Top Stadiums You Want To Play In

The Top 10 College Stadiums to Play in 
The thing which stands out about college football isn’t necessarily the game itself or the amenities that come with it. No, it is the atmosphere surrounding an entire stadium.

While the action is fierce between the sidelines, I have always found the college football experience to be entertaining due to the venue. Whether it is the history or the mixing of local residents with current students and school alumni to creating a raucous backdrop, there are just certain stadiums that bring it all together.

The following is a list of 10 college football stadiums as of today which I would want to play at if I had a chance to do so.

1) Rose Bowl, UCLA (Pasadena, CA)
The Bruins are fortunate to play home games here, but it is the sense of history which pervades around it which would get to be. The Rose Bowl game gets played here every New Year’s Day. It’s simple bowl-shaped seating makes every seat a good one for the over 100,000 who regularly show up on Jan. 1.

2) Memorial Stadium, Clemson (SC)
Also known as Death Valley, the home of the current national champions is a fun one especially for the home team. For me, few traditions are better than the Clemson players rubbing Howard’s Rock and then running downhill onto the field in front of 80,000 screaming fans.

3) Notre Dame Stadium (South Bend, Ind.)
In terms of a historical sports site with great moments of the past combined with modern amenities, the home of the Fighting Irish would be the ideal place. Thanks to a recent $400 million renovation, Notre Dame Stadium figures to have a seating capacity of around 85,000.

4) Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
When it comes to seating capacity, none can match “The Big House” which has a capacity of 107,601. It used to be nearly 110,000 a few years ago. Combine all those in attendance with the maize and blue colors of the Wolverines and it would be quite an atmosphere to play in.

5) AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX)
If I was a college football player, I would definitely want to have a glimpse of the next level at some point. So the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, would be just that glimpse. A billion-dollar mecca with a huge video screen overhead, the stadium currently serves as the home to the Cotton Bowl game since 2009.

6) Ohio Stadium, Ohio State (Columbus, OH)
Known as the “Horseshoe” for its unique shape until school officials finally closed off the open-ended horseshoe with new stands, the Buckeyes’ home now seats over 104,000 on game days. With all those scarlet and silver colors, it can be a great site to view from the playing field on Saturdays.

7) Sanford Stadium, Georgia (Athens, GA)
There may be larger stadiums and ones with really wild atmospheres, but for pure venue, I would love to play “Between the Hedges” at the home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. There is a long row of privet hedges beyond either sidelines, giving this field or classical field which gets frequently surrounded by over 93,000 spectators.

8) Kyle Field, Texas A&M (College Station, TX)
Going back to the atmosphere pitch, few can match the 12th Man citing at Aggies home games at Kyle Field. Recent additions has caused the stadium’s capacity to rise over 20,000 a few years ago. Now, the Aggies play in front of over 102,000 regularly. There is nothing like playing football in front of a pack of students in uniforms.

9) Neyland Stadium, Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Traditionally, the home of the Tennessee Volunteers has been one of the larger stadiums in the country over the years. Neyland, with all of its orange coloring, went over 100,000 in capacity way back in 1996 and still is the fifth-largest college stadium with 102,455 capacity today.

10) Albertsons Stadium, Boise State (Boise, Idaho)
The chance to play on the Smurf Turf or “The Big Blue” as others call it is near the top of my wish list. It may be a little bright for the eyes, but the night-time atmosphere in the cozy 36,387-capacity stadium is still tremendous. Locals love their underdog Broncos and playing on the turf is a unique experience.

Most Dreaded Stadiums To Play In College Football

Most Dreaded College Stadiums to Play In 
Playing an away game in college football can be intimidating as it is. There are some stadiums where the home team definitely has the advantage. At every game there will be thousands of loud fans cheering on the home team. These are some of the most intimidating college football stadiums to play in.

Tiger Stadium at LSU
This stadium has been nicknamed Death Valley and is of one of the most dangerous places to play in all of college football. There are over 100,000 Tiger fans that show up for each game to support their team. The end zones are the school colors of purple and yellow. This stadium is always in the top 25 ranking of all iconic stadiums. The night games here can be so loud the stadium is called Deaf Valley by some.

Ohio Stadium at Ohio State
This stadium got the nickname the Horseshoe due to the unique shape. This is one of the largest stadiums in college football. The OH, Io chant can be heard during the game from loyal fans. It is tough for a visiting team to make their presence known here.

Kyle Field at Texas A&M
This is the NCAA’s version of the 12th Man. The field is filled to capacity every game. The stadium has seen some improvement over the last couple of years which has only made it more popular. The fans here will support their team and they come out to every game.

Michigan Stadium at Michigan
This stadium is the largest in the United States. This stadium is so large that it is the third biggest stadium n the world. It even got the nickname Big House. The stadium can hold over 100,000 Michigan fans every game. if playing in the large stadium is not intimidating enough than playing in front of all the home fans just may be. When the players enter the field the need to jump to touch the banner to follow the tradition of college football and to honor the fans that have come to attend a good college football game.

Sanford Stadium at Georgia
This stadium is nicknamed Between the Hedges. The field is surrounded by green hedges making it one of the most talked about stadiums in college football. The UGA mascot can be seen walking around the field and by the time kick off comes around this stadium is packed with fans.

Memorial Stadium at Clemson
This stadium is smaller then some of the others but it is big with noise and pride for their team. This stadium is known for their fireworks when the Tiger take the field. Following the fireworks are balloons and noise from the crowd. Many say this team has the most dramatic entrance in college football. While this stadium may be small it is just as intimidating or not more then the other college stadiums.

Rose Bowl
This is one of the most famous stadiums and most well respected games played in college football. The stadium is one of the most challenging places to play in. Some think it is due to nerves while others think it is due to the tough teams that play here. This stadium even hosted the Olympic games.
These are some of the most intimidating stadiums in college football. These stadiums accommodate the fans so they can show the pride they have for their home team.

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