Florida, also known as the Sunshine State, is the third-most populous state in the United States with over 21 million inhabitants.
This means that there are a large number of professional sports teams which compete in the top leagues of multiple sports in the country.
The state is home to 3 NFL teams, 2 MLB teams, 2 NBA teams, 2 NHL teams, and 2 MLS teams. Yes, there is more than 1 team in Florida playing at the highest level of all major sports in the US.
These major league teams play their games in some of the most amazing stadiums in the United States (and some of the most beautiful ones as well)!
In this article, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest stadiums in Florida.
1. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
- Location: Gainesville
- Capacity: 88,548
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is the biggest stadium in Florida with a capacity of 88,548 spectators. It has been since its final expansion phase in 2003. It’s commonly referred to as “The Swamp” and that’s because of the fact that the playing field is located well below ground level, creating a swamp-like condition.
The stadium is located on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainsville. It has a history that dates back to 1930 when it was completed as a horseshoe-shaped stadium with 22,000 seats. The home of the Gators football team has been expanded multiple times and is now the 12th-largest stadium in the US and the 18th-biggest stadium in the world.
2. Doak Campbell Stadium
- Location: Tallahassee
- Capacity: 79,560
Doak Campbell Stadium is commonly referred to as “Doak” and is another stadium in Floriday on a campus. It was constructed on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee. It was completed in 1950 with a capacity of just 15,000 seats and has been expanded multiple times over the decades.
What’s fascinating about this monumental stadium is that it features a brick façade that resembles the other buildings on the campus. It’s the home of the Florida State Seminoles football team which competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It was named after Doak S. Campbell, the university’s first president.
3. TIAA Bank Field
- Location: Jacksonville
- Capacity: 67,814
TIAA Bank Field is a massive stadium in Jacksonville and it’s the home venue of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). The stadium was completed in 1995 and replaced an older stadium in this location called the Gator Bowl Stadium, a venue that was completed way back in 1927.
The location of the stadium along the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville is pretty amazing. Apart from football games, concerts, and the annual Florida–Georgia football game, it also serves as the headquarters of “All Elite Wrestling” (AEW), a professional wrestling promotion company.
4. Raymond James Stadium
- Location: Tampa
- Capacity: 65,618
Raymond James Stadium is a stadium in the city of Tampa and is the home of both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL and the University of South Florida (USF) Bulls college football program. It was completed in 1998 and replaced the old Tampa Stadium which was demolished in 1999.
The stadium is held in very high regard because t was the venue of 3 Super Bowls, the most popular football game in the United States. The Super Bowls XXXV in 2001, XLIII in 2009, and LV in 2021 were held at the stadium. This multi-purpose stadium is used for a wide variety of other events, including soccer games and concerts.
5. Hard Rock Stadium
- Location: Miami Gardens
- Capacity: 64,767
Hard Rock Stadium is arguably the most beautiful stadium in Florida. It was completed between 1985 and 1987 and serves as the home venue of the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, the Miami Hurricanes football team, and the University of Miami’s NCAA Division I college football team.
This stadium has hosted even more Super Bowls with a total of 6 (XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI, XLIV, and LIV). The reason why isn’t hard to understand is that it’s arguably one of the most stunning stadiums in the United States. The Miami Open Tennis tournament and the annual Orange Bowl are also held here.
6. Camping World Stadium
- Location: Orlando
- Capacity: 60,219
Camping World Stadium is the largest stadium in Orlando and is located in the West Lakes neighborhood of Downtown Orlando. It’s adjoined by various other sports and entertainment facilities, including the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and Exploria Stadium (soccer).
The stadium first opened its doors in 1936 when it was referred to as the Orlando Stadium. It has since gone by the names of Tangerine Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl. The stadium was used for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and has had a large number of tenants. It was completely renovated for the price tag of $207 million in 2014.
7. FBC Mortgage Stadium
- Location: Orlando
- Capacity: 44,206
FBC Mortgage Stadium is the current name of a stadium that was formerly known as Bright House Networks Stadium and Spectrum Stadium, and which is commonly referred to as “The Bounce House.” It’s located on the campus of the University of Central Florida and is the home of the UFC Knights football team.
The Knights originally played their games at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando and did so ever since the team was established in 1979. They moved to their newly constructed home in 2007. The stadium cost just $55 million to brick-clad stadium was mainly constructed using steel. The capacity was slightly reduced following an $8 million renovation project that was completed in 2014.
8. Tropicana Field
- Location: St. Petersburg
- Capacity: 42,735
Tropicana Field is a huge domes stadium that is commonly referred to as “The Trop.” It’s a multi-purpose stadium that is most prominently used as the home venue of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). It has been the team’s home since it was established in 1998.
The stadium is older because it was constructed between 1986 and 1990 for US$130 million. It was called the “Florida Suncoast Dome” upon completion. Since then, it has undergone a large number of renovations and expansion phases. It was briefly known as the “Thunderdome” when Tampa Bay Lightning played here between 1993 and 1996 before moving to the Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa.
9. LoanDepot Park
- Location: Miami
- Capacity: 36,742
LoanDepot Park is the current name of a baseball stadium formerly known as Marlins Park. The stadium features a retractable roof and is the home of the MLB’s Miami Marlins baseball team. It’s located on land that was once occupied by the Miami Orange Bowl in the Little Havana district of Miami.
Despite the fact that it’s considered to be the greenest of all MLB Stadiums, it’s the smallest of all MLB stadiums by official capacity. The stadium was completed between 2009 and 2012 for a whopping $634 million. It features all modern facilities that make stadiums enjoyable to watch a game.
10. FAU Stadium
- Location: Boca Raton
- Capacity: 29,571
FAU Stadium is a football stadium that is located on the campus of the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton. It serves as the home venue of the Florida Atlantic Owls football team and was completed between 2010 and 2011 for $70 million.
The stadium is part of a larger project that was aimed at replacing the outdated Lockhart Stadium. It’s an amazing place to watch a game because the highest seats offer a 180-degree of the nearby ocean, one of the only football stadiums that offer this. The stadium is also the venue of the annual Boca Raton Bowl of the NCAA.