Every NFL fan looks for something different in their experience – some just want their team to win, some are looking for some action from offshore sportsbooks, while others follow the game for the experience of visiting different cities and stadiums.
Here are three stadiums that every football fan needs to visit at least once in their lives:
GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City Chiefs
One thing that will become clear on this list is that I am a sucker for stadium nostalgia. That certainly makes me biased toward a certain type of stadium, but it is hard to argue against Arrowhead (we aren’t funning with the naming sponsor here) being on this list.
The loudest stadium in the league, there is nothing like the vibrancy of Arrowhead for a division game late in the season. The way that the stadium is built amplifies the noise and this is one of those stadiums that is so steep that even the highest of nosebleed seats still offer a great view.
In Kansas City, however, the game is only about half of the experience. Tailgating matters in America, and in BBQ country it matters so much more. Add in the smell of brisket, pulled pork, and some of the finest burgers you will taste, to the friendliness of the fans in this part of the country and your Arrowhead adventure will live long in the memory.
Lambeau Field – Green Bay Packers
The most iconic venue in the NFL is the Packers’ Lambeau Field. The metal bleachers will tell you instantly what type of town Green Bay is, with the NFL’s smallest market bleeding Green and Gold year-round.
Bigger cities sometimes struggle as the NFL isn’t the only show in town. In Green Bay, the NFL is not just the only show in town, it basically is the town. Legends are born here – the likes of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers – players who have continued a legacy forged from the days of Vince Lombardi himself.
Go here in December. Pray for snow. Expect to be cold. The Packers’ faithful wouldn’t have you experience their team any other way.
Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas Raiders
There were a few new-era stadiums that could have taken this spot. SoFi Stadium in LA is the most expensive stadium in American sports, but fans in LA are notoriously fickle about their teams. Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta was only built in 2017 and still feels new, but the Falcons are not very good right now. Jerry World in Dallas was probably the closest, but Allegiant Stadium has one huge advantage.
It is in Las Vegas.
The idea of watching an NFL game in what is still a brand new stadium and then spending the evening on The Strip is a delicious one. This stadium cost just shy of $2 billion and has everything you would expect of a Vegas stadium. It even has a Guy Fieri-branded restaurant inside the stadium and you really can’t get much more Vegas than that.