Football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to get pumped. Soon stadiums will be packed with fans roaring their approval as their chosen team battles it out for glory on the field. But with all that excitement going on, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important aspects of football — the stadiums themselves. The NFL has stadiums that run the gamut from ancient and revered to cutting edge experiences. Here are just a few of the most memorable NFL stadiums you should try to visit, regardless of which team you like to root for.
Lambeau Field in Wisconsin
Lambeau Field has the honor of being the longest occupied NFL stadium in history. It’s been active for 61 years, with its first NFL game way back in 1957. That’s a heck of a lot of history, and Lambeau Field is more than a little proud of that distinction. Despite recent redevelopments and facelifts, the field has firmly maintained its retro look and feel, combining new amenities with a sense of culture and history it’s impossible to manufacture.
If you like a stadium with major fan involvement, Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri is a must-see. When it comes to the sheer love of football, it’s hard to think of a stadium that quite matches up. The Hall of Honor is one of the best out there, and the stadium itself has the sort of classic charm that comes with a long and impressive history (it’s been open for about 45 years). But in this case, you should visit Arrowhead Stadium for a very specific reason: the fans. This field holds the World Record for Loudest Crowd Roar at a Sports Stadium. And if you attend a Kansas City Chiefs game, you’ll quickly find out why the title has stood undefeated since 2014. You might want to bring a pair of earplugs to this one, but it will be well worth the experience.
AT&T Stadium in Texas
We know domed ceilings on stadiums can be fairly controversial and with good cause. Some people adore the style and comfort they bring to a game, while others utterly loathe them. But if you’re going to take in a domed NFL stadium during your travels, this is the one to visit. AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, and it combines cutting-edge technology with all the luxuries you could hope for during a football game. Coming in as the fourth largest stadium in the NFL, attending is a true experience — and don’t worry, the dome is retractable.
When it comes to over-the-top fun and style, it’s hard to think of a more must-see stadium than the MetLife Field in New Jersey. It’s one of the largest in the world, holding a whopping 82,500 fans, and it definitely turns a football game into an all-out experience. No expense has been spared in the $1.6 billion stadium, which plays host to two NFL teams (the New York Jets and the New York Giants). There are dozens of concession choices for every possible taste, luxury suites, over 2,000 HD TVs, and everything you could possibly think of to make your favorite game an unforgettable experience. If you get a chance, take a stadium tour for the chance to really soak up everything this field has to offer.
Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina
If you’re looking for a classic football experience, complete with natural turf, you absolutely cannot miss swinging by the Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina. As natural grass turf becomes increasingly rare, with more and more stadiums turning to artificial turf over time, the Bank of America Stadium stays firmly rooted in the past. The stadium carries its history with pride, meticulously updating and maintaining its classic architecture and distinctive style. That doesn’t mean that the Panther’s home turf is against some modern flair: in recent years it’s added LED lighting, wi-fi service, and digital menu boards. The end result is a stadium that perfectly combines the feel of the past with the fun of the modern day.
Heinz Field in Pennsylvania
If you’re a fan of the history of football, you need to make Heinz Field in Pennsylvania a stop on your NFL stadium tour. Why? Simply put, it’s one of the best places to soak up the fascinating past that makes up one of our most beloved sports. Although it’s a relatively new field, having opened in 2001, it has one of the most comprehensive and entertaining historical museums in the league. The FedEx Great Hall has all the memorabilia you can imagine, covering not only Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Steelers but the NFL as a whole. It’s got tons of history in one of the most picturesque stadiums in the league. This is one stadium tour you can’t afford to miss out on.