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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: Home of Houston Dynamo; opened in 2012; capacity of 22,00BC Place: Home of Vancouver Whitecaps; opened in 1983; capacity of 21,000 (expandable to 54,000+)BMO Field: Home of Toronto FC; opened in 2007; capacity of ~22,000Buck Shaw Stadium: Home of San Jose Earthquakes; opened in 1962; capacity of 10,000+CenturyLink Field: Home of Seattle Sounders; opened in 2002; capacity of 38,000+ (expandable to 67,000)Columbus Crew Stadium: Home of Columbus Crew; opened in 1999; capacity of 20,000+Dick's Sporting Goods Park: Home of Colorado Rapids; opened in 2007; capacity of 18,000+FC Dallas Stadium: Home of FC Dallas; opened in 2005; capacity of 20,000+Gillette Stadium: Home of New England Revolution; opened in 2002; capacity of 22,000+ (expandable to 68,000+)Home Depot Center: Home of Chivas USA & LA Galaxy; opened in 2003; capacity of 27,000Jeld-Wen Field: Home of Portland Timbers; opened in 1926; capacity of 20,000+Livestrong Sporting Park: Home of Sporting KC; opened in 2011; capacity of 18,000+PPL Park: Home of Philadelphia Union; opened in 2010; capacity of 18,000+Red Bull Arena: Home of New York Red Bull; opened in 2010; capacity of 25,000RFK Memorial Stadium: Home of DC United; opened in 1961; capacity of 19,000+ (expandable to 56,000+)Rio Tinto Stadium: Home of Real Salt Lake; opened in 2008; capacity of 20,000+Saputo Stadium: Home of Montreal Impact; opened in 2008; capacity of 20,000+Toyota Park: Home of Chicago Fire; opened in 2006; capacity of 20,000

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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