The food, the atmosphere, the privacy, the luxury: who doesn’t like sitting pretty in a VIP suite? You get to take in the action from some of the best seats in the house.
These suites are more than just temperature-controlled rooms with plush seating and fancy touches, though. These are also places to be pampered with great views and amazing food. Make sure you put these 25 VIP suites on your must-visit list pronto.
California Memorial Stadium
The California Memorial Stadium has not one, not two but four luxurious ways to take in the action. The Chancellor’s Box has floor-to-ceiling glass windows for one-of-a-kind views. The University Club is even more expansive with bigger windows and impressive sights.
The Stadium Club feels like a small hotel room, and one that’s very well-stocked too, as this space boasts up to four bars. Lastly, there’s the Field Club, with a reception hall for nearly 700 people, a theater that seats 350 and a banquet hall that can comfortably fit about 300 diners.
Need somewhere to sit? Choose from more than 80 suites at Pudong, Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena. Guests get their own parking space and a shorter line for easier access to their seats. While watching the show, sip on freshly prepared drinks and indulge in a catered lunch or dinner.
Each year, Raleigh, North Carolina’s PNC Arena open its suites for leasing. Don’t miss out, or else you won’t be able to watch huge flat-screen TVs, see beautiful views of the venue, get a VIP parking spot or have premium staffing for the night. The Suites Food & Beverage department will be on hand to cook up a customized meal for guests.
Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla
Back in 2004, the Olympics were planned to be held in Seville, Spain. The city went so far as to erect the Estadio Olimpico for just that purpose. Even though the Olympics were ultimately held in Athens instead, the stadium didn’t go to waste. In fact, it’s a coveted spot with full dining amenities for up to 60,000 and even has beds for those times when food comas hit.
The O2 is one of England’s most beloved arenas, so of course it offers something a little extra to its paying customers. By joining its VIP Club, guests can get tickets for multiple shows, have their own account manager and can get into the breathtaking American Express Invites Lounge. Dining is an event unto itself, as the lounge is a multi-level space where guests can customize the menu to their preference.
A premier destination for live football and other sports, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium commissioned David Rockwell to create its sprawling suites, which have more than 130,000 square feet of space. Guests get their own private refrigerator and wet bar, flat-panel TVs, private washrooms and their own lobbies and entrances. Up to 30 people can enjoy live entertainment per suite.
In Liverpool, England, the Echo Arena’s VIP suite can be rented out for the whole year, and no wonder, as it’s quite a sight to behold (don’t worry, there are also nightly rentals). Before the event begins and once it wraps up, guests can have alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks at the open bar. There’s also a buffet before the show, lower tiered seats, a VIP entrance and a VIP parking lot.
Citizens Bank Arena
Another venue for Californians who want to feel like kings or queens is the Citizens Bank Arena. With its Luxury Suite, guests can watch professional chefs whip up delicious buffet-style food right in front of them at the San Manuel VIP Club. Palm trees dot the space for ambiance, and the contemporary décor is plush and classy.
UK’s Wembley Stadium lets its guests sit in the lap of luxury through its Club Wembley. Founded in 2007, the Club is set to undergo a remodel in 2017. Members can get tickets for popular sporting events, sit in the private boxes and visit the Bobby Moore Club, where they sometimes eat breakfast or lunch with influential athletes.
Get a taste of the Prime Experience at Manchester Arena, also in the UK. In the venue’s Prime Suites, groups of up to 18 are treated to one of 24 suites. Prepare to be pampered with amazing views, a private cloakroom and bathroom, delicious food, a private bar and a waiter.
In Toronto, sports fans can have an unforgettable evening at the suites in the Rogers Centre. Come with an empty stomach, as the suite includes its own buffet restaurant with an ever-changing menu and private seating. There’s also a wine lounge that has more than 50 global wine favorites. Not sure how to choose? Just ask the onsite sommelier!
Feel like you’re in the first row of a hockey game without leaving luxury behind at the Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. There’s plenty of room here, considering that the two Super Suites can seat 18 apiece and the other 12 suites have room for 16 each. Enjoy sports grub like wings, nachos, pizza, burgers, sandwiches and more from big-name food chains. There’s even a dessert menu.
In Helsinki, Finland, the Hartwall Arena treats its customers well. Those who are lucky enough to get a spot in the VIP boxes can enjoy an onsite restaurant, seating for up to 70 guests, Turkish bath towels, a private bathroom and multiple TVs. Then there’s the best part: stunning views of the sports games, concerts or other entertainment.
Hartford, Connecticut is home to the XL Center, which allows guests to customize their VIP experience, choosing which amenities matter most to them. The menu is always tantalizing, with sports food intermingled with lighter fare like salad or puff pastry mini hot dogs.
Metro Radio Arena
Attending a show at the UK’s Metro Radio Arena? Make sure to ask for a spot in an Executive Suite, where the real fun is. With parking passes and early access to the building, you’ll already feel special. Add in a cold and hot buffet and a personal bar and it’s no wonder the Metro Radio Arena rents out its VIP boxes for up to a year at a time.
The Kansas City Chiefs call Arrowhead Stadium home. They invite their fervent fans to become a part of the Scouts Investment Club, which gives members top seating, concierge info, high-definition video monitors and lounges with temperature controls. There’s more too. Members can rent out the suite for their office and get food straight from Levy Restaurants.
The SSE Arena
Belfast companies can treat their employees to a night (or more) of excitement at The SSE Arena. There are plenty of interesting amenities and privileges offered in this UK venue, such as the option to personalise the suites, wall-mounted plasma TV screens, a hospitality team on hand at all times, and a dedicated outdoor smoking deck.
Suites available for events include the colorful lime green West Lounge (with a hot fork buffet and leather seats) and the chic Heineken Lounge (with an onsite bar).
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
The Bon Secours Wellness Arena is so spacious and cozy with its plush rooms and plentiful seating that this Greenville, South Carolina venue could start to feel like a second home. Get in early through the Sandlapper Premium Services Lobby and make a beeline for the entertainment area with a full bar.
Tucked inside Boston University is the Agganis Arena. Don’t underestimate this hockey stadium. Although it’s part of a college, its clubroom menu impresses with dishes like caprese salad, butternut squash ravioli, beef short ribs and poulet saute. Leave room for dessert! Offerings include crème brulee cheesecake, pina colada pie and red velvet cake.
There are five hospitality levels offered at the UK’s Genting Arena:
- Amplify — A high-class environment that includes catering from popular chefs, getting seats at this level will be unforgettable.
- Freestyle — A step above the Amplify package is Freestyle, which adds a private bar, pre-show dining and private parking.
- Club — Go above and beyond with Club seating at Genting. Park in yet another private lot, then sit down to a pre-show restaurant meal and a champagne reception.
- Club Plus — The only way to get into the Air restaurant without buying the Air package is with the Club Plus package.
- Air — The highest level offered, this package lets guests mingle on a VIP showdeck and at the Air restaurant.
The Oracle Arena is part of California’s Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, where teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Raiders play. Guests can join the VIP Club (with informal drinking and dining), the Mezzanine Club (with a full bar and buffet spread) or the Courtside Club (with chef-prepared customized items and a renovated area to sit and watch the game).
In Auckland, New Zealand, those who land a VIP spot at the Vector Arena are in for a night of memories. The venue’s Exclusive Suite lets guests sample the suite life with reserved parking, a beverage package good for two hours, catered gourmet dishes, wait staff, full air conditioning and premium tickets.
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Another arena to bring one’s appetite to is the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Their catering is prepared by Chef David Zakroczymski, who breaks up his menu into various culinary categories:
- Taste of Wisconsin —This menu includes local foods like Wisconsin cheese and bratwurst.
- M.V.P. — Sports food is aplenty, such as buffalo chicken wings, hot dogs, guacamole and salsa and popcorn.
- All American — With a mini burger bar and salads, it’s hard to go wrong here.
- Little Italy — Take your taste buds on a world tour with dishes like Italian Caesar salad, roasted cauliflower, sausage and peppers and chicken vesuvio.
- Farm to fork — Go local with fresh cheese and fruit, a sausage sampler and honey crunch granola.
- Rosie’s Kickin Q — Craving barbecue? This is the menu to order from, as it includes pulled pork and chicken served with honey cheddar cornbread and baked beans.
While Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center has its own event suites, the real experience is found in its private suites, which are ideal for smaller groups of up to 18. Never miss a Kings, Clippers or Lakers game here. Venture over to the San Manuel Club for a change of atmosphere and order directly from Levy Restaurants. There’s even a VIP will call window.
With five clubs and suites at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, guests see new things each time they attend an event here. Here’s a rundown of each club and suite available:
- TicketsNow Club/Infor Lounge — These two clubs are identical in all but name and location. Dine at a dessert bar, carving station or New York eateries like Abigael’s Brooklyn, Thomas’ Greek Kitchen, Junior’s and Calexico, which are all onsite.
- Honda Club —This space can hold groups of up to 60, so there’s plenty of room to bring the whole company. The Honda Club bar is the place to be. Don’t leave hungry, as there’s also a buffet.
- Centurion Suite by American Express — Part bar, part restaurant, all lounge, this suite benefits those with Centurion or American Express memberships, who get to order fantastic drinks and food.
- The Calvin Klein Courtside Club — Love basketball? Don’t miss the chance to get into this club, which lets guests see the Brooklyn Nets near their court.
- Billboard Lounge — If music is more your thing, there’s the invitation-only Billboard Lounge. As musicians, DJs and comedians pass through, those who are at this lounge will get a chance to see them.
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