I have been fortunate enough to visit many of the top stadiums in College Football throughout the years. I’ve sat at midfield for major rivalries, done beer bongs with coeds, and stormed the field following a major upset. That’s what College Football is all about. The stadiums – they’re not JUST stadiums. They are often historic landmarks. I’m often asked what the best College Football stadiums are. The following is my list.
1. Tiger Stadium, LSU
Affectionately referred to as “Death Valley”, Tiger Stadium is arguably the toughest place for an opposing team to play. SEC football stadiums are all as loud as they come, but Tiger Stadium takes the decibel levels up another notch. Tiger fans are loyal and rowdy.
2. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
“The Shoe” has been home to some of the most memorable games in College Football history. Some of the greatest players to ever play the game have donned the Scarlet and Gray. From Archie Griffin to Eddie George to AJ Hawk – the Buckeyes have one of the top programs and stadiums in the country. Ohio Stadium is one of the few College stadiums that have the look of an NFL stadium with the atmosphere of a College stadium.
3. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama
One of the most rowdy fan bases resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bryant-Denny Stadium becomes deafening on game days. Bama fans begin drinking the night before, and don’t stop until kickoff. With Alabama regularly in contention for a national title, Bryant-Denny is packed every game. Need a ticket? Good luck finding an affordable one.
4. Beaver Stadium, Penn State
The “WE ARE…PENN STATE” chant is one of my favorites. One of the coolest sights in all of College Football is when PSU fans “white out” the stadium. Beaver Stadium holds more than 100,000 screaming Nittany Lion fans. Don’t forget to get a picture taken next to the Joe Paterno statue (R.I.P.).
5. Neyland Stadium, Tennessee
“Wish that I was on ‘ol Rocky Top, down in the Tennessee hills. Ain’t no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top, ain’t no telephone bills..” I’ve heard the UT band play Rocky Top thousands of times and it never gets old. 108,000 fans pack Neyland Stadium with their bright Orange on. Even though the Vols haven’t been their usual dominant self lately, the atmosphere has continued to be top-notch.
6. Kinnick Stadium, Iowa
Named after Iowa’s lone Heisman Trophy winner, Nile Kinnick, this is one of the toughest places to play in the country. Fans are right on top of the field and Hawkeye football has always been the biggest attraction in the state of Iowa. There simply is no better place to tailgate than along Melrose Avenue in Iowa City. Partying isn’t just an activity for Hawkeye fans – it’s a way of life.
7. Memorial Stadium, Nebraska
One of the best sights in College Football is the Sea of Red at Memorial Stadium on Husker game days. Husker football is life to folks in Nebraska. The state pretty much shuts down on Saturday’s in the fall. Husker fans are a different breed. They don’t boo opponents as much and are often more respectful. But they cheer on their team as loud as anyone.
8. Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Texas
Now that DKR Memorial boasts the largest JumboTron screen in the nation, this place has become quite the sight. I’m not a big fan of the burnt Orange color, but the atmosphere is incredible. Plus, there’s some great eye candy on the sidelines – the Longhorn cheerleaders.
9. Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Oklahoma
Personally, “Boomer Sooner” irritates me. I get tired of hearing it over and over again. But you simply cannot deny the intense passion Sooner fans have for their team. College Football stadiums usually aren’t much to look at, but Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is similar to Ohio Stadium in that it has a pseudo-NFL stadium look to it.
10. Kyle Field, Texas A&M
You have to love the passion of “The 6th Man”. Kyle Field gets loud when the Aggies are on defense. I could do without some of their annoying chants, but hey, at least they’re loyal and passionate. I can respect that. Kyle Field has a great atmosphere and the architecture is well above the average College Football stadium.