Stadium Wish List: NFL edition

Following yesterday’s MLB stadiums wish list, I am continuing today with the NFL.

Although I have been to multiple NFL games, I have only seen a pro-football game at one NFL stadium, FedEx Field.

The Redskins are a great example of why you should want to go to an NFL game. Despite not being very good since the turn of the century, fans of the team located near the nation’s capital continuously fill up one of the largest stadiums in the National Football League.

And that’s not out of the ordinary.

NFL fans are some of the most passionate in sports, and no matter if their team is good or bad they seem to show up in capacity numbers for every home game.

Speaking of home games, here is my list of teams’ home venues I want to take in a game at.

NFL

Honorable Mention:

Heinz Field

St. Louis Rams new stadium in LA (link)

 

      5. Soldier Field, Chicago Bears

Two of the stadiums on this list are there in part because of the legendary status beside their names.

Soldier Field, which opened in 1924, is one of those stadiums.

It is the oldest continuously used stadium in the NFL. (In 2016 it will be the second-oldest stadium in the league while the LA Rams are using the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.)

Although the Bears have only played in the stadium since 1971, their time in it has been filled with winning teams, including the historic 1985 team.

In all honesty, the reason it is on this list is because it’s so old. When I first made the list, I had Soldier Field No. 2, but after realizing that, I couldn’t justify putting it at the top.

Nonetheless I want to go there.

      4. Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs

When mentioning passionate fans, you will be hard pressed to find more passionate ones than those of the Kansas City Chiefs. And you certainly won’t find louder ones.

In October of 2013 Chief supporters set the crowd noise level of 137.5 decibels in a game against the Raiders. Then a year later, they smashed that record with a deafening tune of 142.2 decibels in a game against the Patriots.

They could break that record this year in their home games against the Raiders (Dec 8) or defending champion Broncos (Dec 25).

I’m all for loud, passionate fans. The louder the better in my opinion.

Outside of the fans, Kansas City seems like a cool town, and the interesting design of the stadium itself looks like it would be awesome to see in person.

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This great fireworks display is another reason to head into the Sea of Red.   Photo via gridironstadiumnetwork.com

      3. Gillette Stadium, New England Patriots

Admittedly I don’t have a great reason for wanting to go to Gillette Stadium.

The real reason is I want to walk across the bridge that sits behind the one end zone. It just seems like the thing to do when you go there.

Among other reasons, though, are the facts that you’re almost certain to see the home team win, which keeps the home fans happy, it’s a given that you’ll see Tom Brady throw a touchdown pass, and plus it’s said that Patriots owner Robert Kraft had the designers of the stadium make over 200 changes to the original design before signing off on the final one.

If it’s good enough for Kraft, it’s good enough for me.

      2. CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks

I mentioned the fans when talking about Arrowhead Stadium, and that’s where I start when talking about the home of the Seattle Seahawks.

Home of the 12th man, when opposing teams walk into CenturyLink it’s normally after having practiced a lot of hand signals in the week leading up to the game.

These fans get loud!

Noise is one thing, but exciting play is another.

Under the current system in place in Seattle, if you attend a game there you’ll see an exciting brand of offense with a hard-hitting brand of defense.

The home of the Seahawks has been rated as one of the nicest stadiums in the NFL by various publications.

I just really hope it’s not raining when I get the chance to go to a game there.

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In between the Chiefs setting the noise level record, it was Seattle’s 12th Man that held the record. They’re loud, and part of the reason I want to visit “The Link.”   Photo via the Associated Press

      1. Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers

*Cue NFL Films theme music* “The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.”

Yes, of course Lambeau is at the top of the list.

As many times as I’ve said that line in my lifetime, I have to get there for a game. It would only feel fitting, though, to go to a game late in the season when it is freezing cold.

Besides the freezing temperatures, and proximity to large amounts of cheese, there are a couple more reasons to visit “The Shrine of Pro Football.”

First off, they have one of the best traditions in the NFL with the Lambeau Leap. I can only imagine how psyched up the fans there get when it happens.

Speaking of fans, it is reported that the Packers have sold out every home game dating back to 1960. That’s ridiculous.

Also, Lambeau was home to one of the best coaches in sports history in Vince Lombardi, who rightfully lives on in the form of a statue outside of the stadium. It would be incredible to be in the same place he coached for so many years.

And where else can you where foam cheese on your head and not look silly? That’s the place I want to be.

Finally, when something has the nickname, “The Shrine of Pro Football,” that automatically makes it a place you need to go.

 

Check back in tomorrow for my college football edition of my stadium wish list.

 

 

 

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