How Many Acres is a Football Field?

First off, we are talking about how many acres an American football field is (see how many acres in a soccer field).

How many acres is a football field?

  • 1.1 acres not including end zones
  • 1.32 acres including end zones
How many acres is a football field

The dimensions of a football field are:

  • Length of playing field is 100 yards / 300 feet / 91.44 metres
  • Length of end zones (there are 2) are 10 yards / 30 feet / 9.144 metres
  • Width of football field is 53.33 yards / 160 feet / 48.8 metres

Calculations for acres in a football field:

Not including end zones:

  • 300 feet x 160 feet = 48,000 square feet
  • 1 acre = 43,560 square feet
  • 48,000 / 43,560 = 1.1 acres

Including end zones:

  • 360 feet x 160 feet = 57,600 square feet
  • 1 acre = 43,560 square feet
  • 57,600 / 43,560 = 1.32 acres

Are college fields the same size as NFL?

  • Yes

Do football fields use real grass or artificial turf?

As of the 2021 season 16 NFL fields have real grass and 16 use artificial turf.

Types of grass used:

How do the Groundskeepers mow the football field grass?

  • With a variety of different riding mowers and cylinder push mowers

NFL Groundskeepers are a team of 10+ professionals (per team) maintaining the game and practice fields. Maintenance is a full time job and an entire department within an NFL team organizational chart.

Football length and speed records:

What is the farthest a quarterback can throw a football?

  • 80 yards

The longest documented and confirmed throw is 80 yards. Patrick Mahomes achieved this throw in 2017 during his Pro Day

What is the longest field goal ever made?

  • 66 yards

Justin Tucker made a 66 yard field goal with seconds to go to give his team (Baltimore Ravens) the win over the Detroit Lions. Amazing.

Who is the fastest football player ever?

  • Bo Jackson

NFL uses the 40 yard dash as the benchmark for speed. And Bo Jackson has the fastest ever 40 yard dash clocked in at 4.13 seconds.

For comparison:

  • Deion Sanders 40 yard time is 4.27 seconds
  • Barry Sanders 40 yard time is 4.37 seconds


About your guide: Jamey Kramar is a certified Lawn Care Manager (NALP) and a Mechanical Engineer by trade. He has been writing about outdoor power equipment for 13 years and has been quoted in NYTimes, Popular Mechanics, HowStuffWorks, iFixit,, and more. He spends his spare time obsessing over his 1/4 acre lawn.