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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.
 
AFC WEST

AFC EAST

AFC NORTH

AFC SOUTH
NFC WEST

NFC EAST

NFC NORTH

NFC SOUTH
Where they play in the NFL

AFC West

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HOUSTON TEXANS
Reliant Stadium, home of the expansion Houston Texans, is the third-most expensive football stadium built, at $425 million. It includes a retractable roof.
DENVER BRONCOS
Invesco Field
Opened: 2001.
Cost: $401 million.
Capacity: 76,125.
Playing surface: Grass (fiber-reinforced).
Fun fact: Mile High Stadium, the Broncos' former home from 1960 to 2000, was built in 1948.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Arrowhead Stadium
Opened: 1972.
Cost: $43 million.
Capacity: 79,451.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Original plans for Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium next door called for a rolling roof that could cover either stadium.

OAKLAND RAIDERS
Network Associates Coliseum
Opened: 1966.
Cost: $25 million.
Capacity: 63,132.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Originally known as Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, also is home for baseball's Oakland Athletics.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Qualcomm Stadium
Opened: 1967.
Cost: $27 million.
Capacity: 72,000.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Was originally named Jack Murphy Stadium, in honor of a San Diego sportswriter.

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AFC East

BUFFALO BILLS
Ralph Wilson Stadium
Opened: 1973.
Cost: $22 million.
Capacity: 73,967.
Playing surface: AstroTurf.
Fun fact: Originally called Rich Stadium. Rich Foods paid $1.5 million for 25-year naming-rights deal in 1973.

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MANDI WRIGHT / DETROIT FREE PRESS
Ford Field will open this season as the Detroit Lions' new stadium.
MIAMI DOLPHINS
Pro Player Stadium
Opened: 1987.
Cost: $115 million.
Capacity: 75,540.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Located on Dan Marino Boulevard, halfway between downtown Miami and downtown Fort Lauderdale.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
CMGI Field
Opens: 2002.
Cost: $397 million.
Capacity: 70,000.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Boston University Field was the first home, 1960-62, of the AFL's Boston Patriots.

NEW YORK JETS
Giants Stadium
Opened: 1976.
Cost: $78 million.
Capacity: 79,469.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Jimmy Hoffa's buried here!

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AFC North

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Ravens Stadium
Opened: 1997.
Cost: $230 million.
Capacity: 69,084.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: This place was called PSINet Stadium, until the naming-rights deal fell apart last spring after the dot.com's bankruptcy.

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
CMGI Field in Foxboro, Mass., is the new home field of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The stadium gets its first real action Sept. 9 on "Monday Night Football."
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Paul Brown Stadium
Opened: 2000.
Cost: $449 million.
Capacity: 65,535.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: The grass field is heated to extend the growing season and prevent freezing.

CLEVELAND BROWNS
Cleveland Browns Stadium
Opened: 1999.
Cost: $300 million.
Capacity: 73,200.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: There are 10,644 seats in the Dawg Pound, the end-zone area for the face painters.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Heinz Field
Opened: 2001.
Cost: $281 million.
Capacity: 64,450.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Heinz paid the appropriate sum of $57 million for 20 years worth of naming rights.

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AFC South

HOUSTON TEXANS
Reliant Stadium
Opens: 2002.
Cost: $424 million.
Capacity: 69,500.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Retractable roof opens or closes in 10 minutes.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
RCA Dome
Opened: 1983.
Cost: $82 million.
Capacity: 56,127.
Playing surface: AstroTurf.
Fun fact: The dome's roof sprung a leak in 1998, and it cost half a million dollars to fix the problem.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
ALLTEL Stadium
Opened: 1995.
Cost: $138 million.
Capacity: 73,000.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: The stadium was built on the site of the Gator Bowl in 19 months, at the time the fastest a major-league stadium had been built in North America (Redskins' FedEx Field was completed in 17 months for 1997 season).

TENNESSEE TITANS
The Coliseum
Opened: 1999.
Cost: $292 million.
Capacity: 67,259.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Adelphia, a telecommunications company from Pennsylvania, didn't bother to make payments this year on its naming-rights deal signed in 1999. Perhaps they were distracted by the company's bankruptcy filing and subsequent arrest of its CEO and his sons for bogus accounting practices.

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NFC West

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Sun Devil Stadium
Opened: 1958.
Cost: $1 million.
Capacity: 73,014.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Arizona Wranglers of the USFL were the first pro team to play on Arizona State's campus stadium, in 1983.

ST. LOUIS RAMS
Edward Jones Dome
Opened: 1995.
Cost: $280 million.
Capacity: 66,000.
Playing surface: AstroTurf.
Fun fact: Formerly Dome at America's Center, formerly Trans World Dome. Wow, three tries and they still can't come up with a decent name.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point
Opened: 1960.
Cost: $24 million.
Capacity: 69,734.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: You can just call it Candlestick, if you prefer, its original name. 3Com, which bought the naming rights in 1995, couldn't afford to keep them, and the city hasn't found another sponsor. When it was built, Candlestick Park was home to baseball's Giants, while the 49ers played at Kezar Stadium. In 1971, 49ers moved to The Stick.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Seahawks Stadium
Opens: 2002.
Cost: $430 million.
Capacity: 67,000.
Playing surface: FieldTurf.
Fun fact: First football game that counts will be Washington State vs. Nevada, Aug. 31.

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NFC East

DALLAS COWBOYS
Texas Stadium
Opened: 1971.
Cost: $35 million.
Capacity: 65,639.
Playing surface: Sportfield Turf.
Fun fact: Cowboys played their first 11 seasons at the Cotton Bowl, then moved to Texas Stadium in midseason, 1971, playing Patriots on Oct. 24.

NEW YORK GIANTS
Giants Stadium
Opened: 1976.
Cost: $78 million.
Capacity: 79,469.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Before moving into Giants Stadium, the Giants played in three baseball stadiums The Polo Grounds (1925-55), Yankee Stadium (1956-73) and Shea Stadium (1975) and the Yale Bowl (1973-74) in New Haven, Conn.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Veterans Stadium
Opened: 1971.
Cost: $50 million.
Capacity: 65,352.
Playing surface: NeXturf
Fun fact: The Eagles will move into a new stadium next season.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS
FedEx Field
Opened: 1997.
Cost: $300 million.
Capacity: 86,484.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Fans in first 10 rows don't have to stand up to see the game, as they did at old RFK Stadium.

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NFC North

CHICAGO BEARS
Soldier Field
Opened: 1924.
Cost: $8.5 million.
Capacity: 66,944.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: The Bears will be playing their games at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign this season, while Soldier Field is renovated for the 2003 season.

DETROIT LIONS
Ford Field
Opens: 2002.
Cost: $420 million.
Capacity: 65,000.
Playing surface: FieldTurf.
Fun fact: First concert scheduled at Ford Field is Rolling Stones, Oct. 12.

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Lambeau Field
Opened: 1957.
Cost: $960,000.
Capacity: 60,890.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Packers are in the midst of a $300 million renovation project that will move team's Hall of Fame, team store and offices to a five-story atrium connected to stadium.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Opened: 1982.
Cost: $55 million.
Capacity: 64,121.
Playing surface: AstroTurf.
Fun fact: Former Bears coach Mike Ditka referred to the dome as "a big livestock hall" and "Rollerdome."

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NFC South

ATLANTA FALCONS
Georgia Dome
Opened: 1992.
Cost: $214 million.
Capacity: 71,228.
Playing surface: Artificial turf.
Fun fact: The roof is 275 feet high.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
Ericsson Stadium
Opened: 1996.
Cost: $187 million.
Capacity: 73,367.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: Stadium is guarded by six huge panther statues.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Louisiana Superdome
Opened: 1975.
Cost: $134 million.
Capacity: 65,900.
Playing surface: AstroTurf.
Fun fact: Has played host to five Super Bowls.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Raymond James Stadium
Opened: 1998.
Cost: $168 million.
Capacity: 65,655.
Playing surface: Grass.
Fun fact: A 103-foot long replica of an 1800s pirate ship sits in Buccaneer Cove in an end-zone concourse. Cannons are fired when the Bucs score a touchdown.

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