Solider Field, Chicago Bears
It’s cold, it’s loud, it’s Solider Field. Chicago Bears fans have been filing in since 1971 to cheer on their beloved Bears. With a maximum seating capacity of only 61,500, Solider Field might not be the biggest stadium, but it is one of the coldest. It averages a temperature of 25 degrees in December. Solider Field’s surface is also a huge factor that makes the venue stand out. Thanks to a variety of events held at Soldier Field throughout the fall, the playing surface of Soldier Field in early December has a strong resemblance to a frozen sandbox, slippery and infested with ruts. That 61,500 I mentioned earlier might not sound like a bid number, but you can guarantee that those will the the most devoted and rowdiest 61,500 fans you will ever see.
No. 4: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs
Before the Seattle Seahawks moved outside, Arrowhead Stadium was by far the loudest outdoor stadium in the league. The Chiefs haven’t been what you would call overachievers in the past decade, but their fans have proved to be dedicated and passionate. No matter what their record is, you can take a trip to Arrowhead stadium on any given Sunday and see a sea deafening sea of red. The opposing team always has a hard time calling plays, I learned this the hard way in Madden 12.
No. 3: Qwest Field, Seattle Seahawks
Qwest Field, a crowd that plays such a huge factor, it has earned the nickname the “12th man”. The crowd at Qwest Stadium proved their worthiness when Marshawn Lynch went into “beast-mode” to score a TD against the Saints in the 2011 Playoffs. Pace for pace with Lynch, an old geologic sensor planted where the Kingdome used to be recorded actual seismic vibrations from the ground.
“It’s all real,” said John Vidale, Director of Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. “People were shaking the stands, the stands were shaking the ground and it [was] going to the instruments.”
No. 2: Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers
The NFL’s most historic Stadium, Lambeau Field winds up a close second on the list. It has been the home of the Green Bay Packers since 1957. The historic venue has a maximum seating capacity of 72,928 and is almost always filled. It’s average temperature of between 7 and 20 degrees in the winter makes it the coldest place to play in the NFL. But the frigid air doesn’t keep the Green Bay Cheese-heads from packing out every game to see their beloved Packers. After the passing of the QB torch from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, it has been good to be a Cheese-head. The Packers have went 25-7 in the past two regular seasons and won a their fourth Super Bowl in 2010.
No. 1: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh Steelers
Topping the list just over Lambeau Field is the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field. With a seating capacity 65,050 and the roughest toughest fans out there, Heinz Field is the most dreaded place to play in all of football. Their fans often carry a brutal reputation and are always adorned with fierce spiked gear. Whether it’s to look mean, or just to bundle up in the chilly Pittsburgh climate, it’s still startling. Along with being rugged, Steelers fans have proved to be the most dedicated. It doesn’t matter where they play, whether it’s in nearby Cleveland or down in Miami, Steelers fans show up. You can go to your local Wal-Mart or any other retail store in any city and find Steelers merchandise. When deciding the number one venue for the list, I couldn’t see any one coming out on top of Lambeau, but after some research I was torn between these two. After evaluation, I finally gave the edge to Heniz Field for one reason… The Terrible Towel! How annoying must these damn things be for the opposing teams. The kicker can’t focus on his angle, the quarterback can’t find his receivers and the crowd eats it up. As the team gets better, the towels spin faster.