium||4.10||4.6||3.8||4.5||3.5|
|Philadelphia 76ers & Philadelphia Flyers||Wells Fargo Center||4.08||4.6||4.2||4||3.5|
|Golden State Warriors||Chase Center||4.07||4.7||4||3.5|
|Washington Wizards & Washington Capitals||Capital One Arena||4.05||4.5||4.2||4||3.5|
|Florida Panthers||FLA Live Arena||4.05||4.6||4.1||4||3.5|
|Phoenix Suns||Footprint Center||4.05||4.6||4.1||4||3.5|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Rogers Centre||4.05||4.5||3.7||4.5||3.5|
|Utah Jazz||Vivint Arena||4.05||4.6||4.1||4||3.5|
|Detroit Pistons & Detroit Red Wings||Little Caesars Arena||4.03||4.6||4||3.5|
|Arizona Coyotes||Mullett Arena||4.03||4.6||4||3.5|
|Cleveland Browns||Cleveland Browns Stadium||4.03||4.5||4.1||4||3.5|
|Houston Rockets||Toyota Center||4.03||4.6||3.5||4.5||3.5|
|New York Giants & New York Jets||MetLife Stadium||4.00||4.5||4||3.5|
|New Jersey Devils||Prudential Center||4.00||4.5||4||3.5|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Raymond James Stadium||4.00||4.5||4||3.5|
|Chicago Bears||Soldier Field||4.00||4.5||4||3.5|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||TIAA Bank Field||4.00||4.5||3.5||4|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Target Center||3.98||4.5||3.9||4||3.5|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Paycor Stadium||3.97||4.4||4||3.5|
|Las Vegas Raiders||Allegiant Stadium||3.93||4.7||3.5||4||3.5|
|Texas Rangers||Globe Life Field||3.93||4.7||3.5||4||3.5|
|Portland Trail Blazers||Moda Center||3.93||4.5||3.7||4||3.5|
|Tennessee Titans||Nissan Stadium||3.93||4.5||3.7||4||3.5|
|Edmonton Oilers||Rogers Place||3.90||4.4||3.7||4||3.5|
|Calgary Flames||Scotiabank Saddledome||3.90||4.2||3.9||4||3.5|
|Winnipeg Jets||Canada Life Centre||3.83||4.5||4||3|
|Sacramento Kings||Golden 1 Center||3.83||4.5||4||3|
|Seattle Kracken||Climate Pledge Arena||3.83||4.5||3.8||3.5||3.5|
|San Francisco 49ers||Levi’s Stadium||3.78||4.4||4.2||4||2.5|
|Ottawa Senators||Canadian Tire Centre||3.78||4.2||3.9||4||3|
|Oakland Athletics||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum||3.60||4.3||3.5||3|
|Los Angeles Chargers||SoFi Stadium||3.20||4.5||2.3||3||3|
The Pinnacle of Perfection – Lambeau Field
Perched at the apex of our list is Lambeau Field, the hallowed grounds of the Green Bay Packers.
With a near-flawless rating of 4.95 out of 5, Lambeau Field has earned its reputation as one of the most revered sports venues in the United States.
The stadium was constructed in 1957 and remains one of the oldest continuously operating venues in the NFL.
The ‘Frozen Tundra,’ as it’s often referred to, packs in more than 81,000 fans and has a unique bowl design that traps noise and enhances the home-field advantage.
This, along with the Green Bay’s “Titletown” district filled with Packers-themed attractions, makes the experience at Lambeau Field unparalleled in the NFL.
America’s Pastime – The Allure of Baseball Parks
Baseball, often dubbed as America’s pastime, boasts some of the most beloved sports venues in the country.
Leading the pack are PNC Park in Pittsburgh (4.78), Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore (4.75), and Busch Stadium in St. Louis (4.70).
PNC Park, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, is celebrated for its intimate seating arrangement, which offers breathtaking views of the Pittsburgh skyline and the Allegheny River.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, often credited with initiating the retro ballpark trend, has become a blueprint for subsequent stadiums thanks to its incorporation of a historic railroad warehouse into the stadium design.
Meanwhile, Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals, is famous for its stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, including the Gateway Arch.
Hoops and Pucks – Inside the Top NBA and NHL Arenas
The NBA and NHL share arenas in many cities, leading to unique venues that accommodate both the thrill of a fast-paced basketball game and the electrifying experience of a high-stakes hockey match.
The PayCom Center in Oklahoma City (4.63), home to the NBA’s Thunder, excels in providing an intimate atmosphere, while the FedEx Forum in Memphis (4.63) provides Grizzlies fans a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown area.
PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh (4.65), home to the NHL’s Penguins, is renowned for its fan-friendly design and wide range of concessions and amenities, contributing to a top-tier fan experience.
The Marvels of Modern Design
Modern arenas and stadiums, with their cutting-edge designs and innovative features, are redefining the fan experience.
Chase Field in Phoenix (4.48), home to MLB’s Diamondbacks, boasts a retractable roof and a swimming pool, offering a unique way to beat the Arizona heat. Oracle Park in San Francisco (4.72), besides offering spectacular views of the bay, is applauded for its sustainable design and gourmet food options.
SoFi Stadium in Inglewood (4.67), home to the NFL’s Rams and Chargers, is a marvel of modern architecture and technology, featuring a 70,000 square-foot video board for an immersive viewing experience.
The Iconic Landmarks
No list of America’s top sports venues would be complete without the mention of iconic landmarks that have stood the test of time.
Fenway Park in Boston (4.60), home of the Red Sox and the oldest Major League Baseball stadium, is famous for its “Green Monster” left-field wall and its historic charm.
Madison Square Garden (4.58) in New York City, often referred to as ‘The Mecca’ of basketball, is a must-visit for any sports fan. It has been the stage for countless memorable moments in NBA history, and its electric atmosphere is unmatched.
Wrigley Field in Chicago (4.65), another venerable baseball stadium, has been home to the Cubs since 1914. Its vintage scoreboard, ivy-covered outfield walls, and neighborhood setting in the middle of Chicago make Wrigley a beloved spot among fans.
The Unforgettable Experiences
There’s more to a sports venue than its physical structure. Each location has unique traditions and experiences that make it special.
The ‘7th inning stretch’ singalong at Wrigley Field, the ‘Lambeau Leap’ in Green Bay, or the cannon fire at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa after every Buccaneers score, are all examples of traditions that add to the charm of these venues and create unforgettable memories for fans.
Whether you’re an avid sports fan or a casual visitor, the thrill of experiencing a game at a top-rated sports venue is incomparable.
From iconic structures steeped in history to architectural marvels equipped with state-of-the-art technology, each venue offers a unique way to experience the sporting spirit of America.
The fanfare, the ambiance, the rituals – they all coalesce into a spectacle that extends beyond the sport itself.
While this guide encapsulates the best of American sports venues, nothing beats the exhilaration of being there and soaking in the magic yourself.
Get your gear, pick your venue, and dive headfirst into the incredible world of American sports.
Data collected between June 29 and July 3, 2023.
James is a big time NBA Golden State follower, who makes sure to catch games when he's in the area. He likes to follow International Soccer, with an interest in small town soccer club, Blackburn Rovers located in the North on the UK.