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10thArrowhead Stadium - Kansas City
Arrowhead Stadium is known around the league as being one of the loudest and most intense places to play. It holds a Guinness World Record for noise. "It's the loudest stadium I've played in," says Houston Texans LT Duane Brown. Before game action, the stadium's surrounding parking lots host wild tailgating parties, where Kansas City BBQ is always on the menu. Fans wear red and pack into the stadium's 70,000+ seats. Sell-outs are the norm.
9thCenturyLink Field - Seattle
CenturyLink Field is home to the "12th Man". Normal football teams only field 11 players, but the Seahawks' fans essentially count as an extra player due to their interaction and noise level. The stadium is situated within walking distance to the Downtown and Pioneer Square areas, so fans can continue partying after a team win. Plenty of parking is available nearby. Be prepared to stand the entire game, and yell.
8thRaymond James Stadium - Tampa Bay
The “RayJay” incorporates the Buccaneers’ seafaring motif into the stadium design, including a replica of a pirate ship in one end zone where fans can hang out, order food and drinks, and duck for cover when the Bucs score and cannons start blasting. The unique layout allows for excellent viewing angles from any section. The stadium's location offers easy access to and from it to the surrounding parking areas, which are typically hopping with tailgate festivities.
7thSports Authority Field at Mile High - Denver
The home of Petyon Manning's Broncos has no bad seat in the house. The stadium is loaded with food and beer vendors, and sells each at an affordable price relative to the average venue. Expect to stay the entire game, whether frosty wind or blustery snow. Postgame, the stadium has a great cab system to get fans home, or to Larimer Square to burn the oil.
6thHeinz Field - Pittsburgh
Heinz Field is set right on the Ohio River, with great views available to most fans. Grab a Yuengling and a pretzel and watch the home Steelers grind out a win. The seats are gold, there are plenty of restrooms and you can ever order sushi. Stadium tours are only $7 and are very worthwhile (all six Lombardi trophies are on display).
5thAT&T Stadium - Arlington
Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones clearly didn't skimp when designing this mega-luxury football stadium. "There are so many features for fans to enjoy here," says New Orleans Saint WR Kenny Stills. The former 'Cowboys Stadium' boasts one of the largest high-def video screens in the league, allowing for easy game viewing anywhere inside the massive building. There are six levels of suites, balcony seating in the end-zones and overall capacity for 100,000+ fans. A wide-open concourse also enables fans to keep an eye on the Cowgirls, even when they get up to grab a beer.
4thLucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis
The House That Peyton Manning built has a new QB in Andrew Luck but the same great home. Located in the heart of downtown Indy for convenient pre- and post-game partying, Lucas Oil Field is a 68,000-seat shrine for Colts fans, featuring a tribute to the team’s rich history. The retractable roof assures comfort in the September heat or December cold. The open concourse area lets fans hit the bathroom or concession stand without missing a snap.
3rdM&T Bank Stadium - Baltimore
M and T Bank Stadium is easily accessible via multiple modes of public transportation, and they share parking lots with Oriole Park at Camden Yards. A huge perk of the Raven's home field is the permitting of fans to bring their own food in to games. The place is huge, the fans are loud, and there's no bad vantage point in the joint.
2ndSoldier Field - Chicago
The NFL’s oldest stadium opened in 1924 and has a rich history. While other teams were building brand new facilities, the Bears’ den underwent more than a half-billion dollars in renovations. The classic Greek architecture remains, along with the additions of Jumbotrons, more concessions, bathrooms and a party deck in the end zone for the rowdier of the 61.000 fans. This is "an iconic stadium and franchise," says Saints WR Kenny Stills, Jr. The Lake Michigan waterfront and nearby Lincoln Park offer great tailgating.
1stLambeau Field - Green Bay
The average Cheesehead has to wait 30 years to get season tickets at Lambeau Field, the NFL's second oldest stadium. Nicknamed the "Frozen Tundra," opposing teams often have difficulty adjusting to the adverse weather conditions, which bodes well for the home Packers. This stadium is where the term "Lambeau Leap" was coined, describing the act of a Packers' player jumping into the crowd to celebrate scoring a touchdown. "There's so much history there," says All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown of the Houston Texans, who served on the expert panel for this category.
Chicago's Soldier Field, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore finish strong
NFL fans are a loyal bunch and they certainly showed it in our 10Best Readers' Choice contest for 'Best NFL Stadium.' It was a close race between Green Bay's historic Lambeau Field and Chicago's Soldier Field. In the end, Pack fans (or history) won out, and Lambeau outscored the home turf of "Da Bears." Soldier Field can take pride in its 2nd place finish, however: voting was very heavy in its favor.
Some stadiums won votes for their location or amenities, while others appealed to voters sense of history.
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