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MLS Stadiums: As seen from above

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Since football soccer is still fighting to get a stronghold in the United States, the football stadiums in the country are small compared to Europe.

From the inauguration of the Major League Soccer, teams started playing in multi-purpose stadiums and often shared them with NFL or college rugby football teams. That has changed since, with the construction of soccer-specific stadiums.

There are a total of 18 stadiums used by the 19 MLS clubs. LA Galaxy and Chivas USA share the Home Depot Center. Seattle Sounders have the luxury of the largest capacity at the CenturyLink Field (38,500) while San Jose Earthquakes play in the Buck Shaw Stadium which has the smallest capacity of the lot (10,525).

Although all RFK Stadium, BC Place, Gillette Stadium and even the CenturyLink Field itself have larger capacities but they are artificially reduced due to the smaller turn-out to the soccer matches.

Only five of the stadiums currently used in the 2013 MLS season are from the 20th century. The Columbus Crew Stadium was finished in 1999 and the oldest is the Jeld-Wen Field, home of Portland Timbers (1926). The newest being Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium, which was completed in May 2012.

Below is a gallery of overhead shots of all the 18 MLS stadiums (courtesy of Google Maps and Bing Maps).

For similar photos of stadiums in other leagues, see: Premier League Stadiums, La Liga Stadiums, Bundesliga Stadiums, Serie A Stadiums, Ligue 1 Stadiums, Eredivisie Stadiums.

BBVA Compass Stadium Houston Dynamo MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveBC Place Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveBMO Field Toronto FC MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveBuck Shaw Stadium San Jose Earthquakes MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveCenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveCrew Stadium Columbus Crew MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveDicks Sporting Goods Park Colorado Rapids MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveFC Dallas Stadium FC Dallas MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveGillette Stadium New England Revolution MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveHome Depot Center LA Galaxy Chivas USA MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveJeld Wen Field Portland Timbers MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveLivestrong Sporting Park Sporting KC MLS Stadiums: As seen from abovePPL Park Philadelphia Union MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveRed Bull Arena New York Red Bull MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveRFK Stadium DC United MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveRio Tinto Stadium Real Salt Lake MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveSaputo Stadium MLS Stadiums: As seen from aboveToyota Park Chicago Fire MLS Stadiums: As seen from above

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One Comment to MLS Stadiums: As seen from above

  1. Actually, Century Link in Seattle can hold 67,000 officially. But it is usually capped at 38,500 for most home games. We averaged over 43,000 per game over the course of the year.

    http://www.sounderatheart.com/2012/10/23/3543532/seattle-sounders-record-attendance-mls