NCAA Football
1999
   
 
UB STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO
(MAC)

The big problem with UB Stadium is the 8 lane running track circling the field, putting the fans far away from the
game action. Stampede Square an an energetic tailgate scene outside the stadium makes for a colorful game
day experience
2003
   
 
BEAVER STADIUM
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
(BIG TEN)

The white outs and the "We Are Penn State" chant created in is massive 107,000 seat stadium is just one of
the special experiences here in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions are a religion in the small town of State
College, Pennsylvania, a bucolic town in the center of the state.
 
CAMP RANDALL STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
(BIG TEN)

Oh the Jump Around. Between the 3rd and 4th quarters, the stadium sings and dances and hops to create an
electric community scene. Tailgating at Camp Randall Stadium, once a training ground for Union soldiers,
means a scene scattered through the blocks and neighborhoods of downtown Madison.
 
RYAN FIELD
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
(BIG TEN)

If you like a really pretty and bucolic town and an old school stadium experience, then Evanston, Illinois and
Ryan Field is for you. Fans here are friendly and polite, visiting supporters sometimes outnumber the home
faithful, and the venue itself is pretty ordinary.
2004
   
 
MILAN PUSKAR STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF WEST VIRGINIA
(BIG 12)

John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Road" is the unofficial anthem of Mountaineer Field, set in a hilly area
of northern West Virginia and immediately adjacent the college town of Morgantown. Watch the mountain man
shoot off his musket after each home team score.
 
CARRIER DOME
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
(BIG EAST)

Interestingly, the Carrier Dome is the largest indoor stadium in the northeast, with a capacity of almost 50,000
for football. The imposing structure with a canvas white dome roof can be seen coming into town from almost
any direction. Some will sa that the dome experience is better enjoyed with the Orange basketball team.
 
ROSS ADE STADIUM
PURDUE UNIVERSITY
(BIG TEN)

It's a pretty rural stadium setting, and the college town of Lafayette, Indiana is sometimes referred to as the
"West Berlin" of the state, with the rival Indiana Hoosiers garnering most of the fan support outside of this town.
Catch the 211 Session pre game pep rally at nearby Mackey Arena.
 
INDIAN STADIUM
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
(SUN BELT)

Gone from this stadium is the old Indians moniker and nickname, the tee pee in one end zone, and it's all
replaced with a Red Wolves nickname, a corporate name slapped on the venue, and a sleepy and dull fan
experience far off the beaten path of FBS college football.
 
GROVES STADIUM
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
(ACC)

The mascot res round the side of the field in a motorcycle, the exterior is a stately brick veneer. Other than that,
not much to take away from here, in what is the smallest stadium among the five power conferences.
2005
   
 
OHIO STADIUM
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
(BIG TEN)

"The Horseshoe" is home to one of the best marching band shows in all of college football. Get to your sets
well before kickoff to watch the pregame entertainment, including the famed "dotting of the I" routine. Knowing
the words to the song "Hang On Sloopy" is a must, here in this massive 105,000 seat stadium.
 
MEMORIAL STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
(BIG TEN)

The college town of Lincoln is a sea of red come game day Saturdays, offers a great backdrop for the
Cornhuskers, where great tailgating and a pregame marching band parade, along with the releasing of red
balloons after the first Nebraska score, all make for colorful traditions.
2006
   
 
MICHIGAN STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
(BIG TEN)

It's the largest stadium in North America and the third largest in the world. The stadium known as "The Big
House" has been the home of some of the greatest programs and most recognized coaches in all of college
football. The fight song "Hail to the Victors" is easily recognizable.
 
WILLIAMS BRICE STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
(SEC)

The oceans of tailgaters located on the adjacent fairgrounds culminates in one of the most exclusive tailgate
sites anywhere - the Cockaboose Railroad cars which are a signature of Gamecocks football. Enjoy the
pregame fight song and video buildup, all wrapped around the theme "Sandstorm".
 
MEMORIAL STADIUM
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
(ACC)

They call it "the most exciting 25 seconds in college football". Clemson players here at "Death Valley"
assemble at the top of one end zone, tap and pat "Howard's Rock", then descend down the hill and onto the
field to the blaring of fight songs and the roar of the crowd.
 
SPARTAN STADIUM
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
(BIG TEN)

It's a pretty campus, and the renovated Spartan Stadium is big and certainly comfortable. Michigan State fans
will bristle when being compared with or being placed in the shadow of their rivals at Michigan. The program
has had its glory years, winning six national championships.
 
ARIZONA STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
(PAC 12)

The best views here are from the very top of the seating bowl, where you can view the foothills of Arizona and
the twinkling lights of downtown Tucson. Pre and post game entertainment is centered on campus in an area
known as "The Mall",  where food trucks, concession stands and souvenir hucksters blend with the tailgate
scene.
 
SUN DEVIL STADIUM
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
(PAC 12)

The stadium is really showing its age, and was once home to the NFL Arizona Cardinals and the postseason
Fiesta Bowl before each moved to new digs. The nearby mountains and rock formations gives this venue
setting a decidedly Arizona feel.
2007
   
 
TEXAS MEMORIAL STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
(BIG 12)

All great Texas things converge here...massive flags of the State of Texas, songs like "Deep in the Heart of
Texas". The view in the distance from the horseshoe configured seating bowl is the college campus and the
state Capitol of Austin in the distance. At just over 100,000 seats, it's the sixth largest in the United States.
 
LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
(PAC 12)

With 11 national titles, playing in a venue that has hosted two Olympic Games, and a former NFL and Super
Bowl venue, Memorial Coliseum, complete with its famed end zone arches, makes for a must visit venue. But
the stadium itself is pretty decrepit and much in need of renovations and upgrades.
2008
   
 
NEYLAND STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
(SEC)

Fans can arrive here by boat on the Tennessee River, and they do, even extending the tailgate scene to
anything that floats. Neyland Stadium is replete with fame day traditions, has been ranked twice by Sporting
News as the best stadium experience, and 102,000 fans singing "Rocky Top" is a goosebump experience.
 
COMMONWEALTH STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
(SEC)

Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium is nowhere near the city, instead tucked in at the far end of the college
campus in a pretty rural setting. The stadium opened in 1973 and bears quite a few design elements of The
Ralph in Buffalo, NY. The football program takes a back seat to the school's more popular basketball team.
 
MEMORIAL STADIUM
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
(BIG TEN)

They call this stadium "The Rock" because much of this stadium is built of stone honed from local limestone
quarries. At the players' entrance at one end zone is a giant limestone Boulder named "Heps Rock", and the
tradition is for home players to touch the rock when entering the field before the start of the game.
2009
   
 
NIPPERT STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
(AAC)

Nippert Stadium is a true urban venue, wedged into the University of Cincinnati campus which is densely
packed into the adjoining city streetscape. The smallish size of the venue makes for a pretty loud and energetic
fan base. What was once a run down adjoining neighborhood now sees condos, shops and businesses.
 
DOYT PERRY STADIUM
BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
(MAC)

This is your typical MAC venue, under 30,000 seats, bleachers on either side, not too much of a game day
atmosphere, and the stadium about 1/3 full on typical game days. Bowling Green is not exactly your happening
type of town, so plan accordingly
 
NOTRE DAME STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
(IND)

Tradition. Championships. One of the most storied football programs anywhere plays here in South Bend,
Indiana. The concourses also serve as a museum, replete with exhibits and displays. "Touchdown Jesus" is
an iconic mural on a campus building just beyond one end zone. And the Notre Dame fight song is one of the
most famous in all of sports.
 
BOONE PICKENS STADIUM
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
(BIG 12)

Thanks to numerous renovations, Boone Pickens Stadium and the adjoining Gallagher Iba Arena make for
classic looking, brick facade venues which are pleasing to they eye, and OSU fans are loud and raucous. Sing
the Broadway show tune "Oklahoma" and fans will end the song by shouting out "State", with an exclamation
point.
 
KYLE FIELD
TEXAS A&M
(SEC)

One of the best game day experiences anywhere. Fans here sing, chant, sway to the fight songs, dance in the
stands, all with a wary eye towards arch rival Texas University. The rituals here that begin the night game are
too numerous to list here, but make for reason enough to honor the fans by naming them "The 12th Man".
2010
   
 
DAVIS WADE STADIUM
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
(SEC)

Having opened in 1914, Davis Wade Stadium is now the second oldest in FBS college football. The
atmosphere here centers around the cowbell, which fans ring in unison after each home team score. The
song by Journey, "Don't Stop Believing" has been adopted as the program's unofficial anthem.
 
VANDERBILT STADIUM
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
(SEC)

It's a pretty ordinary stadium, but the neighborhood is one of the coolest and ritziest in all of Nashville, with the
upscale West End, and the Parthenon and Centennial Park all nearby. The Commodores fans are often
outnumbered by visiting team supporters, especially when day SEC opponents.
 
NAVY - MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM
NAVY
(AAC)

When you have a stadium right near the US Naval Academy, chances are there will be a lot of memorials,
statues and displays honoring the accomplishments of this branch of the military. The atmosphere at Navy
does not disappoint, the coolest tradition being midshipmen doing pushups following every home team score.
 
BYRD STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
(ACC)

The stadium is right on the middle of the sprawling Maryland campus, and that makes access a bit
challenging at times. Is is definitely an old school, horseshoe configured stadium that is showing its age.
From the top of the building one can see several famous Washington DC landmarks in the distance.
2011
   
 
HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS STADIUM
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
(BIG TEN)

They bill themselves as "the birthplace of college football". The story is that they hosted the first ever college
football game against Princeton in 1869. The best part of the game day presentation is the Scarlet Knight that
rides out on horseback to open the show.
2012
   
 
PAPA JOHNS CARDINALS STADIUM
LOUISVILLE UNIVERSITY
(ACC)

The cool sports things to do in this town are to visit Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, and the
Lousiville Slugger Bat Museum and factory downtown. As for the college experience, the Card March and c
heckling out the collection of furnished train cabooses is a must do on game day.
 
LANE STADIUM
VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY
(ACC)

Here the signature dance is the "Hokie Pokie" which not one but two marching bands perform at either end of
the field between the 3rd and 4th quarters. The gorgeous campus, nestled in the mountains of Blacksburg,
Virginia, is a feat to the eyes.
 
RENTSCHLER FIELD
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
(AAC)

The stadium was actually built on the site of an old airport, which was also named Rentschler Field.
Remnants of the old airstrips still exist and are incorporated into the parking lots and roadways surrounding
the stadium. The venue is at least a half hours drive from the campus in Storrs.
 
APOGEE STADIUM
NORTH TEXAS UNIVERSITY
(C-USA)

It's one of the newer stadiums in FBS football, having opened in 2011. apogee Stadium is nestled between the
convergence of two interstate highways, with sky bridges linking to parking lots, and a fan gathering area
called "The Hill" where most of the tailgating and partying can be found.
 
FORD STADIUM
SOUTHERN METHODIST STADIUM
(AAC)

These are some the nicest dressed and well groomed fans you'll find anywhere, and there's probably a dress
code requirement just to hold a tailgate party. The marching band marches down "The Boulevard" an hour
before kickoff, where most of the vendors, tailgaters and fraternity headquarters can be found.
 
MEMORIAL STADIUM
OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY
(BIG 12)

The stadium and campus integrates well with the college town of Norman, Oklahoma, where Campus Corner
is replete with bars and patios for pre and post game revelry. This massive and vertical stadium offers plenty in
terms of mascots, marching bands, and Sooners football traditions.
2013
   
 
CARTER FINLEY STADIUM
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
(ACC)

There's more of a football emphasis here than that of their crosstown rivals Duke and North Carolina. The
neighborhood isn't much to speak of,  with oceans of parking and the hockey arena right next door, but
Carter-Finley Stadium is clean and modern and a great treat for college football.
 
SCOTT STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
(ACC)

The entire campus is one massive tailgate scene, with campers and cars set up outside just about every
building, some coming days before the actual game itself. Tiger Stadium is massive, intimidating, and a tough
place for the visiting team to play at. The Tiger Walk mini parade before game time is a must see.
 
TIGER STADIUM
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
(SEC)

The entire campus is one massive tailgate scene, with campers and cars set up outside just about every
building, some coming days before the actual game itself. Tiger Stadium is massive, intimidating, and a tough
place for the visiting team to play at. The Tiger Walk mini parade before game time is a must see.
 
ALUMNI STADIUM
BOSTON COLLEGE
(ACC)

It's a long and bucolic walk through Chestnut Hill to get to the stadium, where parking is almost non existent.
And the few tailgaters who are around are of the wine and cheese variety rather than rowdy fans. Alumni
Stadium also was the home for the NFL Boston Patriots for one season back in the 60s.
2014
   
 
KELLY SHORTS STADIUM
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
(MAC)

Mt. Pleasant is your typical sterile suburb with penalty of shopping plazas and chain restaurants, and Kelly
Shorts Stadium sits amidst the commercial dreck, with plenty of tailgating and a horseshoe style seating bowl
with bench seating. With all the MAC titles it's one of the better game experiences in this league.
 
CALIFORNIA MUNICIPAL STADIUM
CALIFORNIA
(PAC 12)

The energy and vibe of downtown Berkeley cascades into Golden Memorial a Stadium, an old school venue
which gets loud and mean on football game days. One cool feature is "Tightwad Hill", a mountain hugging the
stadium walls where fans can perch themselves and get a great view of the game for free.
2015
   
 
KINNICK STADIUM
IOWA UNIVERSITY
(BIG TEN)

Most fans won't see this on game days, but the visiting locker rooms, along with the showers and urinals, are
painted pink, and remain so even after recent upgrades. The partying on game days even extends to
downtown Iowa City, which is more than a mile away from the stadium.
 
JACK TRICE STADIUM
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
(BIG 12)

They believe in tailgating so much here that the team actually allows exit and re entry passes so fans can go to
their tailgate parties at halftime and return to the stadium to watch the action in the second half. With the
nickname "Cyclones" why not have tornado music blaring as the team enters the field.
 
MEMORIAL STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
(BIG 12)

It's an old and shabby stadium, and Kansas Jayhawks football has been down in the dumps for so long that
it's hard to get any sort of game day atmosphere going here. The neighborhood surrounding the stadium is
replete with frat houses and all the partying that goes with it on game days.
2016
   
 
TCF BANK STADIUM
UNIVERISTY OF MINNESOTA
(BIG TEN)

Bucking the trend of many college venues, which are old and historic venues having been rehabbed and
expanded over the years and decades, the Minnesota Golden Gophers went big and went new, opening their
new stadium right on the Minnesota campus in 2009. The brick facade stadium easily compliments the other
sports venues, including separate arenas for mens and womens college basketball, and the historic Mariucci
Arena which houses their hockey program. The neighborhood has a college town feel in the immediate
surroundings, with stores and frat houses all nearby, The Metro Green Line light rail easily connects the
stadium to downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, as well as MSP Airport and the Mall of America.
 
SCHEUMANN STADIUM
BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
(MAC)

A cozy 22,500 seat stadium, one end zone end has a massive lawn seating area, giving the stadium a
horseshoe configuration. The signature chant done by the students here is "The Chirp", done whenever the
team is defending a third down play.

 
PEDEN STADIUM
OHIO UNIVERSITY
(MAC)

Being an old and creaky stadium (opened in 1929), they proudly call themselves the "Crowned Jewel of the
Mid American Conference" and the "Wrigley Field of college football". Peden Stadium has seen a number of
upgrades and renovations over the years, but walking into here is still like going into a time warp.
 
YAGER STADIUM
MIAMI UNIVERSITY
(MAC)

The signature element of this venue is in the main end zone plaza. That's where you'll find the well presented
"Cradle of Coaches", a collection of statues of famous college and pro football coaches who have a
connection to Miami University. This stadium is nestled at a bottom of a hill on the north side of a bucolic
college campus.
 
MEMORIAL STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
(BIG TEN)

A big time feel to a stadium housing a program which has not had much success over the decades. Red
Grange, one of the early day greats, is heralded here with his own statue, plaza, and retired number. The main
sideline concourses are actually completely climate enclosed.
2004
FORMER VENUES
 
 
ORANGE BOWL
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
(ACC)

The building was also the venerable venue of the NFL Miami Dolphins as well as the Miami Hurricanes. Of
course this was also the long time home of the New Years Day Orange Bowl nd hosted numerous Super
Bowls. Marlins Stadium now stands on the exact spot of this former college home.