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The 5 Coolest College Sports Stadiums You've Never Heard of

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IApril 2, 2012

The 5 Coolest College Sports Stadiums You've Never Heard of

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    Michigan Stadium, Bryant Denny Stadium, Allen Fieldhouse, Rupp Arena...  Everyone knows all the classic stadiums and arenas in college athletics.

    However, there are many awesome, eye-catching and significant facilities in the world of college athletics which fly under the radar.

    Here are the five coolest stadiums and arenas in college athletics you've never heard of.

    And as always, be sure to leave comments on additional stadiums which go unnoticed by many fans.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium: Montana Grizzlies Football

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    Picture Autzen Stadium: the noise, the crowd and everything intact.  Then take away half of the fans.

    You now have Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

    As the home of Montana Grizzlies football, "Wa-Griz" for short is frequently mentioned as one of the top venues in FCS college football, featuring a game day atmosphere which even rivals numerous BCS schools.

    Opponents rarely win in Wa-Griz.  The Grizzlies have a 169-21 record since the stadium was opened in 1986.

    Wa-Griz officially seats 25,203, but crowds frequently approach an impressive 26,000 fans per game.

    Even the Rolling Stones performed in the stadium in 2006, seen here.

Ralph Engelstad Arena: North Dakota Hockey

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    While the use of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname is still up for strong debate at the University of North Dakota, there is still lots to be proud of, including boasting the best facility in college hockey.

    It's also one of the finest in the world.

    Ralph Engelstad Arena, known as the "Taj Mahal of hockey" with the luxurious feel, opened in 2001 at the cost of a whopping $110 million.

    The entire arena is accented by touches of North Dakota hockey history, including the school's seven NCAA Tournament trophies located in the lobby.

    Ralph Engelstad Arena can sit approximately 11,500 fans.

Kidd Brewer Stadium: Appalachian State Mountaineers Football

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    Who says they don't play good football in the FCS?

    Popularly known as "The Rock", Kidd Brewer Stadium at Appalachian State is one of the most picturesque settings in all of college football.  It was opened in 1962 as Conrad Stadium and sat 10,000.  Kidd Brewer was the first stadium in North or South Carolina to install artificial turf.

    It's also one of the most difficult venues for opponents with the Mountaineers' 215-63-5 record.

    Attendance for Appalachian State football also rivals many FBS programs.  Even though the stadium officially seats 21,650, attendance has surpassed 30,000 six times in the stadium's history.  The largest crowd came in 2010 against Elon with 31,531.

    Additionally, Appalachian State is a perennial power in the FCS with three national championships from 2005-2007.

    Not too shabby.

Walter Pyramid: Long Beach State 49ers Basketball

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    No this isn't the Luxor in Las Vegas.  We're not in Egypt either.

    It's actually a basketball arena.

    The Walter Pyramid has hosted Long Beach State's basketball and volleyball programs since the pyramid opened in 1994.

    It still remains as one of the most eye-appealing venues in college sports.

    It is the only pyramid-shaped sports arena currently in use in the United States (the other, Pyramid Arena in Memphis, hasn't been regularly used as a sports venue since 2004).

    The pyramid rises 18 stories and was built at a cost of $22 million.  It seats 5,000.

    Here's a view from the inside.

Alex Box Stadium: Louisiana State Tigers Baseball

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    LSU's 90,000 seat plus Tiger Stadium may steal most of the glory in Baton Rouge, but the Tigers also have one of the best stadiums in college baseball.

    The "New" Alex Box Stadium opened in 2009 after 70 seasons in the original Alex Box Stadium only 200 yards away.  The new stadium features state-of-the-art facilities for Tiger student athletes.

    Part of what makes Alex Box Stadium so significant is its home-field advantage.  LSU has led the nation in baseball attendance every season since 1996.

    In fact, LSU's total attendance in 2011 was 390,595.  The second most?  South Carolina with 297,279.

    LSU also has an outstanding record at Alex Box with a 823-223-4 combined record from both stadiums since 1938.

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