Best Cities to Retire in if You Love Football

For football fans, retiring in one of these communities is a must.
For football fans, retiring in one of these communities is a must.
For football fans, retiring in one of these communities is a must.

Are you ready for some football? Today marks the first day of the football season and to celebrate we’re going to help the football fanatics out there find the perfect retirement destination.

Football is the most popular sport in America and if you’re a hardcore fan then you’ll probably want to spend your free time in retirement consuming every aspect of it. While there are a ton of cities across the U.S. that have great college or professional football leagues and stadiums, they may have unfavorable tax rates or a higher cost of living. Whether you choose to live in the South or on the East or West Coast, or near your favorite football stadium, the choice is up to you. If you’re planning your retirement around tailgating events or attending NFL or college games then check out these seven cities that are perfect for football fans. 

Austin, Texas

It’s no surprise to find Texas on any list that mentions football. The state alone has numerous teams that range from professional to college and high school. Austin is home to the Texas Longhorns college football team from the University of Texas at Austin. The Texas Longhorns compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and have won four national championships. In addition to watching the Texas Longhorns play a home game at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, retirees also enjoy a warm climate, low taxes and plenty of outdoor recreational activities. Retirees also have a wide selection of 55+ communities in the Austin area such as Sun City Texas in Georgetown or Kissing Tree in San Marcos, which are all within driving distance to the Texas Longhorn’s home games.  

Tucson, Arizona

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and football fans, Tucson caters to active adults in more ways than one. College football is the heart and soul of the city thanks to the University of Arizona’s Wildcats. The NCAA football team plays its home games at the Arizona Stadium that gets packed with fans showing their loyalty by wearing the team’s red and blue with pride. The Arizona Wildcats have won six conference championships and had their first appearance in the Pac-12 Football Championship in 2014. During the off-season, retirees can make the most of their free time until football season starts again by hiking the numerous trails throughout the area’s scenic mountains or beautiful national parks. Tucson is also home to the sprawling 40-plus community of SaddleBrooke.  

Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida is a popular retirement destination for many Baby Boomers because it offers a warm climate year-round as well as an affordable cost of living and retirees don’t pay state income tax. Besides the budget-friendly qualities of living in the Sunshine State, Tampa has a great atmosphere that caters to sports fans and retirees. Tampa is home to the 2002 NFL Super Bowl Champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the city has hosted four Super Bowls. And if that’s not enough football action, retirees can also check out the University of South Florida Bulls, NCAA’s college football team. Both teams play at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, which is nicknamed “Ray Jay.”  

Houston, Texas

The Houston area is not only home to many new and luxurious active adult communities like Bonterra at Woodforest in Montgomery and Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear but also home to many college and professional football teams. They can cheer on college teams like the Houston Cougars or Texas Southern Tigers or watch the Houston Texans, who won the AFC South Division championship in 2011, 2012, and 2015. The best part about Houston is that it will be hosting the 2017 Super Bowl Championship at NRG Stadium, which means the city will be bursting with excited football fans from across the country.  

Denver, Colorado

Denver Bronco fans are loyal to their favorite NFL team – every home game has been sold out since 1969. But that’s no surprise at all thanks to the years of service from its most notable players: John Elway and Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos have won three Super Bowl Championships, eight AFC Conference Championships, and 15 AFC West Division Championships. If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket to Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium to watch the Broncos play, you’re in for a real treat. In addition to the vibrant football environment Denver has to offer, Baby Boomers can also enjoy other outdoor recreational activities that will get their hearts pumping such as hiking, skiing, or biking. And if that’s too much physical activity, they can visit one of the local craft breweries located throughout the city. Denver also has two beautiful 55-Plus communities for Baby Boomers to call home: Windsor Gardens and Fairway Villas at Green Valley Ranch.  

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville may be known as Music City but it’s also popular among football fanatics who flock to Nissan Stadium to watch their favorite team: The Tennessee Titans. Hardcore fans may remember the team’s history before they were called the Tennessee Titans. The team was called the Houston Oilers from 1960 to 1996 and played in Houston, Texas. But it all changed when the team relocated to Nashville in 1998 and changed its name from Tennessee Oilers to the Tennessee Titans in 1999. Nashville is perfect for sports fans and retirees alike because of its exciting football atmosphere during the season and lively entertainment all year long. Nashville even has a 55+ community within the city limits: The Cloister at St. Henry.  

San Diego, California

With three different football teams to choose from, football fans will love retiring in this scenic city located along the Pacific Coast. Active adults can watch college games, cheering on the San Diego State Aztecs or the University of San Diego Toreros or catch an NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers who won three NFL Super Bowl championships. San Diego’s coastal charm and beautiful weather also make it an ideal retirement destination. Retirees can choose from a variety of age-restricted communities in San Diego like Oaks North or Auberge at Del Sur that allow them to live an active yet comfortable lifestyle that’s within close proximity to the football stadium of their favorite team.

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