For football fans, fall means one thing and one thing only—the return of their favorite sport, and with it, the yearly pilgrimage to their team’s stadium to catch the action live.
It’s easy to visit the football stadium in your city’s backyard. But this year, with the help of your Inspirato Pass, why not cheer for your home team even when they’re on the road? We’ve highlighted three of our favorite football towns worth a visit this autumn.
Denver, Colorado — Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Designed in the shape of a horseshoe to pay homage to the team mascot, Broncos Stadium at Mile High sits exactly 5,280 feet above sea level—which is why visiting teams are often spotted taking a few puffs of oxygen from tanks on the sidelines.
During your visit, join in the chorus of Rocky Mountain Thunder, the term coined to describe the deafening roar of thousands of Broncos fans stomping their feet against the steel treads of the stadium’s risers. Mile High also enjoys the distinction of having one of the best selections of craft beer among NFL stadiums, including an exclusive just-for-the-Broncos Breckenridge Brewery beer: United in Orange pale ale.
And when the fourth quarter ends, the independent restaurants, bars, and outdoor cafes of Denver‘s Lower Downtown (LoDo to locals) are just a quick Uber or lightrail ride away. Hop from brewery to brewery along Larimer Street in up-and-coming RiNo, where old warehouses have been transformed into industrial-chic breweries that are equal parts laid-back and trendy.
New Orleans, Louisiana — Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans takes a lot of things seriously: po’ boys, jazz, beignets, Sazeracs—and their beloved Saints. Pay your respects to these hometown heroes with a visit to Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a stadium that has the honor of hosting more Super Bowls than any other in the country.
When you’ve had your fill of football, the charms of the French Quarter are just a short skip away from the stadium. While Bourbon Street offers prime people-watching opportunities (and bars that cater more to the bachelor and bachelorette party crowd), head to Frenchman Street for a quieter experience to catch a live performance of jazz, blues, or country.
Seattle, Washington — CenturyLink Field
You’ll want to prepare for the noise when you’re heading to a game at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. The shell-shaped roof amplifies the acoustics in such a way that it’s thought of as the loudest stadium in the NFL. When running back Marshawn Lynch popped off on a 67-yard touchdown run in the 2011 playoffs, seismologists say the resulting noise created by Seahawks fans registered as a 1.0 earthquake.
Just beyond the stadium, enjoy Puget Sound views along your walk through Pioneer Square, home to coffee shops and trendy bars tucked inside 1800s Romanesque Revival buildings. One of the most iconic Seattle sites, Pike Place Market, is just a short stroll from there.