Top 10 Biggest Stadiums in Michigan

Did you know that the largest stadium in the U.S. is located in a relatively small city in Michigan?

Not just that, this colossal stadium is also the largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere and the third-largest stadium in the world.

The state is home to a number of important American football and Baseball teams and this is the primary use of the stadiums in this list.

To complete our overview, we have also included some arenas that can be used for ice hockey. This is another popular sport in this state in the Great Lakes region of the Upper Midwest.

Below, you’ll discover the biggest stadiums in Michigan.

1. Michigan Stadium

  • Location: Ann Arbor
  • Capacity: 107,601

Michigan Stadium is locally known as “The Big House” and that’s an accurate description of this immense Stadium in Ann Arbor, the county seat of Washtenaw County. It’s the home of the Michigan Wolverines, the football tea that represents the University of Michigan.

The stadium was already one of the biggest in the United States upon completion in 1927 as it opened its doors with a capacity of 72,000 seats. It was expanded several times throughout its history and already had a capacity exceeding 100,000 spectators in 1956.

Michigan Stadium
Michigan Stadium / Lectrician2 / Wiki Commons

2. Spartan Stadium

  • Location: East Lansing
  • Capacity: 75,005

The Spartan Stadium is another historic stadium in Michigan that was constructed during the Roaring Twenties. It was much humbler than Michigan Stadium, though. Upon completion in the year 1923 when it had a capacity of just 14,000 which means that it has been expanded several times as well.

The stadium is located in East Lansing, a small city in the heart of Michigan. It’s the home venue of the Spartans, the football team that represents Michigan State University. The stadium has held over 80,000 spectators but its capacity has been slightly reduced to just over 75,000 in 2005.

Spartan Stadium Biggest Stadiums in Michigan
Spartan Stadium / CPGus511 / Wiki Commons

3. Ford Field

  • Location: Detroit
  • Capacity: 70,000

Ford Field is a stunning stadium in Downtown Detroit, the central business district of the largest city in Michigan. It’s a domed structure that was completed between 1999 and 2002. It has served as the home of the NFL team the Detroit Lions ever since it was completed in the early 21st century.

The stadium is named after the Ford company which purchased the naming rights for $40 million over a period of 20 years. It’s a multi-purpose stadium with retractable stands which means it can be used for basketball games, concerts, and even wrestling events.

Ford FIeld Michigan Stadiums
Ford Field in Detroit / Ian121289S / Wiki Commons

4. Comerica Park

  • Location: Detroit
  • Capacity: 41,083

Comerica Park is an amazing baseball park that is located right next to Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. It’s the home venue of the Detroit Tigers of the MLB and has been since the stadium was completed in 2000. This means that it was constructed around the same time as the nearby Ford Field.

The stadium was named after the Comerica Bank which was founded in Detroit. The headquarters of the bank were located where the stadium was constructed but the bank has since moved to Dallas. The Tigers moved here from their old stadium, Tiger Stadium, after 88 seasons.

Comerica Park Detroit
Comerica Park in Detroit / Wiki Commons

5. Kelly/Shorts Stadium

  • Location: Mount Pleasant
  • Capacity: 30,255

Kelly/Shorts Stadium is a football stadium located in Mount Pleasant, a small city in central Michigan. It serves as the home venue of the Central Michigan University Chippewas and has done so ever since the stadium was completed in the early 1970s.

The stadium has a remarkable name and that’s because it was named in honor of two people. It was first named the Perry Shorts Stadium after a generous local donor. It was renamed to include Kenneth “Bill” Kelly, the Chippewa football coach between 1951 and 1966.

Kelly Shorts Stadium
Kelly/Shorts Stadium / PureMichiganChip / Wiki Commons

6. Waldo Stadium

  • Location: Kalamazoo
  • Capacity: 30,200

Waldo Stadium is located in Kalamazoo, a city in the southwestern part of Michigan. It’s the home venue of the Western Michigan University Broncos football program and has been since the year 1914. It’s only since 1939 that the first version of the stadium was completed here.

The original stadium had a capacity of just 15,000 spectators and it has been expanded twice in its history. The first phase was completed in 1973 and brought the capacity to 25,000 and the second phase was completed in 1989 which brought the stadium to its current capacity.

Waldo Stadium Kalamazoo
Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo / Whippdog / Wiki Commons

7. Rynearson Stadium

  • Location: Ypsilanti
  • Capacity: 30,200

Rynearson Stadium is a stadium located in Ypsilanti, a city commonly referred to as “Ypsi” in the southeastern part of Michigan. The stadium has a peculiar nickname because it’s commonly referred to as “The Factory.” The stadium features an athletics track and first opened its doors in the year 1969.

The stadium is the home venue of the Eastern Michigan University Eagles and although its official; capacity is just 30,200 spectators, there’s standing room at the southern end of the stadium which allows more people to enter during games. The stadium is located on the banks of the Huron River and on the campus of the university.

Rynearson Stadium
Rynearson Stadium / Michael Barera / Wiki Commons

8. Little Caesars Arena

  • Location: Detroit
  • Capacity: 19,515 (Ice Hockey) – 20,332 (Basketball)

Little Caesars Arena is a stunning multi-purpose indoor arena located in Midtown Detroit. It’s a fairly new stadium that was constructed between 2014 and 2017. It’s primarily used for ice hockey and basketball as the home venue of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons respectively.

The stadium was very expensive to build because it had a total price tag of $862.9 million. That’s mainly because it’s part of a much larger complex that also features offices and shopping facilities. The entire entertainment district covers an area of 60,000 square meters (650,000 square feet) and it cost a whopping $2.1 billion to complete.

Little Caesars Arena
Little Caesars Arena / Coreyfein01 / Wiki Commons

9. Crisler Center

  • Location: Ann Arbor
  • Capacity: 12,707

The Crisler Center is the indoor arena of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It’s the home venue of both the university’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s gymnastics team as well. The arena was constructed in 1967 and hasn’t changed much in capacity since then.

The arena is sometimes referred to as “The House that Cazzie Built,” a reference to star basketball player Cazzie Russell who led Michigan to three consecutive Big Ten Conference titles between 1964 and 1966. The arena was named in honor of Herbert O. “Fritz” Crisler, Michigan’s football coach between 1938 and 1947 and the university’s athletic director until 198.

Crisler Center Michigan arenas
Crisler Center / Michael Barera / Wiki Commons

10. Van Andel Arena

  • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Capacity: 11,000 (Ice Hockey) – 11,500 (Basketball)

The Van Andel Arena is another multi-purpose indoor arena that is used for both ice hockey and basketball. It’s nicknamed “The Freezer on Fulton” and it’s the home of the AHL team the Grand Rapids Griffins, an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.

It’s also the home of the Grand Rapids Gold, a team that competes in e NBA G League and which serves as an affiliate of the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. It’s another multi-purpose indoor arena in Michigan in which the capacity can be adjusted based on the event that takes place.

Van Andel Arena
Van Andel Arena / TheAHL / Wiki Commons