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Report: Atlanta Offers Best NFL Game-Day Experience

Thirty cities from around the USA house NFL teams, but which one really offers fans the best experience and is the ultimate destination to watch the game?

A new report from Action Network has revealed which US city, home to an NFL side, offers the best overall experience for game day.   

To discover which American city is best for NFL game day, a ‘Cost Index’, ‘Stadium Index’ and ‘Team Index’ were created. Different factors such as: prices for food, drinks, parking, tickets as well as stadium capacities and social media sentiment was taken into account and weighted according to importance.

The Best US Cities for Game Day

Considering game-day costs, quality of stadium and positive social sentiment, Atlanta is crowned as the best US city for game day. Observing the data, Atlanta comes out as the 2nd most reasonable game day after Cincinnati, and places 4th on the ‘Stadium Index’, resulting in them leading the way overall with a score of 12.72 out of 20.

Los Angeles sits in 28th place, receiving a score of just 5.89 out of 20. Looking into the data, it's clear that high costs lead to the demise for L.A. as tickets, parking, food and drink are some of the most expensive in the country. The only factor saving LA from 30th place is thanks to both Rams and Chargers calling it home.

The full list and rankings of the 30 cities can be seen below:

Rank

City

Home Stadium

NFL Team

Total Index

1

Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta Falcons

12.72

2

New York

MetLife Stadium

New York Giants and New York Jets

11.80

3

Nashville

Nissan Stadium

Tennessee Titans

11.29

4

Cincinnati

Paul Brown Stadium

Cincinnati Bengals

11.24

5

Kansas City

Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City Chiefs

11.07

6

Phoenix

State Farm Stadium

Arizona Cardinals

10.94

7

Charlotte

Bank of America Stadium

Carolina Panthers

10.77

8

Green Bay

Lambeau Field

Green Bay Packers

10.75

9

Miami

Hard Rock Stadium

Miami Dolphins

10.74

10

Cleveland

FirstEnergy Stadium

Cleveland Browns

10.61

11

Indianapolis

Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis Colts

10.11

12

Tampa

Raymond James Stadium

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10.00

13

Baltimore

M&T Bank Stadium

Baltimore Ravens

9.88

14

Buffalo

Highmark Stadium

Buffalo Bills

9.83

15

Houston

NRG Stadium

Houston Texans

9.82

16

Denver

Empower Field at Mile High

Denver Broncos

9.69

17

Jacksonville

TIAA Bank Field

Jacksonville Jaguars

9.60

18

Detroit

Ford Field

Detroit Lions

9.38

19

Dallas

AT&T Stadium

Dallas Cowboys

9.35

20

Las Vegas

Allegiant Stadium

Las Vegas Raiders

9.28

21

Washington DC

FedExField

Washington Football Team

8.72

22

New Orleans

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans Saints

8.71

23

Pittsburgh

Heinz Field

Pittsburgh Steelers

8.22

24

Seattle

Lumen Field

Seattle Seahawks

7.85

25

Minneapolis

U.S. Bank Stadium

Minnesota Vikings

7.54

26

San Francisco

Levi's Stadium

San Francisco 49ers

6.83

27

Boston

Gillette Stadium

New England Patriots

6.57

28

Los Angeles

SoFi Stadium

Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams

6.16

29

Philadelphia

Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia Eagles

6.16

30

Chicago

Soldier Field

Chicago Bears

5.89

For further information, please visit the site here: https://www.actionnetwork.com/nfl/best-us-city-for-gameday

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Methodology

To create the game-day index, firstly, the data for the cost of watching a game was gathered. This included prices for beer, soft drinks, hot dogs, parking, and tickets. These were all normalized and summed to give a total “Cost Index”. As some costs are more important than others, it was necessary to weight them. All of the food indexes were given a weight of one. The parking was given a weight of three. The tickets were given a weight of five. Giving a total maximum score of 11.

After this data was gathered about the stadiums where people watch the game. Information was collected about the type of roof and the stadium capacity. Alongside this, Linkfluence was used to determine the number of positive posts on social media about the stadium from 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2021, to see whether or not visitors liked it.

This data was then normalized and summed to give a total “Stadium Index”. Like the prices, the factors here were also weighted according to importance. The roof type had a weight of one, whereas the capacity and social media sentiment each had a weight of three. Giving a total maximum score of 7.

The final data table was then created to summarize this data. An extra index looking at the number of NFL teams in the city was also added to this table. As more teams allow for a better opportunity to watch a good NFL game.

Following on from this the three indexes were then summed and ranked, to provide the final data set. The final score was out of 20.

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