If you go to any kind of sporting event, it doesn't matter if you're the most ardent fan or if you're a casual observer you want a great experience! The North American Soccer League is working hard to ensure they put a great product out on the field but what about the fan's experience of watching the NASL in action; getting to the stadium, enjoying some pre-game food or drinks, atmosphere and seating or view of the game?
Now any fan can go to a website and find out exactly what they can expect at the stadium they're going to that weekend.
Stadium Journey specializes in reviewing a fan's complete experience when they go to a game. A whole bunch of Stadium Journey reviewers have gone to most stadiums or arenas in the United States and many others overseas and have assessed them all on seven different criteria with the goal of comparing a fan's experience at one stadium to another.
A fan's sport experience is rated one to five (five being the highest) on the following seven criteria:
Food and Beverage is assessed based upon its' quality, variety and price.
Atmosphere rates how much fun the soccer experience is and considers thing like distractions for the kids or announcer's commentary.
Neighborhood considers if the area surrounding the stadium can provide an extended experience with local restaurants and other attractions.
Fans are assessed for their ability to create atmosphere without threatening or offending the casual observer.
Access considers the ways and ease with which fans can get to or leave the stadium.
Return on Investment gauges how much it's going to cost and what kind of view you get for your money.
Extras considers the uniqueness of the stadium experience for that team, literally what else do they do to entertain their fans.
All those criteria are assessed and a rating is given for each. Then an index is created form the average of the seven criteria allowing an overall comparison between any and all facilities.
So, how do the various NASL soccer experiences stack up? Here are the top five: