Tailgating. Face painting. Tens of thousands of people chanting. No matter how large your TV screen is or how yummy your homemade nachos are, nothing beats the excitement of a live football game! And after you’ve cheered on “your” team on their home field, it’s time to head somewhere new… that’s right, a pilgrimage to one of the top NFL stadiums.
Not sure which stadium to visit? We’ve got this one! Pack your lucky jersey and check out our “bucket list” of the 5 best NFL experiences.
Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas Raiders)
One of the newest in the NFL, this glitzy stadium fits right in with its “Vegas, baby,” surroundings. Its jet-black facade has already earned a nickname: the Death Star. Adding to its only-in-Vegas appeal, Allegiant Stadium also offers an 80 x 125 retractable opening with views of the Strip.
And do we even need to mention what’s arguably its biggest draw? Location, location, location. Less than a mile from the strip, with a walkway that’s only open to pedestrians on game day.
Best NFL Stadium for: Fans Who Want to Bet on More Than Just Their Team
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)
If you’re looking for a rowdy, raucous good time, you’ve found it! The Arrowhead party starts from the moment you step foot on the lot, with one of the best tailgating experiences in the NFL. We’re talking SEC-level tailgating in one of the top NFL Stadiums.
Because Kansas City is home to some of the best bbq in the country, and tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium proves it. Forget about the usual burgers and dogs. We’re talking sauces, spices, and rubs. Your mouth will be watering long before the food’s ready!
But you can’t talk about Arrowhead without talking about the ground-shaking noise. You guys… Arrowhead is in the Guinness World Book of Records for the loudest crowd roar: 142.2 decibels during a Monday Night Football game.
Best NFL Stadium for: Fans Who Make Noise
Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
The Broncos’ home field checks all the boxes:
Pre-gaming? At just two miles from downtown Denver, you have your choice of pre- and post-game hangouts.
Transportation? Denver’s light rail stops right at the station.
Craving stadium food? Concession stands sell everything from polish sausages to pizza to margaritas.
But what really sets Empower Field apart is its open-air view. There’s just something about seeing the stunning Rocky Mountains in the distance while you’re watching a football game…
P.S. – if you time it right, you can get a double bang for your travel bucks by timing your football trip with ski season.
Best NFL Stadium for: Fans Who Like a Mountain View
Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
Visiting Lambeau Field is like stepping into a football time machine. The home of the Packers is the oldest football stadium, and they’re proud of it. They still have 60 rows of bleachers from the original 1957 stadium (but they’ve added luxury suites, for fans that would rather be comfy).
One of the stadium’s most beloved – and awesome! – traditions is the Lambeau Leap. Whenever a player scores a touchdown, he jumps up on the wall (6-8 feet in places!) into the crowd of fans.
Pro Tip: Dress warm if you head to Lambeau! The stadium’s well-earned nickname is the Frozen Tundra, thanks to a game played with a -36 degree wind chill. Chilly, yes, but it’s still one of our top NFL stadiums!
Best NFL Stadium for: Fans Who Love History
U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
Even though the Vikings’ home field is just a few years old, it’s already ranked as one of the best venues in the NFL. Its most stunning feature is its breathtaking slanted translucent roof – It’s 60% transparent, letting in plenty of natural light. So you get all the bennies of an open stadium without, you know, freezing in the Minnesota weather.
U.S. Bank Stadium pays homage to its moniker with a 160-foot long Viking ship that stands at its west entrance. A popular hangout for fans, the Legacy Ship features a 2,000 square-foot curved LED video board – the ship’s sail. Epic photo spot, btw!
Best NFL Stadium for: Fans Who Want to Enjoy the Outdoors (While Staying Warm Indoors)
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