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Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium named NFL's best venue

Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium named NFL's best venue Lucas Oil Stadium opened in August 2008. (AJ Mast/AP)

When you think of the best stadium experience in the NFL, what team immediately comes to mind?

If you said the Indianapolis Colts, good guess, as Stadium Journey magazine ranked Lucas Oil Stadium as the best overall NFL venue.

The honor is the third consecutive for the Colts and Lucas Oil Stadium, besting the Pittsburgh Steelers (Heinz Field), Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field), Dallas Cowboys (AT&T Stadium) and Carolina Panthers (Bank of America Stadium), who rounded out the top five.

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Stadium Journey ranked the stadiums on a variety of factors according to ESPN, which includes (but was not limited to) ease of access, atmosphere, return on investment, food/beverage and more.

"Lucas Oil Stadium is a fantastic venue, with the emphasis on the fans," according to Stadium Journey. "This is one of the best sports stadium experiences in the country and should be on an NFL fans' bucket list, especially as the team is well on its way to becoming an attraction in itself."

So who had the worst stadium in the NFL? That honor went to the now defunct Candlestick Park, former home to the San Francisco 49ers, who will move into their brand new Levi's Stadium this season.

In addition, Qualcomm Stadium, home to the San Diego Chargers, also ranked near the bottom along with the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field.

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