The Best NFL Stadiums to Visit

April 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Destinations, Features

While Major League Baseball is considered the national pastime in the United States, NFL football has surpassed baseball in overall popularity over the last decade. It has become a Sunday tradition for sports fans who either watch on television or attend games, which consists of hours of tailgating followed by heart-pounding action. For the best experience, visit one of these stadiums:

Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)

Lambeau Field is the home of the Green Bay Packers. The oldest stadium in the league has the best atmosphere for football including a stadium filled with passionate fans, often wearing cheesehead hats, who endure frigid temperatures to watch their beloved Packers. Together with an unmatched game environment, Lambeau’s Frozen Tundra has been home to three Super Bowl championship teams starting with the first two titles under coach Vince Lombardi and ending with the Super Bowl XXXI title largely won on the arm of popular quarterback Brett Favre.
lambeau-field.jpg Lambeau Field © Karen54301

Cowboys Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)

Opened in 2009, the new Cowboys Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility with the largest high definition video screen in the world. That along with an impressive franchise history including appearances in a record 8 Super Bowls makes a trip to Arlington, Texas a must for any football fan. Dubbed America’s Team after a run of success in the 1970’s, the Cowboys currently have a brash owner who helped usher in 3 titles in the 1990’s lead by Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith. In addition to NFL football, Cowboys Stadium hosted a record 108,713 fans for the 2010 NBA basketball All-Star Game in an effort that was spearheaded by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Heinz Field is the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dubbed Steeler Nation, fans of this record 6-time Super Bowl championship team fill the stadium with black and gold. This passionate group of fans is also known for following and supporting the team on road games. As with the Cowboys, the Steelers built their massive fan base during their 1970’s championship run lead by quarterback Terry Bradshaw, running-back Franco Harris, and coach Chuck Noll’s “Steel Curtain” defense. The Steelers have also won Super Bowls in 2005 and 2008 with recently troubled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leading the way.

Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)

Visitors to Arrowhead Stadium will experience The Sea of Red, which is the nickname given to the loudest fans in the NFL. Though the Seattle Seahawks fans (The 12th Man) at Qwest Field would disagree since that is likely the loudest stadium in the NFL. Despite years of a home field advantage because of the high decibel level in the building, the Kansas City Chiefs have struggled over the last few years and haven’t reached a Super Bowl since the 1960’s under quarterback Len Dawson. That being said, it’s worth a trip to experience the hours of tailgating before the game along with a rarely matched fan atmosphere. Be sure to wear red and bring a pair of earplugs.
tailgating.jpg Tailgating in Cleveland © Nolosabias

Lucas Oil Field (Indianapolis Colts)

Lucas Oil Field is the home of the Indianapolis Colts. Despite the aesthetically pleasing design of the stadium, the main draw is an excellent fan atmosphere along with a consistently dominant team led by record-breaking quarterback Peyton Manning. The Colts have finished first in the AFC South for 7 straight seasons. This has led to a Super Bowl win in 2006 and a loss in 2009 to quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Though Indianapolis may be a bit off the beaten track for travelers, it also has one of the best basketball venues (read the list) called Conseco Fieldhouse.

Meadowlands Stadium (New York Giants and New York Jets)

2010 welcomes the unveiling of the new Meadowlands Stadium, which is the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. With 82,500 seats, it’s second only to the Redskins FedEx Field in overall capacity. Big Blue has been more successful over the years in terms of Super Bowls wins including wins in 1986 and 1990 led by Coach Bill Parcells and a tough G-Men defense with Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks. The Giants led by Eli Manning also upset the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII ruining their chance at an undefeated season. The Jets, on the other hand, won the most important Super Bowl in NFL history in 1968. The upset of the Colts in Super Bowl III led by Broadway Joe Namath solidified the AFL-NFL merger. A benefit of selecting a Jets game over a Giants game would be a chance to hear the loud chants of J-E-T-S led by Fireman Ed. The new stadium ensure that Giants games will be filled with a sea of blue while Jets games will be transformed to a haven for green.

Read about the best MLB ballparks and the best NBA arenas.
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20 Responses to “The Best NFL Stadiums to Visit”
  1. John H says:

    Lambeau is definitely the top experience. Nothing like it. Arrowhead has louder fans, but Qwest Field is a louder building. Loudest in the NFL. Maybe all of sports. I would have included Gillette Stadium as it’s a great atmosphere and they have been great with Brady and Belichick.

  2. Kimmy says:

    My husband and I are looking forward to the new Giants Stadium. Looks great and the best fans. FexEx Field is one I’d add to the list. Good atmosphere.

  3. Tim says:

    Lambeau Field has to be at or near the top. Agreed. I have to put Soldier Field on the list too as the Chicago Bears history and the atmosphere. The Cowboys new Stadium is ridiculous. Went their last year and the video screen is huge. Like 80 yeards long.

  4. Seth says:

    Reliant Stadium in Houston is one of the best NFL stadiums. I’m a bit bias as a big Texans fan, but it has a great environment. I loved the new Cowboys stadium, but I thought that huge screen was a bit much.

    Would love to check out Lambeau someday.

  5. Todd Rand says:

    I’m part of Steeler Nation and our group travels throughout the country for Steelers road games. A lot of great picks here. My top 5 best NFL stadiums are: 1. Heinz Field 2. Soldier Field 3. Lambeau Field 4. Arrowhead Stadium 5. M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

  6. Richie P says:

    A big fan of the retro stadiums in Indianapolis. Funny that it’s not just the look of the stadiums, but the feel inside of Conseco Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium.

    I also take at least one trip a year to Soldier Field and have always loved it especially for division games. Something about the atmosphere and their strong defenses over the years that makes it feel like football.

  7. The days of old dirty stadiums will soon be a thing of the past. They are using the finest materials to build these stadiums now and it makes going to the game more enjoyable.

    Thanks for the pics.
    @Ileane

  8. Sharion says:

    It’s tough to pick the best nfl stadium. I love FedEx and Arrowhead. Arrowhead has the best nfl fans. The Cowboys Stadium has the best nfl stadium scoreboard, but it feel a little too big inside. A lot of it comes down to the team also. Soldier Field is the toughest to play in if the Bears defense is at it’s peak. Same with other cold weather cities. The winds at the Meadowlands is notorious for impacting Giants and Jets games.

  9. braderson says:

    I am a Buffalo Season Ticket Holder and I can tell you Buffalo is intense…always people yelling…sometimes standing the entire game and if your wearing an opponent jersey beware of heckling, bad language and being goofed on the whole time if your not in Bills gear.

    I went to Arrowhead to watch the Bills take on the Chiefs and was nervous to wear Bills gear as my experience in Buffalo and how we treat other teams fans.

    I didn’t get goofed on, yelled at or heckled in K.C. Hard for me to agree that they are the loudest. Buffalo is louder by far.

    KC is a friendly place so maybe the most friendly stadium might be more appropriate.

  10. Mike C says:

    Indianapolis has a good fan atmosphere? What a joke. There is more excitement from Sunday Mass than there is at Lucas Oil. The most uneducated football fans in the league that just hang on Peyton Manning’s leg like a spoiled child on a new babysitter refusing to let go. The entire game they just sit on their keisters and EXPECT Peyton to make big plays. When the defense is on the field you could hear a pin drop aside from the few drunk skinheads with oversized “Manning” jerseys. Please, go ask a random Colts fan what a Cover 2 defense is or who was the quarterback opposite Joe Namath in Superbowl III ( I am 23 years old and know this.) Now, don’t get me wrong, Lucas Oil is beautiful, but the people inside are an affront to real NFL fans everywhere.

  11. Gennaro says:

    @Sharion – That Dallas Cowboys scoreboard has to be the biggest in all of sports. Agreed about the old Chicage Bears teams. Especially in the 1980’s with Singletary and Dent.

    @braderson – Can’t argue that Buffalo isn’t an intense place to play. Loyal Bills fans with cold weather thrown in. Kansas City has been pretty bad recently. That place was very loud over the years and the Chiefs rarely lost there.

    @Mike C – Peyton Manning will have every passing record before he’s done. They’re in first place every year. Seeing him play at home is a must. Agree that it foesn’t have an intense atmosphere though.

  12. anwar berry says:

    Im from chicago soooooooo of course going to soldier field is one of the best stadiums and im not just saying that neither. but i have been to lambeau to watch the bears its ok bleacher style seats was horrible i have been to lucas oil stadium it was pretty nice. arrowhead wasnt nothing special. but i want to go to the meadowlands, and see how that feels when the bears play the jets.

  13. Juan Harris says:

    Im from KC and Arrowhead is a great place to tailgate and watch a game. When the fans start banging on the seats it sounds like a Apache Helicopter. And I must say the Superdome can get loud as well. They love those Saints.

  14. Alex says:

    the picture used for Arrowhead Stadium is actually Cleveland Browns Stadium

  15. Gennaro says:

    @Alex You’re correct.

  16. Chasitty says:

    @braderson- Arrowhead isn’t called the loudest statium in the NFL just for the heck of it. They actually took a DB meter into Arrowhead and found that by DB’s it is actually the loudest statium in the NFL. Last year, we went to the Chiefs vs. Bills when it went into overtime and chiefs ended up winning by a fieldgoal and I was in the players parking lot. When that kick was good…ohhh my you knew that the chiefs won. Also Chad Ochocinco has also been quoted as saying the worst stadium to play in is Arrowhead because the crowd gets so crazy and can feel the fans chants on the field…he has also said it just makes you as a player more nervous!

  17. Chris tee says:

    You people are actually going based off of your favorite team, that’s not what this article is about!
    I’m a San Diego Charger fan and I’ve been to plenty of stadiums. The sea of red definitely has some good fans that are extremely loud no questions asked. I know Green Bay also have a loud stadium. However, do not come on here claiming your team has the loudest stadium if the article doesn’t even state them, there’s a reason it didn’t qualify like these teams did.

  18. Primo Benavidi says:

    The Arlington Texas Cowboys Stadium is only slightly bigger than Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Dallas has no claim to anything regarding the Cowboys Stadium as Dallas has never owned an NFL team that actually played within the Dallas CIty Limits. Sad but true. However, Much Kudos to the City of Arlington, for having to submit to the idea that somehow Dallas City Limits include the City of Arlington Texas.

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