NFL Top 5 Toughest Places to Play
While going over the NFL Week 2 matchups, you’ll look and see that the home team is favoredabout 75% of the time, which isn’t unusual due to the phenomenon on homefield advantage. So,where are the toughest and craziest places to play in the NFL? Here go our picks.
1. Lambeau Field, Green Bay
The longest occupied stadium in the NFL, Lambeau seats almost 73,000 diehard “Cheeseheads”each game, and there is a 74,000-person waiting list for season tickets. There is also the“Lambeau Leap”, which is when a Packer scores and leaps into the stands to get congratulated by the fans. Cincinnati’s Chad Ochocinco is planning to try his own “Lambeau Leap” when hisBengals head to Lambeau this weekend. I wouldn’t recommend it. One thing I’d like to know,though: can you still call it the “frozen tundra” in the summer?
2. Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
Heinz field opened in 2001, and seats just over 65,000 people, and the Steelers share it with the NCAA’s Pittsburgh Panthers. Most of those fans will be waving the recognizable yellow“Terrible Towel”, and it was almost blasphemy when some of the Tennessee Titans stomped onthe towel after winning 31-14 at Heinz Field last December. The Steelers then beat the Titans inthe season opener at Heinz last week. Oh yeah, and when it rains, it’s a mudpit. Check theSteelers’ 3-0 win over Miami in 2007 for confirmation.
3. Qwest Field, Seattle
Qwest Field just opened in 2002 with a 67,000-person capacity, and we’re betting management of the Seahawks figured it would help the team’s Super Bowl odds. This place is one of theloudest stadiums in the league, and in 2005, crowd noise led to an NFL-leading 24 false-start penalties. It’s so loud that the Seahawks have been accused of having fake noise piped in throughthe speakers. The Seahawks are an excellent choice for your NFL pickswhen they’re at home.
4. Gillette Stadium, New England
The Patriots have lost only three of their last 19 games at Gillette Stadium, which opened in2002. In 2006, they switched from grass to turf, and not surprisingly, the Patriots set all kinds of offensive records in 2007. There are over 68,000 seats in the place that replaced FoxboroStadium, and it’s especially tough to play there in the winter as it gets bitterly cold in thenortheast portion of the country.
5. Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
It’s too bad their team’sSuper Bowl oddsare pretty much non-existent, because Arrowhead isone of the craziest stadiums in the league. It’s been open since 1972, and it used to be a fortress