The 10 Best NFL Stadiums for Tailgating Slideshow
September 24, 2015
Grab your tents, blankets, and booze — tailgating season is here
#10 Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers), Green Bay, Wis.
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No tickets? No problem. Lambeau Field has a section next to the stadium called the Tundra Tailgate Zone. This area plays Packers games on monitors scattered all throughout the space. It also provides live music and a plethora of brats, locally brewed beer, and traditional Wisconsin cheese. The Tundra Tailgate zone is a Packers fans’ paradise.
#9 Reliant Stadium (Houston Texans), Houston
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It’s no secret that everything is bigger in Texas, and tailgating is no exception. Reliant Stadium has organized historic tailgating groups, like the Raging Bull Tailgaters and the Houston Texans Liberty Tailgaters. Another notable thing about tailgating at Reliant Stadium is the utterly delicious barbecue, often referred to as the best in the NFL. So, why wouldn’t this stadium reach our top ten? In order to tailgate on stadium property, however, you have to have a guest ticket, which limits the number of people allowed to pre-party on the premises.
#8 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Tampa, Fla.
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At a Raymond James Stadium tailgate, $30 gets you unlimited food, two drink tickets, and the opportunity to get an autograph from a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Tampa’s tailgating claim to fame is seafood — a unique but appetizing way to fill up before the game begins. Raymond James didn’t place higher primarily because the lots surrounding the stadium don’t open until 90 minutes before game time (some other venues open up to five hours before).
#7 Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.
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When we discuss what each stadium has to offer, it usually involves something along the lines of parking lots, foods, or booze. Heinz Field is one of the only stadiums on our list that provides something no other stadium provides: a fan-based, mobile tailgating unit, or MTU, out of a repurposed ambulance. Pittsburgh tailgaters ride in style, with pizza, beer, and burgers on board. An added bonus: there are bathrooms on board. The only downside s that other RVS are not allowed on the stadiums property.
#6 Ralph Wilson Stadium (Buffalo Bills), Orchard Park, N.Y.
There’s an outdoor area near the parking lot that’s dedicated to Ralph Wilson tailgaters, but that’s not the main attraction for Bills fans. The real party is at The ADPRO Sports Training Center — not officially part of the stadium, but adjacent to it. With plenty of people, pizza, and (of course) Buffalo wings, this pre-game venue offers the biggest indoor tailgate party in the league.
#5 Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs), Kansas City, Mo.
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If you're planning on attending a Chiefs game, get plenty of rest. Th pre-game party here attracts football fanatics as much as five hours before game time, making it pretty much an all-day affair. The most important components at this tailgate are the two B’s: beer and bacon. It doesn’t matter whose tent you visit, the food is always served with bacon, if not wrapped inside it.An arrowhead Stadium tailgate is a full-blown bacon extravaganza that attacks visitors from all around the country.
#4 Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots), Foxborough, Mass.
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Only the most diehard football fans are willing to bear a blizzard for their beloved team, so you know how dedicated the tailgaters of Gillette Stadium are. Besides, what better way to stay warm than by bundling up and sipping that famous New England clam chowder? The spread of clams, scallops, and other delicious seafood present at Patriot parties is impressive, but the restrictions against tailgating in some lots kept Gillette Stadium from stealing a spot in the top three.
#3 Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles), Philadelphia
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Lincoln Financial Field, allows tailgating on all lots. After two far-apart Super Bowl losses in the early 2000s, the relationship between this team and its fan base has become stronger and stronger. Though the Eagles fans are always hoping for a W, the score board doesn’t play a role in the atmosphere of these pre-game parties. No matter what the outcome of the game is, there is always plenty of pizza, pretzels, and taste-bud-tingling cheesesteaks for everyone to enjoy.
#2 Soldier Field (Chicago Bears), Chicago
Who cares about the wind? This hardy tailgate is known for fans facing the cold and grilling some of the best steaks around. Solider Field is near the top of our list because it provides the best of both worlds, including lots with absolutely no restrictions and two family-friendly lots that welcome children. You can bring whatever you want to eat or drink, but Chicago is famous for its grilled Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Yes, you read that right. What could be better?
#1 FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns), Cleveland
Before you start talking about the Browns unimpressive record, hear us out. This team's continuous losing streak is one of the main reasons it has snagged our number one spot. Ohio natives take the game of football very seriously, no matter how their team may play. The Browns losing streak allows their fans to give their undivided attention to food, booze, and unique tailgating traditions. Chili, fried turkey, and bloody marys fill the tents of Cleveland football fanatics, making this one of the heartiest tailgates around. If you're ever lucky enough to experience a tailgate at here, be sure to try the famous beer-can chicken, a whole bird roasted with a can of beer in its cavity.