Fall is just around the corner, and football fans have plenty to be excited about. Get decked out in your favorite team’s gear, hop in the car, and head to cheer them on at one of these top spots.
Gillette Stadium (Foxboro, MA)
Forget about all of the Deflategate controversy. The Patriots’ home stadium, just south of Boston, promises a great game day experience, thanks in part to the shops and restaurants in the Patriot Place complex. Let loose after a win at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, or indulge in a little retail therapy at the Life is good or Alex and Ani boutiques. You can even stay overnight at the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place, right on the premises.
MetLife Stadium (Meadowlands, NJ)
You can’t overlook the field where both the Giants and the Jets play. No matter who you root for, you’re sure to appreciate the cool concessions from Bubba Burger, New York Delicatessen, and Papa John’s. Multiple options for beer, wine, and spirits abound as well: take your pick from the Captain Morgan Bar, Beers of the World, Bow Street Irish Whiskey Bar, and Craft Beer Zone.
AT & T Stadium (Arlington, TX)
It’s hard not to be ready for some football at this Dallas-area stadium, where you can catch the Cowboys. The retractable roof means that rain or shine, the game goes on, and there’s not a bad seat in the house, thanks to the massive video screen. Top it all off with gourmet grub and the fact that the inside of the venue is climate-controlled, and you’ve got one super stadium.
Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
Established in 1924, Soldier Field has the distinction of being the oldest NFL stadium. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s stuck in the past. One of the parking garages boasts three electric vehicle charging stations, and SmartKiosk computers throughout the facility make it easy to explore the area and share game photos on social media.
Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, CA)
And now, for something completely different … Levi’s Stadium, the NFL’s newest spot to watch the game, is about as innovative as athletic venues get. Between its green roof, solar panels and bridges, and use of reclaimed wood throughout, you’d be hard pressed to find a more eco-friendly place to see the 49ers — or any other team — play. Grab a cocktail or a bite on game day at the onsite Bourbon Pub or Bourbon Steak.