NFL Weekend: What to Do and Where to Watch

 NFL Weekend: What to Do and Where to Watch NFL stadiums draw fans near and far to cheer for their team.  If you plan to visit your team’s hometown on an NFL weekend but don’t have a ticket, plan ahead where to watch the game and what to do before and after. Whether you prefer visiting attractions, shopping the farmers’ markets or eating your way through local grub, there’s always something to do near NFL stadiums. CenturyLink Field After breaking the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd roar—twice— CenturyLink Field is definitely known for its passionate Seahawks fans. When you’re not at one of the loudest NFL stadiums, see what Seattle has to offer:
  • Space Needle: Take a ride up the 605-foot observation tower to see the Emerald City from a whole other level. After reaching the top in just 41 seconds, take a 360° look at Seattle. If you plan to visit around brunch, lunch or dinner, make reservations at the SkyCity restaurant to enjoy a meal with a sky-high view of Seattle.
  • Pike Place Market: Stroll through one of the oldest public farmers’ markets to find local-grown produce, buy one-of-a-kind crafts for friends and family, and discover food from around the world. The Pike Place Market presents visitors with a unique shopping experience while supporting local merchants and the community.
  • Where to watch the game: Grab a seat to watch the game at King Street Bar & Oven, known for wood-fired pizza. History buffs can drop by the famous Triangle Pub, a brothel-turned-pub and historical landmark, to celebrate among fellow fans. You can never go wrong with a classic sports bar to watch the game. Get together at The Hawks Nest for drinks and appetizers as you cheer on your team.
Heinz Field Have you ever seen a 37-foot tall ketchup bottle? You can see two at the Heinz Field Stadium. When the Steelers reach the “Heinz Red Zone” between the 20-yard and goal lines, the ketchup bottles virtually pour on the scoreboard. Check out what Pittsburgh has in store when the Steelers aren’t making ketchup pour:
  • Senator John Heinz History Center: To learn more about American history, visit the largest museum in Pennsylvania. The six-floor History Center features an interactive sports center where you can relive moments in sports history including The Immaculate Reception, Super Bowls, Stanley Cups and more.
  • Market Square: Take a break to shop, eat and relax at Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh. From public art and assorted boutiques to concerts and rallies, the Square is always lively. During September, attend salsa dancing lessons, karaoke at August Henry’s City Saloon, join a Steelers pep rally and more. Visit the downtown Pittsburgh website to find upcoming events at Market Square.
  • Where to watch the game: Are you a Jerome Bettis fan? Check out his bar, Jerome Bettis Grille 36, named Pittsburgh’s best sports restaurant every year since its grand opening in 2007. Catch the game on one of the 30 HDTVs at McFadden’s Saloon, where you can enjoy traditional Irish food. Several other bars and restaurants include Pub 33 Bar and Grill, Pittsburgh Grille & Sports Bar and Shamrock Inn.
Edward Jones Dome Once known as the “Dome at America’s Center,” the Edward Jones Dome will feature all-local food in the concessions this season so you can enjoy the best of St. Louis as you cheer on the Rams. Before and after a game, you can check out nearby attractions and activities in the area: 
  • Gateway Arch: Take a 15 minute walk over to St. Louis’ most well-known monument, the Gateway Arch. Built in honor of Thomas Jefferson and pioneers, the Arch symbolizes the “gateway” to the West and Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory. Take a short tram ride up to the top of the 630-foot Arch to see up to 30 miles of the surrounding area.
  • City Museum: A mile away from the Dome, take a surreal adventure in St. Louis’ funhouse, the City Museum. Young and old can have a blast exploring the Enchanted Caves, walking through the post-apocalyptic MonstroCity, admiring the two-story waterfall and more. Take a break to see the dreamlike wonders that Bob Cassilly, an entrepreneur and sculptor, built for St. Louis.
  • Where to watch the game: What better way to celebrate a win—or mourn a loss—than to hit up a local bar with friends. There’s something for everyone near the Edward Jones Dome. In the Loft District, enjoy a plate of mini sliders with your brew of choice at The Over/Under Sports Bar.  Get a taste of traditional Irish fare at the Tigin Irish Pub, a five minute walk from the live-action. Other bars in the area include Big Daddy’s on the Landing, Sundeckers, Morgan Street Brewery and more.
Wherever you go for NFL travel, there’s always something to do. Visit a local attraction, shop the local farmers’ market, get inspired by the culture, or grab a drink. Lastly, as an official sponsor, The Parking Spot would like to wish best of luck to the St. Louis Rams this NFL season!
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