Honorable Mentions: Florida St., North Dakota St, and Boise St (they have a blue field that’s pretty cool).
Counting down …
10. UCLA-Built in 1922, UCLA began playing there in 1982, It was last renovated in 1949. Capacity: 92,542
My reason for selecting this stadium have to with the rest of its history. It is a registered National Historical Landmark, and it hosted Olympic Events in 1932 and 1944. It hosted 5 super Bowls and several Fifa World Cup and Women’s World cup matches. It has a spectacular mountain view. The Rose Bowl, and the Rose Bowl Parade and the Rose Bowl Royal Court are all part of its rich history. This stadium is an American Icon.
9. Michigan-Michigan Stadium “The Big House” Built in 1927, Last renovated 2010 Capacity 109,901
In 2013, 130 tons of trash was recycled from the stadium. In 2014 it hosted the NHL Winter Classic. In all fairness, Michigan is not one of my favorites but I have to give their fans mad props as they get fired up! Especially during the Ohio State rivalry game.
8. Army-Michie Stadium Built 1929 Renovated 2003 Capacity 38,000
There is a breathtaking view overlooking the Hudson River. There is a sense of pride in the stands at every game. The Army-Navy game has only been played at this stadium once in 1943 during WWII as it’s not big enough to house the normal crowd in attendance at this game. FYI: Army-Navy Week is insane at the Pentagon. I used to love the week leading up to the game as a kid and would beg my mom to take me into work with her. The Navy band would come down the Army hall playing loudly and vice versa.
7. Penn State-Beaver Stadium Built 1960 Renovated 2001 capacity 106,572
Fun fact: this was the first stadium to have its interior included in Goggle street view. They have the annual white out game. It is a sight to behold, everyone in the stands in all white, it is spectacular.
6. Tennessee – Neyland Stadium- Built 1921 Renovated 2009 Capacity 102,455
Peyton Manning played here. (That says it all.) They win 3 in 4 home games in this stadium they have never had more than 4 back to back losses at home. In 1970 The Billy Graham Crusade was held here and President Richard Nixon was the guest speaker. The Pride of Southland does a memorable formation called the “Circle” Drill representing a travel around Tennessee back home to Knoxville.
5. Auburn -Jordan-Hare Stadium Built 1939 Renovated 2004 Capacity 87,541
They have won 79% of their home games. On football Saturday they become the 5th biggest city in Alabama. Eye of the Tiger is played when the defense takes the field and Crazy Train when there is a third down stop. They have Aubie, the Tiger as their official mascot. Despite popular belief, the Eagle is not a mascot. “War Eagle” is a battle cry or motto. However, a live Eagle mascot is at every game flying above the stadium.
4. Texas A & M -Kyle Field Built 1927 Renovated 2015 Capacity 102, 733
It’s the largest stadium in the SEC. It’s the most intimidating to play in mostly because of the 12th Man- loudest most coordinated student section in America. They are considered the unofficial 12th man on the field.
3. LSU—Tiger Stadium Built 1924 Renovated 2014 102,321
These are some fierce fans. In 1988 LSU QB Tommy Hudson completed a TD pass to Eddie Fowler; the resulting reaction from the crowd was so strong it registered on an Earthquake Seismograph on campus. Until the 1980s dorm rooms were located under the stands, these rooms are now used as offices and storage.
2. Ohio State the Horseshoe Built 1922 Renovated 2001 Capacity 102,239
Best Damn Band in the Land. Personally, I look up YouTube videos of this band they are unstoppable when it comes to choreography. They have had the honor of marching in 6 inaugural parades. They have set up a program to divert 90% of waste to recycling and composting. After a rousing cry of O-H-I-O- students at one end can be heard shouting Rip his F’ing head off (especially against Michigan) the school has tried to encourage students to stop using this and instead say, Go Bucks, …but no such luck!!!
1. Alabama: Built in 1929, Renovated in 2010, Capacity: 101,821.
Over 60%-win ratio in their home stadium. The visitor’s locker room is called “the Fail Room” named after alumni and donor James M. Fail. Until the 1990s the Iron Bowl was held at Legion field in Birmingham thus Alabama has a lot of “home” wins there. Alabama Fans are like no other. Tailgating on the Quad. Like a mini tent city before every home game. Food and merchandise vendors are there as well. This is serious tailgating. These fans take their game day serious. Across the state of Alabama fans can be seen decked out even if watching the game from home.