Feb 232014
 

This year marked the final season for two longtime NFL stadiums. The Minnesota Vikings jettisoned the Metrodome and the San Francisco 49ers said goodbye to Candlestick Park. The Vikings and 49ers both sent their stadiums off into oblivion with one last victory.

Victories in such farewells aren’t always guaranteed.

In the history of notable stadium send-offs the home team has been on the wrong side of history with a record of 19-21-4.

Listed below are the stadium finales for the teams that spent ten or more seasons at the venue.

NFL Stadium Finales

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.

StadiumTeamFirst
Season
Last
Season
Last
Home Game
WeekOpponentResult
MetrodomeMinnesota Vikings1982201312/29/2013Wk. 17Detroit LionsW 14-13
Candlestick ParkSan Francisco 49ers1971201312/23/2013 (Mon.)Wk. 16Atlanta FalconsW 34-24
Giants StadiumNew York Jets198420091/3/2010Wk. 17Cincinnati BengalsW 37-0
Giants StadiumNew York Giants1976200912/27/2009Wk. 16Carolina PanthersL 41-9
Texas StadiumDallas Cowboys1971200812/20/2008 (Sat.)Wk. 16Baltimore RavensL 33-24
RCA DomeIndianapolis Colts198420071/13/2008Div. PlayoffsSan Diego ChargersL 28-24
Sun Devil StadiumArizona Cardinals1988200512/24/2005 (Sat.)Wk. 16Philadelphia EaglesW 27-21
Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia Eagles197120021/19/2003Conf. ChampTampa Bay BuccaneersL 27-10
Foxboro StadiumNew England Patriots197120011/19/2002 (Sat.)Div. PlayoffsOakland RaidersW 16-13
Soldier Field (I) ²Chicago Bears197120011/19/2002 (Sat.)Div. PlayoffsPhiladelphia EaglesL 33-19
SilverdomeDetroit Lions197520011/6/2002Wk. 17Dallas CowboysW 15-10
Mile High StadiumDenver Broncos1960200012/23/2000 (Sat.)Wk. 17San Francisco 49ersW 38-9
Three Rivers StadiumPittsburgh Steelers1970200012/16/2000 (Sat.)Wk. 16Washington RedskinsW 24-3
KingdomeSeattle Seahawks197619991/9/2000Wild CardMiami DolphinsL 20-17
Riverfront StadiumCincinnati Bengals1970199912/12/1999Wk. 14Cleveland BrownsW 44-28
Tampa StadiumTampa Bay Buccaneers1976199712/28/1997Wild CardDetroit LionsW 20-10
RFK StadiumWashington Redskins1961199612/22/1996Wk. 17Dallas CowboysW 37-10
AstrodomeHouston Oilers1968199612/15/1996Wk. 16Cincinnati BengalsL 21-13
Clev. Municipal StadiumCleveland Browns1946199512/17/1995Wk. 16Cincinnati BengalsW 26-10
L.A. Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles Raiders1982199412/24/1994 (Sat.)Wk. 17Kansas City ChiefsL 19-9
Anaheim StadiumLos Angeles Rams1980199412/24/1994 (Sat.)Wk. 17Washington RedskinsL 24-21
Milwaukee Co. StadiumGreen Bay Packers1953199412/18/1994Wk. 16Atlanta FalconsW 21-17
ATL-Fulton Co. StadiumAtlanta Falcons1966199112/15/1991Wk. 16Seattle SeahawksW 26-13
Busch Memorial Stadium ¹St. Louis Cardinals1966198712/13/1987Wk. 13New York GiantsW 27-24
Orange BowlMiami Dolphins1966198612/22/1986 (Mon.)Wk. 16New England PatriotsL 34-27
Bal. Memorial Stadium ¹Baltimore Colts1953198312/18/1983Wk. 16Houston OilersW 20-10
Shea StadiumNew York Jets1964198312/10/1983 (Sat.)Wk. 15Pittsburgh SteelersL 34-7
Metropolitan StadiumMinnesota Vikings1961198112/20/1981Wk. 16Kansas City ChiefsL 10-6
L.A. Memorial Coliseum ¹Los Angeles Rams1946197912/16/1979Wk. 16New Orleans SaintsL 29-14
Tiger StadiumDetroit Lions1938197411/28/1974 (Thu.)Wk. 12Denver BroncosL 31-27
Yankee StadiumNew York Giants195619739/23/1973Wk. 2Philadelphia EaglesT 23-23
War Memorial StadiumBuffalo Bills1960197212/10/1972Wk. 13Detroit LionsT 21-21
Cotton BowlDallas Cowboys1960197110/11/1971 (Mon.)Wk. 4New York GiantsW 20-13
Kezar StadiumSan Francisco 49ers194619701/3/1971Conf. ChampDallas CowboysL 17-10
Franklin FieldPhiladelphia Eagles1958197012/20/1970Wk. 14Pittsburgh SteelersW 30-20
Wrigley FieldChicago Bears1921197012/13/1970Wk. 13Green Bay PackersW 35-17
Forbes Field ³Pittsburgh Steelers1933196312/1/1963Wk. 12Philadelphia EaglesT 20-20
Griffith StadiumWashington Redskins1937196012/18/1960Wk. 13Philadelphia EaglesL 38-28
Comiskey Park ⁴Chicago Cardinals1922195811/30/1958Wk. 10Los Angeles RamsL 20-14
Connie Mack StadiumPhiladelphia Eagles1940195712/14/1957 (Sat.)Wk. 12Chicago CardinalsL 31-27
Green Bay City StadiumGreen Bay Packers1925195611/18/1956Wk. 8San Francisco 49ersL 17-16
Polo Grounds ¹New York Giants1925195511/27/1955Wk. 10Cleveland BrownsT 35-35
Wisconsin State Fair ParkGreen Bay Packers1934195110/21/1951Wk. 4Los Angeles RamsL 28-0
Ebbets FieldBrooklyn Tigers1930194411/12/1944Wk. 9Washington RedskinsL 10-0

¹ This game was the end of that specific team’s tenure at the stadium, but it didn’t mark the end of NFL games at this venue thanks to another team moving in later.

² After the 2001 season Soldier Field was renovated and it essentially became a new structure. For record purposes it’s still the same stadium, however, I decided to include the last game in the old structure.

³ The Pittsburgh Steelers played the majority of their home games at Forbes Field from 1933 to 1963; except in 1958 when they called Pitt Stadium their home.

⁴ The Chicago Cardinals held the majority of their home games at Comiskey Park from 1922 to 1925, 1929-1930, and 1933-1958.

 

Additional Info

  • The greatest margin of victory in a stadium finale belongs to the New York Jets. In 2009 the Jets said goodbye to Giants Stadium with a 37-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals… Inversely the New York Giants own the record for greatest margin of defeat in a stadium finale. In their Giants Stadium curtain dropper the G-Men lost 41-9 to the Carolina Panthers.
  • The best attended stadium finales were both at Giants Stadium in 2009. The New York Jets drew 79,106 fans, while the Giants drew a slightly less 78,809… The worst attended stadium finale was at Connie Mack Park (Shibe Park) in 1957. The Philadelphia Eagles only drew 12,555 people… In 1996, the Houston Oilers only drew 15,131 people to the Astrodome’s finale.

 

Sources: Scores retrieved from Pro-Football-Reference.com and attendance figures were gathered from The Pro Football Archives website.

 

  One Response to “NFL Stadium Finales”

  1. The most exciting of these hands down has to be the Snow Bowl at Foxboro Stadium.

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