Notre Dame Top Ranked in College Football on List of Best Stadium Experiences

Sebastian Lena@SP7988Analyst IJanuary 21, 2014

Is Notre Dame Stadium really the best experience in college football?
Is Notre Dame Stadium really the best experience in college football?Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

It’s only fitting that one of college football’s most storied programs would put forth a good representation of the sport.

Earlier in the month, Notre Dame Stadium placed eighth on Stadium Journey Magazine’s list of the top 100 stadium experiences of 2013 (h/t College Football Talk). 

Notre Dame was the only college football stadium to crack the top 25. In fact, only 12 other venues made the list at all.

College Football Venues on SJM's Top 100 List
Notre DameNotre Dame Stadium8
AlabamaBryant-Denny Stadium26
USCLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum27
TexasDarrell K. Royal Stadium32
UCLAThe Rose Bowl45
ArmyBlaik Field at Michie Stadium46
Michigan StateSpartan Stadium47
MichiganMichigan Stadium48
Ohio StateOhio Stadium51
ClemsonMemorial Stadium68
Texas A&MKyle Field70
NebraskaMemorial Stadium91
SyracuseCarrier Dome95
Stadium Journey Magazine

Oddly enough, Notre Dame Stadium was just the second-best finish for the Irish on this list. Compton Family Ice Arena—home of the Notre Dame hockey team—ranked five spots higher at No. 3.

But if that wasn’t shocking enough, the No. 1-ranked venue on the list—Minnesota Duluth college hockey’s Amsoil Arena—only has a capacity of 6,726 and opened in 2010.

Other notable venues inside the top 10 include: Daytona International Speedway (2), Lucas Oil Stadium (4), Fenway Park (5), Heinz Field (6), AT&T Center (9) and Oriole Park at Camden Yards (10).

According to the magazine, the people who created this list have reviewed over 1,700 stadiums around the world in recent years. However, for this edition, they chose to focus mainly on the experiences in the United States and Canada.

Given the list, some would even say they chose to focus on the art of trolling.

It’s hard to imagine LSU’s Tiger Stadium not ranking as one of the top 13 best college football experiences, let alone in the top 100 of all stadiums. Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, Georgia’s Sanford Stadium and Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium are other glaring snubs.

All in all, even though the list might come off as a bit suspect, you’ve got to hand it to the guys at Stadium Journey Magazine for putting the effort into compiling this list.


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