VenRoo – Tracking the venues you’ve visited. This is our tag line for our posters of stadiums on a map of the U.S., where you can display and track the stadiums you’ve visited. We created the poster for ourselves, as we started traveling with a group of friends to a different NFL stadium each year. As we started to grow and promote our business through blogs, social media, and our website, we started to meet new people around the country who loved to see various stadiums too.
One person, in particular, was Hans Steiniger and his Quest for 31 – One Man’s Crusade to Attend an NFL Game in all 31 Stadiums in the National Football League. What a great combination; we have a poster to track your NFL stadium travels, and Hans is on a crusade to see them all and experience the game from the perspective of the home team. We have since communicated through email and discussed various travels and tips and Hans has been very helpful in spreading the word about our poster.
We recently spoke with Hans to get more information on his ‘crusade’. He first attended games in Buffalo, as a Bills fan and moved to the Detroit area. While in Detroit he made it to a few Lions and Browns games and then traveled to Tampa to visit some family. While in Tampa he realized that the stadiums and games were a great opportunity to experience the various locations and thought it would be cool to see all 31 NFL stadiums.
Hans made it to all 31 stadiums, in only four years, while wearing a jersey from each home team, and saw a little over 50 games. He made some great friends along the way and always tried to find the ‘spot’ at the game where the locals hung out. He said he would even get calls from people asking when he was coming back to their stadium.
After experiencing all those games and stadiums, you get a good feel for various traits that make a stadium stand out. It was hard for Hans to pick out his single favorite stadium, but he did like: Quest Field (Seattle)– for its design (and 12th man noise) and awesome food varieties at the concessions; Lambeau (Green Bay) for its all around classic feel; Cowboys Stadium (Dallas/Arlington) for just being over the top on everything; and you can’t beat the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium (Tampa). If you ever go to Minnesota you should buy a hollowed-out horn as a ‘glass’ to drink your beer.
With his quest for the 31 NFL stadiums complete, Hans continues to visit stadiums and maintain relationships with people he’s met on his quest. He’ll pull out one the team jerseys from a foot locker, where they’re safely stored, and hit the road for another fun weekend. Of course his favorite jersey is a Bills #31 with the name “Quest For” on the back.
Hans isn’t stopping with the NFL. He’s started other quests for NHL and NBA and even has a Sports Themed Wedding Invitation website, which is real cool. So, be sure to look out for Hans at your next tailgate and stop by his websites to catchup on his travels