Seems like everyone these days is compiling a “bucket list” of some kind: travel destinations, dream experiences, giving money to a specific charity, personal challenges, family goals, etc.
But on every college football enthusiasts' list of “must do’s” there are inevitably a group of stadiums they would absolutely love to visit on game day.
The Horseshoe, the Big House, Happy Valley, the Swamp, the checkerboard end zones of Neyland Stadium in Tennessee, Darrel K. Royal in Austin, Death Valley, “Between the Hedges” in Athens, Bryant-Denny in Tuscaloosa, Notre Dame Stadium, Memorial in Lincoln or Norman; the list could go on but you get the general idea.
But what of those stadiums we don’t hear as much about, those hidden gems where college football flourishes without the media reminding us every week what an illustrious venue it is for the greatest game?
These underrated places may be found on smaller campuses in smaller conferences or they may be the forgotten jewels of the larger conference in a state where they are overshadowed by a more media saturated program, but they all offer the college football fan an experience to be relished.
Whether the game is good or just average these venues might offer a brush with history, spectacular views of football (and maybe the surrounding area), a distinctive setting, a loud and rowdy crowd, extraordinary tailgating, or a really horrible facility that you just can’t help but appreciate.
No matter what the combination of factors, these football locations basically provide the opportunity for a phenomenal (and maybe unique) football experience.
So, what are the most “underrated” places to watch a college football game?
First, it seems prudent to mention that selecting every “underrated” place to watch a college football game is virtually impossible as the landscape of our nation is literally covered with such meccas.
Additionally, the selection of “preferred” venues is obviously a highly subjective task. What one considers a gold mine another might deem a fully soiled portable toilet.
Regardless, the following 25 football destinations (listed in no particular order) may not be on anyone’s “bucket list” and planning a visit may seem like a waste of precious resources and time.
However, one crisp Saturday afternoon game day spent among the native fans at one of these destinations might just change even the harshest critics’ minds.