College football is a way of life for many students, alumni, faculty, staff and general supporters. Saturdays are marked with tailgating, camaraderie, school songs and invariably some trash talking of the unfortunate opponent. For students lucky enough to attend colleges that boast large football teams, their experience at the games can be unforgettable. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top college football venues in the country.
By far the biggest and best college football stadium in the country belongs to the University of Michigan. Michigan Stadium is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is nicknamed the Big House, the House that Yost Built and the Carnegie Hall of Sports. Boasting an amazing 109,901 seats, this stadium is the third largest in the world. The experience is even greater if fans are lucky enough to attend “The Game”, a storied rivalry played between Oklahoma State University and the University of Michigan.
Another amazing college venue is Beaver Stadium, home of the Penn State Nittany Lions. The stadium can house 107,282 fans making it the second largest in the western hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. Beaver Stadium has a reputation for being one of the hardest venues for opposing teams to play in and for having the best student section in all of college sports. A recent expansion to the stadium caused great controversy amongst supports, as the newly added upper deck now blocks views of the famed Nittany Mountain.
Neyland Stadium is a great college football venue located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers, Neyland Stadium is located adjacent to the Tennessee River. Because of its proximity to water, patrons often “sail gate” on their docked boats, rather than “tail gate” in the parking lot. Neyland Stadium can hold 102,459 fans, making it the third largest in the United States and sixth largest in the world. It is even one of the 70 stadiums to be used in the United States’ bids for future World Cups. Neyland Stadium was formerly called Shield-Watkings Field and the Rocky Top and has always been known for its unusual end zone paint job, an orange and back checkerboard pattern.
Next time you are in Michigan, Pennsylvania or Tennessee, stop in to see a game. The size and legacy these stadiums boast can almost guarantee fans and supporters an amazing and unique college experience.