Considering we've got the Red Zone Channel, the NFL Sunday Ticket, sports bars, incredible La-Z-Boys, and tricked-out man caves, you might think the last place guys actually go to watch a professional football game is an NFL stadium. But if the packed stands are any indication—we do. By the tens of thousands for every game, every weekend.In the event that you'll finally feel like tearing yourself away from your flat screen, your recliner and a six-pack of beer (that costs less than one brew at the concession stand) we decided to give you a little taste of what's happening at NFL stadiums around the country on any given Sunday (along with some exclusive behind-the-scenes info as well).To kickoff our series, we're heading down to the always-hot tropics of Miami to take a tour of Sun Life Stadium.
Sun Life StadiumThere aren't too many stadium parking lots lined with palm trees in the NFL, but Sun Life is one of them. Probably doesn't seem like a big deal at the start of the season, but a quick stadium shot in December for fans tailgating in sub-freezing temps in Green Bay might cause a little jealousy.
Tailgating in the TropicsMost standard tailgating rules apply here, though South Florida does throw you a few curve balls. You see almost as much seafood on grills as you do sausages, and you certainly see more bikini tops than bratwurst (a trade-off I think we'd all make).
Don Shula is a God in MiamiDon't believe us? The legendary coach has his name on everything here, including Don Shula's Steakhouse, Don Shula's Hotel and Golf Club and the Don Shula Expressway. That means the coaching icon can drive on his road to his restaurant, play golf at his course and then crash at his own hotel. And, of course, there's this statue at the front of the stadium.
Land Shark Lager Fin ZoneWhat would a stadium in Miami be without a club somewhere outside? Enter: The Fin Zone. On this particular day, with the Raiders in town, the Dolphins had a Kiss cover band performing - or maybe it was just an Oakland fan doing Karaoke. We'll never know.
Humidity Creates CrazyThe humidity is so oppressive at early season games in South Florida that some fans decide to forgo wearing clothes altogether and just paint their body in Dolphins colors. Somehow, this guy made it onto the sideline.
Perfection on DisplayHey, did you know that the 1972 Dolphins went undefeated? It's a fact most NFL fans know, but in case you forgot, there are people wearing jerseys that don't represent players, rather, they represent a season. Guess this is what you do when you haven't won a Super Bowl in decades.
The Dolphins Fight Song is um... Judge for Yourself There's nothing wrong with a team having a fight song. In fact, a great fight song can keep a fan base fired up long after the home team scores a touchdown. Everybody's taste in music is different, but I'll let you decide what you think of this Dolphins ditty. I think it's an acquired taste.
On Field ViewThere’s nothing like being on the turf of an NFL stadium on game day. This is what it looks like about a half-hour before kickoff. Both teams are in the locker room and most fans aren't in their seats yet. This shot gives a solid view from the end zone looking up to the main scoreboard.
Miami Dolphins CheerleadersNot much needs to be said here. The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders seem to steal all the NFL headlines, but the Dolphins cheerleaders definitely hold their own.