The ACC's Best Stadiums
The ACC might not be the best football conference in the land, but they do have some stadiums worth visiting. I will rank the ACC's stadiums from worst to best based on how good the crowds are, how loud it gets, and also take into account the beauty of the stadium area and the tailgating.
Of course, there is no way to measure it and of course I'm sure everyone has a different opinion. Either way, I hope you enjoy my insight into the ACC's football stadiums.
12. Wallace Wade Stadium (Duke)
Seating just under 34,000, it is one of the smallest Division I-A stadiums. One of the reasons for the stadium's place at the bottom of the list is the failure of the program.
Crowd's of Dukies almost never pack the small stadium, and expansion isn't necessary until the demand is there for it.
The good news is Duke looks like they might finally be moving in the right direction under the new staff.
11. Alumni Stadium (Boston College)
Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill is quite underwhelming. The student section is decent, but the rest of the crowd is quiet at games.
The stadium is often not even filled during big games and the game atmosphere outside of the stadium is non-existent.
10. Landshark Stadium / Dolphin Stadium (Miami)
The new home for the Hurricanes isn't exactly a perfect fit. Located far from downtown and the campus, the stadium is rarely filled and students come less as well.
The stadium is in good shape but its design for football and baseball makes the sight lines a bit off, and many seats are very far away from the field.
Maybe once the Hurricanes break back into the top tier, the place will improve as a homefield.
9. BB&T Field (Wake Forest)
The home field for the Deacons was recently renovated and looks really nice. The stadium is very small, but the crowds are decent.
Big games have gone the way of Wake lately and the crowds are definitely part of it.
Further work on the stadium is coming, and if the Deacons can continue to improve the program the field can be a very solid home field advantage.
8. Kenan Memorial Stadium (North Carolina)
The area around Kenan Memorial is very nice and when the Tar Heels are at their best, this stadium is too.
We all know the passion for Tar Heel hoops, but when the same crowds show up for football, this place can get pretty loud.
7. Scott Stadium (Virginia)
Scott Stadium in Charlottesville is a classic field. Although only fitting 63,000, the stadium can appear bigger because it wraps around the entire field of play.
Virginia's struggles recently have dampened the crowds, but when at its best, the place can be majestic.
6. Byrd Stadium (Maryland)
With the recent addition of a large press box on the far side of the upper deck, Byrd Stadium has a better feel to it. Now with large structures on either side of the field, the stadium is more overwhelming inside.
The only problem is that Maryland doesn't always fill all 54,000 seats. Further expansion to add up to 10,000 more seats will hopefully come with people sitting in them.
5. Bobby Dodd Stadium (Georgia Tech)
A tough stadium to grade, Bobby Dodd is certainly a nice stadium. The Atlanta skyline is the highlight of the stadium, but at 55,000 the place is more medium sized.
The tailgating scene is definitely better than the aforementioned stadiums, and the crowds can be great, too.
4. Carter Finlay Stadium (NC State)
Carter Finlay might not always be a favorite venue of the ACC, but the crowds here are a step above those mentioned before.
Here the game day scene is more traditional and the stadium is in good shape. When State has the crowds pouring in, this place can be great.
3. Doak Campbell Stadium (Florida State)
The "Doak" has the best tradition of winning of all the stadiums in the ACC. When opposing teams drive up to the stadium, it can look very daunting.
At 82,000 seats, it is the second largest stadium in the conference and during the glory days of the 1990s, this was a nightmare place to play for opposing teams.
With FSU struggling a bit recently, some seats have been left open, even during the big games. A jump back into the winning tradition, and this place can rank amongst the nation's best.
2. Lane Stadium (Virginia Tech)
Lane Stadium ranks amongst the very best in the nation. Here the fans are crazy and the tradition is rich. Opponents have been known to say that the thing that bothers them the most is the crowd being so close to the field.
Virginia Tech's dominance in the ACC only continues to fuel the crazy crowds at Lane. With 66,000 strong, the noise reaches far beyond the stadium.
1. Memorial Stadium (Clemson)
Often overlooked in discussions of College Football's best stadiums, Clemson's Memorial Stadium is certainly amongst the best. The "real" Death Valley is indeed in Clemson, and the traditions of rubbing the rock and running down the hill are amongst the very best in all of college football.
The game day atmosphere is electric, with tailgating covering every inch of the campus, and crowds packing the small downtown.
Perhaps Clemson's greatest claim that Death Valley is amongst the very best is the sound record. Memorial Stadium is the site of the loudest recorded sound in college football history of 132db, barely beating out moments at LSU and Oregon.