It’s no more news that Major League Soccer has some of the best stadiums in the work and this boils down to requirements put in place for MLS clubs to adhere to and ensure that they have soccer stadiums for the league.
If the league is to be classified as elite by football bodies and fans of the game, then the standard of their stadiums must improve.
The 2022 season of the MLS is its 27th season and it will see the addition of a new soccer team known as Charlotte FC which can be referred to as an expansion club.
For the 2022 MLS season, 28 teams would be in action across the United States. Therefore, do well to find in the article, a ranking of the best MLS stadiums for the 2022 season by capacity. Meanwhile, before we proceed, make do with the vital piece of information below:
The Top Five Best Standout Stadiums In The MLS Right Now
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Providence Park
- Banc of California Stadium
- Exploria Stadium
- Children’s Mercy Park
MLS Stadiums Ranked From Biggest To Smallest
1. Bank of America Stadium
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The Bank of America Stadium will be the home of the newly created MLS expansion club known as Charlotte Football Club. It was launched in 1996 and was formerly known as the Ericsson Stadium before the Bank of America purchased its naming rights. It has a capacity of 74,867 and is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1. Mercedes-Benz Stadium
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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium was launched in 2017 and has a capacity of 71,000. The location is Atlanta, Georgia, and it is the home of Atlanta United FC. It should be known that the stadium has 42,500 for soccer with regards to capacity but can be expanded to 71,000 and 73,019.
1. Nissan Stadium
The Nissan Stadium is home to Nashville SC, located in Nashville, Tennessee, and boasts a capacity of 69,143. Well, it should be known that the stadium was originally designed for American Football games.
1. Lumen Field
I guess most of us are familiar with the name Seattle Sounders FC. Well, the Lumen Field is home to the MLS soccer club and boasts a capacity of 69,143. It’s a no-brainer that the stadium is located in Seattle. It is also the home ground to NFL side Seattle Seahawks and was originally launched in 2002 and has gone through a few name changes since then.
1. Gillette Stadium
The Gillette Stadium is home to New England Revolution and is located in Foxborough, Massachusetts. It was launched in 2002 and has a capacity of 65,878.
1. Soldier Field
The Soldier Field was launched in 1924 in Chicago Illinois and is home to Chicago Fire FC. It is used for both soccer and American Football activities and boasts a capacity of 61.500.
It is one of the oldest stadiums in the MLS and has been used as a ground for competitions like the USA 1994 World Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the USA 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
1. BC Place
The BC Place Stadium boasts a capacity of 54,500 and is home to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was officially launched in 1983 and was awarded the Project of the Year in 2012 by the International Stadium Business Awards.
1. Yankee Stadium
The Yankee Stadium will pass for one of the most vibrant Stadiums in the United States ad is home to New York City FC. It is located in Concourse, Bronx, New York City, and has a capacity of 47,309. It is one of the most expensive stadiums in the US with a cost of over $2bn.
1. BMO Field
The BMO Field is home to Toronto FC, boasts a capacity of 30,000, and is one of the best stadiums in Canada. It is located in Ontario and was launched in 2007. It is one of the few soccer-specific stadiums in Major League Soccer and is also the home turf for Canadian football matches.
1. Dignity Health Sports Park
The Dignity Health Sports Park is located in Carson, California, and is home to Los Angeles Galaxy. It is a multi-sports complex situated on the campus of California State University. it boasts a capacity of 27,000. It is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States.
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1. TQL Stadium
The TQL Stadium is the home turf for FC Cincinnati in Cincinnati Ohio. It is a soccer-specific stadium and has a capacity of 26,000.
1. Exploria Stadium
This is also another soccer-specific stadium in the MLS and is home to Orlando City SC in Orlando Florida with a capacity of 25,500. It was first used by Orlando SC in the 2017 season.
1. Providence Park
The Providence Park stadium boasts a capacity of 25,218 and is the home turf of Portland Timbers in Portland, Oregon. It can be referred to as the oldest soccer-specific stadium in use in the MLS at the time of writing.
1. Red Bull Arena
The Red Bull Arena, home to New York Red Bulls Fc comes with one of the most attractive designs in the United States. It is located in Harrison, New Jersey, and has a capacity of 25,000.
1. PNC Stadium
Houston Dynamo FC play their home games at the PNC Stadium in Houston, Texas. It was launched in 2012 and has a capacity of 22,039. It was formerly known as the BBVA stadium.
1. Banc of California Stadium
It was launched in 2018 and was the first open-air stadium to be erected in Los Angeles since 1962. It is the home turf of the Los Angeles Football Club in Los Angeles, California, and has a capacity of 22,000.
1. Q2 Stadium
The Q2 Stadium is the home of Austin FC in North Austin, Texas. They joined the MLS in 2021 as an expansion franchise and the stadium boasts a capacity of 20,738. They started playing home games on the turf in 2021.
1. Toyota Stadium
Toyota Stadium plays host to the home games of FC Dallas and is located in Frisco, Dallas. It was launched in 2005 and has an additional 17 regulation sizes. It has a capacity of 20,500 and is a soccer-specific stadium.
1. Lower.com Field
The Lower.com Field is owned by MLS outfit Columbus Crew in Columbus, Ohio, and was formerly known as the New Crew Stadium. It boasts a capacity of 20,371 and has other facilities including 30 suites and 1,900 club seats.
1. Rio Tinto Stadium
The Rio Tinto Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium and is home to Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah. It has a capacity of 20,213 and was launched in 2008. It also plays host to other social activities.
1. Audi Field
Audi Field is a soccer-specific stadium where D.C United play their home games. It is located in Buzzard Point in Washington, D.C. It was launched in 2018 and has a capacity of 20,000. It also plays host to other sporting activities like American Football and Lacrosse amongst others.
1. Saputo Stadium
Saputo Stadium has a capacity of 19.619, is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is the home of Clube de Foot Montréal. It can be recalled that the stadium was launched in 2008 and is one of the biggest stadiums in Canada.
1. Allianz Field
This is another soccer-specific stadium in the MLS and is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is the home of Minnesota United Fc and boasts a capacity of 19,400. The stadium is designed like a ring and reports suggest that there are plans to expand it to 24,474 in the future.
1. Subaru Park
The Subaru Park is home to Philadelphia Union and is located in Chester, Pennsylvania with a capacity of 18.500. Other facilities include 30 suites, a full-service restaurant, and a built-in concert stage amongst others.
1. Children’s Mercy Park
This is home to Sporting Kansas City in Kansas City, Kansas. It is a soccer-specific stadium that was launched in 2011 and has a capacity of 18,467.
1. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
This is the home turf of Colorado Rapids in the MLS in Commerce City, Colorado. It has a capacity of 18.061 and can be stretched to accommodate 19,734, for soccer games and 27,000 folks for concerts.
1. PayPal Park
This is the home of San Jose Earthquakes in San Jose, California, and boasts a capacity of 18.000. I guess you’re familiar with the name PayPal? Well, the online payment gateway holds the exclusive naming rights of the stadium. It was launched in 2015 and comes with a very steep raked sitting arrangement.
1. DRV PNK Stadium
The DRV PNK Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium and is the home of Inter Miami CF with a seating capacity of 18,000.
The aforementioned stadiums are centers of exciting action in Major League Soccer in 2023 as well as in subsequent seasons.