Big Game City Battle: Will New England or Seattle reign supreme?
The dust has cleared, and the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are set to face off in a bowl that is known to be super. But before we see them clash in the Big Game in Glendale, Arizona, we need to see how the hometowns of the teams stack up. So is Seattle or Boston the place to be for fans of football & travel? It’s time to find out!
? You won’t have many issues getting through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It’s a favorite of many travelers, and it’s quite and drive to CenturyLink Field. But they also have the light rail system that can get you straight to the stadium for under $3. Not too shabby.
Patriots fans don’t have too much trouble . However, Logan International Airport has a bad rap from travelers on the ease of getting through the place. The 40-minute drive to Gillette Stadium is pleasant enough, so that’s a plus. There is rail service at the airport but the Franklin Line will only take you to Walpole, leaving a relatively short ride on the bus to the field.
If it was just on the grade of airport (as far as travelers go) we’d go with Seattle. But this is about ease of getting to the stadiums. And both cities make it a breeze to get there with no problems, so it’s a draw.
Food & Drink
You’re not going to have any trouble finding great restaurants in Seattle. But for sports fans we recommend a couple of places. Quality Athletics is a sports bar that goes tall on quality and dials down that bro/machismo feel. The A Burger and jerk-spiced duck are well worth the trip to eat in the shadow of CenturyLink Field. Another solid choice near the stadium is the Triangle Pub. A one-time brothel is a great spot to grab a drink, a sausage from the outdoor grill and cozy up with rabid Hawks fan. Some would say it’s criminal not to stop at the Triangle before or after a game, and they’d be right.
You could touch some 80s nostalgia with a drink at Cheers, but there are a few spots that could pull you from sitting in Norm’s seat. Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill is named after the beloved Red Sox broadcaster, and sports two great locations – one near Fenway Park & Fall River. The food is outstanding (especially the Original RemDawg) with huge crowds that love their sports. Another top spot that’s just outside of Gillette Stadium at Patriot Place is CBS Scene. It has the pub grub that you expect to find but options like Memphis burger (pulled pork on top), duck bacon flatbread, grilled carne asada, and ginger crusted tuna hit it out of the park. The crowd is just as social and vocal, which makes you feel like you’re a part of the game.
Things to do
It doesn’t hurt that Seattle is one of the jewels of traveling for the Pacific Northwest. Go see some fish take flight at Pike Place Market, where the phenomenon of Starbucks began. Head to the top of the Space Needle. Buy anything and everything on Queen Anne Avenue. Heck, just take a ferry ride on the waterways surrounding the city. No matter what you choose you’re going to have a great time.
When it comes to travelers that love American history, Boston is about as good as it gets. Take a three-hour stroll down the Freedom Trail from Boston Common to Bunker Hill. Grab some of the best food in the area down in the South End along Shawmut, Washington and Tremont streets. Perhaps you like a pint of beer? Those of you that do will want to take a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery. A must for visitors is to visit the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library for a look at a three-store glass globe that features the Rand McNally political maps of 1934. It’s very cool to see in person, and the acoustics of the room allow people to hold conversations by just whispering on opposites ends of the bridge.
Verdict: This is a tough one with both sides bringing some cool things to the table, but we’re going to give an oh-so-slight edge to Seattle.
Playing against the Seahawks is not an easy task. You’re already facing a stout team, but the loudest fans in the NFL. The team know how big their fans are to their good fortune, so much so as the fans have had the number 12 retired in honor of them. Why is the 12th man such a big deal? They’re loud. Like really loud. In a 2013 home match against the New Orleans Saints, the fans posted a registered decibel rating of 137.6. Only thing louder than a Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field is the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
You might not think the Patriots have any tradition, but you’d be wrong. A group of living history reenactors in Revolution War era garb that take their spots behind each end zone at Gillette Stadium. Anytime the Pats score a touchdown or kick a field goal, these devoted fans fire off replica muskets to celebrate.
It’s hard to go against guys with guns (even replicas), but you can’t disregard a crowd that has the potential to rupture ear drums. Seattle gets the nod.
The battle was close, but Seattle takes the crown with a 2-1-1 mark. Regardless of which team wins the game, both cities are perfect for a vacation.