Notre Dame football will soon switch up its schedule to become partial members of the ACC. Although the football program remains independent, it will be playing five games against ACC opponents each season. With new opponents on the schedule, it means new venues that Irish fans aren't used to seeing in person.
Road trip anyone?
While the ACC may be going through its down years, there are still some great stadiums to check out in this conference. Many of them are actually diamonds in the rough, as we usually only pay attention to the bigger venues where the lights are much brighter.
With Notre Dame preparing to schedule unusual matchups in the future, here are the ACC stadiums that are worth booking a flight for.
Before I get into my top five, here's a look at how the rest of the venues in the ACC rank against each other:
6. Virginia, Scott Stadium
7. North Carolina, Kenan Stadium
8. Pittsburgh, Heinz Field
9. Syracuse, Carrier Dome
10. Wake Forest, BB&T Field
11. Miami, Sun Life Stadium
12. Maryland, Byrd Stadium
13. Boston College, Alumni Stadium
14. Duke, Wallace Wade Stadium
Bobby Dodd Stadium isn't the biggest stadium in the world—it only holds 55,000 people—but it does have as much history as any other venue, as football has been played in the same location since 1905. It has undergone many renovations over the years, and despite competing with so many professional sports in town, this stadium is still able to hold its own.
The highlight of the experience? Well, you are able to view the Atlanta skyline in the background.
Carter-Finley Stadium may be one of the more underrated stadiums in the entire country. It has received major upgrades over the years, including adding a wolf statue which is pretty neat looking. Although this may be one of the smaller stadiums, the fans are closer to the field than any other venue in the entire ACC.
This helps them bring the noise, and Wolfpack fans have made sure that season tickets have sold out for nine straight seasons.
Doak Campbell Stadium has produced a ton of history over the years, and it is the biggest venue in the ACC, holding over 80,000 screaming fans. It is a nightmare for opposing teams to travel here, as the Seminoles rarely lose a home game. Now that head coach Jimbo Fisher is leading this team in the right direction, this is a stadium that will get some of its edge back.
When visiting, make sure to get a picture of the Bobby Bowden statue as well.
Very few fan bases are as passionate as Clemson fans. It seems that the colors purple and orange have covered everything when it is game day. Not only is the stadium one of the biggest in the conference, but it also has a few traditions that you must see in person at least once in your lifetime.
There are very few introductions in college football better than Clemson players running down the hill, as they touch "Howards Rock". LSU may have a say over where the real Death Valley is, but Memorial Stadium is a must visit within the ACC.
You can truly make a case for some of the other stadiums to be in this spot, but it never gets old when "Enter Sandman" is being played in the background. The crowd goes absolutely nuts, and provides a home field advantage like no other. Watch this video and tell me you don't get pumped up for football season. It also doesn't help opposing teams that the crowd is so close to the field.
I also hear the tailgating isn't half bad either, which makes the trip down to Blacksburg that much more worth it.