Top 10 College Football Stadiums
Rose Bowl -- UCLA
The setting, the stadium and the climate combine to make the Rose Bowl a must-visit for college football fans. Home to the UCLA Bruins and the most famous bowl game in the postseason lineup, the structure was completed in 1921. With its location in the Pasadena foothills, the Rose Bowl is one of the most picturesque settings in all of sport.
Ohio Stadium -- Ohio State
On the banks of the Olentangy River and with its distinctive horseshoe configuration, Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable sporting venues. Fans can enter through a beautiful rotunda designed in the Roman tradition and featuring team-oriented stained glass windows.
Michigan Stadium -- Michigan
With a capacity of 109,901, "The Big House" holds more fans on Saturday than any college venue. Built below ground level, the steel and concrete facility opened for business in 1927 with 72,000 seats. Legendary coach and athletic director Fielding Yost designed the structure so that expansion could accomodate 200,000.
Tiger Stadium -- LSU
One of the most feared places for a team to visit, Tiger Stadium is loud, intimidating and there is plenty of purple and gold with more than 92,000 fans filling the seats. Is it any wonder Tiger Stadium is known as Death Valley? Also, the pregame atmosphere is often lauded as one of the best in the nation.
Notre Dame Stadium - Notre Dame
Built in 1930 during Knute Rockne's coaching tenure, Notre Dame Stadium is one of the nation's most recognizable with its brick construction and role in many great American sporting moments. No less than seven Heisman winners have touched the "Play like a champion" sign above the steps leading to a field that has the fans sitting right on top of. The stadium is also know for the "Touchdown Jesus" mural of the Hesburgh Library that rises above one end of the field.
Michie Stadium -- Army
In addition to oozing with U.S. military and leadership history, West Point is home to one of the winningest teams in college football history -- and a gorgeous stadium setting. Adjacent to Lusk Reservoir and nestled above the Hudson, it's hard to imagine a better setting when the leaves are changing.
Beaver Stadium -- Penn State
Resembling an erector set that has grown through the years to accommodate 107,282, Beaver Stadium is situated in one of the more pleasant settings for college football. With nearby Mount Nittany providing a scenic backdrop combined with the stadium's campus location, State College truly is a Happy Valley on autumn Saturday's. (When Joe Paterno took over as coach in 1966, seating capacity was 46,284.)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium - Florida
"The Swamp" has been a nightmare of sorts for numerous opponents, especially since 1990 where the Gators have won nearly 90 percent of their games. Opened in 1930, the largest stadium in the Sunshine State has grown into a magnificent game-day experience that offers good field views from every seat.
Neyland Stadium -- Tennessee
It can only be Volunteer Country with the Smoky Mountains in the distance and the Tennessee River running past the stadium. Completed in 1921, Neyland has a seating capacity of 102,455. Completely enclosed, the double-deck is one of the loudest venues in college football.
Darell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium -- Texas
You are not only Deep in the Heart of Texas at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, you are also Deep in Heart of College Football Tradition. Texas is Texas' team, as they say, and nothing is bigger in the Lone Star State than football. One thing might seem bigger, however: more than 100,000 fans wearing burnt orange in a stadium that was dedicated in 1924.
Memorial Stadium - Univ. of Cal
This entry comes with an asterisk. The Golden Bears will play at AT&T Park this season while work continues on the facelift of Memorial Stadium. But the setting is such that we had to sneak this in. Opened in 1923, the venue is nestled in Strawberry Canyon with impressive views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.