There is no denying that the NFL has produced a product over the years that is must-see TV. The only thing better than watching the NFL on TV is heading to one of the 32 beautiful stadiums and seeing the most skilled football players on the planet in person.
The architecture and ingenuity that some of these stadiums display is top-notch. When a stadium is constructed, the main goal is to build a place that fans take pride in heading to.
From delicious food to an unbeatable atmosphere, here are the best stadiums for fans to catch an NFL game.
If you are a Patriots fans, then this is the mecca of the NFL. No team wins more than the New England Patriots. As a result, the stadium is always packed and loud. Even if you are a visiting fan, the energy in the stadium is contagious. You know you are in for a good game when you head to Gillette.
The stadium isn’t even two decades old and sits just under 70,000 fans. There is 89 luxury suites making it easy for fans to enjoy the game in style. Endless parking for an unforgettable tailgate atmosphere is another aspect of the stadium that all of the fans love.
Besides the state-of-the-art stadium itself, Gillette Stadium has become somewhat of a small town. Located just a half-hour outside of Boston, the stadium attracts many people from the big city. Patriot Place features over a million square feet of dining, shopping and all kinds of entertainment.
There is no denying that Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place has something for every fan. This is a perfect place for every fan to see their first football game live.
Unfortunately, this is the only stadium on the list that I’ve been to. All of these NFL stadiums are beautiful, but being a Giants fan has me somewhat biased. Either way, MetLife Stadium is beautiful.
MetLife Stadium opened in 2010, is one of the newest in the NFL. With a capacity of 82,500, it is also one of the biggest. A home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, there is good football being played in this stadium all season long. There is plenty of great seats, a clean environment and a number of concession stands that allow for quick and easy access to food and drink. An incredible assortment of classic cuisine from the New York/New Jersey area always satisfies fans.
A stadium tour of MetLife is another awesome aspect that fans can enjoy. A view from the stadium at all angles is what fans can expect. From the luxury suites to the broadcast booth, this tour is an interesting way fans can learn more about the stadium. A visit to the clubhouse and Legacy Club also offers fans the chance to take in all the history that the Giants and Jets have established.
Depending on who you ask, this is the loudest stadium in the NFL. Arrowhead Stadium is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, a franchise that is incredibly rich in history. Tucked away in the Midwest, this football stadium is a pure classic.
No fancy renovations and no high-tech jumbo tron screens are needed to improve the beautiful stadium. Its simplicity is what makes it so special. The Midwestern charm and the football knowledge that these fans have make it welcoming for visiting fans as well.
Of course the food is on point in Kansas City as well. The food there is catered by the award-winning, world-renowned Levy Restaurants. The savory food appeals to a number of different palates, and few can complain about the grub at the stadium.
With over 75,000 seats the raucous stadium is always sold out. This season especially, there is a spectacular buzz around the Chiefs. The team is 5-0, and at this point in the season, the road to the Super Bowl will run through Kansas City.
That fact alone spells trouble for visiting teams. In 2014, Arrowhead Stadium reclaimed the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium by reaching 142.2 decibels. Bring your ear plugs if you’re not ready for some of the most passionate fans in the world.
Depending on who you ask, CenturyLink Field is the loudest stadium in the NFL. Going back and forth with Arrowhead Stadium, CenturyLink Field had the record for loudest stadium in the NFL before the Chiefs took it back.
One of the most architecturally fascinating stadiums, CenturyLink Field is build to accentuate acoustics. The rowdier the Seattle Seahawks fans get, the more noise and energy their team has to feed off of. Known as the 12th man, Seattle’s fans provide one of the best atmospheres in the league.
Pregame festivities are also a big part of the amazing vibe at CenturyLink Field. Touchdown City is the biggest attraction for fans of all ages. This attraction doesn’t require a ticket to the game to enter, and features a number of fun activities. It includes, interactive games and contests, food and drink, autograph booths and TVs displaying football games across the country. Live music is also featured hours before the game outside the stadium free of charge.
With a capacity of 72,000, over 15,000 parking spots in the surrounding downtown area, and nearly 50 concession stands, CenturyLink Field has all the aspects of a welcoming stadium.
For the truest of football fans, Lambeau Field is a bucket list stadium. There isn’t a franchise or a field that has more history behind it than the home of the Green Bay Packers. Much like Arrowhead Stadium, it’s lore comes from the undeniable aura surrounding the stadium. Vince Lombardi, Paul Hornung, Reggie White and Brett Favre have all created a legacy while playing at Lambeau Field.
Stadium tours and the Packers Hall of Fame are some of the attractions that allow fans to get closer to that history. World Championship trophies, recollections from past players’ greatest achievements and a replica of Vince Lombardi’s office are all features of the Packers Hall of Fame.
The most popular sports bar in Titletown is open year round as well. 1919 Kitchen & Tap has incredible locally grown ingredients, a wide selection of beers and a number of TVs for a perfect view of the game.
In terms of the stadium itself, Lambeau Field is impeccable. The stadium has sold out every game since 1961. Packers fans are some of the most devote in the NFL. Visiting fans are welcomed but warned that they are in Packer Nation. This incredible passion for their team is contagious, and always makes for must-see contests no matter who they are playing.
Now for the biggest and brightest segment of NFL bucket list stadiums. Down in Arlington, AT&T Stadium, better known as Jerry World is home to the Dallas Cowboys. It is only fitting that the most iconic NFL franchise has a stadium that matches that. The beautiful stadium not only hosts Dallas Cowboys football game, but also high profile college football and even the Final Four in men’s college basketball.
From a beautiful stadium, delicious restaurant and even an art museum, AT&T Stadium has it all. The Stadium Club has it all! From appetizers to dessert the menu gets rave reviews on a weekly basis. A kids menu as well as a cocktail menu completes the restaurant.
The long list of contributors to the art that is displayed throughout the stadium just goes to show how committed Jerry Jones was to this. A number of original pieces give this stadium a unique feel. There are also beautiful glass windows in the stadium to give it some natural light even when the roof is closed.
Seating over 100,000 passionate fans, the football cathedral is one of the landmarks in Texas. In a state where football is king, this is definitely the palace. AT&T Stadium is much more than just a football stadium, and fans flock from all over the country to check out everything it has to offer.
Trying to eclipse AT&T Stadium, 800 miles east we find the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium. The new home of the Atlanta Falcons is incredibly unique. At first glance, you aren’t quite sure what to make of it. The futuristic design makes it one of the most aesthetic stadiums in the NFL. Mercedes-Benz Stadium also features a falcon statue along with the team’s motto, “Rise Up” at the main entrance. That alone gets fans hyped up when they walk in the door.
The roof opens up like a pinwheel, and from an aerial view the stadium is astonishing. It is only a matter of time before this stadium is awarded a Super Bowl.
From the construction to everything being brand new and clean this stadium is incredible. The one last thing fans need to know: bring your appetite. The Atlanta Falcons aim to please when it comes to fans and their wallet. Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a great variety on the menu. Additionally, there is no item on the menu more expensive than $6. In terms of league average, the Falcons food and drink is close to 65% cheaper than any other stadium. I’ll be first in line!