Tailgating Through the NFL

From stadium to stadium and division to division, we’ve crisscrossed the country highlighting all 32 NFL teams and their top tailgating experiences.

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Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

The Crisler Center is where all of University of Michigan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. Built in 1967, the arena seats 12,721 spectators and is named for Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler, the head football coach at Michigan from 1938 to 1947. 960 1280

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KFC YUM! Center, Louisville

KFC YUM! Center, Louisville

The KFC YUM! Center, located on the Ohio River Waterfront, is where the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. The $238 million multipurpose arena seats 22,500 fans. After paying more than $13 million, Louisville-based YUM! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) received the naming rights for the arena. 960 1280

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The Rock, Ann Arbor

The Rock, Ann Arbor

Located at George Washington Park on Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street, the Rock was brought to the park in 1932 to commemorate US President George Washington’s 200th birthday. More than 30,000 years old, the Rock features daily graffiti from various visitors and groups to mark special celebrations, including a potential NCAA championship victory! 960 1280

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Churchill Downs, Louisville

Churchill Downs, Louisville

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Louisville is Churchill Downs, a hot destination for horseracing fans. The 2-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival culminates with “The Race for the Roses,” where lucky owner(s), a jockey and a 3-year-old thoroughbred will leave the track and arena as winners. 960 1280

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Ann Arbor Skyline

Ann Arbor Skyline

As Michigan’s 6th largest city, Ann Arbor’s simple skyline includes the Tower Plaza and the Burton Memorial Tower -- it’s this city landscape that draws the most attention from visitors. We recommend taking a stroll through the local parks or through the beautifully tree-lined areas along Huron River, a 130-mile-long river that runs through the city. 960 1280

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Louisville Skyline

Louisville Skyline

Downtown Louisville is the largest central business district in Kentucky. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Field, Waterfront Park, Riverfront Plaza, KFC Yum! Center and Early Times Distillery are a few attractions travelers can visit in this neighborhood. 960 1280

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale, Ann Arbor

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale, Ann Arbor

Beer is a hot commodity in Ann Arbor. Locals and tourists can choose from a few local brews, including the Arbor Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, Blue Tractor and the nationally acclaimed Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Breweries in the nearby town of Ypsilanti also contribute to Ann Arbor's brew scene. 960 1280

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Hot Brown, Louisville

Hot Brown, Louisville

Hot brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. A hotel chef, Fred Schmidt, introduced this alternative to ham and egg late-night suppers at Louisville’s Brown Hotel in 1926. 960 1280

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Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor

Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor

Pull up a chair and enjoy a meal at Zingerman’s Deli, a popular eatery in Ann Arbor and throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Foodies -- who don’t mind standing in long lines for overstuffed, sometimes pricey but delicious sandwiches -- are in for a treat. Their corn beef sandwich, pastrami sandwich and mac and cheese are popular items on the menu. And don’t forget to try one of their desserts like the Hunka Burnin’ Love Chocolate Cake. 960 1280

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Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville

Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville

Welcome to Lynn’s Paradise Café. This restaurant serves American food with a Southern twist. The walnut-crusted chicken, fried-green tomato BLT, World Famous Bloody Mary and mint julep are several items on the menu worth trying if you stop in for a bite to eat. 960 1280

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The Ride, Ann Arbor

The Ride, Ann Arbor

More than 6 million people ride the public buses in Ann Arbor each year, according to the Ann Arbor Transit Authority. AATA has gone green with 27 hybrid electrical buses. The city has plans to increase the number of hybrid buses as the older buses are decommissioned. Travel green yourself as you make your way around Ann Arbor. 960 1280

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Transit Authority of River City, Louisville

Transit Authority of River City, Louisville

Green travel is starting to become the norm in Louisville. The Transit Authority of River City operates more than 240 public buses, including hybrid and all-electric buses, in Derby City and southern Indiana. TARC’s 17,700-square-foot maintenance and training building received Gold LEED Certification for its commitment to being eco-friendly. 960 1280

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The Brown Jug, Ann Arbor

The Brown Jug, Ann Arbor

Don’t have tickets to a Wolverines game? Join students and other locals at The Brown Jug restaurant, located on South University Avenue and Church Street. Part of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan’s history since 1936, The Brown Jug is the oldest college football trophy in the US. Every year, the Minnesota Gophers and Michigan Wolverines battle it out on the field to gain or maintain possession of the coveted award. 960 1280

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Bungalow Joe's Bar and Grill, Louisville

Bungalow Joe's Bar and Grill, Louisville

Flat iron steak, Triple Crown chicken and bourbon-glazed salmon are just a few tasty items on the menu at Bungalow Joe’s Bar and Grill. Touted as the “premier family sports bar” in Louisville, this bar is the perfect spot to grab a beer and watch the Cardinals play. 960 1280

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Thomas Morgenstern of Austria takes 2nd place during the FIS Grand Prix Tournament on August 13, 2010 in Courchevel, France. 960 1280

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Maria Riesch of Germany during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on October 23, 2010 in Soelden, Austria. 960 1280

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Tanja Poutianen of Finland takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on November 13, 2010 in Levi, Finland. 960 1280

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Scenic view of the ski runs in Beaver Creek, Colorado, where World Cup skiers competed in December. 960 1280

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Maria Riesch of Germany takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 4, 2010 in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. 960 1280

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Bode Miller of the USA during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on December 18, 2010 in Val Gardena, Italy. 960 1280

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Cyprien Richard of France takes 2nd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on December 19, 2010 in Alta Badia, Italy. 960 1280

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Noel Baxter of Great Britain competes in the Mens Slalom during the FIS World Cup on December 22, 2004 in Flachau, Austria. 960 1280

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Guillermo Fayed of France during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on December 29, 2009 in Bormio, Italy. 960 1280

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Marlies Schild of Austria takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on December 29, 2010 in Semmering, Austria. 960 1280

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Kranjska Gora, Slovenia is a winter sports town situated in the Julian Alps that annually hosts World Cup slalom events. 960 1280

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Lindsey Vonn of the USA during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's and Women's Parallel Slalom on January 2, 2011 in Munich, Germany. 960 1280

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Manuela Moelgg of Italy takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 4, 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia. 960 1280

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Cyprien Richard of France takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on January 05, 2011 in Adelboden, Switzerland. 960 1280

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Klaus Kroell of Austria takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on January 15, 2011 in Wengen, Switzerland. 960 1280

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Lindsey Vonn of USA takes 1st place during the Alpine FIS Ski World Cup. Women's Super Combined on January 17, 2009 in Altenmarkt Zauchensee, Austria. 960 1280

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Marie Marchand-Arvier of France in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on January 22, 2011 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. 960 1280

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Jean Baptiste Grange of France during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on January 23, 2011 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. 960 1280

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Manfred Moelgg of Italy during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on January 25, 2011 in Schladming, Austria. 960 1280

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Adrien Theaux of France in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill Training on January 27, 2011 in Chamonix, France. 960 1280

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Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on February 6, 2011 in Arber-Zwiesel, Germany. 960 1280

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Igor Laikert of Bosnia Herzegovina competes during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Men's SuperG on February 9, 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. 960 1280

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Are, Sweden is home to one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts known for Downhill skiing, one of the women's competitions in late February. 960 1280

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Beautiful mountaintops near Bansko, Bulgaria, a competition site in late February. 960 1280

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Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Super G on March 7, 2010 in Kvitfjell, Norway. 960 1280

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The women compete in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, at the end of March, where Julia Mancuso is shown here. 960 1280

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Lenzerheide is a mountain skiing resort in Switzerland where the men's competition will finish in March. 960 1280

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Olympic Stadium & The Orbit

Olympic Stadium & The Orbit

Olympic Stadium is the centerpiece of the 2012 London Olympic Games. It will be home to many sporting events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Looking for a great view of Olympic Park? Take an elevator to the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture for a spectacular panoramic view. 960 1280

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Inside Olympic Stadium

Inside Olympic Stadium

Here’s an inside peek at the track inside Olympic Stadium, where US track and field athletes -- like Allyson Felix and LoLo Jones -- will keep spectators on the edge of their seats as they race to the finish line. 960 1280

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Olympic Park

Olympic Park

In East London, Olympic Park is home to 8 venues, including Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Velodrome. Pick up souvenirs at the London 2012 Megastore at World square; eat fish and chips on Britannia Row; or listen to live music at the Bandstand on River Lawns inside the Street Market. The city has gone all out to make the Park a multi-purpose entertainment venue. 960 1280

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Olympic Village

Olympic Village

Located in London’s Olympic Park, the Olympic Village will be the site where athletes from around the world will unwind and take a break from tense competitions during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Village has residential apartments for approximately 17,000 athletes and officials, along with shops, restaurants, medical facilities, media and large areas to stay fit and train with fellow athletes. 960 1280

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Handball Arena

Handball Arena

The Handball Arena’s design is simple, efficient and flexible. This venue, built with a sustainably-sourced copper roof, seats almost 7,000 fans. After the Summer Games, the arena will become a new multi-sports facility for community sports, including basketball, handball, badminton and boxing. A health and fitness club with changing facilities and a café for local community use are planned. 960 1280

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Velodrome

Velodrome

You may not know it, but the Velodrome is one of the most sustainable venues of the London 2012 Games. It will host indoor cycling, and just outside the building, a new outdoor BMX track was built specifically for the Games. 960 1280

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Basketball Venue

Basketball Venue

According to Olympic officials, the Basketball Arena (pictured) will be most heavily used venues within Olympic Park, with competition events taking place almost every day. It’s also one of the largest temporary venues ever built for the Olympic Games. 960 1280

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Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre

The Lee Valley White Water Centre was opened to the public last year, and it was the only venue the public was able to enjoy can use prior to the Olympic Games. Lee Valley will host the Canoe Slalom competition for 5 days and includes 4 separate events. 960 1280

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Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium, the biggest of the 6 stadiums hosting the London Olympics, will be used to hold the soccer tournament during the Games. The stadium seats over 90,000 people, and it’s the second largest stadium in Europe. 960 1280

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Riverbank Arena

Riverbank Arena

The Riverbank Arena is the hot spot if you’re a field hockey fan. This venue has 2 pitches, one with seats for spectators and one area that will be used for athletes to warm-up before a game. This is the first Olympic Games where the hockey pitches aren’t green. Pink is used for the area surrounding the pitch and blue for the field of play -- making it easy to spot the yellow ball. 960 1280

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Aquatics Centre

Aquatics Centre

The Aquatics Centre is where everyone will be watching the matchup between swimming rivals Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. This venue, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, is one of the permanent venues specifically constructed for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. 960 1280

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Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Some of the biggest tennis players in the world will play on the grass-courts in Wimbledon for the Summer Games. Home to the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon is a perfect venue to host one of the biggest tennis tournaments the UK has ever seen. As the only remaining grass-court tennis venue, it will host the venue for the 2012 Olympic Tennis matches. 960 1280

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Royal Artillery Barracks

Royal Artillery Barracks

This temporary venue at The Royal Artillery Barracks has 3 temporary indoor ranges for Pistol and Rifle Shooting. Outdoor shot gun ranges were also built for Trap and Skeet events. The innovatively designed venue has brightly colored opens to provide natural ventilation and light. 960 1280

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