The Top Ten Worst Places to Watch a College Football Game
We've all been there: You go to support your favorite program on the road, and you end up regretting ever having the thought.
Whether it's the terrible food, less-than-hospitable fans, or just downright frightening neighborhood you vowed to never return.
For those who have yet to make the regrettable decision to attend a game at one of these awful venues, consider this your official warning.
Nevermind that Marshall is in West Virginia, which is not exactly one of the most advanced states in the east.
And yes, I realize there are some very nice people (my wife is from there), and the scenery is beautiful (we actually got married there), but there is not much in the way of modern attractions.
Huntington is a little more modern than most of the state, but it still lacks what most of its eastern football counterparts enjoy.
As a result, Marshall fans have somewhat of a reputation. They apparently aren't the friendliest hosts around.
On top of all that, Huntington was rated the Most Unhealthy City in the U.S. just one year ago. So try not to stay too long if you visit.
Taking all those factors into account, is there any wonder the Thundering Herd fans are less than hospitable?
I will never forget my first SEC road game experience at Commonwealth Stadium.
From the annoying "First DOOOOWWWWWN Kentucky!" announcement after every—yes, I said every—first down to the downright rudeness of the Wildcat faithful, I was quite uncomfortable.
Taking into consideration that the 'Cats have not beaten Tennessee—the team I was there to root on—since 1984, and the fact that Kentucky football has been an SEC doormat for much of that time period, the hostility was definitely a surprise for me.
I would definitely expect that reception from Kentucky basketball fans as they have ruled the SEC for over 50 years.
All I can figure is that Wildcat football fans suffer from that infamous "little man syndrome." You know, like that annoying, barking chihuahua.
8. Boise State
Please don't get me wrong. I like Boise State. I am all for the little guy trying to make a dent in the behemoth that is the BCS.
But please, for the sake of all that's holy and right, do something about that awful blue turf!
I realize it's part of what has made the program "popular" and it's a nice gimmick. But that's the problem. It's a gimmick.
In 2010, Boise State is much better than that.
Maybe it wasn't just a few years ago, but now the turf makes the school look second-rate, and I find it nearly impossible to sit through an entire game looking at that awful field.
So you build a stadium on top of a fault line in the general vicinity of some apparently "sacred" trees.
Interesting to say the least.
What's more, you set yourself up to deal with the treehuggers and potential stadium repairs down the road.
According to Sports by Brooks, California is charging $225,000 just for personal seat licenses to help fund the repairs due to the deterioration of the stadium which is due to the stadium being built on a fault line!?
Too much trouble to watch mediocre, at best, football.
Horror stories abound where the Swamp is concerned.
Maybe it was all a part of the great rivalry between the Gators and Vols in the 90s. Maybe Gator fans no longer project their emotions in the ways they used to.
There's a reason the Gators never lost at home during that decade.
Tales of drunken, urine-throwing idiots and even rougher student behavior are prevalent throughout the south when it comes to visiting Florida.
I'm all for a fun time and supporting my program, but I have to draw the line when bodily fluids are thrown into the mix.
This is the second time in as many weeks that I have included Temple football in a derogatory slide show.
Last time, I (sort of) met one of the Temple faithful who had some not-so-kind words. I just hope and pray no one from the Merlino crime family is looking me up after I finish this slide.
It's pretty cool that the Owls play in a real NFL stadium. What's not cool, however, is that they average 24,000 fans in a nearly-70,000 seat stadium.
Kind of hard to produce any of that infamous college football energy in that situation.
And as I wrote in my last derogatory story concerning Temple, college football in downtown Philly? Really?
I'll always pull for the little guy, though.
Go Owls! (Feeble attempt at keeping a henchman for the Philly mob and/or Bill Cosby from showing up at my front door.)
Cincy fans, I love ya. Really do.
I understand that your stadium is centrally located in the center of campus. I realize that it's a great community atmosphere. I have even pulled for the Bearcats on many occasions over the last few years.
But please, play every game on the road.
I simply cannot bear watching games played at Nippert Stadium.
And I really don't know what it is.
The stadium looks nice and seems rather cozy for a rising Big East football program, but I just find it horribly outdated for some reason.
Maybe it's the turf, or lack of rabid, crazy fans going nuts.
Just do something about it, please!
What's worse than watching terrible football in a bad stadium? Being forced to watch terrible football in a bad stadium in order to secure tickets to your kick-butt basketball program's home games, that's what!
How do you require folks to buy into a terrible football program to be a part of one of the greatest basketball programs in history?
I love David Cutcliffe. But seriously, his best season is 5-7 so far, and that's considered a rousing success!
Yes, I realize Wallace-Wade Stadium is the only one outside of Pasadena to host a Rose Bowl in 1942, but the stadium is just flat old. Recent improvements have helped, but if they want to really improve it, the team must improve first.
I simply do not see that happening.
Maybe it's because, as a Braves fan, I have to look at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/Landshark/Sunlife Stadium at least nine different times during baseball season—usually with 13,000 in attendance.
Or maybe it's because I just watched my beloved Colts and personal sports hero Peyton Manning fall in the Super Bowl in that stadium just four weeks ago.
More likely, however, it's because I simply despise seeing college football played in an NFL stadium, especially when it can't fill up the seats.
Speaking of seats, I love the color orange, but teal? Really? A football stadium with a primary color of teal?
And how is it that we see too many of those seats empty for 'Canes football?
The U deserved so much better than the old Orange Bowl that was mercifully torn down a couple years ago. And it certainly deserves better than "Insert-next-name-here" stadium.
At least the Marlins are moving next year, so I won't have to see the place throughout the summer, as well as the football season.
1. Texas Tech
Ah, beautiful Lubbock, TX.
In the above statement you have witnessed what is possibly the first time those words have ever been written in the same sentence.
During my research of this subject, Texas Tech continued to pop up in the conversation.
Whether it's dust storms, terrible seating, awful fans, or barely decent football, the people have spoken and the home of the Red Raiders apparently takes the cake as the worst place to watch a college football game.
I would imagine that Tommy Tuberville is about to find out how difficult it will be to recruit to Lubbock as well—especially without Mike Leach's gimmicky offense.
Oh yeah, and they held onto that astroturf about a decade longer than anyone else. What's up with that?