Oct 21, 2010; Eugene, OR, USA; General view of Autzen Stadium during the NCAA football game between the UCLA Bruins and the Oregon Ducks.
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One of the oldest venues in college football, Camp Randall was a Union army training camp during the Civil War. Today, the patrons, including the flamboyant band and its “fifth quarter” end zone celebration, help make this place jump around. Here is a list of other stadiums that college football fans must experience ...
Set in the heart of Los Angeles, The Coliseum has a multitude of other attractions to compete with. As the home stadium to the USC Trojans, The Coliseum has played host to the Trojans’ rich college football tradition. As the biggest stadium in the Pac-12, the Coliseum provides quite the home field advantage.
Beyond playing host to the Cornhuskers’ rabid fan base, Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium holds a unique record. Memorial holds the record for hosting the most consecutive sellout games in FBS football. The streak currently stands at 318 and the streak will hit its 50th anniversary in November.
Boise State’s Bronco Stadium isn’t the largest stadium in college football. Despite the fact that the stadium only holds about 37,000 people, Boise State might have one of the best home field advantages. The dark blue turf is one of the most shocking and controversial attributes of this stadium. Since 1986, Boise State has been playing on the all-blue turf and no other FBS school has a home field that rivals it.
“The Big House” has the biggest capacity in college football. It’s a fabulous, tight-knit, treasured setting, and it’s quite amazing they manage to get 108,000-plus Wolverines fans snug in here.
The outside of this stadium resembles a Roman coliseum but Ohio State University’s Ohio Stadium is known to the college football world as The Horseshoe. Sitting on the banks of the Olentangy River, The Horseshoe provides an unparalleled experience in Ohio college football but the dotting of the ‘I’ in the script Ohio is without a doubt the most thrilling part of an Ohio State football game.
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Oklahoma has a number of unique game traditions that make the stadium experience special. The Sooner Schooner (a horse-drawn cart that circles the field following scores) and the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band are two such traditions. Oklahoma renovated their stadium in 2002 and increased the amount of seating making Oklahoma’s stadium one of the largest in the Big 12.
Notre Dame Stadium
Notre Dame Stadium is the football home of the Fighting Irish. The stadium is patterned, on a smaller scale, after the University of Michigan's Michigan Stadium. The stadium is known for "Touchdown Jesus" — a nickname given to a mural of a resurrected Jesus that is visible from inside the stadium.
While Tennessee has a unique tailgating experience that includes floating on the river with the Vol Navy, the real fun starts when 100,000 sing “Rocky Top” — a song that will stay in your head for the next several days — you’ll definitely know that you're in a special football stadium.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Built below ground and muggy for much of the season, “The Swamp” routinely sells out and hosts rabid fans that love their Florida Gators. The Swamp got its nickname from then-coach Steve Spurrier who claimed "a swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. Only Gators get out alive." Ben Hill Griffin Stadium has been known as The Swamp ever since.
Florida may have “The Swamp,” but Death Valley lives up to its name for opposing teams, as LSU fans scream and shout beyond belief. It's easy to see why opposing players can get rattled here. Tiger stadium gets loud ... very loud. The fans have plenty of time to prepare to go bonkers as Tiger Stadium mostly hosts night games, unlike most other venues.
Jordan Hare Stadium
Jordan Hare boasts immaculate grounds, a grand atmosphere, and rabid passion that runs through its fan base. Few small towns have a tighter connection to their school than Auburn, where fans and townspeople toilet-paper “Toomer’s Corner” after huge wins.
Georgia fans have to be some of the most intense fans in college football. They love to watch their football between the privet hedges that completely surround the field in Athens. When Georgia wins, Bulldog fans party even more insanely than they do the rest of the time.
Doak Campbell Stadium
From Chief Osceola famously throwing his flame-burning spear into the ground at midfield before kickoff to the FSU war chant (a chant that has been adopted by other sports teams), this is one of most intimate and underrated venues, and a beautiful campus for tailgating.
Alabama boasts a passionate fan base that can get louder than most. If you can imagine 90,000 plus fans stomping their feet and the sound reverberating throughout the stadium — it might be a bit intimidating. And when the video board displays inspirational words from legendary coach Bear Bryant, it only adds fuel to the fire.
With no female cheerleaders and a tradition known as “Midnight Yell Practice,” Aggieland is as unique as they come. Spend a quarter in the student section at the home of “The 12th Man,” and the atmosphere from Kyle Field at Texas A&M will leave you happily dizzy.
Autzen Stadium is well-known for being one of the loudest college football stadiums around. You never know what color combination the Ducks will play in and when you need to relieve yourself, a “Welcome to the Wetlands” sign greets you at the door.
There are few more impressive introductions in college football than when the Tigers rub Howard’s Rock and burst down the hill and onto the field to a deafening roar and an endless sea of orange-clad faithful. Clemson's Memorial Stadium also goes by the moniker "Death Valley".
Texas Memorial Stadium
Everything is bigger in Texas. That includes their stadiums. As a result of renovations, the Longhorns reached the six-figure mark in attendance. From endless tailgating in urban Austin to unfurling the world’s largest Texas flag before kickoff, everything is big, bad and unique, including the Longhorn band’s distinctly Texan threads and lids and the cheerleaders’ outfits.