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

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Notre Dame Top Ranked in College Football on List of Best Stadium Experiences
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Is Notre Dame Stadium really the best experience in college football?

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
Team Venue Ranking
Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium 8
Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium 26
USC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 27
Texas Darrell K. Royal Stadium 32
UCLA The Rose Bowl 45
Army Blaik Field at Michie Stadium 46
Michigan State Spartan Stadium 47
Michigan Michigan Stadium 48
Ohio State Ohio Stadium 51
Clemson Memorial Stadium 68
Texas A&M Kyle Field 70
Nebraska Memorial Stadium 91
Syracuse Carrier Dome 95

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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