Top 10 Football Stadiums

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1. Hubbard Stadium, Smith Center, Kansas — The Redmen have won five straight Kansas State High School championships and 67 consecutive games, which is a state record as well as the nation’s longest active winning streak. The Redmen faithful in this town of more than 1,600 begin taping their blankets to the grandstands to hold their seats on Wednesday; by Friday afternoon pick-up trucks circle the field. Each home game begins with an all-town tail gate sponsored by local businesses. By 9 p.m., folks retire to “fifth-quarters,” a series of post-game parties held at churches and homes around town to relive their kids’ glory.

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2. Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana — Love or hate them, and both sides have ardent partisans, the Fighting Irish are America’s team, and their stadium is nothing less than the cradle of college football. It blends history icons—The Four Horsemen and Knute Rockne. Touchdown Jesus, for example, is a large mural on the library where Jesus looms in the sky and looks like a referee signaling a touchdown, as are the golden domes of the players’ helmets. Everyone deserves to see a game there.

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3. The Grove at the University of Mississippi — The Grove is one of the most stylish and elegant tail gates in America. Just take a look at the pregame extravaganzas that break out before every Ole Miss home game. We’re talking white table cloths, crystal glasses and a fashionably turned-out crowd hobnobbing on 10 acres of property, thick with oak, elm and magnolia trees. These gatherings are multi-generational too.

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4. Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin — In an age of field turf and indoor domes, the home of the N.F.L’s Green Bay Packers is refreshingly retro. You can still park in the yards of people who live in the shadow of the hallowed “Frozen Tundra” for $20, or share a case of Milwaukee’s Best with folks in parkas and thermal undergarments on the witheringly cold days “Title Town” is know for. If you get hungry, the brat pizza and cheese curds are about as old school as you can get at a stadium.

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5. The Big House, Ann Arbor, Michigan — On football Saturday afternoons, the crowd inside Michigan Stadium nearly matches the population of this leafy college town. The largest crowd in NCAA college football history was 112,118 and gathered here on November 22, 2003 for a game against hated rival Ohio State. When the Wolverines are ahead in the third quarter of some games, the student section initiates the Michigan Wave, which is taught to every student at freshman orientation.

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6. Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia — Any Georgia Bulldog fan knows their team doesn’t really play in a stadium but rather, “between the hedges,” a description that has stuck ever since the famous privet hedges that circle the field were in place for Sanford’s debut in 1929 against Yale. No school takes better care of their mascots, either. UGA’s (ug-a) I through VI, all are descendants of the original white bulldog, and are entombed in the southwest corner of the stadium.

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7. Michie Stadium, West Point, New York — The Black Knights have not been very good on the football field lately, but that is not the mission at the U.S. Military Academy. Game day on the banks of the Hudson River begins with the Cadet Parade, in the shadows of the statues of Generals MacArthur, Patton and Eisenhower. This is a cozy stadium of 40,000 with breathtaking vistas of the Hudson, and the awe-inspiring Medieval campus sprawled out below.

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8. Death Valley, Baton Rouge, Louisiana — This is the loudest stadium in America, especially during night games after the Louisiana State University faithful have Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez (let the good times roll) over crawfish boils and adult beverages. In 2003, ESPN recorded a noise level of 119 decibels from a capacity crowd of 92,400-plus. In laymen’s terms, that’s ear splitting. Against Auburn in 1988, after a last second touchdown pass that allowed the Tigers to win the game, the crowd reaction registered as a legitimate earthquake on the seismograph in the Louisiana Geological Survey office on campus.

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9. Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin — It’s all about the marching band here in Badgerland. Before the game, the tuba section snakes in and out of the bars that surround the stadium. They reverse their caps as soon as the final gun is sounded on another Wisconsin victory. Then, 30,000 Badger fans stay inside Camp Randall to hear the band perform its fifth quarter performance. It’s a rollicking, whimsical program heavy on audience participation. We’re talking the Beer Barrel Polka, Dance Little Bird (or Chicken Dance), Tequila, and Space Badgers.

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10. The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California — They don’t call our oldest bowl game the “Grandaddy of Them All” for nothing. It begot our current bowl game bacchanalia that keeps us in front of our televisions each December to early January. Back in 1902, Michigan came west to crush Stanford, and ever since has tried to match the best of the west against the best of the east on New Year’s Day. It is named after the Tournament of Roses Parade, better known as the Rose Parade, which started in 1890. Organizers added the Rose Bowl to pay for the parade, which has become a spectacle watched by tens of millions of people in more than 200 countries.

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99 thoughts on “Top 10 Football Stadiums

  1. How old is this article?  The largest crowd at Michigan Stadium was in 2011 for the Michigan-Notre Dame game with more than 115,000 people in attendance.

  2. This poll is a joke!!!  Who the F&9K came up with this sh!t
    Guess the sandusky screwed PSU out of all acolades!

  3. Tailgating at the Grove is a fantastic experience, but it’s NOT a stadium.  The stadium itself is not impressive.  Death Valley is loud alright, but in the two times I’ve been there, it has never reached the level of The Swamp in Gainesville, Florida.    Lastly, Michigan is huge, but the stadium doesn’t impress that mch in person and the noise and enthusiasm is nowhere close to Ohio Stadium.  This is a very lame list

  4. Excuse Me but WHERE IS NEYLAND STADIUM? Home of  Of the Univeristy of TN VOLS!

  5. I could live with a high school stadium being on this list if it was a top-of-the-line stadium, like Allen, Tx’s new stadium.  But this thing is awful . . . little league stands, and a track around the field so the fans are a mile from the field.

  6. BASEBALL is America’s favorite game.  Football is AN American game.  End of story.

  7. I am so happy that Camp Randall–home of the Wisconsin Badgers–made it into the list!  As a proud alumae from Wisconsin, it still gives me goosebumps whenever I enter the stadium. Just watching the students section is a full-time job… It is the most wonderful three-hour party anyone could ask for! Even though I am a loyal cheesehead from Wisconsin, I enjoy Camp Randall even more than Lambeau Field!

  8. Sorry, but the Horseshoe is iconic.  Leaving it off the list is ridiculous.

  9. This article is a complete joke.  How about using an updated picture of Michigan Stadium?  The  picture they used does not show any of the new renovations.  

  10. You need to update your numbers. The Big House has had over 114,000 and averages 112,000.

  11. I don’t know who told you that Notre Dame was ” America’s Team “, but they told you the biggest lie
    that I have heard, besides every word that comes out of Oblama’s mouth, that I have heard all year!!!

  12. Joe Drape is from the mid west so there you go folks…another biased article. These idiots never stop

  13. running down the hill at CLEMSON into a sea of orange ! PRICELESS!

  14. Yes, the credibility flew out the window by excluding one of the oldest, largest and winningest. Not to mention that it is unmistakable when you see the endzones… Go Big Orange!

  15. I don’t which is more hilarious, this list or how proud the Rebel fans will be to be on it. LOL

  16. I don’t which is more hilarious, this list or how proud the Rebel fans will be to be on it. LOL

  17. I am a lifelong Ole Miss fan and I also graduated from Ole Miss. I will happily tell you this is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. We are number 3? Thanks, but you must have enjoyed too many adult beverages in the Grove.

  18. Ole Miss beats Michigan? Author hasn’t been to a game at the Big House then.  And how does The Grove beat Lambeau Field? That killed all credibility to this list. Swap LSU and Ole Miss and I might buy it.

  19. well, don’t see moo-u’s crappy stadium up there. thats a good thing.

  20. I came here to read about the top 10 stadiums and the first thing I read is about the Grove at Ole Miss. Why is the Grove mentioned? It’s not a stadium; it’s a place where rich alums and students, plus people who want to pretend they’re somebody, party up before watching a mediocre team in a mediocre Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. I know this because I’m an Ole Miss alum. I agree with Ole Miss Totally Sucks, so much for the credibility of this article.

  21. It looks like those MSU Bulldogs will have another reason to try and copy or want to be Ole Miss.

  22. “the redmen have won 67 consecuative games,which is a state record as well as the nations longest active winning streak”. Maryville Rebels 74-0, thank you very much.

  23. Any such list that does not have Lambeau Field as number one is bogus. There is no more iconic sports venue in all of sports. The ghosts of NFL greats can be felt there.

  24. No Shoe? No Heinz? but perhaps, most egregiously, no Autzen for the Oregon Ducks?

    have you EVER been there? IT blows all other college stadiums out of the water. 

  25. come in to Death Valley in clemson or columbia  in s.c and i promise u will change your mind!!!!!

  26. I have been to the Rose Bowl, Notre Dame Stadium, Camp Randall, Lambeau, and Michigan Stadium from this list and can say they are all great except one.  Lambeau is the most over rated piece of junk I have ever been to.  Horrible place to watch a game.

  27. do any of these match the consecutive sellouts at memorial stadium in lincoln? likewise, no texas venues?

  28. do any of these match the consecutive sellouts at memorial stadium in lincoln? likewise, no texas venues?

  29. ‘Why would anyone include a high school stadium? Honestly is this guy an idiot?

  30. Boy that high school “stadium” is truly impressive.  I guess the LA Coliseum should be remodeled?

  31. Husky Stadium is the best by far. It has the loudest measured crowd noise officially, opens onto spectacular Lake Washington with boats bringing fans to the game anchoring below Cascade Mt. vistas.

  32. The Rose Bowl is a great choice but there are two Top Ten stadiums in the Los Angeles area and this list is missing one: the Coliseum.

  33. The Rose Bowl is a great choice but there are two Top Ten stadiums in the Los Angeles area and this list is missing one: the Coliseum.

  34. The Rose Bowl is a great choice but there are two Top Ten stadiums in the Los Angeles area and this list is missing one: the Coliseum.

  35. The Rose Bowl is a great choice but there are two Top Ten stadiums in the Los Angeles area and this list is missing one: the Coliseum.

  36. The Rose Bowl is a great choice but there are two Top Ten stadiums in the Los Angeles area and this list is missing one: the Coliseum.

  37. The Rose Bowl is a great choice but there are two Top Ten stadiums in the Los Angeles area and this list is missing one: the Coliseum.

  38. The Rose Bowl is a great choice but there are two Top Ten stadiums in the Los Angeles area and this list is missing one: the Coliseum.

  39. The Rose Bowl is a great choice but there are two Top Ten stadiums in the Los Angeles area and this list is missing one: the Coliseum.

  40. I’m agree with others’ comments – this author did not do his homework. He states that the Death Valley Stadium in Baton Rouge is the loudest stadium in America, with measured noise levels of 119 db? The CenturyLink stadium in Seattle (formerly Qwest Field) was measured at 137 db, and was probably louder during the wild card game with the Saints in 2011 when the crowd reaction registered on seismic detection equipment.

  41. This is, by far, the worst sports related “top 10” article I’ve ever seen. To refer to Notre Dame as “Americas team” in the current college football climate is laughable. Ole miss isn’t even top 5 in the SEC in terms of stadiums or tailgating. And your number one is a HIGHSCHOOL stadium?! Usually I don’t post on this type of thing, but this is especially absurd.

  42. I guarantee the author hasn’t been to any of these stadiums and merely just took info from other places that do the same thing and came up with a dumb, uninformed list. To list the top 10 stadiums is impossible and would take someone being at every stadium in the country to come up with the list. Fawcett stadium in Canton, Ohio is a high school stadium and sits 22,000 and sells out. So this tiny Kansas stadium is better? How? Georgia is better than Florida, FSU, Ohio State, or Nebraska? How? This is the most pointless list to come up with especially with stupid choices like this. 

  43.  The grove??? Is that a joke? The grove belongs no where near the top ten. Outside of ole miss who find the grove as an interesting place to be. Its an overblown picnic for college football. Seriously you see it and you’re like this is it??? This is what the grove is? My god is it overrated. You go to that and then think they’re about to play touch football or maybe go to church. Go to death valley, go to the swamp, go to the big house, horse shoe, or A&M. Ive been to all of these and I can easily say with 100% confidence the grove is a joke!

  44.  The grove??? Is that a joke? The grove belongs no where near the top ten. Outside of ole miss who find the grove as an interesting place to be. Its an overblown picnic for college football. Seriously you see it and you’re like this is it??? This is what the grove is? My god is it overrated. You go to that and then think they’re about to play touch football or maybe go to church. Go to death valley, go to the swamp, go to the big house, horse shoe, or A&M. Ive been to all of these and I can easily say with 100% confidence the grove is a joke!

  45.  The grove??? Is that a joke? The grove belongs no where near the top ten. Outside of ole miss who find the grove as an interesting place to be. Its an overblown picnic for college football. Seriously you see it and you’re like this is it??? This is what the grove is? My god is it overrated. You go to that and then think they’re about to play touch football or maybe go to church. Go to death valley, go to the swamp, go to the big house, horse shoe, or A&M. Ive been to all of these and I can easily say with 100% confidence the grove is a joke!

  46.  The biggest crowd in Michigan Stadium history was
    114,804 this past season. The record you listed has been beat 7 times. Learn to do research!

  47. I beg to differ on this one. “No school takes better care of their mascots”? Uh, no. Dogs with short snouts overheat easily & they parade these dogs around in 90 degrees wearing a football jersey! UGA continues to purchase dogs from a lineage that has been over-bred. They pay thousands of dollars to breeder Sonny Siler and these dogs have multiple health conditions. The past 2 have died very young  from congenital heart conditions. Not uncommon to the breed but a reputable breeder would stop passing on such genetic health issues and stop breeding. UGA needs to find a healthy line of bulldogs and stop this “tradition”.

  48. The number one stadium on this list is a high school stadium? And the big house is the largest stadium in the country, constantly breaking its own record for highest attendance, and it’s 5th? Are you kidding me? And how is a high school stadium on here? A 2nd grader could have done a better job with this list. This is a complete joke for an article.

  49. CB WEST OF THE 90’S, DE LA SALLE OF 90’S would destroy this midwest school.  Sorry guys, this looks like a A or AA Pennsylvania, TX, or CA High School Field.

  50. Only one NFL stadium on the list?  Preposterous. 

    There should be separate lists for the amateurs and the pros.

  51. Well, I have just two comments. I won’t even get into asking WTF because my stadium isn’t on this list. Instead, I’ll start by asking why The Grove is on a list of Top 10 Stadiums? The Grove isn’t a stadium, and Ole Miss’ stadium is nothing. Next is to point out that LSU’s stadium isn’t called “Death Valley.” It’s “Deaf Valley.” There’s already a Death Valley at Clemson. LSU’s stadium gets the nickname from exactly what the article says: the noise levels. There are some sources that say LSU’s is called Death Valley, but that’s just because a lot of people don’t realize people are saying Deaf Valley. Clemson’s stadium has been known as Death Valley since the 1940’s.

  52. Nothing against the stadiums in this article, but if you have a chance, travel out to Husky Stadium in Seattle for an afternoon game.  The stadium sits on the banks of Lake Washington, which allows 1000’s of fans to tailgate by boat.  Not only does the stadium overlook the lake, the North side allows you to see Mount Rainier in the distance.  Though the team may not be what it once was, the views and atmosphere is awesome!

  53. Was this recently written? Because the largest crowd at a NCAA football game was 9/10/11 Michigan vs Notre Dame under the lights in the big house.

  54. Allen High School Stadium??? Allen Texas?? Best High School Football Stadium, Shoot, Better than a lot of California University Div. 1 football stadiums

  55. LOL this is the worst article I have ever seen. This writer should be fired at once

  56. Umm, The Grove is not a stadium. It’s a tailgating area. While The Grove is a cool spot, it’s congested as all get out. If you don’t mind being packed like sardines, The Grove is where it’s at. Still, it’s a cool experience. Now, this list is about STADIUMS. So why is The Grove on this list?

  57. all BS…where would Neyland Stadium & the Dallas Cowboys stadium rank in this poll……look for a new top 10 soon!

  58. Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon is everybit as loud as LSU, and easily one of the best places to see a game.

  59. Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon is everybit as loud as LSU, and easily one of the best places to see a game.

    1. So you’ve been to both and measured the decibel levels?  Don’t  think so, there just enough folks in the stadium in Eugene to compete noise wise… good team, though!

    2. I’ve been to Autzen. It is loud for 50k-ish fans. But to say it is as loud as Tiger Stadium is more than a bit of a stretch.

    1. What is so good about Ohio and any of their stadiums?  Every thing in Ohio is vastly over rated!!!!!

      1.  Ohio is the lifeblood of Michigan football, due to the fact that Michigan does not have high school football good enough to support the Michigan Wolverines. Ohio Stadium and some of the high school fields should have been considered / included.

    2. Seriously?  The snake pit of Ohio?  Those a-hole fans throw beer at children, flip off grandmothers, and have a vocabulary limited to 4 letter words.  The 10 stadiums they listed here are fantastic envrioments for fans of football.

    3. The famous horseshoe stadium is on the National Register and a landmark in football history. Pity it was missed on the list. Some people miss the point…Brutus was annoyed…

  60. having 2 high school stadiums, yes I’m including Ole Miss as a high school, takes all the credibility away from this article.

    1. If what you say is true than your college team has a losing record to high school team.  Great job Bulldogs!

    2. poor jealous moo-u fan.  The symbols of your school are a tractor and a cowbell.   OLE MISS rules!  GO REBELS!

    3. At ole miss you would have to talk about the grove or something away from the game cease the team stinks. Will they ever win a conference game again? And the grove ain’t that special. #hailstate

  61. having 2 high school stadiums, yes I’m including Ole Miss as a high school, takes all the credibility away from this article.

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