The Titans have grown a very loyal fan base since moving to the Music City 20 years ago from Houston. They have created a unique experience on game days utilizing much of the talent from the country music industry to entertain the crowd. The team on the field has also become more entertaining, as they have made several playoff visits after a nine-year lull. Finally, Nashville provides visitors a wide range of activities for pre and post-game entertainment.
In many ways the Jacksonville Jaguars are a story of comebacks. Most recently famous as a pop-culture reference on the NBC show “The Good Place” for their history of being bad at football, the team from north Florida now find themselves as potential perennial contenders. Playing in front of packed crowds is once again the norm, and fan fever is at an all-time high. A star quarterback who graduated from UCF has helped lead this team to deep playoff runs, and now the fans are taking notice.
The 2018-2019 season marks the sophomore season for the Atlanta Falcons in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This marks the first time in more than 25 years that the team can play its home games in an open – air stadium, as the complex camera lens-like roof can now be open and closed. The Falcons continue to improve its Fans First Experience, with updates to the Fans First menu options and the addition of the Home Depot Backyard, a new tailgating area on the site of the former Georgia Dome. The Falcons, like all NFL teams, realize that attendance has dropped across the league, as more fans decide to watch the games at home or through other electronic media. Fans First is designed to answer every aspect of improving the fan experience at the stadium and give them a reason to attend the game in person.
Built in 2003, StubHub Center currently holds 27,000 fans, and serves primarily as the home field for the LA Galaxy of MLS, but for the past several seasons has also hosted the LA Galaxy II of USL. But in 2017 the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers moved in, and that team plans to call the facility home for a couple of years while their shiny new stadium in Inglewood is being built; the new venue (Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park) will be shared with the Los Angeles Rams.
MetLife Stadium has been the home of the New York Jets since its opening in 2010. The Jets share the 82,500-seat facility with the New York Giants, with the two teams playing their home games on an alternating basis. Each team has its own locker room in the stadium. The stadium has more than 200 suites.
On September 6, the 2018 NFL season kicks off with a Thursday night contest between the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and the 2017 Super Bowl participant Atlanta Falcons. The game will also mark the beginning of Stadium Journey’s reviews of each of the 30 stadiums in the league.