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Where does your team play football?

In the NFC East, only the Eagles play in the city for which their team is named... two of the other three teams in the division don't even play in the same state.

One hot topic earlier this offseason was whether there should be additional cold weather city hosts for the Super Bowl. I say, why not Philly? If the "New York" teams can host in the swamps of North Jersey in sniffing distance of the refineries, why shouldn't another large and historic city get the chance to host... in the actual city??!? If the Big Game can be awarded to the home stadiums of the East Rutherford Jets & Giants, the Arlington Cowboys, the Glendale Cardinals (ok, they're in AZ) and the soon-to-be Santa Clara 49ers, there should be no problem allowing the Philadelphia Eagles to host in Philadelphia, right?

I realize I'm very late to weigh in on the issue, but the question got me curious, first about Super Bowl host cities, and then about how many teams truly play in the city that shares the name of the team. Turns out, plenty of Super Bowls have been played in the "right" host cities like New Orleans, Indy, Detroit, San Diego, Tampa and Miami (Gardens), among others... but let's set the big game aside for the moment, and just focus on each team stadium and the city where it is located. Here is a table sorted by division*:

Franchise Division Stadium City State Seasons
Dallas Cowboys NFC E Cowboys Stadium Arlington TX 2009-Current
New York Giants NFC E MetLife Stadium East Rutherford NJ 2010-Current
Philadelphia Eagles NFC E Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia PA 2003-Current
Washington Redskins NFC E FedExField Landover MD 1997-Current
Chicago Bears NFC N Soldier Field Chicago IL 2003-Current, 1971-2001
Detroit Lions NFC N Ford Field Detroit MI 2002-Current
Green Bay Packers NFC N Lambeau Field Green Bay WI 1957-Current
Minnesota Vikings NFC N Metrodome Minneapolis MN 1982-Current
Atlanta Falcons NFC S Georgia Dome Atlanta GA 1992-Current
Carolina Panthers NFC S Bank of America Stadium Charlotte NC 1996-Current
New Orleans Saints NFC S Superdome New Orleans LA 2006-Current, 1975-2004
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC S Raymond James Stadium Tampa FL 1998-Current
Arizona Cardinals NFC W U. of Phoenix Stadium Glendale AZ 2006-Current
San Francisco 49ers NFC W Candlestick (Levi's Stadium) San Francisco (Santa Clara) CA 1971-2013 (2014-?)
Seattle Seahawks NFC W CenturyLink Field Seattle WA 2002-Current
St. Louis Rams NFC W Edward Jones Dome St. Louis MO 1995-Current
Buffalo Bills AFC E Ralph Wilson Stadium Orchard Park NY 1973-Current
Miami Dolphins AFC E Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens FL 1987-Current
New England Patriots AFC E Gillette Stadium Foxborough MA 2002-Current
New York Jets AFC E MetLife Stadium East Rutherford NJ 2010-Current
Baltimore Ravens AFC N M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore MD 1998-Current
Cincinnati Bengals AFC N Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati OH 2000-Current
Cleveland Browns AFC N FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland OH 1999-Current
Pittsburgh Steelers AFC N Heinz Field Pittsburgh PA 2001-Current
Houston Texans AFC S Reliant Stadium Houston TX 2002-Current
Indianapolis Colts AFC S Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis IN 2008-Current
Jacksonville Jaguars AFC S EverBank Field Jacksonville FL 1995-Current
Tennessee Titans AFC S LP Field Nashville TN 1999-Current
Denver Broncos AFC W Sports Authority Field Denver CO 2001-Current
Kansas City Chiefs AFC W Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City MO 1972-Current
Oakland Raiders AFC W Oakland Coliseum Oakland CA 1995-Current, 1966-1981
San Diego Chargers AFC W Qualcomm Stadium San Diego CA 1967-Current

* source: FootballGeography.com as of June 2013 ("Levi's Stadium" and "Santa Clara" added manually)

STATS & NOTES:

  • 21 teams play home games in the "right" city that matches their team name… that's about 65%
  • 3 teams named for a state play home games in that state (MN, AZ, TN)
  • 2 teams named for a region play home games in that vicinity (NE, CAR) [note: sorry Panthers, pick one or the other]
  • 6 teams (as of 2014) do not play home games in the team's named city/state/region:
    • 3 are in the NFC East (DAL, NYG, WAS) - lolz at them!
    • 3 play in the right state but another city (DAL, SF, BUF)
    • 3 play in an entirely different state (NYG, NYJ, WAS) [2 share a stadium (NYG/NYJ); 2 are NFC East (NYG/WAS) ]

So, what do we here at BGN think of this? Are we proud to be in the 65% of teams contributing to our city's culture, popularity and bottom-line revenue? Shouldn't more teams build stadiums in the city whose name brings in their money? Do we deserve to host a Super Bowl in Philly? Do we even want to? Why does the rest of the NFC East suck so hard? (After all, we're the only division with just one team playing in the "right" home city.)

Please weigh in with your comments… and of course -- FUCK ALLAS!! (meaning the Arlington Lolboyz, of course...)

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