The 10 Best Stadium Entrances In College Football
Blowing smoke, blasting music, and more. It's time to rank the most exciting college football entrances in the country!
Keep in mind everyone is biased towards their own team.
All college football fans should enjoy the excitement that comes with seeing your team make their entrance before the "big game." Saddle up partner, because you're in for a wild ride!
Honorable Mention: Army Vs. Navy
The Army vs. Navy game is a very prestigious game. The traditions and pomp that make up pregame are magnificent and full of honor. Cadets from both military academies are required to attend home games.
Therefore, attendance is rarely a problem at this game.
The rivalry and showmanship in this game make the atmosphere electric. The cadets marching in and around the stadium is easily one of college football's great spectacles. Because this is only an annual event, it is awarded the Honorable Mention.
No. 10: Miami and "The Smoke"
Many teams, in all sports, use smoke to spice up an entrance to a game. However, the University of Miami has been doing it since the '50s, when they used fire extinguishers, and they still take the home field today through the smoke with Sebastian the Ibis leading the way.
No. 9: NC State and the Wolfpack Charge
Many teams touch a banner, a sign, or some sort of stone before entering the stadium. NC State Head Coach Tom O'Brien had something similar in mind when he suggested the addition of Fury in 2008.
Fury is a 400-pound statue of a wolf that now stands just at the exit of the NC State players tunnel in Carter-Finley Stadium. The team now runs out of the tunnel past Fury and onto the field with fireworks blasting, making for quite a unique entrance.
No. 8: Colorado and Ralphie's Run
Colorado's football entrance may be one of the most dangerous! The crowd gets louder in anticipation and begins to call for their favorite mascot: "Ralphie! Ralphie! Ralphie!"
Suddenly, out of the tunnel, with the team following, comes the 1,300-pound buffalo and his six handlers, stampeding across the field causing the visiting sideline to occasionally jump back in fear.
No. 7: Auburn's War Eagle
Before the players take the field at every home game in Auburn, Alabama, there is a different kind of flyover. Auburn's War Eagle is released as it soars around the stadium and lands at midfield just before the Tigers storm into Jordan Hare Stadium.
No. 6: FSU Chief Osceola and the War Chant
One of the most spectacular traditions in all of college football occurs in Doak Campbell Stadium when Chief Osceola charges down the field riding an Appaloosa horse named Renegade and hurls a flaming spear at midfield to begin every home game.
Meanwhile, the entirety of the stadium cries the war chant and gestures the tomahawk.
No. 5: Nebraska's Tunnel Walk
Nebraska was one of the first to incorporate the use of the Jumbotron for pregame hype. After a video, the entire stadium watches as the Cornhuskers get psyched in the locker room and walk the enormous tunnel that leads toward the stadium.
With anticipation filling the crowd, two members of the Nebraska National Guard Service swing open the large doors and let the players spill onto the field.
No. 4: Clemson's Howard's Rock and The Hill
In what has been called the most exciting 25 seconds in college football, the Clemson Tigers touch Howard's Rock as a symbolic vow to give total effort, then head down The Hill though the fans and onto the playing surface.
No. 3: Tennessee Through The "T"
The Pride of the Southland Band marches across the field performing until they gather near the end zone. The band forms a "T", then splits open to form a "Power T" and the Volunteers rush through the "T" and onto the sideline following the sounds of "Rocky Top."
No. 2: South Carolina's "2001" Entrance
USC's entrance is a rather simple one, but one that sends chills down your spine. The newly added song from "2001: A Space Odyssey" gets the emotions flowing in Williams-Brice Stadium. The crowd watches a montage video with their own "old ball coach" Steve Spurrier saying, "It's time." Then the music blares and the smoke fills the end of the tunnel as the Gamecocks take the field.
No. 1: Virginia Tech's "Enter Sandman"
Many claim Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., to be among the loudest, if not the loudest, stadiums in the country. This is up for debate, but one thing is certain: Blacksburg is at its loudest when the Hokies come to play in Lane stadium at night and blast Metallica's hit song "Enter Sandman" over the loudspeakers.
The Hokies come through the tunnel, stop and pat the good-luck charm Hokie Stone, and crowd together just before exploding onto the field lined by supporters and deafened by the roar of the VT faithfull.