Jun 012013
 

It’s no surprise that New York City, America’s most populated metropolitan, has also been the home to the most teams in major pro football history. Eleven teams (NFL, AAFC, and AFL) have made the NYC metro area their home.

Tally of Major Pro Football Teams by Metro Area

Note: Also counted are the seasons in which a team played multiple “home” games at a metro location on a temporary/part-time basis (i.e. Chicago Cardinals at Bloomington, MN from 1959).

For the purpose of this tally merged teams were split. Merged teams: Boston Yanks-Brooklyn Tigers 1945; Chicago Cardinals-Pittsburgh Steelers, 1944; Philadelphia Eagles-Pittsburgh Steelers, 1943.

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Population: The metro area’s population in the 2010 Census. Note: Riverside, CA (4,224,851 / 12th) is the most populated metro area to have never been the home to a major pro football team.

Current Teams: The number of active NFL teams that currently call this metro area their home.

Former Teams: The number of major pro football teams (active and defunct) that once called this metro area their home.

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header. You can quickly find a specific metro area using the search box to the right. 

Move your mouse cursor over the figures in the “Current” and “Former” columns for specific information.

MetroStatePopulationTeamsFirst SeasonLatest SeasonCurrent TeamsFormer Teams
AkronOH703,2001 team19201926

0 teams

1 team

AtlantaGA5,286,7281 team19662012

1 team

0 teams

BaltimoreMD2,710,4893 teams19472012

1 team

2 teams

Baton RougeLA802,4841 team20052005

0 teams

1 team

BostonMA-NH4,552,4024 teams19292012

1 team

3 teams

BuffaloNY1,135,5094 teams19202012

1 team

3 teams

CantonOH404,4221 team19201925

0 teams

1 team

ChampaignIL231,8911 team20022002

0 teams

1 team

CharlotteNC-SC2,217,0121 team19962012

1 team

0 teams

ChicagoIL-IN-WI9,461,1056 teams19202012

1 team

5 teams

CincinnatiOH-KY-IN2,114,5803 teams19212012

1 team

2 teams

ClevelandOH2,077,2405 teams19202012

1 team

4 teams

ColumbusOH1,901,9741 team19201926

0 teams

1 team

DallasTX6,426,2143 teams19522012

1 team

2 teams

DavenportIA-IL379,6901 team19201925

0 teams

1 team

DaytonOH799,2321 team19201929

0 teams

1 team

DecaturIL110,7681 team19201920

0 teams

1 team

DenverCO2,543,4821 team19602012

1 team

0 teams

DetroitMI4,296,2505 teams19202012

1 team

4 teams

DuluthMN-WI279,7711 team19231927

0 teams

1 team

EvansvilleIN-KY311,5521 team19211922

0 teams

1 team

Green BayWI306,2411 team19212012

1 team

0 teams

GreenvilleSC824,1121 team19951995

0 teams

1 team

HartfordCT1,212,3811 team19261926

0 teams

1 team

HoustonTX5,920,4162 teams19602012

1 team

1 team

IndianapolisIN1,887,8771 team19842012

1 team

0 teams

JacksonvilleFL1,345,5961 team19952012

1 team

0 teams

Kansas CityMO-KS2,009,3422 teams19242012

1 team

1 team

Los AngelesCA12,828,8375 teams19261994

0 teams

5 teams

LouisvilleKY1,235,7081 team19211926

0 teams

1 team

MarionOH66,5011 team19221923

0 teams

1 team

MemphisTN-MS-AR1,324,8291 team19971997

0 teams

1 team

MiamiFL5,564,6352 teams19462012

1 team

1 team

MilwaukeeWI1,555,9082 teams19221994

0 teams

2 teams

MinneapolisMN-WI3,348,8593 teams19212012

1 team

2 teams

MuncieIN117,6711 team19201921

0 teams

1 team

NashvilleTN1,670,8901 team19982012

1 team

0 teams

New HavenCT862,4771 team19731974

0 teams

1 team

New OrleansLA1,189,8661 team19672012

1 team

0 teams

New YorkNY-NJ-PA19,567,41011 teams19212012

2 teams

9 teams

PhiladelphiaPA-NJ-DE-MD5,965,3432 teams19242012

1 team

1 team

PhoenixAZ4,192,8871 team19882012

1 team

0 teams

PittsburghPA2,356,2851 team19332012

1 team

0 teams

PortsmouthOH79,4991 team19301933

0 teams

1 team

PottsvillePA148,2891 team19251929

0 teams

1 team

ProvidenceRI-MA1,600,8521 team19251931

0 teams

1 team

RacineWI195,4081 team19221926

0 teams

1 team

RochesterNY1,079,6711 team19201925

0 teams

1 team

San AntonioTX2,142,5081 team20052005

0 teams

1 team

San DiegoCA3,095,3131 team19612012

1 team

0 teams

San FranciscoCA4,335,3912 teams19462012

2 teams

0 teams

SeattleWA3,439,8091 team19762012

1 team

0 teams

St. LouisMO-IL2,787,7014 teams19232012

1 team

3 teams

TampaFL2,783,2431 team19762012

1 team

0 teams

ToledoOH610,0011 team19221923

0 teams

1 team

WashingtonDC-VA-MD-WV5,636,2322 teams19212012

1 team

1 team

 

Tally of Major Pro Football Seasons by Metro Area (1920-2012)

Since 1925, the NYC metro area has fielded multiple pro football teams in all but nine seasons. When you combine and count the seasons played by each NFL, AAFC, and AFL team; the NYC metro area has played 176 combined  seasons of pro football – by far more than any other metro area.

Metro AreaState(s)Seasons CombinedSeasonsTeam with the Most Seasons--Seasons
AkronOH7 seasons7 seasonsAkron Pros/Indians7 seasons
AndersonSC1 season1 seasonCarolina Panthers1 season
AtlantaGA47 seasons47 seasonsAtlanta Falcons47 seasons
BaltimoreMD52 seasons52 seasonsBaltimore Colts31 seasons
Baton RougeLA1 season1 seasonNew Orleans Saints1 season
BostonMA-NH64 seasons64 seasonsBoston/New England Patriots53 seasons
BuffaloNY66 seasons67 seasonsBuffalo Bills53 seasons
CantonOH6 seasons6 seasonsCanton Bulldogs6 seasons
ChampaignIL1 season1 seasonChicago Bears1 season
CharlotteNC-SC17 seasons17 seasonsCarolina Panthers17 seasons
ChicagoIL-IN-WI92 seasons144 seasonsChicago Bears91 seasons
CincinnatiOH-KY-IN48 seasons48 seasonsCincinnati Bengals45 seasons
ClevelandOH79 seasons79 seasonsCleveland Browns64 seasons
ColumbusOH7 seasons7 seasonsColumbus Panhandles/Tigers7 seasons
DallasTX54 seasons57 seasonsDallas Cowboys53 seasons
DavenportIA-IL6 seasons6 seasonsRock Island Independents6 seasons
DaytonOH10 seasons10 seasonsDayton Triangles10 seasons
DecaturIL1 season1 seasonDecatur Staleys1 season
DenverCO53 seasons53 seasonsDenver Broncos53 seasons
DetroitMI84 seasons84 seasonsDetroit Lions79 seasons
DuluthMN-WI5 seasons5 seasonsDuluth Kelleys/Eskimos5 seasons
EvansvilleIN-KY2 seasons2 seasonsEvansville Crimson Giants2 seasons
Green BayWI92 seasons92 seasonsGreen Bay Packers92 seasons
HartfordCT1 season1 seasonHartford Blues1 season
HoustonTX48 seasons48 seasonsHouston Oilers37 seasons
IndianapolisIN29 seasons29 seasonsIndianapolis Colts29 seasons
JacksonvilleFL18 seasons18 seasonsJacksonville Jaguars18 seasons
Kansas CityMO-KS53 seasons53 seasonsKansas City Chiefs50 seasons
Los AngelesCA50 seasons68 seasonsLos Angeles Rams49 seasons
LouisvilleKY-IN4 seasons4 seasonsLouisville Brecks/Colonels4 seasons
MarionOH2 seasons2 seasonsOorang Indians2 seasons
MemphisTN-MS-AR1 season1 seasonTennessee Oilers1 season
MiamiFL48 seasons48 seasonsMiami Dolphins47 seasons
MilwaukeeWI66 seasons66 seasonsGreen Bay Packers61 seasons
MinneapolisMN-WI59 seasons59 seasonsMinnesota Vikings52 seasons
MuncieIN2 seasons2 seasonsMuncie Flyers2 seasons
NashvilleTN15 seasons15 seasonsTennessee Titans/Oilers15 seasons
New HavenCT2 seasons2 seasonsNew York Giants2 seasons
New OrleansLA45 seasons45 seasonsNew Orleans Saints45 seasons
New YorkNY-NJ-PA89 seasons176 seasonsNew York Giants87 seasons
PhiladelphiaPA-NJ-DE-MD88 seasons88 seasonsPhiladelphia Eagles80 seasons
PhoenixAZ25 seasons25 seasonsArizona/Phoenix Cardinals25 seasons
PittsburghPA80 seasons80 seasonsPittsburgh Steelers/Pirates80 seasons
PortsmouthOH4 seasons4 seasonsPortsmouth Spartans4 seasons
PottsvillePA5 seasons5 seasonsPottsville Maroons/Bos. Bulldogs5 seasons
ProvidenceRI-MA7 seasons7 seasonsProvidence Steam Roller7 seasons
RacineWI4 seasons4 seasonsRacine Legion/Tornadoes4 seasons
RochesterNY6 seasons6 seasonsRochester Jeffersons6 seasons
San AntonioTX1 season1 seasonNew Orleans Saints1 season
San DiegoCA52 seasons52 seasonsSan Diego Chargers52 seasons
San FranciscoCA67 seasons107 seasonsSan Francisco 49ers67 seasons
SeattleWA37 seasons37 seasonsSeattle Seahawks37 seasons
St. LouisMO-IL48 seasons48 seasonsSt. Louis Cardinals28 seasons
TampaFL37 seasons37 seasonsTampa Bay Buccaneers37 seasons
ToledoOH2 seasons2 seasonsToledo Maroons2 seasons
WashingtonDC-VA-MD-WV77 seasons77 seasonsWashington Redskins76 seasons

 

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