SBJ/Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2013/NFL Stadium Experience

Flyovers: Feel the power

It’s not uncommon to see flyovers as part of the pregame ceremonies in NFL stadiums. They score high marks for patriotism — flyovers are either provided by or done as a salute to the military — but they also provide one of those moments the NFL hungers for: an experience that can’t be adequately viewed — or, in this case, felt — on a big-screen, high-definition TV.

Our reporter noted the Bears’ strong pregame programming fired up fans, anchored by a stirring rendition of the national anthem complete with the deafening roar of jets. In Denver, fan Linda Meyer talked about what makes coming to the stadium fun: “You see more activities at the game, like guys parachuting into the stadium and a flyover.”

Teams looking to give their fans a thrill may be wise to call in air cover. But sorry, domes — for this piece of game programming, you’re grounded.

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