Aug 27 2016

Where should you sit at NFL games?

Seating tips for MetLife Stadium

Once again we’ve decided to go through all of the tips on our site to create a visual guide for travelling sports fans in the USA. This time, we’re looking for some kind of consensus on where to sit at NFL games.

This is something we did for baseball games once before.

NFL is by far the most popular sport in the United States. It’s not even really that close: 33% of respondents to a 2015 Harris Poll of US sports fans picked NFL as their favourite league. The next highest was Major League Baseball… at 15%. The National Basketball Association? 5%.

Another example: One of our SWiAM fan tips made reference to the fact that New England Patriots games at Gillette Stadium have been sold out since 1993… which means it hasn’t been easy to get a ticket there since Demolition Man came out.

So, the short answer to our question is probably ‘sit anywhere you can at NFL games’, because tickets aren’t always easy to come by.

With that in mind, this guide is focused on the best places to sit at football games according to our users, assuming that you have the choice.

How we put this together

We used the same process that we did last time for baseball. A blank football arena was divided up into 16 seating sections, like this:

Then we allocated each city with an NFL team two ‘votes’ and checked the seating tips provided by fans from every venue:

Where to sit at NFL games

…and then we just tallied up the votes for each of the sections.

If there was an absolute consensus amongst the top tips for one stadium, we allocated two votes to that section.

If a venue had multiple tips contradicting each other, we went with the one with the most votes. A reminder that your votes count!

THE RESULTS: The best place to sit at an NFL game is…

Where you should sit at NFL games

According to Sports Where I Am users, the consensus best place to sit at NFL games is between the 20 yard lines on either side of the field. Many people used the phrase “about 20 rows up” when referring to the ideal spot.

Notes/observations

…If you factor in the upper and lower levels, either side of field accounts for over 70% of the tips we have for seating.

…Obviously, not all stadiums are the same. Although our guide above says to sit either side of the field, some stadiums specifically mentioned the End Zone areas as the best. In one venue, it was suggested to get a good view of the city behind the field. In another, it was to get into the Dawg Pound amongst the ‘real fans’. It’s a reminder that this is a ‘guide’: your best bet is to check the fan tips for the venue you’re going to on our site/App.

What do you think?

Whether you agree or disagree, you should log into SWiAM and add your own tip or vote on someone else’s. Our next seating guides will be for Basketball and Hockey, so please help us ensure our venue seating tips are accurate before we put those together!

You can click here to go to our site to find & purchase your NFL tickets.

Categories: NFL, Sports travel guides, tourism

2 thoughts on “Where should you sit at NFL games?”

  1. I have been wanting to take my father to 49ers game, as we have been fans since the Steve Young days. I love what you said about how you should sit between the 20 yard lines. I’ll have to look more into Levi’s stadium to see if that is also the optimal place to sit. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Benn says:

      Thanks for the comment, Dennis! Let us know if we can help at all with your plan to take your dad to a Niners game.

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