Best College Football Stadiums


Here is the America's Best Online list of the top 25 best college football stadiums in the United States as determined by the quality of team, tailgating, history, fans, and sportsmanship.

   

1. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University
Ohio Stadium is also known as The Horseshoe and is the home of the Buckeyes football team at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on March 22, 1974.


Ohio Stadium saw its largest crowd on October 25, 2008, with 105,711 fans in attendance for the Buckeyes' matchup against rivals, the Penn State Nittany Lions. Ohio State lost that game to the Nittany Lions by the score of 13-6. The game broke an attendance record set in a 2006 contest with Michigan by having three more fans in attendance. Mel Kiper has stated that Ohio Stadium has the second-best atmosphere of any college venue, "second only to Penn State," and Beano Cook said, "There is nothing better than when the Ohio State Marching Band and the sousaphone player dots the 'i' for Script Ohio."

The crowd attending these home games is known for creating harsh and difficult environments for opponents. University of Iowa coach Hayden Fry complained after a 1985 loss that the fans were too loud for his quarterback, Chuck Long, to call plays and suggested sound meters be used to gauge the noise level, penalizing home teams if there was too much noise.
 
2. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, University of Florida
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field is better known as The Swamp. The stadium and the university are located in Gainesville, Florida. Regularly holding just over 90,000 fans per game, it is the 12th largest college football stadium by capacity.

The Swamp has acquired a reputation for being a very difficult place for opposing teams to play, and has regularly been ranked at or near the top of lists of top home field advantages and/or best game day experiences in college football.

One of the major reasons is the stadium's design. Originally built in a ravine, the playing surface is below ground level. Various expansions over the years have enclosed the playing area on all sides with steep stands, and further placed the fans are within a few feet of the action.

The enclosed playing area also enhances the effects of Gainesville's warm and humid fall climate. Game-day temperatures at field level have been known to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, creating a swamp-like atmosphere. This was the impetus for a University of Florida researcher Robert Cade to develop Gatorade as a way to combat dehydration.

3. Memorial Stadium, University of Nebraska 
Memorial Stadium is located on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, just north of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. It is the home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.

The stadium holds an ongoing NCAA-record 297 consecutive sellout crowds; this streak began in 1962. When full, Memorial Stadium holds more people than any Nebraska city except Omaha and Lincoln, a fact that is often used to point out Nebraska's devotion to Husker football. Because most fans wear red apparel, the stadium is often referred to as the "Sea of Red" on gamedays.

4. Neyland Stadium, University of Tennessee
Neyland Stadium is a sports stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. It serves primarily as the home of the Tennessee Volunteers football team. After 79 years and 16 expansion projects, Neyland Stadium now has an official capacity of 102,037 seats. This makes it the largest football stadium in the South, the fourth largest in the United States, and the seventh largest stadium in the world.

5. Tiger Stadium, LSU  
Tiger Stadium or Death Valley is the home field of Louisiana State University. With a seating capacity of 92,400, it is the seventh largest on-campus college football stadium in the nation and third largest stadium in the SEC after Tennessee's Neyland Stadium and Georgia's Sanford Stadium. In terms of general population, Tiger Stadium would be the sixth-largest city in Louisiana for the seven home games each year.

Tiger Stadium is commonly referred to as "Death Valley," due to its high level of cheering during games. The original nickname of "deaf valley" was applied to the stadium, but over the years was misunderstood for "death valley." During a nationally televised game against Auburn in 2003, ESPN recorded a noise level of 119 decibels at certain points in the game. During the October 6, 2007 game against the University of Florida, CBS recorded 130 decibels, making Tiger Stadium the loudest stadium in all of college football.

The standard cheer among Tigers fans is "GEAUX TIGERS!" (pronounced "Go")--the spelling of "geaux" reflecting Louisiana's French roots. Fans also commonly taunt opposing players and fans by yelling "Tiger bait!" while waving and pointing their fingers at them in the same manner as Florida State University's "tomahawk chop".
 
6. Beaver Stadium, Penn State
7. Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
8. Michigan Stadium, University of Michigan
9. Sanford Stadium, University of Georgia,
10. Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State University
11. Kyle Field, Texas A&M, Schedule
12. Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn University, Schedule
13. Folsom Field, University of Colorado
14. L.A. Coliseum, University of Southern California
15. Bryant-Denny Stadium, University of Alabama
16. Lane Stadium/Worsham Field, Virginia Tech
17. Camp Randall, University of Wisconsin
18. Husky Stadium, University of Washington
19. Memorial Stadium, Clemson
20. Michie Stadium, Army
21. Rose Bowl, UCLA
22. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, University of Texas
23. Autzen Stadium, University of Oregon
24. Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy
25. Kinnick Stadium, University of Iowa


Top 10 College Stadiums by Capacity

Rank

Stadium (School)

Capacity

1

Michigan (Michigan)

107,501

2

Beaver (Penn State)

107,282

3

Neyland (Tennessee)

104,079

4

Ohio (Ohio State)

101,568

5

Texas Memorial Stadium

100,119

6

Bryant-Denny (Alabama)

92,138

7

Sanford (Georgia)

92,000

8

Tiger (LSU)

91,600

9

L.A. Coliseum

91,000

10

Ben-Hill Griffin (Florida)

88,548




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This listing of the Top 25 College Football Stadiums is constantly being revised as we experience and see more college football games and see the atmosphere surrounding these classic stadiums. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!