Best Big Ten Football Stadiums

The Big Ten boasts some of the more dominant college football teams in the country.  They consistently have teams ranked in the top 5.  This year should be no different.  The Las Vegas odds show that both Ohio State and Michigan are in the top four favorites to win the championship.  It’s hard to see a scenario where one of the two doesn’t make the playoff.  The only issue is that they might beat each other up.

Not only are these teams so good, but I believe they have some of the best football stadiums. Here is a list of the best football stadiums in the Big Ten.

1. Michigan

My favorite, and it has the best nickname in the Big Ten, “The Big House”. This stadium fills up every home game in the fall with over 100,000 die hard Wolverine fans. Adding lights a few years ago makes it a great destination to watch night games. Watching rabid Wolverine fans go crazy is amazing.

2. Wisconsin

This place just rocks during home games. Badger fans fill the stadium to capacity and the energy just flows. I have seen fans jump so hard and bounce up and down that they shake the entire stadium. I have seldom seen so much energy and excitement than at Camp Randall.

3. Penn State

Beaver stadium is another giant stadium. Recently they added more seating to accommodate over 100,000, and that makes for tough going for visiting teams. Nittany Lion fans are some of the greatest fans in college football. There is no bad seat in the house.

4. Ohio State

This stadium looks like a Roman Coliseum. It is nicknamed “The Horseshoe”. It is the third largest in college football with a capacity of a little over 104,000. Die hard Buckeye fans have a lot to cheer about especially with the recent success of their program under Urban Meyer.

5. Nebraska

Memorial stadium is one of the iconic stadium in all college football. Seating 90,000 Cornhuskers fans, it is one of the most well known stadiums in not only the Big Ten, but in the country. Nebraska fans have seen so many great Husker teams play there during the years. This stadium has been known to fans all over the country as one of the most intimidating stadiums.

6. Iowa

Kinnick stadium was names for the former Heisman trophy winner Nike Kinnick. Many professional football players have spent their college careers at Iowa, and they continue to churn out pro players each year. Not as big as some of the others, with a capacity of a little over 70,000, but the fan base is strong and they love their Hawkeye football.

7. Michigan State

Spartan stadium is known for their opening line before each home game, and it gets the crowd going. “It’s…a beautiful day for football!” Seating around 75,000 Spartan-crazy fans, it’s one of my favorite views on a college football Saturday. I won’t complete a Big Ten football season without visiting here.

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Best Football Stadiums in the SEC

The location for the most popular sport throughout the SEC, college stadiums are dubbed as football’s cathedral. These mammoth constructed architectures seat thousands of fans every single Saturday rather Rowdy Reptiles, Barking Bulldogs, or Roaring Tigers.

Additionally, each stadium has its own game day tradition making game day even more eventful. This article will briefly discuss just a few of the very best college football stadiums in the SEC through quick facts, a brief history, and other relevant information for each football stadium.

Bryant-Denny Stadium (University of Alabama)
Dubbed as the seventh largest college stadium located on any college campus, the stadium is named after the program’s Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant as well as U of A’s President, George Denny. The overall record of games played at this stadium has exceeded the 187-32-3 mark. While a home game sellout record has been set for home games since 1988 the 92,158 seat capacity stadium has elected to never tear down the stadium’s goal posts out of a sign of reverence.

Sanford Stadium (University of Georgia)
Home to the Bulldogs, the stadium features a hedge that runs along both sides of the field. Aside from providing the appealing factor, the hedge aids in keeping crowds from rushing the field, an event that hasn’t happened since the 2000 season. It was here that the first game was played on October 12, 1929 and the first night game was played on October 26, 1940. Another noteworthy game played at this stadium was the upset in 1965 against the University of Alabama.

Benn Gill Griffin Stadium (University of Florida)
Many a battle has been fought since the stadium has opened in 1930. Although additional seating and various modifications have been made to the stadium itself “The Swamp” is home to Gator Growl”, one of the largest student organized and ran pep-rallies throughout all of college football. Game day traditions include the Gator walk as well as the shouting chant battles when the south an east sides of the stadium scream “orange” while the north and West sides respond with “blue”.  I’m not so sure about them re-purposing the urine for use at the stadium.

Tiger Stadium (LSU)
Home to the Tigers of Louisiana State University, the stadium is the 6th largest in college football. The stadium also seats 92,400 and can provide an extremely noisy environment when the rowdy fans start screaming. as a result, the stadium’s nickname is “Death Valley” and can prove to be a challenge to win for any visiting team because of the distracting noise. The stadium is one that is truly noisy and energetic for the Tiger fans of LSU.

Neyland Stadium (University of Tennessee)
Home to a capacity crowd of well over 100,000 screaming fans, this stadium is the largest college football stadium throughout the Sooth. There have been several modifications done on the stadium in the form of various expansions the most notable being the orange and white checkerboard end zones. Game day traditions include the largest tailgate party that has boats lining up outside the stadium along the Tennessee River. Additionally, the bands playing of “Rocky Top” is a longtime fan tradition.

In conclusion, college football stadiums everywhere are known for one thing or another and while each stadium has its own features each also has special traditions that makes the stadium itself a special place for any fan.

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Top Pac-12 Stadiums

When speaking about the best stadiums of the Pac-12 it’s only natural to start with The Rose Bowl. This stadium by far supersedes any other stadium for one simple fact January first of every year. The Rose Bowl game is one of the very best and I look forward to watching it every year. This stadium sits over 90,000 people and it has hosted almost every major sporting event. This is also a national landmark so if going near Pasadena, California you should try and make a visit. This stadium is said to have one of the most beautiful locations in college football being at the foot of San Gabriel Mountains, which can be seen in or outside the stadium.

The next stadium on my list is Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, also called the grand old lady. This stadium can seat over 93,000 people. Being in Los Angeles this stadium was used in filming movies, television shows, and even video games. It has also hosted Olympic Games as well as many other major sporting events. In my opinion this is one of the favorite stadiums in the Pac-12.

The Autzen Stadium in Oregon comes next. Although it only seats close to 60,000 it is said to be one of the oldest if not the loudest stadium in college football. This is 30,000 less than the Rose Bowl so that is amazing to think about. Oregon won all of its home games in 2009, 2010, and 2013. At the beginning of every game the Oregon duck mascot blast in front of the players, on a Harley Davidson, onto the field.

The next stadium I will be covering is the Husky stadium in Seattle. Recently renovated at an estimated 280 million dollars not only is this said to be the loudest stadium reaching up to 100 decibels at times it is one of the most beautiful. This stadium sits between Lake Washington, the city and even mountain ranges. This was a much needed upgrade, because before the upgrade it was said to be run down worn out and an eyesore.

Colorado’s Folsom Field is another great stadium to add to the must see list being right next to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains this is definitely a stadium I would live to visit myself. This would be an awesome place to go on vacation but make sure you plan it so you can catch a game. This is said to be the most beautiful campus in the country.

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Best Stadiums in the Big 12

The Big 12 conference is known for its awesome football and great traditions, and they have some of the best fan turnouts in the entire country. Here are the best college football stadiums in the Big 12.

10. Kansas – Memorial Stadium

With a capacity of a little over 50,000 Kanas cannot afford to have any letdown in fan turnout. Recently, their home record has been not great (filled to 68% capacity last season), and that has hurt revenue. What they must do is get their football program back on track so the fans have something to cheer about (and revenue wouldn’t hurt either).

9. TCU – Amon Carter Stadium

Just like Kansas, TCU has a pretty small stadium only seating around 45,000. And, just like Kansas, they need to make sure the die hard fans stay happy. This season, the Frogs realize that each filled seat is precious. But regardless of how many seats are filled, rest assured that each one is a good view.

8. Iowa State – Jack Trice Stadium

It’s funny how the Cyclones of recent years have had drops in attendance, but still rank higher than many stadiums in the country. Their record was very poor in 2015, but they still had better attendance than Arizona, who did well last year. They’ve got some die hard fans.

7. Baylor – McLane Stadium

I wouldn’t be surprised if attendance this season drops from 2015. Baylor has great fans, but the offseason turmoil has Baylor in a media tailspin. How they will recover quickly from this is beyond me, but the stadium has good seats and a loud crowd usually.

6. West Virginia – Milan Puskar Stadium

Now I start to get to the good ones. West Virginia is showing #7-10 how to fill up the seats and bring some revenue in. The crowds are loud and really into what’s going on the field. Their attendance went up more than 5% from the previous year. Great place to be in attendance on a fall Saturday afternoon.

5. Kansas State – Bill Snyder Family Stadium

Another great stadium with raucous crowds with a passion for their favorite team, this stadium operates at over 105% of its capacity each home game. They are die hard fans in Jayhawk land, and that’s great for a stadium that only lists its capacity at 50,000. It’s just a fun and energy charged atmosphere.

4. Texas Tech – Jones AT&T Stadium

This is one of the bigger stadiums in the Big 12. They were ranked 29th in the nation in attendance in 2015 and actually saw a slight increase in their attendance. The atmosphere just screams college football.

3. Oklahoma State – Boone Pickens Stadium

This is a tough place for anyone to play, the Cowboys boast a stunning 21-4 home record in the past four years, and that makes anyone sit up straight and take notice. Their attendance has dropped recently, but those that show up here have a lot of fun, and it’s fun to watch.  It’s also one of the oldest on the West side of the Mississippi.

2. Texas – Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium

There is just no way I could not have Texas in the top two, because these two teams really signify the conference. Texas has the biggest capacity in the Big 12 with over 100,000 packing in the seats. They have plans to make the stadium even bigger, trying to reach around 110,000.

1. Oklahoma – Memorial Stadium

Overall the best place to watch a college football game in the Big 12. Great football with a great atmosphere. Watching a home game is a treat at Oklahoma.

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