Exploring NFL Off the Field

For NFL fans, there is as much action off the field as there is between the lines, as nearly every stadium is situated in or close to a major city. This allows fans to absorb lots of cultural experiences, eat great food and create lasting memories and experiences away from the field of play.

While many fans feverishly study NFL odds in an attempt to cash some winning tickets, there is so much to be seen away from the NFL’s 32 stadiums. Whether it is taking in a shoe on Broadway prior to a Jets or Giants game, witnessing the wonder of the Grand Canyon before or after an Arizona Cardinals game, or seeing the Hollywood Walk of Fame before a Rams or Chargers contest: the options and possibilities are endless.

While each city has a distinct rhythm and flavor, it’s important to do research before your trip and plot out exactly what sights you wish to take in on a game weekend. In this piece, we will take a look at some of the hidden gems and, in our opinion, the best NFL cities to take a road trip to see your favorite team play.

NFL fans are regarded as some of the most loyal and fervent in all of sports, given the sheer popularity and recognition of the league and the excellent job it does showcase not only its top players and personalities but also all of its franchises. In short, make sure you spend as much effort and energy looking at NFL lines as you do studying where to go to make your weekend adventure memorable.

The Big Apple

While the Jets and Giants bear “New York” before their team names, they actually play in East Rutherford, New Jersey. However, the splendor of New York City is less than 20 minutes away by car or public transportation.

Some of the key sights to check off your bucket list in NYC include Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, The 9-11 Memorial, and the World Trade Center. Depending on the season, Madison Square Garden, dubbed “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” is always a can’t-miss.

In addition to the tried and true tourist attractions of New York City, there is a vibe and bustle in the city at all times, hence the moniker “The City That Doesn’t Sleep.” Even if your entire budget is dedicated to game tickets and a gameday experience, simply walking around the city is sure to impress.

Prime Location

While some stadiums are situated on the outskirts of cities, Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, is within walking distance of downtown. The stadium itself gives visitors an old-time yet modernized fieldhouse vibe.

The city has a wonderful Children’s Museum and Zoo. Of course, no trip to Indianapolis can be complete without stopping by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500, and personally seeing the bricks which comprise the iconic finish line. In addition, St. Elmo’s, in our opinion, is one of the most iconic and worth-it eateries in the country and is definitely worth the trip.

The Splendor of the Pacific Northwest

Arguably no city in America possesses the sheer beauty of Seattle, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Lumen Field. Well known to those who look over Vegas NFL odds for its decisive home-field advantage, the stadium is located well within city limits and is easily accessible.

Known as the icon of Washington, Mount Rainier is located a little under two hours due south from downtown. The iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market, two well-known attractions, are conveniently located and will give visitors a true taste of Seattle.

Even for those who don’t purchase the fresh wild salmon and halibut, just seeing employees toss the fish across the market, akin to a Geno Smith pass, is worth the (free) price of admission at Pike Place Market.