Ranking The NFL’s Safest Stadiums: Cheers Without Fears

Ranking The NFL’s Safest Stadiums: Cheers Without Fears
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While the New England Patriots play on the field of late has fallen far from the historic highs of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, there’s no denying that the lone NFL franchise in America’s Northeast corridor has something going for it off of the gridiron.  

That’s because the Pats’ home stadium in Foxborough is a safe haven when it comes to being a reprieve from violence, which BetMassachusetts found after creating a ranking system to find the safest NFL stadiums for spectators. The ranking system factors in the violent crime rating, total crime index, fan behavior rank, and crime grade. All metrics are based on the exact city and zip code of each team’s stadium. 

Based on this research, the New England Patriots’ stadium is the safest NFL stadium in the U.S, while the Detroit Lions’ stadium is the most unsafe.  

BetMassachusetts.com takes a break from Massachusetts sports betting updates to bring you a list of all 32 NFL stadiums and how they rank in terms of fan safety. 

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Ranking NFL Stadium Safety

Rank Team Stadium Violent Crime Total Crime Index Fan Behavior Rank Crime Grade
1 New England PatriotsGillette Stadium9.36 (1st)51 (1st)14B- (3rd)
T-2 Green Bay PackersLambeau Field21.81 (5th)19 (5th)2D- (T-12th)
T-2 New York JetsMetLife Stadium12.11 (T-2nd)41 (T-2nd)8D- (T-12th)
4 New York GiantsMetLife Stadium12.11 (T-2nd)41 (T-2nd)12D- (T-12th)
5 Buffalo BillsHighmark Stadium13.45 (4th)36 (4th)20A+ (1st)
6 Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium31.22 (8th)10 (8th)5D (T-11th)
7 Las Vegas RaidersAllegiant Stadium35.41 (9th)7 (T-9th)10D+ (10th)
8 Pittsburgh SteelersAcrisure Stadium36.03 (12th)7 (T-9th)6F (T-13th)
9 Chicago BearsSoldier Field37.15 (13th)6 (T-13th)9D- (T-12th)
T-10 Tampa Bay BuccaneersRaymond James Stadium24.3 (6th)16 (6th)28D (T-11th)
T-10 Los Angeles ChargersSoFi Stadium35.91 (10th)7 (T-9th)24C (T-8th)
12 Miami DolphinsHard Rock Stadium29.79 (7th)11 (7th)31C (T-8th)
13 Los Angeles RamsSoFi Stadium35.91 (T-10th)7 (T-9th)29C (T-8th)
14 San Francisco 49ersLevi’s Stadium39.29 (15th)5 (T-15th)19C (T-8th)
15 Baltimore RavensM&T Bank Stadium48.36 (20th)3 (T-18th)11F (T-13th)
16 Arizona CardinalsState Farm Stadium37.60 (14th)6 (T-13th)31B- (T-6th)
17 New Orleans SaintsCaesars Superdome60.98 (26th)1 (T-25th)1F (T-13th)
18 Cleveland BrownsCleveland Browns Stadium59.91 (25th)1 (T-25th)3F (T-13th)
19 Philadelphia EaglesLincoln Financial Field53.67 (23rd)2(T-23rd)7F (T-13th)
T-20 Kansas City ChiefsArrowhead Stadium63.18 (27th)1 (T-25th)4D- (T-12th)
T-20 Washington CommandersCommanders Field48.71 (21st)3 (T-18th)17D- (T-12th)
22 Carolina PanthersBank of America Stadium41.95 (16th)5 (T-15th)25F (T-13th)
23 Cincinnati BengalsPaycor Stadium46.34 (18th)3 (T-18th)22F (T-13th)
24 Indianapolis ColtsLucas Oil43.82 (17th)4 (17th)26F (T-13th)
25 Tennessee TitansNissan Stadium49.6 (22nd)3 (T-18th)21F (T-13th)
T-26 Atlanta FalconsMercedes-Benz Stadium47.91 (19th)3 (T-18th)30F (T-13th)
T-26 Seattle SeahawksLumen Field65.73 (29th)1 (T-25th)13F (T-13th)
T-28 Minnesota VikingsU.S. Bank Stadium66.28 (31st)1 (T-25th)15F (T-13th)
T-28 Jacksonville JaguarsEverBank Stadium63.99 (28th)1 (T-25th)18F (T-13th)
T-28 Denver BroncosEmpower Field74.14 (32nd)1 (T-25th)16D (T-11th)
31 Houston TexansNRG Stadium57.34 (24th)2 (T-23rd)27D (T-11th)
32 Detroit LionsFord Field66.09 (30th)1 (T-25th)23F (T-13th)

Note: Neighborhoodscout.com was used to find the violent crime and total crime index; Yardbarker.com was used to find the fan behavior ranking; CrimeGrade.org was used to find the crime grades. 

Gillette Stadium Leads NFL In Safety

According to our research, Gillette Stadium has the lowest violent crime rate of any NFL stadium, at 9.36, ranking ahead of MetLife Stadium, which is home of the New York Giants and Jets.  

Throw in the fact that Gillette Stadium ranked 14th for fan behavior and had a B- crime grade (putting it 3rd out of 29 NFL stadiums) and you have the ingredients that allowed the Foxborough mecca of American football to take the top spot in the NFL.  

Overall, Gillette Stadium beat out Lambeau Field, which had the fifth lowest violent crime rate in the league (21.81) and the No. 2 fan behavior rank but fell thanks to the facility’s D- crime grade (putting GB in a tie for 12th in the 32-team league).  

The NFL stadiums that rounded out the top end of the list were MetLife Stadium for the New York Jets and Giants, followed by Highmark Stadium, which is home to the Buffalo Bills, who ranked fifth in the league.  

Throw in the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Allegiant Stadium (home of the Las Vegas Raiders), Acrisure Stadium (home of the Pittsburgh Steelers), Soldier Field (home of the Chicago Bears), and two stadiums (Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles) and you have the full top 10 when it comes to the safest stadiums in the NFL.  

Conversely, the least safe stadium in the league is Detroit’s Ford Field, which had the 30th-ranked crime rate (66.09) and the 23rd-ranked fan behavior score, combined with an F ranking for crime grade.  

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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