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Stadium Journey | NFL Stadium Experience Rankings, NFL Football
By Paul Swaney – Guest Post Silver and Blue Report & Hook ’em Report

Cowboys Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Dallas Cowboys, Cowboys, Texas StadiumGuest Post: We recently published our ranking of the NFL stadium overall experiences based on our criteria rating the food & beverage, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, and return on investment.

LINK: http://www.stadiumjourney.com/news/02-01-2014/561/nfl-stadium-experience-rankings

On the eve of the Super Bowl, we are pleased to present our rankings from 1-32 for the top stadium experiences in the NFL for the past season. We use our official FANFARE rankings from our correspondents when determining our list, and use the ratings of our members as the primary tiebreaker. We’ve included an excerpt from each of our reviews. We’re looking forward to seeing the new home of the 49ers, Levi’s Stadium in 2014. Please be sure to share your experiences as well, by rating the stadiums where you have attended a game.

  1. Lucas Oil Stadium – Home of the Indianapolis Colts

    For the third consecutive season, we rank Lucas Oil Stadium as the best overall experience in the NFL. Indianapolis has the best downtown sports scene in the United States. Every venue in Indianapolis is top notch, and a trip to see the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium is no different. In fact, it may be the best sports experience in the world. That may seem like hyperbole, but go to a Colts game and you will agree that it is a top notch venue.

  2. Heinz Field – Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most successful team since the NFL/AFL merger, with six Super Bowl titles. For four of those championships, they shared Three Rivers Stadium with the Pittsburgh Pirates. When baseball went retro in the mid-1990s, the Pirates followed suit by planning PNC Park, and the Steelers had an option to renovate Three Rivers into a football-only facility. But with their three division rivals all boasting new venues, the Steelers ownership wanted to get in on the act. The city eventually agreed to build two separate venues along with a convention center. Though controversial for its use of public funds, the project has revitalized the North Shore, with the two stadiums standing a few blocks away and making Pittsburgh one of the premier sports destinations in the country.

  3. Lambeau Field – Home of the Green Bay Packers

    Since the Ice Bowl game on New Years Eve 1967, Lambeau has been known as “The Frozen Tundra”, although it has never been frozen during a game since then. The same can’t be said for the fans, who endure temperatures well below freezing to cheer on their team. In this case, “their team” is entirely accurate, as many fans own a piece of the club, something that cannot be said anywhere else in the NFL.

  4. AT&T Stadium – Home of the Dallas Cowboys

    Cowboys Stadium with its fans makes for one of the rowdiest atmospheres in the NFL and can make for a bad day for opposing teams and coaches. The beautiful stadium not only adds to the atmosphere but makes the experience even better. With a vast amount of leg room in the seats and seating that is perfectly placed so that no matter where you sit you have a great view, Cowboys Stadium makes for a great atmosphere.

  5. Bank of America Stadium – Home of the Carolina Panthers

    Though many fans complain that the NFL is becoming less and less of a fan-friendly sport, the Panthers do a great job of remembering the reason they open the gates each Thursday, Sunday or Monday. With reasonable (considering the sport) pricing, a lively in-game atmosphere and a family-friendly environment, Bank of America Stadium is a great place to watch a game. The team’s return to prominence will only make the experience that much better.

  6. Reliant Stadium – Home of the Houston Texans

    The atmosphere of Reliant Stadium is definitely one of a kind with great fans, a great city and a beautiful stadium which make for a perfect mixture. There are two huge jumbo screens at each side of the stadium to keep fans engaged during the game and to show replays and highlights.

  7. CenturyLink Field – Home of the Seattle Seahawks

    So you think your fans are the absolute loudest? Does the noise meter burst out of the red as if your fans are so loud it can’t be measured? Well cute animations and biased claims aside, the Seattle Seahawk fans are the absolute loudest, not in the NFL, not in the United States, but the loudest in the entire world, and it has been proven.

  8. Mercedes-Benz Superdome – Home of the New Orleans Saints

    The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is located just a few blocks away from the French Quarter. While many other NFL fans brag about their tailgating experience, Saints fans are more accustomed to party-gating on Bourbon Street and the surrounding area both before and after the game. The newly developed “Champions Square” is a unique fan gathering area which includes huge banners of Saints players and logos, a live band, several food and drink vendors, and swarms of Who Dats cramming into the square.

  9. Gillette Stadium – Home of the New England Patriots

    Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, is nestled along Route 1 in the small town of Foxboro, Massachusetts. Unlike the larger city teams like Cleveland, Seattle, Detroit and Carolina, whose stadiums are tucked downtown in major urban areas, Gillette feeds not only to one city or state, but a region that supports and lives for the sport of football. Being one of the most successful NFL franchises in the past decade and a half, the Patriots facility showcases their hierarchy throughout the league.

  10. FirstEnergy Stadium – Home of the Cleveland Browns

    In 1999, Cleveland was granted a new franchise and they made Cleveland Browns Stadium, built on the site of Municipal Stadium, their new home. The Browns continued the legacy of futility, with only one playoff appearance in that time. Fortunately, their new football-only facility is among the best in the league, giving their hard-luck fans a great place to watch the team.

  11. Lincoln Financial Field – Home of the Philadelphia Eagles

    Lincoln Financial Field is a wonderful sports venue for everyone from diehard Eagles fans to casual onlookers. There is truly a home-field advantage to be had here, and even with some minor hiccups along the way, the full Lincoln Financial Field experience for any visitor is as memorable as the team’s one of a kind fight song.

  12. Soldier Field – Home of the Chicago Bears

    Opened in 2003, a controversial renovation placed a futuristic steel-and-glass saucer between Soldier Field’s iconic colonnades. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin called the renovation “a monumental eyesore” and “the monstrosity on the midway”, and the National Park Service stripped its landmark status, declaring that Soldier Field “no longer retains its historical integrity.”

    Over time, positive evaluations did emerge; Peter Richmond, writing for ESPN’s Grantland website, compared the new Soldier Field favorably to faux-retro stadiums in New York, praising it as “…a complete success, an integral art of the second-city’s first-city architectural status.”

    While that debate won’t be settled here – or anywhere – the new interior of Soldier Field offers a terrific gameday experience, led by intimate views of the action from anywhere in the stadium and the company of a diehard fan base. Bears tickets are hard to come by, but a trip to Soldier Field is worth the effort for any football fan.

  13. Paul Brown Stadium – Home of the Cincinnati Bengals

    It’s amazing what a competitive team can do for your game experience. While the open design of PBS doesn’t necessarily help retain noise, the local fans do their best to create a home-field advantage. A game at Paul Brown offers you great sightlines from every spot in the stadium. The lower bowl is incredibly close to the field while the upper decks are built on a steep incline to give those seats a good viewing angle to all on-field action.

  14. M&T Bank Stadium – Home of the Baltimore Ravens

    M&T Bank Stadium (capacity 71,008) opened in 1998, and was the direct result of Art Modell and the original Cleveland Browns moving to Baltimore following the 1995 season. While the team name, colors, and history have remained in Cleveland, the organization has done an incredible job of creating their own niche and history. Since their move to Baltimore, the Ravens have won four AFC North Divisional titles (2003, ’06, ’11, ’12) and two Super Bowl championships (2000 & 2012), making them one of the most successful teams in the last 20 seasons. The devoted Ravens fans have reciprocated the love affair with their team by selling out every home game since its inception in 1996.

  15. LP Field – Home of the Tennessee Titans

    LP Field is located just east of downtown Nashville, which is one of the best spots in the entire country. The main street in Nashville is Broadway which features numerous establishments for eating and drinking. At almost any time of the day, many of these spots feature live music and many spots cater to all ages.

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