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September 13, 2011 13:34 ET

Cheapflights.com Tackles Tailgating

Gives a Play by Play on Top 10 NFL Pre-Game Destinations

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2011) - Football season has officially kicked off, and Cheapflights.com, the online leader in publishing travel deals, joins in on the fun and excitement surrounding one of America's favorite pastimes. From September to February, millions across the country will turn on the television to take part in the tradition known as Sunday football. And, while many will enjoy the games from the comforts of their sofas, Cheapflights.com recommends taking the tradition further by participating in the ultimate football experience -- the tailgate party. Cheapflights is here to help get your pre-game party going with its list of Top 10 NFL Tailgating Towns.

Every team does it differently, and below are five of Cheapflights.com's top ten tailgate parties and what makes each great, from peculiar cuisines to wacky fan-mobiles.

  • Cleveland Browns Stadium - Cleveland, Ohio - It's no secret that what's happening on the football field isn't the only competition brewing. Fans love to pull out all the stops and secretly compete for the legendary status as tailgater; and at Cleveland's Dawg Pound it's no different. Browns fans get the party started at 7am, and, within no time, the smell of grilled brats fills the air and beer cans get passed around. If you haven't had the luxury of trying Beer-can chicken (a Brown's tailgating classic in which chicken is literally stuffed with a full can of beer), there's no better place than the parking lots of Cleveland's stadium. Search and compare cheap flights to Cleveland.

  • Gillette Stadium - Foxborough, Mass. - If there's one thing Patriots fans understand about tailgating, it's food. We're not talking hamburgers and hot dogs; we're talking about stick-to-your-ribs clam chowder, fresh lobsters and juicy steaks. Fans travel from all over New England to Foxborough, situated between Boston and Providence, and partake in the tailgating experience every Sunday morning of the season. While it's common knowledge that New England fans are boisterous no matter which sport is playing, if you're looking for a quiet place before a Pats game, you probably won't find it at Gillette Stadium. Search and compare cheap flights to Boston.

  • Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City, Mo. - For football fans who know a thing or two about tailgating, it's no surprise that Kansas City makes this list. While other stadiums work hard to crack down on tailgating-mania by limiting parking lot hours, Chiefs' fans light up the smokers a day early and camp out overnight to ensure they are raring to go Sunday morning. It's rare for many NFL stadiums to reach the sort of status of college tailgating, but Arrowhead attendees do it weekly. Part of their secret to success is a mastery of a tailgating menu, and Chief's fans have mastered their barbecue. Search and compare cheap flights to Kansas City.

  • Paul Brown Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio - Team Spirit rules the parking lots of Paul Brown Stadium as orange and black cover everything from old RVs to painted bare bellies (which won't be the strangest thing you see). Cincy fans love to chow down their beloved Cincinnati chili, which is usually made up of cheese, spaghetti and the occasional addition of oyster crackers. Who Dey Nation takes great pride and ownership in the tailgating experience -- its intense energy keeps the party going all day long. Search and compare cheap flights to Cincinnati.

  • Sports Authority Field at Mile High - Denver, Colorado - The Mile High City is more than just a medley of high altitude and great beer -- it's also home to some of the nation's wildest fans. The tailgating experience at Sports Authority Field (which was recently renamed from Invesco Field) is filled with local microbrews and tasty Mexican fare. Don't forget to chant "IN-COM-PLETE" when the visiting quarterback incompletes a pass. Also, be sure to check out the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, located right at Gate 1, dedicated to the state's most prized athletes. Plus, around the stadium are plenty of top-rated restaurants to hit up after the tailgating festivities. Search and compare cheap flights to Denver.

Rounding out the list of top tailgate destinations worth checking out are: Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia, Pa.; Lambeau Field - Green Bay, Wis.; Sun Life Stadium - Miami Gardens, Fla.; Heinz Field - Pittsburgh, Pa. and Reliant Stadium - Houston, Texas. To read about these and Cheapflights.com's complete list of Top 10 NFL Tailgating Towns, visit http://news.cheapflights.com/2011/09/top-10-nfl-tailgating-towns/.

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