Up Close: Conference Championship Cities

The 2015 NFL Conference Championship games will take place Sunday, January 18 in Foxborough, MA and Seattle, WA. Where exactly is Foxborough? Is there more to Seattle besides the space needle? These are the questions we seek to answer. Let’s take a closer look at the cities hosting NFL Conference Championships.

Foxborough, also spelled Foxboro

Foxboro was settled in 1704. It’s nestled 22 miles southwest of Boston and 18 miles northeast of Providence, RI. The marquee attraction of Foxboro is Gillette Stadium.

Home of the Patriots and Revolution

Gillette Stadium is the #1 reason to visit Foxboro. This place is home to the New England Patriots (NFL) and the New England Revolution (MLS). For fans’ enjoyment before, after or during a game, ‘Patriot Place’ is an open-air shopping center conveniently located near Gillette Stadium. While visiting, check out The Hall at Patriot Place. This interactive museum is dedicated to the history and memorabilia of the New England Patriots. The Hall features a 45-foot wide panoramic projection screen, a geodesic dome, and a glimpse into Bill Belichick’s playbook.

Foxboro Food, Drink & Fun

A New England city is only as good as its clam chowder. For a traditional clam chowder, check out Lafayette House. It’s historic and delicious – just as a Foxboro restaurant should be. A trip to Massachusetts wouldn’t be complete without visiting an Irish pub. Stop by Waxy O’Conner’s Irish Pub for food, drinks, and darts.

The Emerald City

The first European settlers arrived in Seattle in 1792, and the city has since grown to become the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Seattle is known for coffee, grunge music, and rain. Recently, two items have been added to the list, and they both play at Century Link Field.

CenturyLink Field

The Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and Seattle Sounders (MLS) steadily fill CenturyLink Field with notoriously loud supporters. Lucky for fans, the stadium was designed with views of the downtown Seattle skyline to the north and Mount Rainer to southeast; creating an electric, scenic, metro atmosphere.

When in Seattle, do as the tourists do.

There are a few things one must do in Washington’s largest city: First, Pike Place Market. This world famous farmer’s market overlooks the Elliot Bay waterfront and is one of the oldest continuously operated farmer’s markets in the U.S. Head to the upper street level to get a glimpse of the quintessential Seattle fishmongers.

Next, refreshments. The birthplace of Starbucks, and a city that consumes more coffee than any other American city; grab a cup of joe. Great restaurants are everywhere, but my food recommendation is Marination Ma Kai. Seattle-style fish and chips at a waterfront, Hawaiian-Korean dockside patio – it doesn’t get any better than that!

Mountains, water, architecture; Seattle is a beautiful city. Finish your day with a trip to the Space Needle’s observation deck for a 360 degree view of the Emerald City.

Fans of the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers are in for a treat this weekend. Football, mouth-watering food, and pre-game attractions are plentiful whether you’re headed to the west coast or a Boston suburb. Which of these cities hosts your team this weekend? Do you have a killer clam chowder recipe? Join the conversation in the Forum

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