As the leaves turn colors and the air gets crisp, it's a good sign that your Sundays are going to be booked solid for the next few months. While monolithic TVs and sports packages make it easy to spend those days in the pleasant confines of your well-worn recliner as you scream at the gigantic, illuminated LCD, there's just no substitute for actually being at the game.
For those of you that haven't set foot in a packed football stadium since you were still drinking out of a sippy cup, the stadium experience has changed just a bit in the last couple of decades. As a matter of fact, there's never been a better time to be a fan and spend your Sundays watching your team along with 80,000 other people.
No other part of the stadium experience demonstrates just how much things have changed then the unbelievable choices you now have at the concession stands. Suffice it to say, a Sunday at the stadium is not a good day to start your new diet.
ATL Leads the Way
When discussing the unbelievable food choices now available to football fans, the best place to start is with the newest stadium. Rising from the shadows of the fun but aged Georgia Dome, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is an extraordinary experience from the moment you set foot inside.
In fact, while some might marvel at its angular façade and stylized roof, it's the new approach to stadium concessions that will likely appeal to the biggest fans. Although there's nothing inherently wrong with overpriced hot dogs and thimbles full of beer, Mercedes-Benz Stadium puts a new spin on food and manages to make other stadiums pale in comparison.
By relying on local chefs, restaurants and even nationwide chains to provide most of the food options, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has something to offer everyone at prices that are easier on the wallet than most would think. From the best pizza and burgers you might have ever had to barbecue and chicken sausage, the food at this new wonder will make you wish every day was Sunday. Just be sure to wear your loose pants. See the full list of stadium eateries here.
Around the League
Although Mercedes-Benz Stadium might render most of the other food choices around the league as pointless and obsolete, there are still a handful of dishes that absolutely deserve mentioning. Dallas leads the charge with a dish that is just as audacious as AT&T Stadium itself. The Pambazo is a Tex-Mex work of art that shovels the beans, chorizo and cheese so high atop a bolillo bun, you might need help carrying it back to your seat.
Of course, there will always be a place for a good hot dog come game time. Between the Cardiac Cards Dog in Arizona, the Hottodoggu in DC, the Leiniedog in Detroit, and Mac & Cheese Dog in Carolina, fans still have great options when looking for a new twist on an old favorite.