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Address: 100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland, OH Phone Number: (440) 891-5001 Year Opened: 1999
FirstEnergy Stadium, home to the Cleveland Browns. Browns fans have had nothing to cheer about for the past decade, nonetheless they show up and cheer loud and hard. The 73,000 capacity stadium is almost always packed out with diehard browns fans. Let’s check it out.
Pic from http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/stadium/about-the-stadium.html
The best are found five rows up in sections 132-135. They’re the sideline seats on the browns side. They’ll give you a great view of the field overall while staying close enough to the field that you can hear coaches screaming after a bad call.
Located behind the East endzone in sections 118-122, the Dawg Pound is a wild, fun place for Browns fans. Filled with bleacher seats, the Pound is where you’ll find the blue-collar, diehard fans that live and breathe Browns football. If you ain’t a Dawg, don’t bother showin’ up!
Photo taken from www.nfl.com
Here’s a site for all of your parking needs. Whether you’re wanting to park at the stadium, or at a lot around the corner, you’ll find it all here.
Here’s a site with all the tailgating info you need. Tailgating at Browns games is awesome. Lots of great fans, and looooots of great food.
There’s a solid selection of different foods you can find at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Dawg Pound Deli offers different types of deli sandwiches that are perfect on a cold night a game. Here you’ll find roast beef, pastrami, and corned beef sandwiches among others. There’s also the Grill at the Gridiron, which offers a bunch of different beers, hot dogs, brats, and burgers… you know, the classics. Also, there’s the Browns Bistro that offers pizza, deep dish style.
There’s also a bunch of restaurants near the stadium if you want to grab some food before or after the game. Here’s a list of places to check out:
Food from Cowell and Hubbard
Mallorca - Spanish/Portuguese/Seafood - 1390 W 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
Great Lakes Brewing Co - Brewpub - 2516 Market Ave Cleveland, OH 44113
Slymans - Deli/Diner - 3106 St Clair Ave NE Cleveland, OH 44114
Cowell and Hubbard - French - 1305 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44115
The Browns are THE most loyal fanbase in the NFL. Literally. A study in 2006 showed that Browns fans filled 99.8% of seats during the last 7 seasons. During those 7 seasons, the Browns record was 36-76. That’s dedication.
The atmosphere at games is usually great. Because of the diehard fans it really is a fun place to watch a game.
The Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame located in level 100 is a cool place to check out.
That’s it for FirstEnergy Stadium. If you have any comments make sure to hit me up.
Located right downtown in Houston, Toyota Center is the home of the Rockets. It’s a newer stadium, opened in 2003 and boasts plenty of attractions, and amenities. With the young talent that the Rockets have on their roster, it’s only going to get more fun to go to a game at Toyota Center in the coming years. Let’s check it out.
Photo from downtownhouston.org
The best seats are found in sections 106-108, and in 119-121. They’re sideline seats that give you a great view of the court. Sections 101, 125, and 113,114 are right under the basket. If you like the view from right behind the basket more than the overview of the whole court, these seats are for you. There honestly isn’t a bad seat in the whole place. The way the seats are set up, even the Upper Level seats give you a pretty good view for the price.
You can either pay $20 to park at the stadium, or you can park in one of the lots close to the stadium. There are some lots closest to the stadium that are $15, lots that are one or two blocks away for $10 and lots three to five blocks away for $5. Here’s a map showing just a few of the lots close to Toyota Center
THE RED ROWDIES
The Red Rowdies are the wild, rabid, half-man half-animal (ok maybe I made that up) group of fans located in Section 114. The Rockets literally HOLD AUDITIONS to sit in this section. They scream, they shout, they cheer, and they love the Rockets. They bleed red and white. From the ups to the downs, the Rowdies are there cheering. It makes for a fun atmosphere to go watch a game. You’ll never have to worry about snoozing durning a game at Toyota Center.
Photo from houstonist.com
Since the Toyota Center is located in downtown Houston, there is plenty of amazing food options to check out before or after a game. I’ll just list a few that you should consider checking out.
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation - 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, 77003. Awesome Tex Mex food.
Becks - 919 Milam Street, Houston, 77002. Big juicy burgers.
Treebeards - 801 Louisiana Street, Houston, 77002. The place to get your Cajun fix.
Goode Company BBQ - 5109 Kirby Drive, Houston, 77098. Texas BBQ at its finest.
Photo from www.29-95.com - This is the Fajita Burger from Ninfa’s
You can also pick up food at the stadium. There’s tons of BBQ places, Tex Mex, gourmet hot dogs (Texas and Chicago style) among others. There really is a bunch of options inside, even places to satisfy your sweet tooth. Eat up.
Photo from andrewsmyers.com
One of the cool things about Toyota Center is ticket prices. Tickets, on average, are $7 dollars under the NBA average.
Location, location, location. Located right downtown in Houston, there are a ton of things you can do before and after the game. Take some time to explore the city if you’re not from there.
They have the largest video scoreboard in America. It’s 25 feet tall by 58 feet wide. It’s honestly massive.
Clutch is the Rockets mascot. Clutch could singlehandedly entertain the audience if the game turned out to be a snoozer. He interacts with the audience and loves to play pranks on people.
That’s it for Toyota Center. Hit me up with some comments if you have any
In honor of the NFL Draft, we’re gonna take a look at the Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, who had the first pick in the draft this year and picked up Eric Fisher. Arrowhead is a classic stadium, with a classic football atmosphere. It’s not a brand new, (although they did do some serious renovations in 2009) stadium filled with gadgets and gizmos-a-plenty, but what it lacks in comfort and aesthetics it certainly makes up for in atmosphere. Let’s take a look at how Arrowhead fares.
Photo from Kcchiefs.com
The best seats in the house for a Chiefs fan are any seats in sections 117-120. They’re right behind the Chiefs bench. Make sure if you get them that you’re sitting a few rows up though. If you’re too close to the field it can be hard to see over the players on the sidelines, the cameracrew, coaches etc. I’d say rows 10 and up would be your best bet.
Photo from skyscrapercity.com
Since Arrowhead is kind of in the middle of nowhere. I mean it’s near the highway, but it’s in the middle of a huge parking lot, and all restaurants bars, stores and the like are a couple miles away. Since that’s the case they stick you good with parking… real good, $27 to be exact.
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
Tailgating at Arrowhead is honestly an experience all by itself. It’s probably the best tailgating stadium in the NFL, nicknamed “The Asphalt Jungle”. Not only is the food supply endless, but the variety and quality of food is unmatched for a tailgate. Imagine the best BBQ you’ve ever had. Ok, now double, no, tripple that and you’re starting to approach what tailgating is like at Arrowhead. From steaks, to burgers, to chili dogs, to homestyle BBQ, it’s all there.
Photo from ilovetotailgate.com
When it comes to food, I’d go to the tailgate and eat like it was my last meal. Having said that, there are some really good local options inside as well. Gates BBQ stand for one is a great place. For $8 you get a big ol’ beef sandwich and some fries. Since Arrowhead isn’t exactly near a bunch of restaurants, and the tailgate is so good, I’d skip grabbing food beforehand and head to the tailgate. Doors open 3 1/2 hours early.
The Hall of Honor is a cool place to check out. There’s lots of Chiefs memorabilia, history, and information. It’s like walking into the Louvre for a Chiefs fan.
The fans at Arrowhead are awesome. The atmosphere is electric. It’s usually pretty dang loud, and wild. Fans do the “Tomahawk Chop” before the kickoff and during timeouts. After the National Anthem, all the Chiefs fans yell “HOME OF THE CHIEFS!” There’s not many cities who love their team as much as Kansas City loves the Chiefs.
Did I mention tailgating? Seriously do your taste buds a favor and go. Seriously.
Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks! Chase Field was opened in 1998 and has been the only home in the D-Backs 16 years of existence. Chase is one of the bigger stadiums in the Majors, it looks massive when you’re standing outside. There’s a bunch of cool features at Chase, including a retractible roof, a pool that you can rent for the game, and the “Sandlot”.
Chase is a large capacity stadium, seating over 49,000. Almost every seat in the house is solid. Limited View seats are obviously that… limited view. There’s also some really cool seats, like the pool (watching the game while chilling out in the pool… is there anything better?).
The best seats are found in the lettered sections. Section J is right behind home plate, with any seat giving you a great view. Sections N-Q are right on the third base line. Again, they’re all great views.
There’s also the pool. It’s technically a suite so you have to rent it out for the game; there’s no individual seating. It opens up 2 hours before the game. It costs $3,500 and can be rented out by up to 35 people. It includes food and beverage. So if you can scrounge up 34 friends who all wanna watch the game, it’s 100 bucks for a sweet seat, food and drinks. This is really cool for a place like Phoenix where it can be over 100 degrees, even durning night games (imagine a pool in Yankee Stadium where it can slip to the 30’s and 40’s during the night).
The Sandlot is an area for kids to play around during the game. There’s a batting cage, and a few playgrounds for the kids to play in. Here’s a site that’ll give you more info on it.
There are a bunch of parking garages around the stadium that you can park in for pretty cheap (around $10-15). Here’s a link that’ll show you a couple of parking garages close to the field
There’s a bunch of options to eat at Chase Field. They have a wide variety of options including Panda Express, Fatburger, Macayo’s, TCBY Yogurt, Streets of New York Pizza, Subway, along with the typical concessions options common to all stadiums. They also have Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill. There are also a plethora of restaurants within a mile of the park:
Pizzeria Bianco - 623 E Adams St, Phoenix.
Duck and Decanter - 1 N Central Ave, Phoenix.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles - 10 W Yuma St, Phoenix.
The Breadfruit - 108 E Pierce St, Phoenix.
The retractible roof is a really nice feature, considering it can get reeeaaaalllly hot in Arizona (even at nights).
There’s a huge tv called the DBTV above the outfield wall. It gives you all the info you could imagine on the batters and pitchers.
There’s three stadium tours a day, all year long (Monday - Saturday). They tour guide will give you a tour of the stadium, and and is about an hour long. It costs $7. Pretty cool.
That’s it for Chase Field. If you have any other info/experiences, let me know with a comment!
Address: 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 Phone: (206) 381-7555 Year Opened 2003
Sunday was the end of the Seattle Seahawks surprisingly great season. They have a lot of things to hang their hats on though; a very talented rookie QB, a great defense, and one of the best, loudest stadiums in the NFL that always plays heavily in their favor. CenturyLink (knicknamed The Clink) has a lot to offer compared to most stadiums including Touchdown City, the event center attached to the South side of the stadium. Lets check out how The Clink fares.
Seats at The Clink are more than 10% cheaper than league average. That means you can get some solid seats, a drink and a hotdog for the price of a comparable seat in another stadium.
Out of the 18300 seats - the best ones you’ll find are in Sections 108-110 and 134-136 if you want a really close view of the field. They are all around the 50 yard line. Make sure if you get seats in this section to get them a little higher up. If you get them too close to the field, players on the sideline, coaches, bikes and a bunch of other things will get in the way of your view. Sections 208-210 and 234-236 are also great for a larger view. They are a little higher up but they give you a great view of the entire field.
Endzone seats are also good! They’re an awesome seat to watch your teams defense come up with a big goal line stand.
Touchdown City is a 170,000 square foot event center that any Seahawk fan is able to enter for free 3 hours prior to kickoff. It’s an adult and kid friendly area to hang out with other fans, play some games, and eat some food. They also have former players do autograph sessions once in a while. Here’s a site that’ll give you more info on it http://www.seahawks.com/gameday/touchdown-city.html
Parking isn’t too bad at The Clink compared to other stadiums. Expect to pay $25-40 for stadium parking. If you don’t want to pay for parking or don’t want to go through the traffic jam that is getting out of an NFL Stadium, there is a free parking area here -
Make sure you get there early for free parking though, it fills up fast!
Although stadium food isn’t usually anything special CenturyLink has some solid variety. Many of their options are locally made/grown. Here’s a list of a few of their most popular options:
Tailgating is technically illegal in Seattle but the cops let it slide as long as you’re not too crazy. It’s probably smart to er on the side of caution if you’re going to tailgate here.
If you’re into micro-brews, there’s a place called Pyramid Pub (located in Sections 315 and 330) that has a solid selection of Seattles best beers.
The Clink is called “The 12th Man” for a reason. It get’s loud! The atmosphere is electric every sunday and the fans get wild. You’ll see a bunch of fans with body and face paint, shoulder pads and helmets walking around. They consistently rack up false start penalties against their opponents because of how loud the crowd gets.
That’s it for CenturyLink Field, come back next week as we check out Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners.
Since the NBA Season’s in full throttle, our next stop is Sleep Train Arena, to check out the home of the Sacramento Kings. Sleep Train Arena was built in 1988… and looks like it hasn’t changed much since. I wouldn’t exactly call this place the Ritz Carlton of NBA stadiums, but it could be worse. With a capacity of 17,314, Sleep Train is the smallest capacity arena in the NBA and with a cost to build at $40 million it was the least expensive to build. There’s some perks to having a small arena though. Let’s check it out.
Since the arena itself is pretty small all of the seats give you at least a decent view of the action. The Upper Level seats aren’t as bad as other NBA arenas. The seats are pretty hard and close together, and the arena is usually dirty. This place could definitely use an upgrade.
The seats that will get you the best view of the action will be any seats in the Lower Level Section. Usually you can find good seats in these sections for around $100 bucks, considerably cheaper than comparable seats at other NBA venues.
The worst seats are the Upper Level corners. They’re the farthest seats from the action although they aren’t like getting Upper Level seats at Staples Center. They’re the cheapest for a reason.
Just like any other NBA arena, there are suites that basically treat you like a VIP. They are however farther from the action than Lower Level seats.
Photo taken by Steven Chea
Parking is actually pretty cheap here. It’s $10 for parking at a Kings game and $12 for parking at any other event. It may take a few minutes to actually get out of the parking area if there was a big crowd at the game but nothing too crazy.
Here’s a website that’ll give you directions and info about parking. http://www.sleeptrainarena.com/parking/
Sacramento has multiple solid dinner options you can try that are within 15 minutes driving distance to the arena.
Lucca - Italian/Mediterranean dining. 92% rating on Urbanspoon - 1615 J St Sacramento, CA 95814
Mulvaney’s - American/Californian dining. 91% on Urbanspoon - 1215 19th St Sacramento, CA 95814
Kru - Japanese/Sushi. 87% on Urbanspoon - 2516 J St Sacramento, CA 95816
Inflatable “bang sticks” are passed out at the game to cheer on the Kings. You’ll see fans cheering and smacking them together when Demarcus Cousins throws down a jam or Jimmer drains a deep three.
The acoustics in the arena aren’t impressive, so if you’re coming to Sleep Train for a concert don’t expect it to sound great.
Although this arena lacks quality, it is pretty nostalgic. The Kings teams of the early 2000’s with Chris Webber were a fun team to watch.
That’s it for this week. Check back next week as we check out CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.
What’s up everyone, this week we’re checking in on Oracle Arena home of the Golden State Warriors. Oracle is the oldest NBA arena that’s still in use dating back to 1966. There have been many renovations done, especially this year to keep the Oracle up to date and satisfy it’s 19,500 person capacity crowds. Let’s check it out!
Best seats - Besides floor seats, the best seats at the Oracle are Club Level seats, (Sections 113-116 and Sections 102, 103, 127, and 128). Even the farther back rows give you a good view of the court which is pretty cool. They also have better bathrooms and concessions for club level seats. Sections 107, 108, 121, and 122 are the sections next to the locker room tunnels. They’re great places to get pictures and autographs.
Worst seats - The worst seats are Upper Level seats, specifically 207-210, and 223-226. They don’t give a great view of the game because they’re far away, and the backboard can actually make it difficult to see what’s going on on the court. Club 200 (an area to get eat, get drinks, see other games on plasma screen tv’s, as well as tons of stuff for the kids to do) is a pretty cool bonus for the Upper Level though.
Parking costs $35.00 a pop if you park at the arena. Some people park at the BART station across the street from the game for free. I would just take the BART to the game. It’s real close and easy. Here’s a website that’ll give you the info on how to get to the stadium, and there’s a link towards the bottom that’ll bring you to the BART site http://www.warriorscentral.com/arena.php
There’s no tailgating allowed at Oracle Arena for Warriors Games
There’s not many options close to the arena if you’re wanting to get food beforehand. However, if you’re driving and you want to grab some food before the game here are a few good places within 5 miles of Oracle.
Gold Coast Grill - Good American food with many Mediterranean dishes - 1901 Park Street Alameda, CA 94501
Bocanova - Pan American food -55 Webster Street Oakland, CA 94607
Scott’s Seafood - Great seafood place with a great view of the bay -2 Broadway Oakland, CA 94607
Speisekammer - German cousine - 2424 Lincoln Ave Alameda, CA 94501
Yoshi’s Oakland - Japanese cousine -510 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607
Picture of a dish at Bocanova
The Oracle has had some major upgrades this year including HD Scoreboards, IPad Kiosks, and Paperless Ticketing. Here’s all of the upgrades
The seats are pretty darn close together. If you’re the size of some of the dudes on the court good luck, because you’re gonna be rubbing your knees on the seats in front of you.
If you’re bringing your little digital camera you should be ok, but if you have an SLR that you want to bring there’s a good chance that they won’t let it in depending on its size. Also, backpacks aren’t allowed in.
Beer at beer booths are $3 more than beer at the concessions stands but they’re like 5oz more. If you want to go to the beer booths, bring cash.
The Warriors are planning on moving their stadium to San Francisco by 2017, so Oracle Arena will only be their home for the next few years.
That’s it for this week! If you have any questions or comments let me know in the comments section. Next week come back and check us out for our review on O.Co Coliseum home of the Raiders!
What’s up y’all this is the Venumaster brining you all the info on Candlestick Park. Candlestick Park is the third oldest stadium in the NFL, being made in 1960, and can hold about 70,000 screaming fans. The stadium is known for it’s rich sports history (football and baseball) and for the cold winds that blow through the stadium. Candlestick Park has been given many nicknames including North Pole, Windlestick, and Candlestink and most notably, The Stick. Let’s see what the stadium has to offer.
Best Seats - Lower Reserved Section closest to the center of the field. Any of the rows 1-10 are the best. They give you a great view of the entire field while getting as close to the field as you can. If you’re going to a day game, the West side of the stadium also better than the East because the East gets so sunny it can be hard to see the game.
Worst Seats - The worst seats are in the Upper Reserved section. Although you can see the game, it’s pretty far away and during the evening the wind really whips through this section. The North Endzone is worse than the South Endzone too.
Straight up, parking sucks at Candlestick Park. Don’t drive there, take public transportation. Here’s a website with info on how to get to and from the park. http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mroutes/3comsvc.htm
If you want to tailgate, you are more than welcome. It’s a pretty good place to tailgate and there are a few tailgating parties like this one http://www.club49.org/
There are a few good restaurants at Candlestick, but most of your concessions are your typical game food although they do have a few ok items like tri-tip sandwiches, polish dogs, and garlic fries at the Gordon Biersch stand. Try the fries, they’re pretty good. They also have a really good selection of beers and micro brews such as Lagunitas IPA, Sierra Nevada, and Gordon Biersch.
The neighborhood isn’t one of the best when compared to other stadiums. Just keep that in mind.
One of the biggest “wins” of the stadium is that there is a lot of history at Candlestick. From “The Catch” to the earthquake before game 3 of the ‘89 World Series there are some really great memores here.
The bathrooms are pretty gross compared to other stadiums.
Bring a jacket with you because it can get pretty dang cold, especially at night.
If you have any extra info on the Stadium hit me up with some comments, I’d love to hear em. That’s it for Candlestick Park, check back next week as we hit up another venue.
What’s up everyone, it’s the Venumaster here to give you the scoop on AT&T Park, home of World Series winners, The San Francisco Giants. AT&T Park is considered by many to be one of the best stadiums in the MLB because of the amazing view, the feel of the park, and the food.
The best seats house are either behind home plate in sections 113 and 115, or behind the Giants dugout in sections 121-123. I prefer the behind the dugout seats because there’s nothing like chatting up a player between innings. Either way you get a great view of the entire field, and you get to hear banter between players and umpires etc.
The worst seats are in the View Reserved sections (especially sections 331-336). Although it has the best view of the bay and the city, your butt might be frozen to the seat by the end of the game because of the cold winds that love to blow through there. You also won’t have to worry about you eat because you’ll burn off all those calories going from your seat to the concession stands and back. So if you get these seats eat up and get a few beers, maybe you’ll feel a little warmer.
If you don’t feel like getting caught in traffic, worry about actually finding a spot, or just don’t feel like driving, you can take the Muni (train) this website has all you need to know. http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mroutes/pacbsvc.htm
If you want to drive, there are lots on Townsend Street, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th street. They’re all a few minute walk from the stadium.
Tailgating is allowed in parking lots A and D, the bus lot, and outside of Pier 48. It’s a great place to tailgate because of the weather, and great atmosphere. Bring your little coleman, some drinks and get your tailgate on.
There’s a few places you can grab some food at near the park, here’s a few
Pete’s Tavern - typical pub fare, but pretty darn good -128 King St (between 2nd St & 3rd St) San Francisco, CA 94107
21’s Amendment brewery - American food, lots of good beer - 563 2nd St (between Brannan St & De Boom St) San Francisco, CA 94107
Primo Patio - Good Caribbean bean food - 214 Townsend St (at Colin P Kelly Jr St) San Francisco, CA 94107
Little Skillet - “Fresh farm food” classic home cooked food. Good stuff - 360 Ritch St (at Brannan St) San Francisco, CA 94107
Menu from Little Skillet
GARLIC FRIES! One of the best part about the whole part is the garlic fries. Get them, and thank me later. Usually the line is long for them, but there’s a stand tucked away under the center field wall. It may be worth the walk.
If you bring your ticket with you, you can get $5 dollars off of Miller beer. $5 off for each ticket.
The Sheboygan brats at the concession stands do not have kraut, but the Sheboygan brats at the carts do.
Just like in Petco Park, there’s a batting area for kids behind the outfield. Awesome place to take your little Ken Griffey Jr to play some ball. They also have a “Coca-Cola” slide for kids to slide on.
Best bathrooms are the ones under the center field wall. There’s usually like no traffic there.
This is one of the best ballparks for food. Not only is the concession food good, but they have great restaurants inside like Crazy Crab’z, and Orlando’s BBQ.
That’s it for AT&T Park! Great place to catch a game. Hit me up with some comments if you have any other tid bits. Come back Tuesday for all things Candlestick Park, home of the 49ers!