In this blog we take a look into the biggest college stadiums in the USA. These stadiums are some of the biggest stadiums in the world and have existed since the early 1900s. College sport is huge in America where these stadiums attract thousands of supporters on a weekly basis.
10. Sanford Stadium
Sanford Stadium is a 92,746 capacity stadium at the University of Georgia, in Athens Georgia, named after the late Dr. S. V. Sanford; former president of the college. The stadium was opened in 1929 with the first football game being played between Georgia and Yale University. The hedges planted on either side of the field have been there since the beginning with the field often being referred to “between the hedges”, the hedges still exist today but had to be temporarily removed during the 1996 Olympic Games to make provision for the size of a professional soccer field. UGA the bulldog is the university mascot, after each mascot passes on, they are entombed and kept in the southwest corner of the stadium.
9. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home to the University of Southern California football team and is a very historic landmark. The 93,607 capacity stadium is the only stadium in history to host two Olympiads, two Super Bowls and one World Series. Due to the stadium being the only college stadium to host an Olympic Games twice, the Olympic torch is lit before the fourth quarter of every home game. If you ever find yourself at one of the Trojans home games don’t forget to kick one of the flag poles on the way to the stadium. Take note of the USC Song Girls, they are the cheerleaders of the university and are almost more well known then the team itself due to their all-white outfits that will never change.
8. Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
We now move east to Texas where we will look at the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium home to the University o`f Texas Longhorn Football and Track & Field teams. The stadium has a capacity of 100,119 although in 2016 the capacity reached a record-breaking capacity of 102,315 for a football game against Notre Dame University. The stadium is also home to the massive Big Bertha bass drum which is transported onto the field for home matches from its north end zone, which is its permanent residence. Remember to belt out “The Eye of Texas” song while holding out your “Hook em’ Horns” hand sign if you happened to be at the stadium for one of the Longhorns home games.
7. Bryant-Denny Stadium
Carrying on with our journey east, we reach the Bryant-Denny Stadium which is situated in Alabama and is home to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team. The 101,821 capacity stadium was opened in 1929 where the Crimson Tide came up against Ole Miss. This huge stadium is made even more daunting to the opposition teams when the ‘Million Dollar Band’ leads the crowd with varies chants and war cries. The experience at this stadium is what makes it unique whether you are cheering the team at the walk of champions or singing the Rammer Jammer song at full-time, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun. Just make sure the Crimson Tide is winning before you shout out the Rammer Jammer otherwise, you might upset the locals.
6. Tiger Stadium
“It’s Saturday night, in Death Valley” if you ask any LSU football fan what this statement means and they will tell you that it is game day at one of the most feared venues in college football, Tiger Stadium. This 102,321 capacity stadium is the home of the Louisiana State University Tigers Football Team. Tiger’s fans take pride in how tough the stadium makes for opposition teams that they even make sure the games are played in the evenings to make it even more intimidating than it already is. Thankfully they don’t put Mike the Tiger next to the opposition's locker rooms anymore, but you can still see him in his habitat across the road from the north end zone.
5. Neyland Stadium
Robert Neyland is often referred to as the best defensive coach ever and the University of Tennessee named their football stadium after their loyal coach who had three stints with the football team. The stadium has a capacity of 102,037 but has reached a crowd of 109.061 before. The Vol Walk is one of the traditions that must not be missed when visiting Tennessee, thousands of supporters pumping their team up on their way into the stadium and then finish your outing by cheering the team on while they run through the marching band's T formation.
4. Kyle Field Stadium
If you are all about spirit and tradition then a visit to Kyle Field Stadium, home to the Texas A&M University Aggies Football Team, is a must. The 102,733 capacity stadium has reached crowds of 109,000 plus and is regarded by many as the most intimidating stadium in America, the reason for this could be down to ‘the 12th man’. The 12th Man is the section of the stadium where the University students sit or should I say stand as they do not sit for the duration of the whole game and instead choose to make sure the stadium gets as loud as possible for their team. The 12th Man is helped by the Aggies band which is the largest military band in the USA.
3. Ohio Stadium
The most recognisable stadium in America and also one of the biggest. The Ohio Stadium has a capacity of 104,944 and is home to the Ohio State University Buckeyes Football Team. The distinctive horseshoe shape Stadium hosts one of the biggest college rivalries in the world when Ohio goes up against Michigan. Make sure you plan your trip to the stadium when this derby is played as you will see the tunnel of pride which is a tunnel formed by all ex-players of Ohio State to pump up their team against their greatest rivals. Take note of the bell tower which goes off after each home victory.
2. Beaver Stadium
Beaver Stadium home to the Penn State University Nittany Lions Football team is a 106,572 capacity stadium. The monstrosity of a stadium can be made even more daunting for the opposition team on white out day, on this day the whole stadium is dressed in white creating a reflection off the bleachers onto the field and is a must see if you are in the area over one of these game day weekends. Make sure you get to the stadium early as well so you can experience the tradition of the team arrival, where the team arrives on blue buses, each member of the team a has specific seats on the bus.
1. Michigan Stadium
Known as The Big House, the biggest college stadium of them all Michigan Stadium home of the University of Michigan Wolverines. The huge stadium can hold 107,601 people although it had a crowd of 115,109 people in 2014 for a game against Notre Dame, which now holds the all-time attendance record for a college or NFL game. The stadium doesn’t look as a big as it should when approaching it because three-quarters of it is below ground. When visiting the stadium make sure you do your research on how to participate in their crowd wave as it is not the same as the common crowd wave at sporting events. Make sure to shout as loud as you can when the home team runs through the tunnel to hit the famous "Go Blue" M Club Supporters Banner.