50 College Football Stadiums, Campuses and Shrines to See Before You Die
I've never been a big fan of the term "bucket list." While I appreciate everyone's inner-Kierkergard and their desire to live a fulfilling life before they arrive at St. Peter's Gates, I always felt as if the term implied a defeatist mentality; one that says 'I need to do these things to enjoy my life, because what I'm doing now isn't enjoyable.'
So please don't look at in that perspective. That said, realize that these are 50 of the more enjoyable sights one could come across in relation to the game of college football.
If you come across any in your journey, you're sure to have a tremendous experience. Just make sure you enjoy the other days of your life as well.
Campus/Stadium: University of Notre Dame
Let's start off with the one most people think of when they think of college football: the University of Notre Dame.
As Rudy's dad says in the film upon entering the stadium for the first time: "this is the most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen." It may be a bit of an exaggeration, or even Notre Dame propaganda, but don't let that fool you into thinking that the stadium isn't beautiful.
Beyond that is Touchdown Jesus, (which is actually called The Word of Life), inscribed into the side of the Hesburgh Library, and of course, the Golden Dome (the Administration Building).
If you can ever get out here, try to do it on a game day. If not, there's still plenty to behold on the campus.
Stadium: Neyland Stadium
Named for former coach and general Robert Neyland, the stadium was constructed in 1921 and currently holds 102,455 spectators. It is the sixth largest non-racing stadium in the world.
Known for it's riverside location, checkerboard end zones, and of course, Rocky Top, a trip to Neyland is a must for any college football fan.
Shrine: Toomer's Corner
The fate of Toomer's Corner is unknown, since some idiot thought it was a good idea to poison hundred-year-old Oak trees. It doesn't look good, but there have been talks of rebuilding the corner.
Toomer's Corner resides at the intersection of Magnolia and College and marks the transition between the downtown area and campus. In the 1950s a tradition began: fans would toilet paper the trees to signal an Auburn victory. This became known as "rolling the corner."
Campus: Ole Miss
But that isn't what is on your mind right now, is it? You're thinking of the historic "grove," widely considered to be the top tailgating experience in the nation.
The grove itself is full of oak and magnolia tress, and just a few tents every weekend in the Fall. People begin to show up on Thursdays and stay until Sundays. You'll find plenty of BBQ, fancy silverware, lace place settings, girls in sundresses and guys in shirts and ties. Unlike any experience elsewhere.
Stadium: The Horseshoe
The horseshoe was built in 1922 with a capacity of 66,201. It was the largest poured-concrete structure in the world and officials feared that it would never be filled to capacity.
Now it seats over 102,000 and the thought of it being less-than-full is laughable. A record attendance came in a match-up against USC in 2009; 106,033.
The stadium is in the national register of historic places and still does not contain field lights. Additional lighting needs to be brought in for true night games, which there have only been 11 of in the stadiums history.
Get there early so you can see "the best damn band in the land" spell out Script Ohio.
Shrine: Pink Locker Room
If you're lucky or sneaky enough to get into the Visitor's locker room at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium you'll see something interesting: a pink locker room.
How pink? Think pink lockers, pink urinals, pink floors, pink walls, pink everything!
In 2005, several professors and students sought to do away with the locker rooms, believing they reinforced sexist and homophobic stereotypes. Little did they know that the locker rooms were pink because the color has a "calming effect" on people, something former coach Hayden Fry wanted to enact onto his opponents.
It sounds like the professors and student protestors were the ones who were actually guilty of stereotyping a group of people.
Campus: University of Washington
Just because it isn't every day that you get to step foot into an urban campus which boasts views of Mount Rainer, the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains. If that weren't enough, how about a quad surrounded by cherry blossoms?
Sights like these might make you think that football is an afterthought; it isn't. Husky Stadium is one of the loudest in the nation and is situated on the coast of Lake Washington.
You know what this means....Boat Tailgate!
Stadium: Michigan Stadium
Nicknamed "The Big House," this one earns it's moniker. That's because with an official attendance of 109,901, Michigan Stadium is the biggest stadium in the nation and third biggest in the world!
The stadium has drawn a crowd of over 100,000 people for every home game since 1975, good for over 100 straight games. On game days, the attendance exceeds the total population of the city of Ann Arbor.
Campus/Stadium: University of Southern California
USC is a small, gated community in South Los Angeles. The surrounding area may contain graffiti, trash, homeless people and petty street crime, but inside the gates, the facilities are impeccable.
Make sure to take in the McDonald's swim center, home of the swimming events of the 1984 Olympics. Or the world-renowned film school, which was built on the help of a $180 million dollar gift from Star Wars creator and alumnus George Lucas. Or, check out Frank Sinatra's 48 gold and platinum records. And of course, the six Heisman trophies and a BCS national championship in Heritage Hall.
Stepping on USC's campus could be a surreal experience; like stepping into some sort of oasis amidst the rest of the city. Gamedays do nothing to change this. No rules seem to apply, as one can drink and eat openly in the buildings and on the steps of the oldest of buildings. 50 years ago JFK may have made a speech on the steps of Doheney Library. Now, you're sitting on them, scarfing down a bacon-wrapped hot dog and washing it down with Bud Light.
And while you're at it, you'll probably want to walk a couple of blocks over to the Coliseum. It's a national historic landmark and has played host to two Olympics, the world series, two Super Bowls, the USC Trojans, the UCLA Bruins, the LA Rams and the LA Raiders.
Stanford's campus is located on the San Francisco Bay and has survived two major earthquakes (1906, 1989).
The buildings were originally built in Spanish-colonial style, and any post-earthquake rebuilding attempts have maintained the overall theme of the campus.
Not every campus has two landmarks listed in the National Register, let alone one built by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Hanna-Honeycomb House was built by the famed architect over a 25 year span and is modeled after a six-sided honeycomb, complete with six perfect 120 degree angles. It joins the Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover House as the buildings significant enough to be included in the prestigious list.
Andrew Luck has brought recognition back to the university as far as football circles go. This would figure to lead to a rise in admissions to the program, that is, if it weren't so hard to get in to.
Shrine: Tightwad Hill
I'll call it a shrine simply because it is so cool.
The hill is actually called Charter Hill but has earned it's moniker due to it's location and occupants it attracts. Due to it's proximity to Memorial Stadium, the hill has drawn thousands of fans through the years looking to catch a football game at the low, low price of zero dollars.
It's become an attraction of sort and has even developed "Tightwad Country Club" for those sitting slightly below the rest of the hill. The hill is equipped with the California Victory Cannon which is fired at the start of a game, every touchdown and every final, provided the Bears win.
Stadium: Michie Stadium
It isn't the biggest and it isn't the oldest (although it was built in 1924), but it is located in West Point, NY and home the U.S. Military Academy.
Don't think this is just some patriotic plug. Michie Stadium overlooks the Hudson River and campus and is nestled amongst beautiful browns and greens emblematic of fall in New York state. The gothic style of the stadium matches the campus buildings, while the press box and locker rooms add a contemporary flair.
Stadium: The Rose Bowl
With postcard-esque sunsets, Angeles National Forest in the backdrop and a finely-tuned field that looks like you can eat off of it, it probably doesn't matter if you get to the Rose Bowl for the Rose Bowl game or a UCLA game.
The stadium is famous for the former of course. Traditionally taking place on January 1st, the "Grandaddy of them all" has become synonymous with the sport.
Additionally, the stadium has hosted the 1994 and 1999 FIFA World Cup Final, five super bowls and the soccer events of the 1984 Olympics.
Shrine: Marshall Memorial
On November 14, 1970, Southwest Airways Flight 932 crashed trying to land at Huntington Tri-State airport. The plane was carrying 37 members of the football team, eight coaches, 25 boosters and five flight staff. All would perish in the accident.
The administration decided to build two major memorials: one at Spring Hill Cemetery and one on campus (there is also one on the side of the old stadium). Among the memorials inside the cemetery is a plaque with six names of the men who were never identified from the crash.
This fountain was built on campus for all future generations of Thundering Herd to appreciate and reflect upon. Every year, on the anniversary of the crash, a memorial service is held. The fountain is shut off at the exact time the crash occurred and is not turned on again until the following Spring.
Stadium: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
The stadium was built in 1959 as a memorial to those who served (and will serve) in the Navy and Marine Corps.
Inside are arches which describe each historic battle in U.S. History. Outside, plaques to commemorate past classes. Battle names such as Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Wake Island scroll across the interior facade of the stadium.
It's almost as if this were a memorial which happened to have a football game played in it.
Campus: Air Force Academy
The campus is the only air force base open to the public, so if you have any desire to see the Air Force in action, this is your only shot.
On top of that privilege, the campus is located amidst the Rocky Mountains, so beautiful views are to be expected.
But the real treat of the campus is cadet chapel (pictured). Completed 50 years ago, the building is a National Historic landmark and has three different chapels to accommodate for the diverse student body (Catholic, Protestant and Jewish). There is also an "all-faith" room devoid of any religious symbolism for those who fall outside the three aforementioned faiths.
Campus: University of Texas-Austin
It's become silly at this point, but Austin finds itself on nearly every top ten list these days. Whether the ranking is food, nightlife, bar scene, affordability, cleanliness, underground radio stations, aesthetics, presence of liberals, presence of conservatives, presence of non-voters, presence of anything you could possibly ever like, Austin is on the list.
Not a bad place to have a college then, huh? The staple of the campus is the tower (Main Building, top of picture) which is lit up in burnt orange and decorated in other fashions to celebrate a wide range of occasions. Unfortunately, it is also infamously known as the site of Charles Whittman's 1966 mass homicide.
The campus is fifth in the nation in total enrollment, so you're sure to find someone you get along with. Also, it is one of the original eight "public ivys," meaning you're going to get a good education if you decide to go there.
Oh yeah, and the football team is usually pretty good. On weekends, head over to Darrel K. Royal stadium, which can get the entire student body inside with a capacity of 100,119.
Campus: University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
The University of Alabama has four buildings that were built prior to the Civil War, all of which survived. This includes the President's Mansion (as in, president of the university, pictured).
The campus is home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History and has played a major role in the history of our country. Most notably, it was at the front of Foster Auditorium where Governor George Wallace infamously stood in an attempt to disallow two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from entering. Wallace would later realize his wrongs, but not before he ran for president several times (and was shot in 1972).
But of course the main attraction to the campus, at least on the weekends, is the football team. They've only won 14 titles on their way to becoming one of the greatest programs in the nation. With Nick Saban at the helm, that number figures to grow.
Campus: University of Virginia
The University of Virginia is famous for "The Rotunda", seen here. It happens to have a famous architect you may have heard, the third President of our nation, Thomas Jefferson.
It is so beautiful in Charlottesville that the American Institute of Architects called the entire campus "the proudest achievement of American Architecture of the past 200 years." I suppose then that it is okay for us to tailgate on.
Virginia is a football program on the rise. That means that while the campus draws thousands of visitors every year for it's beauty, it may have more visitors in the near future.
Campus: University of Cincinnati
If you're going to a football game, the University of Cincinnati may offer up the most unique experience possible. Why's that? The university offers the most eclectic combination of old and contemporary buildings.
The university has recently made a strong commitment to postmodern architecture, which has in turn attracted "the most prominent new architects in the world."
So you know that you will get your fill of modern architecture, which is nice. Then, step foot in to Nippert Stadium, which has existed since 1901. The stadium was completed in 1924 and is the fifth-oldest in the nation.
How's that for a contrast?
Stadium: Faurot Field
The stadium has been around since 1925 and is unique in it's set-up. It's a classic horseshoe shape but has a field in the opening for fans to sit in. This field is donned with a now famous "M".
This stadium should have no problem fitting in with the other historic SEC venues.
Stadium: Beaver Stadium
Prior to Michigan Stadium's renovation, Beaver Stadium was not only the largest stadium in college football, but the largest in the Western Hemisphere. It now sits at No. 2 with a capacity of 106,572 (but has broken 111,000).
Since the 2001 expansion, the smallest recorded attendance was 95,636. In case you're scoring at home, that would still be the seventh largest stadium in the nation.
Stadium: Tiger Stadium
If you have the choice, you have to attend a night game at Tiger Stadium, as PA announcer Dan Borne regularly welcomes 90,000-plus with his famous line: "It's Saturday Night in Death Valley."
The visiting team has to tip-toe their away around Mike the Tiger, a 450 pound Siberian Tiger strategically placed to intimidate trespassers. This stands as one of the greater traditions in the game.
And there are of course the legendary games. Billy Cannon's famous punt return on Halloween Night to defeat rival Ole Miss. Les Miles' decision to throw in the waning moments against Auburn, and the Earthquake Game.
On October 8, 1988, QB Tommy Hudson found Eddie Fuller on fourth down with seconds left in the back of the end zone to beat Auburn, 7-6.
The next Monday, students and workers filled the geoscience complex as usual and found an odd tremor in the seismograph. They traced it and found that a 2.8 earthquake occurred at the exact moment when Fuller caught the touchdown. In short, the crowd was so loud that they shook the Earth.
Shrine: UGA's Tomb
UGA remains the greatest living mascot in all of sports and is treated as such, with his air conditioned dog house and bags of ice to keep cool.
Unfortunately, English Bulldogs have a low life expectancy, which would explain why UGA's serve an average of just six years. Fortunately, UGA is respected in death as well as he is in life.
If you're lucky enough to get tickets to Sanford Stadium, be sure to check out the southwest corner where all of the past UGAs have been entombed. It may be sad to consider, but think of the joy that the UGA's have brought fans since the mid-1950s.
Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Lincoln)
At least when you plan a trip to Memorial Stadium, you know you won't be the only one there.
That's because the stadium has been sold out a record 317 consecutive times. 317! That dates back to 1962, 50 years ago!
Chances are there will be plenty of red in the audience too. The fans traditionally don the school colors, so much so that the stadium has earned the moniker: "sea of red."
It serves as a memorial to those from Nebraska who were lost in our wars. Former Nebraska Professor of Philosophy Hartley Burr Alexander is credited with the inscription which spans all four corners of the stadium (but is written as one below):
"In Commemoration of the men of Nebraska who served and fell in the Nation's Wars. Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory. Courage; Generosity; Fairness; Honor; In these are the true awards of manly sport. Their Lives they held their country's trust; They kept its faith; They died its heroes."
Shrine: Stagg Field
The University of Chicago used to be a powerhouse in college football and even lays claim to the first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger. Then, they canceled a season and abolished their football program in 1939.
It might be a good thing that they did, given that in 1942, the first nuclear reaction occurred underneath the now-legendary Stagg Field.
The Manhattan Project selected Chicago as one of it's research sites and planned to build a plutonium production plant in Southwest Chicago named Arrgone National Laboratory. When the construction of the plant was delayed, they moved it to the University of Chicago.
There, Enrico Fermi led a team working on Chicago Pile-1. Once the nuclear reaction occurred, Fermi called Washington and stated: "The Italian Navigator [himself] has landed in the new world."
It was underneath the West bleachers, seen here, where it all first occurred.
Campus: Florida State University
Nearly the entire campus, including historic Doak Campbell Stadium, is built in a classic southern style fashion. This means beautiful browns and reds surrounded by palm trees and gorgeous weather.
The picture seen here is Westcott Building, named after the university benefactor and Supreme Court Justice James D. Westcott Jr.
And here is Doak Campbell Stadium. Barely any difference, right?
With the Noles on the rise, Tallahassee figures to once again be a integral part of the college football landscape.
Harvard was one of the earlier powers in football, claiming eight national titles before the Great Depression. Unfortunately, they haven't won one since.
Harvard Stadium was built in 1903 and originally housed an ivy exterior that would make Wrigley Field look like grab grass. It hosts games to this day and is a National Historic Landmark.
And then there is the campus. The brevity of the buildings, landmarks and sights is too large to go into detail here.
Realize, however, that Harvard is home to buildings that are close to 400 years old. The picture here is so impressive that one would be inclined to think it was a chapel or historic library.
No, its just the dining hall.
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
Due to clever money-grubbing, the Cotton Bowl Game is now played at Cowboys Stadium, while the TicketCity Bowl is played at the Cotton Bowl. This leaves the TicketCity Bowl and the annual Red River Rivalry as the two main games that get played out every single year in the historic venue.
Which is still plenty. The Texas-Oklahoma match-up is one of the fiercer rivalries in all of sports and is played out in conjunction with the Texas State Fair.
Playing rivalry games at a neutral site is almost a thing of the past, but it's great to see that the Horns and Sooners continue to do so. Half of the stadium is in burnt orange, half in crimson, all are full of beer, BBQ, cotton candy and corn dogs.
The stadium itself dates back to 1929 and played host to the Dallas Cowboys for over a decade. It is deceptive in it's size, holding 92,100.
Shrine: Aggie Bonfire
The Texas A&M "Aggie Bonfire" has a rich tradition and a future in doubt.
Dating back to the start of the 20th century, Aggies fans congregated to pile up wood and other flammable materials and set them ablaze. Very soon after, it became an annual tradition to have the bonfire during the week leading up to the game against rival Texas.
In 1999, tragedy struck, as the pile collapsed, killing 12 and injuring 27. As a result, the bonfire was removed from the list of university-sanctioned events.
It didn't take long, however, for a new non-sanctioned event to spring up. As early as 2002 the bonfire was raging once again and has continued every year to this day. It is estimated that around 10,000 people continue to show up in the surrounding counties to celebrate.
The future of the bonfire is unclear. For one, will it ever return to campus? Secondly, with Texas A&M's departure to the SEC, they will no longer play Texas on a regular basis. Will they continue to have the fire on the last week of the season and will they find a new rival to base the event around?
Campus: University of Wisconsin-Madison
The campus of Madison is technically in the capitol, but given it's relatively large size, it operates like a city of it's own.
The campus is located between two beautiful large lakes and despite it's history of political activism, has come to be known as a big-time "party school."
Nothing is bigger than Halloween night in downtown Madison. Close to 100,000 come out every Halloween night to do whatever adults do on Halloween.
There's plenty to do on the other nights as well. The entire campus is beautiful, headlines by Bascom Hall (pictured). The hall houses the University's Law School.
Stadium: Bronco Stadium
Unless you're under the influence of some schedule I drugs as outlined by the Controlled Substance Act, chances are you aren't going to see blue turf any time soon. All the more reason why you should head out to Boise State's Bronco Stadium.
The current Bronco Stadium opened in 1970 with green artificial grass. In 1986, the stadium was in need of a replacement. Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier didn't want to spend the money on just another generic green carpet, and came up with the idea of the blue turf. He felt that it could generate some notoriety for the program. I think he was right.
The field may have gotten them notoriety to begin with, but the team's play is perpetuating it. Boise State is 82-3 at home since the 1999 season (which includes a bowl loss played at the stadium).
Stadium: Lane Stadium
Don't let the relatively small size, 66,233 capacity, fool you. Lane Stadium is one of the louder venues in the nation.
This is thanks in large part to the sunken bowl design and steep bleachers helping keep in sound. Bleachers extend on both end zones as well, trapping in anything.
The stadium was opened in 1965 and is the highest FBS stadium in the eastern time zone, in terms of elevation, (2,057 feet).
The now well-known tradition of the Hokies entering the stadium to Metallica's Enter Sandman only furthers Lane's mystique.
Campus: University of Colorado-Boulder
The football program may have fallen on hard times as of late, but that shouldn't deter you from visiting Boulder or Folsom Field. As you can glean from just this photo, the campus is amazing.
Folsom Field itself is the first zero waste stadium in the nation (college or pro). This means that every piece of trash that gets thrown out in the stadium goes directly to a recycling program to provide materials back to the university. Hence the name: zero waste.
Stadium: Autzen Stadium
Autzen is on the small side, only 54,000 people. Yet somehow, it is generally regarded as one of the loudest stadiums in the nation.
The stadium is unorthodox in design, as is the two-tone artificial turf. Some may dislike these features and they may be right, but nevertheless, they are emblematic of an aesthetic and theme that Oregon has attempted to establish over the past decade.
According to wikipedia, the loudest record noise was in a 2007 victory against USC. Then, the crowd recorded a 127.2 decibel level. That's louder than a chainsaw or thunderclap (whatever that is), but not quite as loud as an aircraft carrier deck.
Campus: University of Arizona
If you want to earn your MD and are adamant on doing so in the state of Arizona, then U of A is the only option for you. For everyone else who may just want a beautiful campus, a great education and to have something in common with the Alpha Betas from Revenge of the Nerds, Tucson remains the place for you.
The campus is compact at under 400 acres, but contains 179 buildings! Arizona alumnus and architect Roy Place designed the first few buildings using red brick, which has since become the standard for all campus buildings.
Stadium: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
It may not be the first to coin the moniker "The Swamp," but it is certainly the most well-known. In describing the home-field advantage the Gators enjoyed in the 1990s, coach Steve Spurrier stated: "only Gators get out alive."
He wasn't lying. From 1990, the time Spurrier took over, to 2009, the Gators were 113-13 at home!
Like Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium, the facade is built in brown, southern-style. The field has been expanded upon six times since it opened in 1930 and now holds 88,548 people!
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hey, if we're throwing it all out there, why not a trip to the islands? As you would imagine, the University of Hawaii at Manoa offers up some of the best views in the nation.
That big mountain in the background is the famed Diamondhead, a dormant volcano which makes for amazing hiking and sightseeing. The main campus itself is just moments from world famous Waikiki Beach.
The only downside to this paradise? You won't be able to pregame on campus and then get to a game that easily. The Warriors play in Honolulu which is on an entirely different island of Hawaii, so a flight is necessary even for the football team to get from campus to the gridiron.
Stadium: Williams-Brice Stadium
Williams-Brice Stadium has the honor of being only one of two stadiums named solely for a woman (the other is Marshall's Joan C. Edwards).
Located at George Rogers Boulevard, the 80,250 seat stadium is the 20th largest in the nation. With an improving program and growing fanbase, it could feel like a lot more than that.
The stadium earned a slogan in the early 1980s: "If it ain't swaying, we ain't a-playing." This a reference to the upper deck swaying due to the noise, something that occurs to this day.
The Gamecocks' famed intro to "Also sprach Zarathustra" is worth the price of admission alone.
Campus: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
UNC may always and forever be a basketball school, but that doesn't mean that the football team is non-existent. Even more importantly, that doesn't mean there isn't a spectacular campus to be seen in central North Carolina.
The football team could be on the rise under Larry Fedora, but the school will always be associated with Michael Jordan and basketball. Still, you have to visit.
Shrine: Yell Practice
One of the more famous pep rallys of sort, thousands congregate to Texas A&M's Kyle Field to practice yelling. This seems counter-intuitive to me, since practicing would surely make one hoarse, but whatever.
It all starts at midnight and leaders take the student body through the cheers. You are supposed to bring a date to yell practice and even have a rehearsed make-out session. Those who can't find a date are instructed to "flick their bic" so that they could find a mate.
This is pretty much the easiest hook-up you can find in the nation.
Stadium: The Sun Bowl
It may not be worth making the treck to for UTEP football or even the Sun Bowl (although this past season's game was great), but it is worth getting out here for the views.
The stadium is 3,910 feet above sea level and opens up to picturesque views of the mountains and downtown El-Paso. Any type of quality you derive from the game would just be a bonus.
Stadium: LaVell Edwards Stadium
It has been thought of that LaVell Edwards Stadium has the press box in the game. This may seem like an odd statistic or note, but I think I figured it out: any press box is good with that view.
Built in 1964, the stadium rests at 4,630 feet above sea level. Prior to 2005, it also had an odd occupant. It was home to one of North America's largest collection of dinosaur fossils. They have since been moved to a nearby museum.
Shrine: College Football Hall of Fame
And now we're back in South Bend, Indiana. What better of a shrine to encapsulate college football than a building full of them?
There are 829 players and 178 coaches in the Hall, led by Notre Dame with 43.
The Hall of Fame is slated to move to Atlanta in 2013. It's new location will be adjacent to the Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Aquarium.
Shrine/Stadium: Franklin Field
The NCAA states that Franklin Field, dating back to 1895, is the oldest college football stadium in the nation. Therefore it lands itself in both the shrine and stadium categories.
Franklin Field is the stadium for the Penn Quakers and is therefore located in Philadelphia. It also played host to 18 installments of the Army-Navy game and the Philadelphia Eagles for 12 seasons (it was here where the Eagles fans booed Santa Claus).
Stadium: Clemens Stadium
Clemens Stadium is home to Division-III Saint John's University (MN) and has an official attendance of just 7,482, smaller than most high schools in Texas.
So what makes this so special? Consider that there are no seats. Well, not in the traditional sense. The field is built in the hillside with some aid from cement and bleachers, but it is pretty much all natural. Hence the nickname: "The Natural Bowl."
Therefore, more likely than not, you should bring a blanket and grab a spot on a hill as if you were watching a concert in the park. Only you'll be watching a football game, which is always better.
Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium
Part of me feels bad for Sun Devil Stadium. It is a huge venue, seating 71,706 and is beautiful, located in the middle of a mountain. Yet, no one wants to be associated with it (other than the Sun Devils).
The stadium hosted the Fiesta Bowl for 35 years, but their corrupt committee decided to take the game to the new Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The stadium hosted the Arizona Cardinals but they too took their game to Glendale. The stadium even hosted Super Bowl XXX, but something tells me it won't ever get another one.
Who wouldn't want to go here and soak in the sun and beauty of nearby ASU campus? You should, even if the Cardinals and Fiesta Bowl don't want to.
Stadium: War Memorial Stadium (AR)
War Memorial Stadium may be the "back-up" stadium to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, but to me, that makes it all the more special.
See, Arkansas schedules two, maybe three games per year to be played in Little Rock as opposed to on-campus in Fayetteville. This usually is one of the bigger games of the season, in particular their match-up against rival LSU.
At 54,127 capacity, War Memorial is somewhat compact. That doesn't matter though. What could be better than the Battle for the Golden Boot in a stadium which is not overused?
Stadium: Bobby Dodd Stadium
If you're a history buff but adverse to seeing FCS or D-III games (I don't know who this would be), then make sure to head to Atlanta and Bobby Dodd Stadium. That's because Bobby Dodd has been around since 1913, making it the oldest stadium in the FBS.
As you can tell, the views are spectacular. Georgia Tech has enjoyed a storied program and has been revitalized under coach Paul Johnson, so the action is sure to keep you interested as well.
On top of all that, you have the Ramblin' Wreck, a 1930 Ford Model A sport coupe. The car is painted in gold and black and makes it rounds on the field every single game.
Shrine: Howard's Rock
Howard's Rock is situated at the entrance to Death Valley in Clemson, South Carolina. It is part of "the most exciting 25 seconds in college football," when the entire team enters, rubs the rock and runs down the hill, ready for battle.
The origins of the rock are quite humorous. The rock was originally from Death Valley, CA and given to former coach Frank Howard from a friend. Howard wasn't too fond of the gift and for years used the rock as a doorstop.
When cleaning out his office one day, he implored an assistant to get rid of the rock. More accurately, he stated: "Take this rock and throw it over the fence or out in the ditch...do something with it, but get it out of my office."
The assistant took it and placed it on a pedestal where it remains today.