Green Bay, Wisconsin is 68% Better Than Los Angeles, California, According to NFL Fans

As far as the “best” American cities go, Los Angeles, California, is near the top of the list. Green Bay, Wisconsin, population of approximately 104,500, doesn’t usually make that best-of list. However, when it comes to NFL fans comparing the experience at the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field and the LA Rams‘ (and LA Chargers’) SoFi Stadium, the small town wins by a large margin. 

The Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field vs. the LA Rams’ SoFi Stadium

NFL stadiums: (L) Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers ; (R) SoFi Stadium, home of the LA Rams.
(L-R) Lambeau Field, SoFi Stadium | Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images

The team at odds comparison site Sidelines recently compiled a list of the best and worst NFL stadiums based on fans’ reviews. Each stadium got a score based on the percentage of “excellent” ratings or five stars out of five on Tripadvisor. 

The winner (by a relatively large margin) is the Green Bay Packers’ historic home, Lambeau Field. That’s because 89% of visitors to the home of Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers rated their experience highly. 

The loser (by the slimmest of margins) is the LA Rams’ brand new home and site of the last Super Bowl, SoFi Stadium. 

While it makes sense that the quaint and historical setting of Lambeau Field is the best NFL stadium fan experience, it’s a little surprising that the brand-new, $5-plus-billion stadium ranks dead last. 

Some of the poor reviews on Tripadvisor, which include NFL and concert patrons, mention bad parking, cleanliness, the quality of the food, and the difficulty getting in and out, among other issues at SoFi.

The top 10 best and top 10 worst NFL stadium experiences

Looking at the top 10 of Sidelines’ study, the best-reviewed NFL stadium experiences seem to have several things in common. The top 10 stadiums are: 

RankTeamStadiumCity% of 5-star reviews
1Green Bay PackersLambeau FieldGreen Bay, Wisconsin89%
2Dallas CowboysAT&T StadiumArlington, Texas75%
3Pittsburgh SteelersAcrisure StadiumPittsburgh, Pennsylvania74%
4Indianapolis ColtsLucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, Indiana73%
5Carolina PanthersBank of America StadiumCharlotte, North Carolina68%
6Kansas City ChiefsArrowhead StadiumKansas City, Missouri65%
7Denver BroncosEmpower Field at Mile HighDenver, Colorado65%
8Seattle SeahawksLumen FieldSeattle, Washington64%
9Baltimore RavensM&T Bank StadiumBaltimore, Maryland64%
10New England PatriotsGillette StadiumFoxborough, Massachusetts63%

For the most part, these NFL stadiums are all home to historically successful football teams (Carolina Panthers excluded). Also, none of these stadiums are located in the top 10 biggest cities in America (because No. 9, Dallas, is in Arlington).  

On the flip side, here are the bottom 10 stadiums on the list: 

RankTeamStadiumCity% of 5-star reviews
32LA Rams/LA ChargersSoFi StadiumInglewood, California21%
31Washington CommandersFedEx FieldLandover, Maryland24%
30Jacksonville JaguarsTIAA Bank FieldJacksonville, Florida29%
29Cincinnati BengalsPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, Ohio41%
28Buffalo BillsHighmark StadiumOrchard Park, New York44%
27Cleveland BrownsFirstEnergy StadiumCleveland, Ohio45%
26Philadelphia EaglesLincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania46%
25Chicago BearsSoldier FieldChicago, Illinois46%
24Tampa Bay BuccaneersRaymond James StadiumTampa Bay, Florida49%
23Tennessee TitansNissan StadiumNashville, Tennessee50%

These NFL stadiums are either falling apart, home to perennial losers, or in the country’s biggest (and most crowded) metropolitan areas. 

So, the takeaways here are that size — at least of the city — does matter (in a negative way), and there seems to be less to complain about after the home team wins. 

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