Despite the distractions offered at high-end restaurants, haute cuisine food stands, and gaming areas in newer stadiums, Esiason says that CenturyLink Field in Seattle, which opened in 2002, has elevated the fan experience. "They had that old, crusty Kingdome. That was awful!" Esiason says. "Now they've built this beautiful outside stadium." And with a reputation as the NFL's and MLS's loudest venue, the stadium fuels a rowdy fan base that absolutely tortures visiting opponents. "[It's] one of the most amazing buildings you could ever be in, because it's built on a very small piece of property and it's built straight up," Esiason says. "They swear they don't pump noise in there, but it has to be the loudest stadium to play in. The fans there truly appreciate their team. It's like a college atmosphere. That stadium is the best in the NFL."
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