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  1. Ian

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    I'm curious to hear which stadiums you've seen and what you liked/disliked about them.

    Other than Gillette I've only been to see the Pats play the Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium. It had metal bleacher seats just like the old Foxboro stadium, but the upper level was incredibly steep and the concessions were terrible (watered down beer..etc.) I guess it works for college, but a crappy place for a Pro team. Looks like the new stadium is pretty nice.

    Ian
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    Ralph Wilson - Buffalo [like it a lot, old school stadium, lots of character]

    Bank of America - Carolina [nothing necessarily notable other than it's in downtown Charlotte]

    Reliant Stadium - Houston [it's blasphemy to say this, but kind of cool for a dome]

    Super Dome - New Orleans [bad memories, was there for Super Bowls XX and XXXI]

    Cleveland Browns Stadium - Cleveland [no frills, but I love the design, keeps the noise in well]

    Fedex Field - Washington [fairly mundane stadium, loud though]

    Pro Player Stadium - Miami [not too bad, tailgating in the grass lots makes it worth it]

    Baltimore Memorial Stadium - Baltimore [it's defunct now, but was a fun place to watch a game, you were super close to the action there - saw Bledsoe's Pats beat Testeverde's Ravens there in '96]

    All incarnations of the Patriots' stadium - Schaefer, Sullivan, Gillette
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    Pats stadiums: Fenway, Harvard, Alumni, Foxboro, Gillette
    Jets stadiums: Shea, Giants Stadium
    Giants stadiums: Yankee, Giants
    Eagles stadiums: Veterans
    Green Bay
    New Orleans
    Astrodome
    Cowboys stadiums: Cotton Bowl, Cowboys Stadium
    Best stadium to watch a game was Giants Stadium.
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    Gillette Stadium (Patriots): My home away from home. It is what it is. Comfortable but not intimate enough.

    Foxboro Stadium (Patriots): Trying to get to the restroom was a death-defying feat. But it was a fun place to watch a game and the noise level trumped Gillette.

    Ralph Wilson Stadium (Bills): Pretty utilitarian place, nothing special to recommend it. Seems to lack character. Concourses are dark, concessions generic, only one big screen. The big plus is they let you hang around down close to the field while teams are warming up no matter where your seats are.

    Soldier Field (Bears): I went there a bunch of times before the rehab; had more seats in the end zones than along the sidelines back then. The pillars on the east side were cool. Great fans.

    Metropolitan Stadium (Vikings): Long gone ... A baseball park, but fun, intimate place to watch a football game.

    Old sombrero (Buccaneers): Also defunct, nothing special.

    Reliant Stadium (Texans): Was there for Super Bowl 38. Very impressive place, one of the best I've seen. Big roomy concourses, great eats and drinks, excellent sight lines.

    FedEx Field (Redskins): I liked it. Stands seem close to the field and holds noise well.

    Alltel Stadium (Jaguars): Was there for Super Bowl 39. Big, generic stadium. Concourses got jammed big-time, kind of uncomfortable place with little character.

    Giants Stadium (Jets/Giants): Good place to see a game, great sight lines. For a big stadium it seems kind of cozy. Concessions are basic.

    Baltimore -- forget what it's called now (Ravens): Cool place, built for football only. Modern, comfortable, intimate, with big concourses and nice eats/drinks. Fans are really enthusiastic.

    Heinz Field (Steelers): Good place to watch a game. Steelers fans are maniacs, and very loud. Stadium is kind of ugly with all those yellow seats.
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    Gillette
    Pro Player
    Giants
    FedEx
    Alltel
    Ray James
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    Husky Stadium in Seattle (when the Kingdome was blown up) Typical college stadium - loud and a great place to watch a game.
    Q'West Field - lots of people love it out here on the west coast. It is nice, hate the field turf - loud, tonnes of amenities. Am so excited that the Pats are out here for an exhibition next summer. My first opportunity to see the Patriots live. I live approx. 2 hours to the north, just over the Cdn. border. The bottom bowl is super close to the action. The upper bowl has rows and rows of seats I believe 50 rows from the start of the upper bowl to the very top. Saw Bledsoe throw the Cowboys game away last year.
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    I don't remember all the names of the stadiums so I'll just say the teams:

    Bucs(new and old)
    Dolphins
    Panthers
    Titans
    Texans
    Cardinals(old)
    Raiders
    Chargers
    Vikings(this year)
    Falcons
    Saints(2001 Super Bowl)
    Patriots(new and old)
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    Gillette Stadium - once, hoping for another next year.
    Old Cleveland Stadium - dozens of times in the '80s in high school.
    New Cleveland Stadium - for their return game in '99.
    LA Coliseum - when the Raiders were there.
    Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.

    That's about it. With a 6 and 8 year old my wife and I don't get around as much as we'd like.
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    I was also at a game at Fenway Park years ago. What a psycho place for a football game with all its weird angles and dimensions! I could swear a punt almost caromed off the Green Monster. ROFL

    Also, Candlestick Park and Stanford Stadium (49ers).
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    Sadly I've only been to ones that no longer exist: Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and Sullivan.

    The best thing about all of them, frankly, is that they've been replaced.
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    buffalo (4 times), philly, pitts(2), giants(3), houston (superbowl), miami (2), cleveland (last game old browns), N.O (2) and there are more but I can't remember the others

    edit

    add Denver

    and of course Foxboro - Season ticket holder
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    Patriots (Sullivan,Gillette) Dolphins (old and new), Alltel (Jacksonville), Reliant (Houston) , Superdome, Kingdome, Invesco (Denver) and I am really looking forward to my trip to Lambeau next week
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    1. Old Sullivan Stadium back in 70's. Brutal fans..got in one fight too many so quit going.

    2. 3 Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh. Good place to watch a game. Saw 96 playoff game with Pats Pet Carroll and Bledsoe.

    3. Heinz Field. Wicked loud!! Saw two Pat games..Hollaween massacre and 2005 regular season.

    4. Ralph Wilson. No frills..like the "Ford Escort" of football stadiums but really good place to watch a game. Been there twice and enjoyed both times. Would recommend going.
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    Foxboro (season tickets, long time ago)
    Soldier's Field (a couple pats/bears games)
    U of I football stadium (Bears/Pats 02' game)
    49ers stadium (04')
    Raiders stadium (04')
    Lambeau (02' preseason game against Browns, both teams scored 40+)

    and that's it i think.
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    I've been to:

    Old Foxboro - benches were crappy and cold (and a problem for a woman smushed between a bunch of guys bundled up for the winter), but being close the to field was great.

    Gillette - seats are more comfortable, but fans are too far away from the field, affecting crowd noise and ability to see the game; also even though it looks good on tv, it's not really that nice a stadium; still a dim concrete block without enough bathrooms underneath.

    Superdome, NO - old stadium that was falling down in 2001, but site lines were still good even from up in the rafters (we sat 3 rows from the top on the goal line where Ty Law ran it in for the TD).

    Reliant Stadium, Houston - the best NFL stadium I have been to; bright, plenty of bathrooms and concessions; even sold wine and mixed drinks (these things are important to us girls). Got stuffy when they closed the roof because of the threat of rain.

    Giants Stadium/Meadowlands - another old stadium, but they have seats and crowd is close to the field. They let the kids come right up to the field/players before the game.

    RCA Dome/Colts Stadium - old with metal benches in the upper deck where I sat. Got incredibly loud. The thing I liked about it was its location. Picture putting Gillette in the middle of Fanueil Hall - lots of bars and restaurants; no need to tailgate outside (unless you wanted to).

    Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo - again an old stadium (metal benches w/ backs were I sat); most like the old Foxboro Stadium; liked the "feel" of the game here.

    My overall impression of these stadiums is, although the newer ones offer you a more comfortable seat, you give up being close to the action. There is nothing like a good football game in an old stadium where the crowd is sitting (or screaming) close. Too bad they couldn't just add a row of corporate boxes to the top of the old places so they could get their revenues and we fans could get our football experiences!

    Edit - Went to Alltel too; not equipped to handle a full capacity crowd; bathrooms didn't work on one side of stadium and concessions ran out of food
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    FedEx field in Washington- I hate it. Been 3 times

    Bank of America Stadium- Beautiful stadium. The two big Panthers at the entrance are amazing. Been twice

    Alltel Stadium (2002 Gator Bowl) It was okay, nothing special. Been once.

    Gillette-Of course my favorite. Going for my 4th time December 3rd.
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    Sullivan Stadium: Caught a regular season game in 86 (31-7 Bengals...boo!), a handful of preseason games in 87 & 88, then one last regular season game in 91 (10-3? Seahawks...boo!) before moving to CA. The metal benches sucked and drunkards from the upper deck would meet their buddies in the lower sections and simply squeeze in. Intimate didn't begin to describe the feeling.

    The Big A in Anaheim: Saw the Pats open (1 week late thanks to Hurricane Andrew) the 92 season with a 14-0 loss to the Rams. Crappy multi-purpose stadium, crappy seats, crappy game. Tickets easy to get and great weather, though.

    The Murph: Now called Qualcomm, Jack Murphy Stadium was where I saw Bledsoe's first preseason game. I also went back there in 02 to catch the Pats first loss of the year. Another multi-purpose stadium, but not as bad as the one in Anaheim.

    Stanford Stadium: Saw the Pats take on the newly-returned Raiders in the last game of the 95 preseason. Glorified high-school stadium...all benches. Had great seats on the 40 yard line about 25 rows up. Parking lot is the woods next door. Attendants make sure you don't hit trees on the way in. The stadium underwent a huge renovation this spring so now it has chairs (and a lot smaller capacity).

    Candlestick Park: Saw the Pats take on the 49ers in the 98 preseason. Awfully effing hot in the endzone facing the sun all afternoon. Another freaking multi-purpose stadium. No wonder they're threatening to move to Santa Clara. Got my car keyed thanks to the Patriots license plate border. I thought that only happened in Oakland. Wine and cheese crowd my arse.

    Oakland Coliseum: Saw the Tuck Rule Revenge game in 02. For multi-purpose stadiums (what, another?!?), Oakland isn't bad...I catch plenty of A's games every year, especially when the Sox are in town and the football configuration is decent. Aside from some kids sitting behind me calling me every name in the book in spanish (my wife translated for me), the fans were fine. Of course that's easy to say since Oakland won the game. I might have been in trouble if the Pats won (as some vocal Sox fans were after game 5 of the 2003 ALDS). Easy to get to: There's a train stop at the stadium...like taking the T to Gillette.

    Gillette Stadium: Caught the New Years Day game vs. Miami last season in a luxury box (pics at http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/chris_in_sunnyvale/my_photos). Beautiful stadium. By far the best football stadium I've been to. Took the T to the game - awesome, since I'm not a big tailgater. Hope to go back.

    Regards,
    Chris
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    Sullivan/Schaeffer/Foxboro....multiple times....
    Gillette for the Pats Jags playoff game this past January
    Meadowlands.....
    Philadelphia...Vet but not the Linc...
    Qaalcomm...back when it was Jack Murphy
    Edward Jones in St. Louis..This past weekend for Chiefs-Rams. First time I saw a game in a dome and it was very different. Low key crowd and family-friendly.
    Rich Stadium in Buffalo....back in the 70's when it was an hour plus drive from college
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    seems like you've caught a lot of patriot losses. whats your gameday record?
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    Patriots: Harvard, Alumni, Foxboro and Gillette...I sometimes get downright nostaglic about Foxboro. The seats were uncomfortable (I know that is an understatement). If it rained, it would leak down below. And Deb, I understand the smushed between a bunch of guys...the other problem we had was that 3 very large (and I mean large) gentlemen had the seats next to us. So of course my father put me at seat 1. I ended up with one cheek on and one off.

    Miami: the new stadium...whatever it is called.

    And that is it.
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    Old Foxboro
    Old Busch Stadium (St Louis Cardinals w/ Jim Hart 1970s)
    LA Colliseum
    Fed Ex -- A big barn, excellent traffic control , In and Out
    Baltimore- New Excellent venue.
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    In about an hour the family and i are leaving for our first ever in-person viewing of our Patriots
    at The Razor (or anywhere else!)

    Only other (3) NFL games i've witnessed were at Yankee Stadium.
    Charley Connerly.
    Frank Gifford.
    Sam Huff.
    Andy Robustelli.
    Rosey Grier.
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    I saw those guys play on TV, and some other Giants from that era:

    Jim Katcavage
    Roosevelt Brown
    Y.A. Tittle
    Emlen Tunnell
    Kyle Rote
    Dick Modzelewski

    The Giants were the second team to be televised into N.E., because of their proximity to N.E., before the Pats were born. Browns were first because they were perennial champions in the 40s and early 50s. Those were the black and white, often snowy TV days, which I'd bet most of our posters never had to watch. [​IMG]
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    #93 Jersey

    -the King Dome (like a giant cave)

    -Seahawks new stadium (great stadium)

    -Oakland Collesium (fun place unless you are a liver. Those Oakland fans can DRINK)

    -RCA (not bad but not good)

    A couple college stadiums that were previously used for NFL games: Husky Stadium and Sun Devil Stadium

    I know I am forgetting a couple...

    Oh yeah, the Titans place in Nashville. Nice stadium. Great crowd. In the south, the people aren't total drunken jerks. They are still drunk, but they are nice. It's un-American.
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    New England
    Dallas
    Washington
    NY Jets/Giants
    New Orleans
    Cincinnati (Riverfront)
    Pittsburgh
    Philadelphia
    Seattle (Kingdome)
    Houston (Astrodome)
    Minnesota
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    I'll probably forget something but... here goes...

    Foxboro: Yes it was a dump but I have many fond memories of totally fun times there standing on the bench in front of me banging my feet with my seatmates...

    Gillette: yes comfortable and state of the art but definitely not loud enough for my taste...

    Don't know the names so I'll say the teams:

    Chargers: nothing to write home about... dark in the concourses... reminds me of Fenway under there.

    Miami: Go every year.. but have great seats in the endzone so I like it! Also... the weather is right up my alley :)

    Houston: (reg season and SB38) Beautiful and loving the retractable roof depending on the weather.

    Minnesota: LOUD! and the stands literally bounce like on springs when the fans jump up and down after a TD while their song plays.

    Kansas City: LOUD!! outside but the solid oval keeps in the sound, not to mention the GREAT fans who are Soooo into it. The live band playing the chiefs warcry helps to keep them up.

    ATlanta: One of my favorites!!! Yes, another dome so it's LOUD too but they have a live band totally keeping the crowd up at ALL times... Also the cheerleaders do too and they really work the crowd throughout the game...

    Tennessee: Some of the nicest fans in the NFL... also loud even though it's outside.

    Arizona: Dump! but no matter since they've got a new one now anyway.

    St. Louis: Funny to see people coming to a football game on a Sunday straight from church dressed in their Sunday best..hehe

    Heading back for a repeat of Miami and Tennessee this year...
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    Sun Devil Stadium - awful stadium, but good atmosphere, great tailgating, and a really nice town. Tempe was taken over by Pats fans all weekend long. My first game in the flesh, so will always have good memories.
    Bank of America Stadium - excellent location, the best atmosphere of the stadia I've been to. They get a lot of things right here (Carolina climate helps too).
    Gillette - expensive, state-of-the art library, and the traffic back to Boston doesn't help. Enough said.
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    You just had to bring that up :mad: .

    Regards,
    Chris
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    Other than Gillette and the old Foxboro Stadium...(from best to worst)

    Reliant Stadium (Houston) - LOVED this stadium. Great views from the seats. Escalators to the upper levels (what a concept). I wish they could move this stadium to Foxboro.

    Heinz Field (Pittsburgh) - I liked the Hall of Heroes (or whatever they call it) where they have in the concourse a little museum of the Steelers past. Pretty cool.

    Qwest Field (Seattle) - Not much of a tailgating scene in Seattle. Going to a Seahawks game is more like going to a Red Sox game in Boston. People go to the nearby bars before and after the game. Pretty nice looking stadium with pretty large concourses. 70% of the seats are covered if it does rain. Stadium contains crowd noise pretty good for an open air stadium and they have plenty of enthusiastic fans to generate that noise.

    Giants Stadium (NY) - Nothing fancy here but good tailgating crowd. Very easy access from the highway. Views weren't that bad for an old stadium.

    Alltel Stadium (Jacksonville) - Biggest dump I've ever stepped foot it. Think of it as a slightly modernized Foxboro Stadium. Why they had a Super Bowl here, I have no idea.
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    Only 2 places at which I've seen an NFL game: Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxborough Stadium, and the Houston Astrodome- September 1984. Opening Day, Oilers vs. Raiders. I was visiting an ex-Marine Corps bro, who was living in Houston at the time. The Oilers stunk then, so we were able to walk up to the box office that Sunday, buy tickets for the upper deck, then sit at the 50-yard line, halfway up. That also happened to be ground level, which I thought was pretty cool, esp. when one considers the climb to reach ground level at Foxborough Stadium, or ice/court level at the Old Garden. The air conditioning at the Astrodome was cool, too, compared to the 90+ degrees outside that day. Basically, it was like watching a game in a giant living room.

    P.S.: My first football game of any kind was Boston Latin vs. Boston English at Harvard Stadium on Thanksgiving Day, 1970.

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