The National Football League's (NFL) 32 clubs are divided into two conferences of 16 teams each: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). Each conference has four divisions (North, South, East, and West) with four clubs in each division. Here’s a list of AFC stadiums, and the most convenient airports for each. Have fun at the game and see this article about flying to NFC stadiums!
The New England Patriots play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Fly to Norwood Memorial Airport, north of the stadium, which has lower fuel and ramp fees than Hanscom, also north of the stadium.
The New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Fly to Teterboro Airport, just north of the stadium, which has six fixed-base operators. Meridian waives the first night ramp fee with minimum fuel purchase and has the least-expensive fuel as this is being written.
The Baltimore Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Martin State has instrument approaches, a huge runway, cars, and a straight shot to the stadium via I-95. But if your skills and equipment can handle a 2,084-foot runway or you have a seaplane, you can fly to Essex Skypark, which also has a seaplane base (but no instrument approaches or services), and grab a cab.
The Jacksonville Jaguars play at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Fly to Jacksonville Executive, which now has two FBOs competing for your business, Sky Harbor and the new Craig Air Center, with significantly lower fuel prices as of this writing.
The Tennessee Titans play at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville International and John C. Tune airports are about equidistant from the stadium and both offer rental cars, though fuel costs less at Tune.
The Denver Broncos play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan and Centennial airports are about equidistant to the stadium, with comparable prices. Jet-A costs slightly less at Rocky Mountain, but turbulence can kick up there on windy days.
The Los Angeles Chargers (how I hate to say that!) play at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The closest airport is Compton/Woodley, which doesn’t have rental cars, but most folks just take Uber or a cab. No landing fee, and tiedown fees are only charged for overnights ($5 for singles). However, there are no instrument approaches and the parallel runways are each 3,323-by-60 feet, so if that doesn’t work for you, head to Long Beach.
The Oakland Raiders play at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, though they will move to Las Vegas beginning with the 2019 season. For now, fly to Oakland International, which is almost within walking distance of the coliseum. Don’t let the thought of airliners intimidate you; they’re usually directed to a different runway. We’ve landed here for baseball games and it’s not a problem, so long as you comply promptly with ATC instructions.
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