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If your goal is to visit all 31 NFL stadiums, know that it's going to take some time to accomplish this feat. As you know, NFL games are only played on Sundays and Mondays and sometimes Thursdays. Heck, now we've even got the NFL forfeiting some of their home games to London, England and Toronto, Canada. Visiting all 30 ballparks in Major League Baseball is much easier to accomplish since baseball games are played seven days a week.

When planning a road trip to an NFL city, here are the factors you need to consider ahead of time.

 

  • What is your budget?
  • Transportation. Will you get there by plane, train or automobile?
  • Lodging. What hotel will you stay at and for how many nights?
  • Dining. Which of the tourist dining spots do you want to visit and for what meal?
  • Parking. Have you purchased your parking yet?
  • Will you be tailgating? Have you purchased your tailgating pass yet? 

 

This list is not just comprised of the top 5 best NFL stadiums to visit. In order to make this list, an NFL city had to offer much more than just football. Which NFL cities have the best tourist spots, dining and history in order to give fans the best NFL road trip possible. Here are five NFL road trips that you and your friends just have to make.

 

NFL fans are only guaranteed ten days each NFL season to see their hometown team. That is unless, you want to travel, which we definitely encourage you to do. Two of those ten homes games are preseason games which suck and are difficult to get excited for. That leaves only eight guaranteed days per year to seriously celebrate a football Sunday with your favorite team. How do we make the most of those eight days? One word; tailgating. You would be very naive to think that all NFL tailgates are the same and equally as good. Some NFL fans just know how to cook, drink and party a little better than others. 

We wanted to put together a list of the five best NFL stadiums for game day tailgating and here they are. Enjoy!

Admit it. There's nothing like watching America's favorite pastime during the most relaxed and warmest months of the calendar year. And to top it all off - baseball is played and showcased on TV seven days a week.  While it's a true joy to take your kids to the ballpark and let them chase home run balls, beg for autographs during batting practice and gasp at the sight of their favorite players, sometimes the adults need to have a little fun on game day too. 

Major League Baseball cities have become great at giving baseball fans a complete game day experience by strategically building small communities outside of ballparks around the country. These communities often offer a variety of hotel, dining, shopping and sight seeing options that gives baseball fans a reason to come back all summer. We wanted to take the time and shine a spotlight on what we believe to be the five best neighborhoods in Major League Baseball. Enjoy!

 

Old Yankee Stadium was one of the most storied stadiums in all of professional sports. Personally, I find it disappointing that the Yankees organization didn't preserve the ballpark the way the Boston Red Sox have done with Fenway Park and the Chicago Cubs have done with Wrigley Field. The venue was home to the Yankees from 1923 to 1973 and 1976 to 2008. During the 1974 and 1975 seasons, the stadium was temporarily closed so that new renovations could be completed. During that time period, the Yankees amassed 26 of their 27 World Series titles, the most in Major League Baseball. Yankee Stadium was also home to the New York Giants (football team) from 1956 to 1974. 

Candlestick Park was the longtime home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. The stadium was built in the beautiful Bayview Heights neighborhood of San Francisco on Candlestick Point. The location often gave the stadium strong wind gusts which sometimes halted the flow of the game. The Giants played there from 1960-2000 while the 49ers called it home from 1971-2013. A staggering 8 NFC Championship games were played at Candlestick Park, the very first was "The Catch", a game winning touchdown pass from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark. 

Civic Arena was the home arena to the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins from 1967-2010. Also called Mellon Arena or "The Igloo", the Penguins won three Stanley Cup championship while playing there (1991, 1993, 2008). The venue was also the first stadium with a retractable roof in professional sports. However, the roof was permanently shut during the 2001 season. 

 

Chicago Stadium was the historic home to the NBA's Chicago Bulls from 1967-1994 and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks from 1929 to 1994. Chicago Stadium was also nicknamed the "Madhouse on Madison" due to the crowd noise, some say it was the loudest arena in professional sports at the time. The noise levels were so high because of the structure of the building with it's tight seats and boxed in design. The old Barton organ that played throughout games was also situated at upper center court and many speculate this contributed to the crowd noise. Many Chicago sports fans can confirm that the United Center, current home of the Bulls and Blackhawks, is no where near as loud as the Chicago Stadium. 

 

Veterans Stadium was the long time home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and Major League Basbeall's Philadelphia Phillies. The stadium was located on the current site of all three of Philadelphia's stadiums and arenas; the South Philadelphia Sports Complex off of Broad Street. With 65,000 seats, Veterans Stadium was built in the typical cookie-cutter design of the era. Both the Eagles and the Phillies called "The Vet" home from 1971 to 2003. The final Eagles home game at Veterans Stadium was played on January 19th, 2003 when the Eagles hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The final Phillies home game was played on September 28th, 2003 when the Phillies hosted the Atlanta Braves. 

 

Cleveland professional sports teams have been the butt of jokes for many years. Cleveland Municipal Stadium, former home of the NFL's Browns and Major League Baseball's Indians, was no different. The stadium was often dubbed the "Mistake by the Lake" by fans of other cities' teams. The Browns called Cleveland Municipal Stadium home from 1946 to 1955. The Indians played there from 1932 to 1993. The stadium's capacity fluctuated between 75,000 and 80,000 seats which is why Cleveland Indians home games felt so empty. 

We recently featured Montreal Forum, former home of the Montreal Canadiens, as the most historic arena in NHL history. It's safe to say that Maple Leaf Gardens, former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is a close second. Maple Leaf Gardens was home to the Maple Leafs from 1931 to 1999. During that time frame, the Maple Leafs accumulated 11 Stanley Cup Championships. Elvis Pressley and The Beatles both performed in the building. The arena also hosted the very first NHL All-Star Game in 1947. 

 

Boston Garden was the long time home of the NBA's Boston Celtics and the NHL's Boston Bruins. The legendary arena opened on November 17th, 1928 as "Boston Madison Square Garden". It was given this name because it was designed by the same man that designed Madison Square Garden, Tex Rickard. Rickard was the founder of the New York Rangers and was also a boxing promoter. Years later, the arena's name was shortened to simply the "Boston Garden". Very few stadiums and arenas in professional sports could top the Boston Garden in regards to it's history and success. The Boston Bruins were one of the "Original Six" charter members of the NHL. The Boston Celtics have won more NBA championships than any other team with 17 NBA titles.

Montreal Forum was the long time home of the most historic hockey team in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens. Between 1926 and 1996, the building was home to an NHL record 24 Stanley Cup championships. It was the only arena in league history that was home to two NHL teams - the other being the Montreal Maroons. The Montreal Maroons played at the Forum from 1926 until 1938. It was also the first NHL arena to host the NHL draft when it hosted the event in 1980. In 1998, it served as the setting for the Nicholas Cage movie "Snake Eyes". 

Three Rivers Stadium was one of the most storied stadiums in the history of professional sports. Despite having the typical cookie-cutter design like so many other stadiums of the era, Pittsburgh sports fans were sad to see it go. Three Rivers was home to both Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates and the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970-2000. After the stadiums demolition in 2001, the Pittsburgh Pirates relocated next door to PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Steelers moved next door to Heinz Field. Three Rivers Stadium played host to four Super Bowl winning Steelers teams in 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979. It also saw the Pittsburgh Pirates bring home two World Series titles in 1971 and 1979. It's name paid homage to the three rivers that surround the city of Pittsburgh: the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio. Sports fans today would have found that aspect refreshing since corporate America has invaded professional sports so heavily with naming rights and sponsorships.

Major League Baseball left Montreal, Quebec in 2004 when the Expos relocated to Washington, DC to become the Washington Nationals.  The Expos had called Montreal home since 1976. However, the team had only been playing at Olympic Stadium since 1977. The team formerly played at Jarry Park Stadium. Olympic Stadium was erected in 1976 for the purpose of housing the 1976 Summer Olympics. Like Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, the stadium wasn't built specifically for baseball which forced the Montreal Expos organization to explore the possibility for a brand new stadium. It was common knowledge that Olympic Stadium was outdated and many structural issues with it's design. The Montreal taxpayers and government officials objected because Olympic Stadium still hadn't been fully paid for. 

Shea Stadium was the former home of Major League Baseball's New York Mets from 1964-2008. The Mets would serve as New York City's replacement organization to the Brooklyn Dodgers who had previously moved to Los Angeles. The New York Baseball Giants had also relocated to California when they moved to San Francisco. Shea Stadium was named after William A. Shea, a local attorney that was monumental in bringing a second baseball franchise to Flushing, Queens. Shea Stadium was also home to the NFL's New York Jets from 1964 to 1983. Many baseball fans forget that the New York Yankees played their home games at Shea Stadium in 1974 and 1975 while Yankee Stadium was being renovated as did the New York Football Giants.

Comiskey Park was the home ballpark to Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox from 1910 to 1990 and was named after their owner Charles Comiskey. Comiskey purchased the team in 1894 when they were a Minor League baseball team known as the Sioux City Cornhuskers. Six years later, Comiskey moved the team to Chicago where they became one of the 8 charter franchises of the American League. The ballpark also spent a number of years known as "White Sox Park".

 

Motown is one of the most prolific sports towns in the United States. And for almost a century, Tiger Stadium hosted one of the oldest and most historic franchises in Major League Baseball. Formerly known as Briggs Stadium and Navin Field, Tiger Stadium was the home to the Detroit Tigers baseball club from 1912 to 1999. The stadium was also home to the NFL's Detroit Lions from 1938-1974. In fact, Tiger Stadium opened on the exact same day as Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. With it's location on Trumbull and Michigan Avenues in the city's Corktown neighborhood, the ballpark was nicknamed "The Corner". 

 

Every time I walk on Freedom Way through "The Banks" development in downtown Cincinnati, I smile. The Banks sits on the former site of Riverfront Stadium, the hallowed ball field that served as the home of the Big Red Machine and Cincinnati Reds from 1970-1995. Naming rights were changed in 1996 where it was known as Cinergy Field until it's implosion in 2002. This was where I saw my first Major League Baseball game at 8 years old between the Reds and the Houston Astros. You may have heard the adage "Cincinnati is a baseball town" before. And while that's very true, Cincinnati is very passionate about their Bengals football as well. In 1981 and 1988, Riverfront Stadium was home to the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. With that said, we wanted to give Cincinnati sports fans a little walk down memory lane with this collage. Enjoy!

 

Great American Ballpark has been our staff's home ballpark for many years. A few cool things we've witnessed there was Barry Bonds hitting a home run a few weeks before setting the all-time home run record, the first playoff game at Great American Ballpark (Reds vs. Phillies) and the first series that the Marlins played as the 'Miami Marlins'. It may not have the history of Fenway Park or a swimming pool in the outfield but many Cincinnati Reds fans appreciate it for what it is; a very comfortable place to watch a baseball game. After writing about each and every game we attended, we decided it would be much better to write an official review for Great American Ballpark for our readers. 

 Aerial View of Paul Brown Stadium

For a long time, Paul Brown Stadium was the home stadium for our staff. In fact, we haven't missed a playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium or gone a season without attending at least one Cincinnati Bengals home game since 2004. However, we had never written an official review for it so we decided to finally put one together for our readers.