The best cities in America for football fanatics

Football isn’t a game of inches, it’s a game of miles — frequent flier miles!

Visitor spending associated with sports events totaled $10.47 billion in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the National Association of Sports Commissions. That’s a heckuva lot of fried peanut butter and jelly bites (a new offering this season) at Buffalo’s New Era Field.

There’s no shame in being one of those have-Stubhub-will-travel fanboys and girls. Just know those three-letter abbreviations you love to hate on the scoreboard — ATL, CLE, HOU, what have you — are actual living, breathing cities offering more than just a sticky seat to occupy for 3½ hours.

The diverse places that are home to the country’s greatest stadiums and football matchups are also chock-full of exciting goings-on. Yes, there’s life beyond the parking-lot tailgate, so here are 11 NFL cities to explore during your next away-game adventure.


The Bears @ Soldier Field

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