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Friday, August 2, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific
Material on this page was published when Seahawks Stadium, now called Qwest Field, opened in 2002.
Around the league: Stadium names, games and numbers

Best name

We're looking for tradition here, and some stadiums are older, but Arrowhead Stadium just screams NFL. We'll give it the nod over Soldier Field and Lambeau Field.

Worst name

This is a tough one, full of strong contenders Invesco Field, Network Associates Coliseum, ALLTEL Stadium, FedEx Field. But let's go with the Patriots, who will follow up a Super Bowl victory by opening the next season at CMGI Field.

Didn't you used to be

Four stadiums will have new names this season. PSINet in Baltimore and Adelphia in Tennessee couldn't keep up the payments on their naming-rights deals, and those stadiums will be known this season as Ravens Stadium and The Coliseum. In San Francisco, 3Com's deal was up, and the city couldn't find anyone else, so the 49ers' home will be known as San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point. And the Rams trade in one bad name for another, The Dome at America's Center for the Edward Jones Dome.

Worst place to watch an NFL game in December

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo. It's cold. It's a bad stadium. The team isn't very good.

Worst place to watch an NFL exhibition game

Sun Devil Stadium, Phoenix. The only people who want to be in Phoenix in August are those who come from Yuma to cool off.

Worst place to watch an NFL game anytime

The Metrodome, Minneapolis.

Largest stadium

The Redskins' FedEx Field seats 86,484.

Smallest stadium

The capacity at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis is 56,127.


Soldier Field, 1924.

Cheapest to build

Lambeau Field cost $960,000 in 1957.

Most expensive

Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium cost $449 million.

— Bill Reader

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