How Many Acres Is a Football Field? An Accurate Conversion

If you have ever taken on a new project like a football field (and who hasn’t, right?), you might not know how much land it will require. So, how many acres is a football field? What is the size of the area you intend to work in? To save you from some conversions and maths, I have this article for you.

How Many Acres Is a Football Field

NFL football fields are the same size as high school and college ones. A standard football field is 120 yards (360 feet) long.  The playing field is 100 yards (300 feet) long and it has two end zones 10 yards (30 feet) deep. The field is 53 1/3 yards (160 feet) wide on both sides.

The football field is 57,600 square feet (360 feet x 160 feet).

1 acre = 43,560 square feet.

Therefore, a football field is about 1.32 acres (57,600/43,560) in size.

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Acres and Football Fields

The yard lines on a football field are set so that the length of an entire football field is 360 yards, or about 0.25 of a mile. Why the 0.25? Because there are 5,280 feet in one mile, and there are 120 yards to a game of American football (so that one team can cover 50 yards in four plays).

View more: How long is a football game?

The field is divided into 64 smaller pieces, called “squares.” Each square is subdivided into ten smaller squares (each of which is called a “foot”). There are 40 feet to a side of the field, so that means there are 320 feet in a whole yard (the football field measures 60 yards).

How Big Is an Acre of Land?

The area of an acre depends on the length of the acre. Area is a two-dimensional measurement, like length and width. An acre is defined as being equal to 43,560 square feet or 4046 square yards.

One acre is equivalent to a rectangle with sides of 220 yards (1/4 mile) or a square with sides of 208 yards (1/3 mile). Since there are 640 acres in one square mile, each of these sides can also be thought of as 640/640ths of a mile long.

Of course, if you’re selling or thinking about selling land, you would want to know the size of the land and not worry about the conversions. It’s best to just use the number of acres, because it represents a unit of area that can be used all across America.

Related: How long is a football field in feet

What Does 1 Acre of Land Look Like?

There are a lot of different sizes for acreage. Each state has its own standards for the size of an acre. There is no standard measure for acreage because it depends on who’s measuring.

One person’s acre may be someone else’s very small lot, another person’s acre could be a large tract of land that might need subdivisions to sell or develop into housing tracts, offices, or shops for stores and restaurants.

If you imagine that an acre is the same size as a piece of ground, it’s a size that is quite a bit larger than what most people think of as an acre.

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Dimensions in some states in acres

  • Alabama – 3,945.36 acres.
  • Arizona – 4,974.25 acres.
  • Arkansas – 2,802.00 acres.
  • California – 26,847.91 acres.
  • Colorado – 3,819.31 acres.
  • Connecticut – 4,811.66 acres.
  • Delaware – 2,932.64 acres.
  • Florida – 1,500.00 acres.

How Big Is 10 Acres in Football Fields?

To give you a more intuitive idea of how many acres exist in some places, here is some yardage information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, based on national averages:

  • 20 ac   = 15.125013665121 ff.
  • 10 ac   = 7.9332311920644 ff.
  • 5 ac     = 3.6516533629235 ff.

What are The Numbers and Lines on the Field?

The field is marked every 5 yards and every 10 yards by a field number. The field has numbered lines to help people know where to stand.

The numbers on the field refer to the yard lines, which are used by officials to measure for first downs.

A NFL Football Field

Ever heard of an NFL football field? You bet you have! Well, I bet you didn’t know that it is a 1.3 acre sized field! The history of the NFL dates back to 1920 when Jim Thorpe made a team in Canton, Ohio. The Lions were simply a different type of team than the Browns.


Now that you understand the area of an acre, you can feel a little bit confident when you are out in your garden, developing your projects. You don’t have to worry about figuring out how many square feet or acres your project will take.

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