The most transportation-friendly NFL stadiums, by MobilityScore

Football season is upon us, and that means one thing: paying too much for parking to watch the game. Luckily, in several cities, there’s another way! We’ve used our new MobilityScore algorithm to rank the top 5 most transit-accessible stadiums. Here we go!

5. Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers) – 70

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The Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, NC (Photo courtesy Sports Illustrated)

Panthers fans keep pounding the pavement over to the extremely proximate light rail station to get home from the game. If buses are more your speed, you can bank on being able to catch a lot of them from the stadium. This stadium was the oldest-built in the top 10, clocking in at 1996. The bikeshare stations are new, though, with at least three different docks available within a 10-minute walk.

4. Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos) – 71

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Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO. (Photo courtesy StadiumDB)

Does your stadium offer bikeshare valet? The Denver Broncos do. The rest of the transit options aren’t quite as great as their defense, but they’re surprisingly good for a football stadium! It’s a bit of a walk (15 minutes, to be exact), but you can get to three different light rail lines that will take you further into the city.

3. Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons) – 77

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo courtesy Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium was just finished this year, and comes with its own MARTA Rail station, proximity to bus lines, and a Chik-Fil-A (except on Sundays). Atlanta may not be traditionally known for transit, but the new Falcons arena is pretty centrally located, giving it a pretty good MobilityScore of 77.

2. U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings) – 80

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U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo courtesy Minnesota Vikings)

Crossing over into the “excellent” category, the also recently-built Vikings stadium clocks in at an 80. In downtown Minneapolis, there are two METRO lines that will drop you off directly at the arena (no walking required), and plenty of buses. You can also pick up a bikeshare at several stations nearby — people bike more than you’d think there. (Much like the Vikings run defense, cyclists in the Minneapolis are pretty hardcore.)

1. CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks) – 99

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CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA. (Photo courtesy Stadium Guide)

CenturyLink Field is in a league of its own. Seattle has excellent transit options, and The Clink is dropped straight in the middle of them all. Pick your poison: King County Metro bus? Seattle Streetcar? LINK Light Rail? Community Transit? This doesn’t even take into account the private bikeshare companies whose data we don’t yet have access to.

What about you?

Do you try to avoid driving to stadiums whenever possible? Would you go to more football games if the stadium were accessible? Isn’t the price of parking insane? We hear you.