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MLS Stadium Rankings

By Paul Swaney -- October 11, 2012 12:21 PM EDT

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There is no doubt that the sport of soccer is a growing phenomenon in the United States and Canada. Major League Soccer offers a very exciting product and few bad experiences. Here are the Stadium Journey rankings for MLS stadiums:

  1. CenturyLink Field - Home of the Seattle Sounders FC

    The Seattle Sounders FC provide the best atmosphere in the entire MLS. If you are looking for a glimpse of what it may be like to see a European match, this would be the spot for you. The Sounders have taken the huge stadium they play in and used it as an advantage rather than a hindrance.

  2. Providence Park - Home of the Portland Timbers

    Previously a baseball park, a $31 million renovation in 2010 turned Jeld-Wen into one of coolest stadiums in MLS soccer. At around 22,000 max capacity, fan attendance is lively and nearly always a sell out. With the configuration of the stadium, fans are right on top of the action. One columnist even went as far as to say it was like watching soccer in a phone booth.

  3. PPL Park - Home of the Philadelphia Union

    If you are a soccer fan, you will love this place. If you are a fan of Philadelphia sports, you will love this place. If you are neither, you will STILL love this place. For the non-soccer enthusiast, it will convert you. Come on down. It is worth the trip.

  4. Sporting Park - Home of the Sporting KC

    For the first twelve years of their existence, the Kansas City MLS franchise spent their time on a pitch reserved for the NFL's Chiefs in the cavernous Arrowhead Stadium. The next three years were spent sharing land with the lower minor league baseball T-Bones in a playing field more resembling a triangle than a rectangle. Now, however, all of that has been forgotten, except for a championship in 2000.

  5. Toyota Stadium - Home of the FC Dallas

    The stadium was opened on August 6, 2005 and was one of the first professional soccer stadiums built exclusively for soccer in the United States. "The Oven" (referring to the blazing hot Texas temperatures during afternoon matches, and also that the field is below ground level) also plays host to major international soccer matches as well as mid-size concerts.

  6. BBVA Compass Stadium - Home of the Houston Dynamo

    BBVA Compass Stadium is perfectly placed on the east side of downtown and offers the fan plenty of options for things to eat and do. Since the stadium is right across US 59 from Minute Maid Park there is always the chance of catching a sports doubleheader for the big time sports fan.

  7. BMO Field - Home of the Toronto FC

    Home for the Reds is BMO Field. Owned by the City of Toronto and operated by MLSE, BMO Field is located at Exhibition Place. What is significant about this location is that it is the former site of Exhibition Stadium; the original home of the Toronto Blue Jays. Also serving as the National Soccer Centre, BMO Field is a soccer-specific stadium that has seen such success that in its short lifespan, it has already been expanded by 2,500 seats.

  8. Stade Saputo - Home of the Montreal Impact

    In the shadow of the $1 billion Olympic Stadium, sits modest Stade Saputo. The inaugural season of the Montreal Impact in 2012 has brought new life to Montreal's Parc Olympique, which has been fairly quiet since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington D.C. to play at Nationals Park.

  9. BC Place - Home of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC

    With the increased prominence of soccer in North America, specifically the successes of Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC, expansion to the Canadian West Coast seemed natural. In only their second year, the Whitecaps have not disappointed. Calling BC Place home, the Whitecaps are riding over $1 billion in renovations, and success on the field to bring in strong crowds.

  10. Red Bull Arena - Home of the New York Red Bulls

    From the architectural innovations that allow the arena to be open air but still stay warm, to the easy-to-navigate concourse packed with concession stands boasting diverse food and drinks from around the world, the Red Bulls offer a venue that will satisfy everyone from the die-hard soccer hooligan to the novice checking out their first professional soccer match.

  11. Columbus Crew Stadium - Home of the Columbus Crew SC

    As every other MLS team opens their sparkling new soccer-specific stadium, homage is always paid to the original, Columbus Crew Stadium. While it may be lacking in the modern amenities that have become commonplace in the leagues’ newer stadiums, it makes up for it by representing the anchor facility of America’s top-flight soccer league. In a way, Crew Stadium fits perfectly in its midwestern environs of Columbus, Ohio. The pragmatic approach that league founder & former team owner Lamar Hunt laid out in the design of Columbus Crew Stadium is befitting a team named the Crew.

  12. Rio Tinto Stadium - Home of the Real Salt Lake

    For those who have followed Real Salt Lake since its inception, Rio Tinto Stadium is as much of a miracle as Real Salt Lake's MLS Cup victory in 2009. The plan for a soccer-specific stadium was presumed dead several times on the Utah legislative floor (largely due to the debate over funding) before it finally opened in October 2008.

  13. StubHub Center - Home of the Los Angeles Galaxy

    While the first fans may remember the Galaxy playing at the Rose Bowl, the team moved to a more modern $150 million facility in 2003. The capacity dropped from over 100,000 to a much more intimate 27,000. The fans responded positively, and the Home Depot Center has been filled ever since.

  14. Gillette Stadium - Home of the New England Revolution

    Situated midway between Boston and Providence, Foxborough, Massachusetts has been the home of the New England Revolution since the inaugural MLS season of 1996. The Revs are owned by the Kraft Sports Group along with the New England Patriots, and they have shared a stadium in the town with their sister team from the very beginning.

  15. Toyota Park - Home of the Chicago Fire

    Toyota Park is meant to be the center of the Illinois soccer universe. There are displays on the south end of the stadium serving to allow fans to get a brief history lesson. The Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame sits here, as well as a display for the "History of Soccer in Illinois." Both are modest displays, but worth taking the time to review before the game or at halftime.

  16. Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Home of the Colorado Rapids

    The atmosphere at Dick's Sporting Goods Park is cool and unique because it is part of the massive complex where many varieties of people and skill levels come to congregate. Then, after their amateur games, youth and adults alike can take in a professional, Major League contest. DSGP definitely has a family friendly atmosphere, while the rowdies in the north end zone keep cheering and chanting all game long. Also, a cannon blasts after scores while LCD light boards encourage fans to "Make Some Noise."

  17. StubHub Center - Home of the Chivas USA

    Club Deportivo Chivas USA became the eleventh MLS team upon their expansion into the league in 2004. The club is viewed as the brother club to Guadalajara, one of the most widely supported and successful teams in Mexico. Chivas means "goats” and is the moniker of CD Guadalajara. The club has enjoyed success during their tenure, but lately seem to be undergoing a rebuilding process playing second-fiddle to the more prominent and successful LA Galaxy club.

  18. RFK Stadium - Home of the DC United

    DC United is the most decorated club in the history of Major League Soccer. Rich in tradition with passionate fans, United play in RFK Stadium, the oldest venue in the league, built in 1961. United make do with what they have, but the most storied club in league history deserve a new venue. RFK definitely has a certain charm, but it pales in comparison to other soccer-specific venues in this country.

  19. Buck Shaw Stadium - Home of the San Jose Earthquakes

    The San Jose Earthquakes make their home at Santa Clara University's Buck Shaw Stadium, next door to the Leavey Center . They have played there since the newest version of the Quakes returned to Major League Soccer for the 2008 season. Previous incarnations of the franchise have played their games at San Jose State University's Spartan Stadium but negotiations between the school and the franchise fell through and Buck Shaw was the most reasonable alternative.

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