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Top 10 Largest College Football Stadiums
We all love to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon in front of the TV watching College Football and cheer for your favorite team. In this article, I wanna share what are the top 10 College Football stadiums around the nation. The order of the stadiums in not by capacity, but by being updated, modern, and many more. I will share a little bit of information about each of the stadiums.
The list starts with:
Notre Dame, Indiana
Venue Name: Notre Dame Stadium
Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Year Build: 1930 Cost: $750,000
This beautiful stadium located in Notre Dame, Indiana is the home of the Fighting Irish. The stadium was build in 1930 and replaced the old Cartier Field. The original seating was only 54,000 people and it was renovated in 1996 to seat a little bit over 80,000 spectators.
East Lansing, Michigan
Venue Name: Spartan Stadiums
Team: Michigan State Spartans
Year Build: 1923 Cost: $160,000( Renovated in 2013 $1.6 million)
Welcome to Spartan nation. Spartan Stadium is the home of the Michigan State Spartans. This venue has a capacity of more than 75,000 spectators. Every team that comes to this stadium has a hard time winning. Michigan State Spartans recently went back to back 2010-1011 seasons without a loss at home. The stadium is known for its home field advantage. In 2012 the stadium received its newest toy the renovated video board. The video board is the biggest board in all college football. The wall is made by Panasonic and it measures 10' x 450' all LED screen. On the south side of the stadium they installed a video board that had a span of 5,412 square feet, which was the biggest board by distance in the Big Ten Conference.
Venue Name: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Team: Florida Gators
Year Build: 1930 Cost:$160,000 (renovated in 2011 $1.5 million)
Welcome to Gator Nation, The SWAMP. The swamp is one of the hardest places to play. The stadium is build below ground level, and it has one of the most loyal fans in College Football. From 1990 until 2010 in the span of 20 years Florida recorded a 150 wins and only 18 losses.
Venue Name: Memorial Stadium
Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Year Build: 1923 Cost:$430,000( $5.7 million renovated in 2013)
Here we go to Nebraska and in number 7 we have Memorial Stadium, the home of Nebraska Cornhuskers. The stadium was build in 1923 and was recently renovated in 2013. Nebraska's stadium is also famous for having one of the biggest score boards. The HuskerVision is 118 feet wide and 34 feet wide.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Venue Name: Tiger Stadium
Team: LSU Tigers
Year Build: 1924 Cost: 1.86 million (2013 renovated $30.1 million)
Tiger Stadium is the home of the LSU Tigers(Louisiana State) the stadium is one the loudest stadiums in college football. The home of the Tigers is also known as the Lore. "The earthquake game" in 1988 a game against Auburn that led to a 7:6 win by LSU in a last second touchdown. The crowd was so loud and from the reaction it registered an earthquake that was proved to be legit according to the seismograph of the Louisiana Geological Institute.
Los Angeles, California
Venue Name: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Team: USC Trojans
Year Build: 1923 Cost: $954,000 (2013 Renovated $12.7 million)
The stadium was build in 1921 and it was to serve as a memorial for all the veterans from World War I. The stadium is currently being used as the home of the PAC 10 team USC Trojans. It has been rumored for the past couple of years that the Coliseum is going to be a home for an NFL team.
Venue Name: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Year Build: 1929 Cost: $196,000 (Renovated in 2012 for $2.6 million)
Bryant-Denny Stadium is the home of the now twice in a row NCAA National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide. The team has one of the most loyal fans in college football. The Stadium is named after the legendary coach Bryant who recorded a record of 115- 14-7 and three National titles.
Venue Name: Ohio Stadium
Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Year Build: 1922 Cost: $1.3 million (renovated in 2013 $18.4 million)
The home of THE Ohio State University and the buckeyes. Ohio stadium is one of the biggest stadiums in the Big Ten Conference and one of the biggest in all college football. The stadium is designed in a unique way that when the crowd goes loud it is almost impossible to hear anything the football players are communicating. This makes it harder for the visiting team to play against the Ohio State University. The stadium also sometimes is referred as the horse show.
University Park, Pennsylvania
Venue Name: Beaver Stadium
Team: Penn State University
Year Build: 1960 Cost: $1.6 million (Expended in 2001 $93 million and renovated in 2013 $12.4 million)
Beaver Stadium the home of Joe Paterno and Penn State University. Interesting fact is that the stadium has been expended for a total of 6 times in its lifespan. In one of the end zones students are given blue and white shirts and is called the S-Zone. and this is during every game. All the students are sitting in their assigned seats and from the blue and white shirts are forming a big S standing for State. Beaver stadium is the second largest stadium by capacity in the whole country.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Venue Name: Michigan Stadium
Team : Michigan Wolverines
Year Build:1927 Cost: $950,000 (2010 Stadium renovation costing $226 million)
Michigan Stadium also known as the "Big House" is the largest by capacity and size college football stadium. This comes from a Michigan State fan myself, the stadium is beautiful and huge. I have been to one game and the atmosphere is very good. The stadium feels like you are sitting in a big hole that is dug in the ground. The largest attendance ever recorded was in 2011 when Michigan played Notre Dame 114, 804.
Many of you are probably asking why I haven't included the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl and etc. stadiums. The reason for that is because, I wanted to list stadiums that are currently owned by certain teams. Soon there will be an article about College Football Bowl stadium.