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Hardest NFL and NHL Stadiums to Play In

08 Jan | news | BY Betway Insider | MIN READ TIME |
Hardest NFL and NHL Stadiums to Play In

Ever wondered which stadiums and arenas are the hardest to play in?

In every sport, the idea of home field, home ice, or home court advantage seems to play a role in the outcomes of a season. Deafening crowd roars (think Arrowhead or Seattle fans) can scramble plays and sap confidence and nasty weather, from Green Bay’s icy winds to Denver’s thin air, tests even the toughest athletes. And some venues, like New England’s Gillette Stadium, whisper tales of past defeats, adding a mental hurdle.

But which is the toughest turf in the NFL and NHL? sports betting site Betway decided to investigate… 

Analyzing the number of losses each team had at each stadium over the past 5 regular seasons, we’ve determined where each NFL and NHL team has faced the most defeats.

Which NFL stadium is the hardest to play in?

For NFL teams, away games can be a daunting prospect. Traveling to a hostile environment, facing a passionate crowd, and battling the elements can all make it difficult to come away with a victory. But which stadiums are the most challenging for visiting teams?

Taking top spot as the NFL stadium with the most teams facing defeats in the past 5 seasons, we have SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams. Over the past 5 seasons Arizona Cardinals (4 losses), Las Vegas Raiders (4 losses), Seattle Seahawks (4 losses), and Tennessee Titans (2 losses) have faced the most defeats in this stadium.

SoFi Stadium and AT&T Stadium are the two most challenging stadiums for away teams, with 14 registered defeats from 7 different teams. These stadiums are known for their passionate fanbases and raucous atmospheres, which can make it difficult for visiting teams to communicate and execute. With the Los Angeles Rams making the NFL playoffs, do they have an advantage playing at the SoFi Stadium? The Rams are 50/1 in our NFL betting markets to win Super Bowl LVIII.

Arrowhead Stadium, home of the reigning champions, the Kansas City Chiefs is proven to be a challenging turf to play in with Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders facing the most defeats there in the past 5 seasons. 

On the football field, altitude is one of the highest forms of “home-field advantage” that a team can have, and no other home stadium can compare to Empower Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos, which sits almost exactly one mile high in elevation. Based on our analysis of the past 5 seasons, only the Los Angeles Rams have faced the most defeats in this demanding stadium.

Which NHL rink is the hardest to play in?

Over the years there have been some great stories about the toughest NHL arenas to play in. With NHL expansion some newer arenas have proven difficult barns to play in.

Based on the past 5 regular seasons, Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning holds its own having inflicted 30 defeats on 6 visiting teams. This puts it on par with prestigious venues like Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators) and Rogers Place (Edmonton Oilers) which both inflicted 17 defeats on 3 visiting teams.

Reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, over the past 5 seasons have been tested the most in Mullett Arena (Arizona Coyotes) and Xcel Energy Center (Minnesota Wild) where they lost 4 times in each rink.

On the other hand, T-Mobile Arena, home of the Knights proves that Sin City isn’t just for losing at blackjack anymore. The Golden Knights’ flashy digs have proven just as deadly for away teams, racking up 22 defeats on 4 visiting teams during the past 5 seasons. Seems like luck isn’t always on the visitor’s side here.

Despite Toronto Maple Leafs failing year after year to do anything come playoff time, the fans in Toronto are loyal and extremely passionate. The Leafs mean everything to that city, and they consistently fill the arena and make life tough on opponents. This is a tough crowd to play in front of, making Scotiabank Arena a difficult arena to play in and in the past 5 seasons, Montreal Canadiens (8 losses) and Ottawa Senators (6 losses) registered the most losses in this arena. 

So, there you have it – a short glimpse into the NFL’s and NHL’s away-game arenas, where victories go to die (or at least take a serious beating). Remember, next time you see an away team pull off an upset victory, it’s not just about skill and strategy. It’s about defying the odds and silencing the crowd. In the meantime, visit Betway’s picks page for picks and predictions throughout the regular season and discover all the latest sports odds for your favorite teams.

Methodology

This dataset determines the hardest stadium for every NFL & NHL team, based on how many losses they have had at each stadium over the past 5 regular seasons (not including playoffs). To do this, the total losses at each stadium was summed to give the hardest stadium for each team, in the case of multiple stadiums had the same number of losses, all stadiums were listed.

All data is correct as of 12/12/23. The ranking data shown is a compilation of multiple data sources and may not be representative of real life. All data is accurate with regards to the sources provided. NFL data was from the 2018-2022 seasons. NHL data was from the 2021-2023 seasons.

Sources: 

Factor Link
NFL Games https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2022/games.htm
NHL Games https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2023_games.html
Pitch Type https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/nfl/which-nfl-stadiums-have-artificial-turf-vs-real-grass/2760443/
NFL Stadium Names https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_National_Football_League_stadiums
NHL Stadium Names https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Hockey_League_arenas
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The Insider is an editorial blog for Betway, one of the best betting sites, featuring sporting insight, intelligent comment and informed betting tips for football betting and all other major sports.