Top 10 Biggest Stadiums in Tennessee

Tennessee offers sports fans several opportunities to watch games at the highest level in the country in some of the largest stadiums in the US.

The 36th-largest and the 16th-most densely populated state in the country is home to 4 professional sports teams that compete in 4 different major leagues.

The Tennessee Titans are a football team that competes in the NFL, the Memphis Grizzlies are a basketball team that competes in the NBA, the Nashville Predators play ice hockey in the NHL, and Nashville SC plays soccer in the MLS.

Apart from major league teams, there are also 8 minor league teams, including 4 baseball teams that compete in Minor League Baseball. (MiLB).

In this article, you’ll discover a list of the biggest stadiums in Tennessee, one of which made it to our list of largest stadiums in the world.

1. Neyland Stadium

  • Location: Knoxville
  • Capacity: 101,915

Neyland Stadium is a magnificent sports temple located along the banks of the Tennessee River in Knoxville. It’s the home of the Tennessee Volunteers football team which represents the University of Tennessee and has served this purpose since it was constructed in 1921.

It opened its doors as the Shields–Watkins Field but was renamed for successful football coach Robert Neyland (1892-1962). The playing field still bears its original name. The stadium was expanded over a dozen times and renovated multiple times as well, including a project completed in 2022.

Neyland Stadium
Neyland Stadium / Neomrbungle / Wiki Commons

2. Nissan Stadium

  • Location: Nashville
  • Capacity: 69,143

Nissan Stadium is an amazing multi-purpose stadium in Nashville that serves as the home venue of the Tennessee Titans football team which competes in the NFL. It’s also the home of the Tennessee Tigers football team which represents Tennessee State University.

The stadium was constructed between 1997 and 1999 for $290 million, the equivalent of well over $470 million today. The most famous game at the stadium is the TransPerfect Music City Bowl, an American college football bowl that he been played here since the stadium was completed in 1999.

Nissan Stadium in Nashville
Nissan Stadium in Nashville / Casey Fleser / Wiki Commons

3. Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium

  • Location: Memphis
  • Capacity: 58,325

Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium is the current name of a stadium in Tennessee that has gone by the names of Memphis Memorial Stadium and Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. It’s located on a former entertainment facility called the Mid-South Fairgrounds in Midtown Memphis.

The stadium is home to the University of Memphis Tigers football team which competes in the American Athletic Conference. The stadium was constructed between 1965 and 1967 and was renovated several times, including in 1987 and 2013. It’s one of the most imposing stadiums in Tennessee.

Memphis Memorial Stadium
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium / Redlegsfan21 / Wiki Commons

4. FirstBank Stadium

  • Location: Nashville
  • Capacity: 40,550

FirstBank Stadium was originally known as Dudley Stadium and also went by the name Vanderbilt Stadium. It’s the home venue of the Vanderbilt Commodores football team which competes in the NCAA and which represents Vanderbilt University.

The stadium was completed in 1922 and holds the remarkable record of being the first stadium n the South that was exclusively dedicated to football. The stadium opened with a horseshoe design in the early 1920s and has undergone several renovations, including a complete rebuilding project in the early 1980s.

FirstBank Stadium
FirstBank Stadium / Mhar564 / Wiki Commons

5. Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium

  • Location: Murfreesboro
  • Capacity: 30,788

Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium is a stadium located in the city of Murfreesboro and was named after Johnny Floyd (1891-1965), a former American football and basketball coach at the Middle Tennessee State University. The stadium is the home of the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders football team.

The stadium was constructed in 1933 and has been the home of the Blue Raiders ever since. It as expanded several times n the 1940s and 1960s and underwent a complete $25 million facelift between 1997 and 1998. Only the east stand of the original arena remains today.

Johnny Red Floyd Stadium
Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium / Tyler90wm / Wiki Commons

6. Finley Stadium

  • Location: Chattanooga
  • Capacity: 20,412

Finley Stadium is an amazing stadium in Tennessee that is located in the city of Chattanooga. It’s the home of both the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs football team of the NCAA and the Chattanooga FC soccer team of the NISA, the third tier in American soccer.

The stadium was constructed between 199 and 1997 and cost $28.5 million, the equivalent of well over $48 million today. It was named in honor of W. Max Finley, a former chairman of Rock Tenn Corporation which was a major sponsor of the University of Tennessee system.

Finley Stadium
Finley Stadium / Wiki Commons

7. Bridgestone Arena

  • Location: Nashville
  • Capacity: 19,891

Bridgestone Arena is the largest of the 4 remaining indoor arenas that complete this list of largest stadiums in Tennessee. It’s located in Nashville and is the home of the Nashville Predators ice hockey team which competes in the National Hockey League.

The amazing arena was constructed between 1994 and 1996 for $144 million, the equivalent of over $260 million today. Although the main purpose of the arena is to host ice hockey games, it also hosts a variety of other events including concerts during which the capacity can be raised to 19,891.

Bridgestone Arena
Bridgestone Arena / Stephen Yeargin / Wiki Commons

8. FedExForum

  • Location: Memphis
  • Capacity: 19,000

FedExForum is another multi-purpose arena in Tennessee that is located in downtown Memphis. It’s the amazing home of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team which competes in the NBA. It’s also the home of the men’s basketball team of the University of Memphis which competes in the NCAA Division I.

The arena was constructed between 2002 and 2004 for $250 million, the equivalent of about $360 million today. It replaced the former home of the Memphis Grizzlies called the Memphis Pyramid. Apart from basketball games, the arena is also used for ice hockey games, shows, and concerts.

FedExForum / TrevOB / Wiki Commons

9. Nashville Municipal Auditorium

  • Location: Nashville
  • Capacity: 9,700

The Nashville Municipal Auditorium is a stunning domed arena in Nashville and can be used for both sports events and concerts. There’s an adjoining exhibition hall that has served as the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum since 2013.

The building was constructed between 1959 and 1962 and cost 5 million to build, the equivalent of about $45 million today. The arena has been used by about a dozen different sports teams and other groups in the past but doesn’t have a permanent tenant at the moment.

Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Nashville Municipal Auditorium / M / Wiki Commons

10. Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

  • Location: Knoxville
  • Capacity: 6,500

The official name of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is the “General James White Memorial Civic Auditorium and Coliseum” but it’s often simply referred to as the “Knoxville Civic Coliseum.” It’s a multi-purpose arena that can hold up to 6,500 spectators.

The arena is mostly used for ice hockey and serves as the home of the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The Ice Bears are just one of many hockey teams that have used the arena as their him since it was completed in 1961.

Knoxville Civic Coliseum Tennessee arenas
Knoxville Civic Coliseum / Walker Kinsler / Wiki Commons