U.S. stadium records

Posted on April 11, 2012 12:28 am

I think the list below is accurate. I hope it is. I’ve been maintaining and updating it constantly for almost 15 years. This is a list of stadium records for soccer in the United States. It includes every American stadium whose record soccer crowd is 25,000 or more, 76 of them, although maybe I’ve missed a few. I’d appreciate whatever additions or corrections anybody has. A few of these games were actually half of a doubleheader, but for space reasons, I’ve listed them by the game that seemed to have been the one that drew the largest share of the crowd. About a quarter of these are stadiums that have since been torn down. In fact, American records for soccer crowds set in 1905, 1926, 1976, 1977 and 1984 were in stadiums that no longer exist. Some of these are stadiums named for sponsors that keep changing every few years. I’ve listed them under the name they had at the time the record was set.

101,799…..Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., France-Brazil, Olympic Games, 8/11/84
92,650…..Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, Chivas-Barcelona, friendly, 8/6/06
86,117…..Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga., Nigeria-Argentina, Olympic Games, 7/31/96
84,177…..Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, Calif., Brazil-United States, World Cup, 7/4/94
83,810…..Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala., United States-Argentina, Olympic Games, 7/20/96
82,252…..Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, Mexico-Haiti, CONCACAF Gold Cup, 7/19/09
81,807…..FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Manchester United-Barcelona, friendly, 7/30/11
79,792…..Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., US-Denmark, Women’s World Cup, 6/19/99
78,936…..New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., US-Argentina, friendly, 3/26/11
77,217…..Silverdome, Pontiac, Mich., Brazil-Sweden, World Cup, 6/28/94
71,203…..M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Chelsea-AC Milan, friendly, 7/24/09
70,728…..Reliant Stadium, Houston, Manchester Utd-MLS All-Stars, MLS All-Star Game, 7/28/10
70,080…..Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Chivas-Barcelona, friendly, 8/3/11
68,498…..Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Mexico-Argentina, friendly, 6/4/08
68,396…..Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Manchester Utd-Barcelona, friendly, 8/3/03
67,584…..Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass., Brazil-Mexico, friendly, 9/12/07
67,052…..CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Seattle Sounders-Manchester United, friendly, 7/20/11
65,080…..Soldier Field, Chicago, United States-Nigeria, Women’s World Cup, 6/24/99
63,998…..Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Germany-South Korea, World Cup, 6/27/94
63,227…..Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C., Mexico-Iceland, friendly, 3/24/10
62,462…..University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., US-Mexico, friendly, 2/7/07
62,387…..Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla., Belgium-Holland, World Cup, 6/25/94
62,000…..New Soldier Field, Chicago, Mexico-Costa Rica, CONCACAF Gold Cup, 6/12/11
61,572…..Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Barcelona-Chivas, friendly, 8/8/09
61,213…..Invesco Field, Denver, Colorado Rapids-Chicago Fire, MLS, 7/4/02
60,500…..Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado Rapids-D.C. United, MLS, 7/4/01
58,128…..Kingdome, Seattle, Seattle Sounders-NY Cosmos, NASL preseason, 4/9/76
58,012…..RFK Stadium, Washington, United States-Portugal, Olympic Games, 7/24/96
57,724…..Orange Bowl, Miami, Colombia-AC Milan, friendly, 5/29/94
57,407…..Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, Mass., US-Mexico, World Cup qualifier, 4/20/97
56,389…..Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Fla., Tampa Bay Rowdies-California Surf, NASL, 7/4/80
53,600…..Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Club America-AC Milan, friendly, 7/22/09
52,345…..Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, Calif., US-El Salvador, CONCACAF Gold Cup, 1/16/96
52,342…..Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo., Manchester Utd-KC Wizards, friendly, 7/25/10
49,572…..Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minn., Minnesota Kicks-SJ Earthquakes, NASL, 8/25/76
48,110…..Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, Calif., Mexico-Paraguay, friendly, 3/26/11
46,000…..Polo Grounds, New York, Hakoah Vienna-New York Stars, friendly, 5/1/26
45,511…..Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Real Salt Lake-Real Madrid, friendly, 8/12/06
44,579…..Yale Bowl, New Haven, Conn., United States-Brazil, U.S. Cup, 6/6/93
44,261…..Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, US-Sheffield Wednesday, friendly, 8/2/91
43,352…..Franklin Field, Philadelphia, United States-Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk, friendly, 8/25/89
43,117…..Yankee Stadium, New York, Hapoel Tel Aviv-N.Y. All-Stars, friendly, 5/4/47
41,028…..New Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, Calif., SJ Earthquakes-NY Red Bulls, MLS, 7/2/11
39,656…..Citi Field, New York, Ecuador-Greece, friendly, 6/7/11
39,623…..Comiskey Stadium, Chicago, Chicago Sting-San Diego Sockers, NASL, 9/21/81
38,858…..Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas, Mexico-Bolivia, friendly, 3/19/03
38,710…..Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco, Chivas-Club America, friendly, 3/12/03
38,534…..Safeco Field, Seattle, United States-Honduras, friendly, 3/2/02
36,451…..Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, Mexico-Dominica, World Cup qualifier, 6/19/04
36,218…..Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn., US-Czech Republic, friendly, 5/25/10
36,126…..Rutgers Stadium, Piscataway, N.J., United States-Colombia, U.S. Cup, 6/25/95
35,548…..Civic Stadium, Portland, Ore., New York Cosmos-Seattle Sounders, NASL, 8/28/77
35,501…..Wrigley Field, Chicago, Chicago Sting-NY Cosmos, NASL, 6/28/81
35,211…..Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Ky., United States-Brazil women, friendly, 10/10/99
34,965…..Astrodome, Houston, Los Angeles Wolves-Houston Stars, USA, 5/27/67
33,000…..Robertson Stadium, Houston, Club America-Cruz Azul, friendly, 2/23/05
32,605…..Busch Stadium, St. Louis, St. Louis Stars-New York Cosmos, NASL, 6/23/77
32,466…..Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix, Mexico-Hungary, friendly, 12/14/05
32,162…..Fenway Park, Boston, Celtic-Sporting Lisbon, friendly, 7/21/10
31,728…..Spartan Stadium, San Jose, Calif., SJ Clash-LA Galaxy, MLS, 5/12/96
31,550…..Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, Columbus Crew-MetroStars, MLS, 9/15/96
31,547…..Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla., United States-Ecuador, friendly, 3/25/07
31,112…..Shea Stadium, New York, Colombia-Honduras, friendly, 11/1/96
30,822…..Skelly Stadium, Tulsa, Okla., Tulsa Roughnecks-NY Cosmos, NASL, 4/26/80
30,281…..Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif., LA Galaxy-Houston Dynamo, MLS, 11/20/11
30,000…..Shibe Park, Philadelphia, U.S. Olympic Team-Israel, friendly, 10/17/48
30,000…..Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, N.Y., ASL All-Stars-Hapoel Tel Aviv, friendly, 5/12/57
29,745…..Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, United States-Venezuela, friendly, 5/26/06
29,240…..Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., France-Qatar, Olympics, 7/29/84
29,059…..LP Field, Nashville, Tenn., United States-Paraguay, friendly, 3/29/11
28,209…..Ford Field, Detroit, United States-Canada, CONCACAF Gold Cup, 6/7/11
27,832…..Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, Mass., France-Norway, Olympic Games, 7/31/84
26,760…..Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J., MLS All-Stars-Manchester Utd, MLS All-Star Game, 7/27/11
26,713…..Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Atlanta Chiefs-Santos, friendly, 8/28/68
25,670…..Downing Stadium, New York, Santos-Benfica, friendly, 8/21/66
25,137…..Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, AS Roma-Chelsea, friendly, 7/29/05

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