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Top Ten College Football Stadium Experiences

Every week we inch closer to the start of the College Football Season, and with that we will count down the Top Ten Stadiums to watch a game at. There are so many factors that went into creating this list, but each of these stadiums have a unique history and allure that helped it make this list. There are so many to choose from, and by no means is this and exhaustive list.

 

10. Neyland Stadium, Tennessee

The stadium is named for Robert Neyland who served as Head Coach three different times at Tennessee. Don’t like traditional tailgating? Then this is a stadium for you. Located along the Tennessee River this stadium has undergone multiple expansion projects and is now the second largest in the SEC. It’s orange and white checkerboard endzone’s give the field a unique feel look on game day. And can you say Home Field Advantage? The Vols have never lost four consecutive games at Heyland Stadium.

9. Albertsons Stadium, Boise St.

Did you think the Blue Turf wasn’t going to make the list? Named Bronco Stadium for the first 44 years of its life, the naming rights changed in 2014 when the naming rights were sold to a local chain of grocery stores in the area. The first stadium to have a non-green playing surface, the school gained exposure through it’s football team and playing surface over the years. Hosting Bowl Games since 1997, many different teams have had the chance to play on its unique surface.

8. Beaver Stadium, Penn St.

One of the most well know stadiums around the nation now, Beaver Stadium is known for hosting some of the largest crowds in College Football. What makes this stadium unique is the student section and their white out games. Started in 2004 with the student section it grew into almost the entire stadium wearing white for home games over the year. When Penn State makes a big play, expect to hear Kernkraft 400 blasted over the loud speakers creating what is one of the loudest stadiums in the nation during a game while the fans chant “We are Penn State”

7. Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame

If not just for the history of the campus, Notre Dame has a few unique things to offer when attending a game there. The bowl shape offers no bad seat in the house and having a rich history like Notre Dame you won’t miss a second of it. The most unique part of the stadium is the World of Life Mural by Millard Sheets or better known as  “Touchdown Jesus.”  Seen looming over the stadium the mural shows his arms raised up like a referee signaling a touchdown.

6. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium “The Swamp”, Florida

Hailed as one of the toughest places to play in College Football, “The Swamp” has an imitate fell to it. With the field being below ground level and the stadium built up around it trapping in the noise, opposing teams have their hands full with the crowd noise. It all starts with a short intro video of actual gators in a murky swamp and ominous music all the way to the band playing at the end of the game.

5. Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin

Wisconsin can be cold near the end of the season, but that does not stop the loyal fans from coming out to support their favorite Badgers. Two traditions make the game-day experience at Camp Randall. The “Fifth Quarter” which came around in 1969 after they lost 24 straight games. This event is where the band stays after the game and plays for the fans. Then there is the “Jump Around” tradition between the Third and Fourth Quarters where the fans jump around to this House of Pain song.

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4. Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech

Pick one, two, or three from a laundry list from the University of Virginia. From the Corps of Cadets walking into the stadium for the National Anthem, to “Enter Sandman” playing as the team emerges from the tunnel it gets wild in Lane Stadium. Having the largest game-day cannon in College Football is a nice touch too. If that isn’t in your wheelhouse maybe watching the mascot bench press after every score will be entertaining enough for you.

3.  Kyle Field, Texas A&M

Everyone knows the “12th man” tradition creating one of the most intimidating stadiums in the sport. This creates a loud and electric venue for the fans and teams alike. One of the most unique aspects of the stadium is the original Aggie Mascot, Reveille, passed away she was buried at the north end of Kyle Field so she can always see the score of the game.

2. Ohio Stadium “The Horseshoe” Ohio St.

Probably one of the biggest traditions happens before the game. When the band takes the field and one of the sousaphone players runs out to dot the “I” for Script Ohio. The crowd goes nuts. In game when the entire stadium chants O-H-I-O chills run down your spine.

1. Rose Bowl

Probably the most iconic stadium in College Football, the Rose Bowl hosts the biggest Bowl Game of the year, outside of the National Championship game. The Rose Bowl Game played with the Tournament of Roses Parade is something to behold on New Years Day, and since 1945 has been the highest attended College Football game each season.

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