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Noteworthy College Football Stadiums in the US

21 Oct 2019

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When it comes to architecture, stadiums don’t always make the news. But a well-designed stadium can dramatically improve the atmosphere, fan experience, and engagement — it’s a place that longtime fans and new fans want to visit and spend time at. Because who wants to spend several hours at an old, outdated, and uncomfortable stadium? Especially if you’re paying good money to be there.

As for college stadiums, colleges often have a hard time getting students to go to the games if the stadium is too far away. But a great stadium can draw students in and impress them, making them not want to miss out on the action. Plus, it can draw in outsiders who love college football or want to get more into college football. And learning about the best college football stadiums in the U.S. can help you to figure out which teams are worth your attention for the betting or fantasy football season, or even just to help you plan which stadiums you’d like to tour or go to for a game.

So, which stadiums should you check out for watching a football game? Here are some of the best of the best in the nation:

Harvard Stadium – Harvard University

Constructed in 1903, Harvard Stadium is the oldest concrete stadium in the U.S. Its U-shaped design draws comparisons to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, but it also resembles the design of the Colosseum in Rome. Regardless, its atmosphere will certainly make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Greek and Roman times. The stadium is also notable for its National Historical Landmark status, which it achieved in 1987. However, it should be noted that the stadium can only hold a little more than 30,000 — so it might be hard to get tickets.

Husky Stadium – University of Washington

Located along Union Bay in Seattle, Husky Stadium is both notable for its design and its incredible location. The stadium overlooks Mount Rainier in the Cascade Mountains and Lake Washington. Additionally, it holds roughly 70,000 people, making it one of the largest stadiums in the Pacific Northwest.

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Yale Bowl – Yale University

Like Harvard Stadium, Yale Bowl was also declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. But unlike Harvard Stadium, Yale Bowl can fit more than twice as many people, making the games a little easier to attend. The name and design of the stadium also inspired the creation of the Rose Bowl, which is home to the UCLA Bruins. Fans of neo-gothic design will enjoy the Yale Bowl, which was designed in that style to match the exteriors of the rest of the campus.

Neyland Stadium – University of Tennessee

Built in 1921, Neyland Stadium is the fourth largest stadium in the country and the fifth largest sports stadium in the world. It can hold roughly 102,455 people and has undergone more than a dozen expansion and renovation projects. In terms of design, it has a much more modern design than any of the previous stadiums mentioned. If large, modern stadiums are what impress you, then you can’t go wrong with a visit to Neyland Stadium.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – University of Florida

Football games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium are supposed to be some of the most exciting games in the country, so if you have the chance, don’t miss a game here. Originally built to hold only 22,000, the stadium has since expanded to fit more than 88,000 people. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is the largest stadium in the state of Florida and the twelfth largest stadium in the nation. The stadium is expected to be renovated in the near future, which will include upgrades to enhance the fan experience like new technology and luxury seating.

Now that you know of some of the best college football stadiums in the U.S., it’s time to pack up and head on a cross-country tour. And what better time is there to watch some college football than fall?

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