Football season is back, and that means gameday drinking is back as well. For many people enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two (or many more) goes hand-in-hand with their football watching experience. As a company that focuses on treating hangovers, here at Hangover Heaven we have an understandable interest in any kinds of events that lead people to consume and especially over-consume alcohol.
That general interest in how, when, and why people drink coupled with the fact that the National Football League’s Raiders are moving to the city we call home-Las Vegas-in the near future really got us thinking about the connection between football and drinking. While we see our fair share of clients at Hangover Heaven that can blame their condition on time spent at the sports books, once Allegiant Stadium opens we will get to treat NFL fans fresh from a game for the first time, which got us thinking about the in-stadium drinking experience specifically.
Once we got to thinking along those lines, we realized it could be interesting to see exactly what kinds of alcoholic drinks fans can find and enjoy in NFL Stadiums around the country. Since most teams feature a full bar somewhere in their stadium, we chose to focus on beer and wine specifically. To that end, we looked at official team websites to find concession listings and suite catering menus listing which brands of beer and wine each team has available, using official team mobile phone applications to look up concession menus during preseason games to gather even more data.
When we started digging, however, we were surprised to find that of the 31 NFL stadiums (with the New York City teams sharing a venue), 10 of them didn’t list their beverage menus anywhere that was readily accessible to the public. As football fans, we found it extremely odd that nearly a third of the NFL’s teams don’t make it possible for their fans to plan out what they might want to drink while cheering their team on.
In an effort to be as complete as possible in our analysis, however, we turned to an app and website called Untappd. Untappd allows users to submit information on the kinds of beer that is offered at different places around the world, including stadiums. Using this user-submitted information, we finally had some (admittedly incomplete) data on what kinds of beer and wine football fans can find in stadiums around the National Football League.
Having gathered this data, we wanted to find some fun and interesting ways to present it to the public. The first thing we to achieve that was to make a map, with team logos representing where every stadium is located throughout the country. We then adjusted the size of each logo to scale according to how many varieties of beer and wine can be found in each stadium, with bigger logos meaning that a team offers more variety and smaller logos meaning they have less.
Again, this is only based on easily accessible information, so while we know that some of the miniscule logos on here (and trust us, every stadium is on here, some just might require some zooming in to find) can’t possibly be accurate, until teams provide their fans with better information this is what we have to base sizing off of. Clicking on a logo will show exactly how many combined varieties of beer and wine can be found in that team’s stadium.
Of course, that number only gives the most general of overviews, providing no data on specifics. To combat that we put together this colorful graphic, which you can interact with again. Each box represents an NFL team, and they are currently organized alphabetically. The bigger the box the more varieties of beer and wine each team has available at home games.
Hovering over the smaller boxes will show specific numbers for sub-categories of both beer and wine, allowing you to see how many local craft beers can be found at a stadium for example, or how many different kinds of white wine. Clicking on a box will zoom in and focus the data further, allowing you to focus on a single team at a time.
While that is a more unique and interesting look at alcohol variety in NFL stadiums, it still doesn’t address the super specific question of exactly which kinds of wine and brews can a fan expect to find in a given stadium.
We decided to break that data down by division, starting with the same categories as the box graphic above like red or white wine and local or non-local beers. Clicking on the farthest outer sections of the circles, however, will bring up a new graphic listing exactly which brands and labels fans can find at each football field. So if you want to know if your favorite local craft brew is an option at the next game or if you’ll have to stick to national brands like Miller or Budweiser, this is the place to look!
Finally, while the NFL was the inspiration and focus of most of our analysis, we know that it is far from the only game in town. Millions of people obsess over college football every Saturday, and while many college campuses and stadiums have been theoretically dry, a recent trend has seen states, conferences, and schools all changing old rules and laws prohibiting alcohol sales in college football stadiums.
As a result, every year more and more college football stadiums offer fans the chance to enjoy a nice cold beer while cheering on their alma mater. We looked up the most up-to-date information possible on the in-stadium alcohol policies of ever team in the NCAA’s top division for football, the Bowl Subdivision, and mapped out whether they sell alcohol in their stadium or not. Clicking on an icon, whether it be a beer glass or a big red ‘X’ will show exactly which college football team that icon represents.
No matter who you root for or what you drink while cheering them on, it is always wise to drink responsibly. If you are ever in Las Vegas this football season and fail to heed that advice, however, be sure to book an appointment with us here at Hangover Heaven, Las Vegas’ premier IV hangover solution. We haven’t forgotten about those who can’t make it to Sin City either, as football fans across the country can pick up our Nightlife Prep Supplements from our store and Amazon.com.