Autumn is here and that usually means American football’s season is well on its way. Devoted fans flock to the stadiums, tailgating from dawn, and participating in fighting roars and chants. The atmosphere during a game, especially between two great rivalries, is one of a kind and certainly a must experience for any sport fan.
The National Football League (NFL) has 32 teams that are divided into two conferences. The season is only 17 weeks long which makes every game a must win for teams wanting to make it to the Super Bowl. With that in mind, here are six of the best NFL stadiums to watch American football.
The best NFL Stadiums
Many consider this frozen tundra, home to the Green Bay Packers, in rural Green Bay, Wisconsin, one of the best NFL stadiums. The land of cheese hats, Vince Lombardi, and most recently, Brett Farve, Lambeau Field is perhaps the most legendary football stadium in the United States. What makes it such a great place is its fans which goes back generations. The franchise has such a dedicated fan base season tickets reportedly have a 30-year wait list! History is also a huge factor at Lambeau. The Green Bay Packers are the most decorated team in the NFL. If you can score single game tickets, give yourself enough time to stop by the Packers Hall of Fame.
AT&T Stadium is the home stadium of the Dallas Cowboys. Often referred to as Cowboys Stadium or Jerry’s House, it is one of the largest and most expensive stadiums ever built. The stadium holds up to the slogan that everything is bigger in Texas, including a high definition television whose screen is sixty yards in length. You come here to watch the Cowboys, dubbed as America’s team, but make no mistake in thinking that is all there is. That is because part of AT&T Stadium’s allure is the venue itself, which offers VIP stadium tours, art tours, and educational tours. Many also come see its world famous cheerleaders.
You might have recognised it when it appeared on the big screen disguised at the home of the Gotham Rogues in “The Dark Knight Rises”, but Heinz Field is where the Pittsburgh Steelers play their home games. On game day, the stadium becomes a sea of mustard yellow, with fans holding on to their tea towels and vigorously swirling them above their heads to rally their team. Come here to watch the team with the most Super Bowl wins and get a great view of the city of Pittsburgh and the Ohio River.
Talk about a real football stadium, CenturyLink Field is not only the home to defending Super Bowl champions, Seattle Seahawks, but also Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC. With its outstanding location just below downtown Seattle, fans are treated to wonderful views of their city. A football game at this brilliantly designed stadium produces an experience like no other because of the noise factor. The vacuum created by the stadium’s architecture magnifies the fight chants and the roars of fans. These are only a few of the features that make it one of the best NFL stadiums. Experience it yourself and you will see why visiting teams often refer to it as “The Clink” and consider it one of the hardest places to win games.
Join the throngs of fans tailgating behind their SUVs, in their RVs, and even on their boats before a Chicago Bears game at Soldiers Field. No other stadium has seen more football games than this one. The stadium’s location is built between the dark waters of Lake Michigan and the architecturally diverse skyline of Chicago, making it one of the best NFL stadiums to watch a game. Considering it is the NFL’s oldest football arena, fans here are naturally sentimental about their team. If you want to experience how a classic football game is played, catch one on the Bears’ home turf against its great rival, the Packers.
Lucas Oil Stadium
No other stadium blends with the crowd and presents its fans with some of the most comfortable seating in the NFL than Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Affectionately referred to as “The Oil Drum” or “The House that Peyton Built”, it features one of the league’s first retractable roofs and giant windows on both end zones which give fans inviting views of the city even when the roof is closed. The stadium was designed with the fans in mind and even incorporated local history and culture by using Indiana limestone to construct the building. This is exactly the type of place you go to purely enjoy a football game.
In a city like Green Bay, where football is the dominant professional sport, make sure that you have your hotel reservations in place before kicking off your coast-to-coast road trip to the best NFL stadiums. Rooms often sell out fast.