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NFl Stadiums graded - guess who is last
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
GREEN BAY PACKERS
The great tailgating.....the friendliness of the people.....and the most classic of all NFL
venues is to be found here in Green Bay. Throw in a nine figure upgrade and renovation
of this hallowed ground and you have the elite venue of the National Football League. The
seating bowl remains as it has been for decades....and the rest has been significantly
improved. What was once your very basic steel and concrete concourse has been turned
into a virtual living history of one of the sports' most renowned franchises with photos and
murals of the great moments and so much more....can we come back, PLEASE!!
Put a stadium downtown, add all the modern touches, a great skyline view, a menu with
all the local dishes, awesome tailgating and great fans who know their football legacy,
and you will find all that and more in Pittsburgh!The Coca-Cola Great Hall is easily the
finest concourse in the NFL. Tickets are hard to come by. We know why!
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Another one of the generation of new NFL stadiums, this one has the combination of all
the right things - comfortable seats with great views, two huge crystal clear jumbotrons,
modern fan amenities, great tailgating, rabid fans who pack the place and great Florida
weather. But ahhhhh - that pirate ship! This is the signature element of the building and
the pirate theme dominates the entire football experience.
The first in the NFL retractable roof. This is a big, big stadium which boasts superior
design, great attention to public spaces, superb tailgating and great fans who deservedly
belong back in the ranks of NFL cities.
M&T BANK STADIUM
Set in the beautiful downtown Inner Harbor area, this beautiful stadium perfectly
compliments its sister stadium next door, Camden Yards. Tailgating is abundant here,
even in a downtown setting. The highlight of the inside seating area is not one but two
HUGE smartvision boards dominating each end zone. Fan amenities, merchandise and
food are plentiful in wide, colorful concourses. All in all a showcase to modern NFL
LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD
Is anyone shedding a tear for the demise of the Vet? No way! Lincoln Financial Field has
all the ambience of a great gathering spot, kind of like a combination of a busy train
station and your neighborhood pub. All the amenities you would want - great seating bowl
with awesome sightlines, scoreboards and LED boards. Nice entrance pavilion at the
"Head House" in the north end, and Phillyfan really packs this place to cheer on their
A downtown setting doesn't allow much in the way of tailgating here. But there are many
other sights and sounds to be experienced at one of the NFL's newest gems - whether it
be walking the warning track at nearby Safeco Field, the impressive view of downtown
from the south end zone. And gosh! What great architecture in that distinct arched roof.
Qwest Field is a great venue....now if only they could get a real team to play there!!!
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Is this heaven? No its Foxboro. Yet don't tell that to the Patriots fans who sat in miserable
Foxboro Stadium for decades, and have now been rewarded with a new venue and a
Super Bowl trophy. End zone lighthouse and arched bridge are the signature elements to
a gorgeous and modern venue with all the amenities and fan comforts.
PAUL BROWN STADIUM
This place opened in 2000 and it is quite a jewel. With Daktronics LED overlooking the
sidelines, two asymmetrical jumbotrons at each end and a seating area design that is
eye-popping and jaw-dropping we would have to say that this place is our favorite as far
as design is concerned. With a few tons of orange and black paint and brighter
concourses this place would probably earn a spot on top on our list.
Set in the city's stunning and historic lakefront Park District, Soldier Field has new life
thanks to a $600MM renovation. Wider concourses? Not really. More restrooms? Umm..
where? But the colonnades work well with the new design, and the building pays great
homage to those who served our country. Still enough in terms of seating bowl amenities
to earn a high spot on the list.
EDWARD JONES DOME
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS RAMS
It doesn't matter if you believe that domed stadiums are a sure sign of the Apocalypse,
trust us when we say you will enjoy the Edward Jones Dome experience. This is our
favorite domed NFL stadium by far with its small yet grand entrances at each of the four
corners of the building and wide concourses that widen at points where there are
concession stands. This building also offers sweeping views of downtown St. Louis
including that unfinished McDonald's sign on the banks of the Mississippi. So kick back,
have a couple of Bud Lights (WHASSUUUP!!!) and watch the Rams light up the
The old Hudson's Warehouse is built right into the stadium, and that makes downtown
Detroit's newest jewel a unique football experience. Little tailgating or pregame action a
minus, but stunning indoor seating bowl flooded with natural light makes for one of the
best of the NFL's domed stadiums.
NETWORK ASSOCIATES COLISEUM
OAKLAND RAIDERS (RAIDERFAN)
Not a commentary on the stadium (so,so at best) but a tribute to the wildest and zaniest
fans we have seen to date and no one comes close. Here it is not enough just to show up
with a Rich Gannon jersey and a Raiders cap. In order to qualify as RAIDERFAN you must
dress and behave in a style that makes one appear to be something other than human.
Silver and Black color attire required of course and if you even think of wearing colors of
the visiting team in the stadium please enter at your own risk.
P.S. Black Hole is in, Dawg Pound is out!
INVESCO FIELD AT MILE HIGH
This modern and futuristic stadium looks like something out of "The Jetsons". Three
massive video boards and a Broncos logo interwoven into the seats makes for one of the
nicest seating bowls in the NFL. Food choices a plenty, and Denver fans pack this place
game in and game out. If you have a ticket, don't be a no-show here, you will get boooed
by the fans who did.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Super atmosphere inside and out. A magnificent 30 year old facility with no signs of
slowing down. Home games at Arrowhead are probably the biggest parties in the
Midwest!! Get your tix and head on out here....
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK GIANTS
The game meant nothing and plenty of fans paid not to see the game, but the least we
could do is award the same rating we gave to the Jets. Michael Strahan - new sack leader
made the day!
Deserves more than a three, however....MUSIC CITY MIRACLE.... 'nuff said!!! A wonderful,
bustling downtown to boot, even if you hate country music.
CLEVELAND BROWNS STADIUM
Lakefront setting on the site of the old Cleveland Stadium, they tried to mimic the venue of
their hated rivals the Ravens... but amenity for amenity, this place falls a bit short.
Great fans inside, tailgating not allowed in some spots outside ($30 parking here and
there). When nature calls, brace yourself for some of the longest lines anywhere....
PRO PLAYER STADIUM
Pretty nice facility with warm weather to boot, and the history of this proud football team
can be seen throughout the place. Most tailgates here sport canopies to provide some
shade. That Dolphins/Oilers fight song they constantly play is so totally lame!
One of the nicer domes we've seen. Easy access via MARTA subway and close to
downtown attractions. Unlike Minnesota, not much of an atmosphere, however.
Hallowed home of America's team, this venue is getting on in years but remains extremely
functional. Mr. Jones, you DON'T need a new yard, but you may want to tell the fans to
show up by halftime!!!
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK JETS
Great fans, if you are rooting for the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!! If not, beware. A lady in the
section next to us showed off her wares for most of the game, and that helped us forget
the Bills debacle on the field!!
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Located in a downtown setting, the most dramatic feature of this venue is the fortress like
appearance and the statues of panthers guarding the arched entrances on each side.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The local cajun culture makes it way into this building, from the clap along blues music to
the jambalaya and alligator sausages on the menu. Electric football atmosphere in a big
stadium, and all in one of America's greatest cities.
RALPH WILSON STADIUM
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK
One of the NFL's absolute best tailgate scenes here in Buffalo, but not enough was done
to upgrade this place when "The Ralph" was renovated after the '98 season.
Whether it's tailgating or the game experience, the whole package here is way too
corporate, as if they forgot what an actual football game should be like. Tickets, parking,
concessions, souvenirs very expensive.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Getting on in years and doesn't have the best of sightlines. Yet almost every amenity can
be found here, and with the nice weather this is certainly a nice place to see a game.
PS...you gotta try the fish tacos here.
Renovated for the Jags and did a so-so job. The place has plenty of college football
history to boot. Downtown's Jacksonville Landing a short walk away - worth checking out.
Get fans in, shove 'em a dog and a beer as they watch the game and get 'em home. Nice
downtown district going up around it. Worth a look for a big game. And an exciting and
vibrant downtown entertainment and convention district right there.
SUN DEVIL STADIUM
One star means stay in the lot and tailgate! This aspect of a Cardinals football game is
definitely the best part of the day. Must give plenty of love to the small but boisterous band
of Cardinal fans who come here despite total lack of success on the field.
SAN FRANCISCO STADIUM AT CANDLESTICK POINT
SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO 4 9 E R S :bored:
Narrow concourses, awful sightlines, and a building that has little or no mention of the
legendary players and teams that played here. The smell of garlic fries hang everywhere/
-06-15-2004 #2Bob L. Head Guest
Re: NFl Stadiums graded - guess who is lastOriginally Posted by RamDez
Re: NFl Stadiums graded - guess who is last
You sure have been to a lot of stadiums
Re: NFl Stadiums graded - guess who is last
Candlestick does suck. Crappy weather and dumbass fans. :redface:
The Q, well you really must try the fish tacos, and I can see my condo from the cheap seats behind the east end zone.
The Jones Dome; It was a great expirenece the first time I went and hopefully it will be enhanced during the bash.JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS
"HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"Adm. William "Bull" Halsey
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