10 Largest College Football Stadiums in US
Throughout the years, college football has increased its fame. This is because of team players who give their best to build a great football show gaining loads of fandom from the students, team alumni, fans nationwide and even worldwide. With this kind of overwhelming support each game requires a bigger and better stadium to entertain their multitude of devoted supporters every Saturday. These stadiums are so huge that each requires you to use binoculars in order to see the players. Imagine how huge that is! In fact, these college stadiums also rank as the largest ones in the world. But there is a lot more to these stadiums than just their sheer size. A college football stadium not only shares its huge space to its audience but also holds several amounts of history. They are landmarks of their respective universities and others are well respected because of their age and legendary games played and of course of the outstanding players that gained honor to each stadium. Surround yourself with all the groundbreaking roars of face-painted cheerleading fanatics and games that promote heart-pumping, adrenaline rush. If crammed with the audience, these stadiums can tend to be very deafening during a game.
10. Sanford Stadium
Named after Dr. Steadman Vincent Sanford, a faculty chairman of athletics at University of Georgia in Athens (UGA) who, later on became the university president in 1936. Sanford Stadium is a 92, 746-seat stadium and is considered the tenth-largest stadium in the United States. It is also the 17th-largest stadium in the world. Even though the stadium didn’t ranked as #1 biggest but it is certainly the most beautiful. Sanford Stadium has been known for numerous changes over the years. The stadium is in the middle of the luxurious plants of the stunning Athens campus, home of the Bulldogs team. Football matches are played “Between the Hedges” because of the private bushes that were originally planted there in 1929.
9. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Located in the University Park, with a construction cost of approximately $954,873, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was opened during 1923, home of the University of Southern California Trojans football team with over 93,000 seating capacity. In 1984, a day before the opening ceremony of Olympics in Los Angeles, the coliseum was declared a National Historic Landmark. Due to age and stature, it was often referred to as “The Grand Old Lady”. Although it is operated by University of Southern California, the State of California, Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles jointly own the stadium.
8. Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
The current official stadium seating capacity of 100.119, making it the eigth largest stadium in America and the thirteenth largest stadium in the world. Located in Austin, Texas, heralded as the largest sports facility of its kind in the southwest when it was completed in1924 and had been the home to the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns football team since then. Formerly the War Memorial Stadium and Texas Memorial Stadium. It was build for of all the Texans who bravely fought in World War 1 and was named after legendary coach Darrel K Royal. The stadium’s 7,370-square-foot HD scoreboard is named Godzillatron.
7. Bryant-Denny Stadium
Bryant – Denny Stadium, Pride of the University of Alabama football team. Once named Denny Stadium with respect to the previous University of Alabama President George H. Denny. Establish in 1929, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States and later on became Bryant-Denny in honor of the celebrated coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in 1975. In 2010 after a multimillion dollar expansion this stadium become one of the most luxurious place to watch a game, seventh largest in America and tenth in the world with a seating capacity of over 100,000.
6. Tiger Stadium
Navin Field and Briggs Stadium as it was previously called, hosted the National Football League’s Detroit Lions and Detriot Tigers Majorr League Baseball team. Located in the Corktown, Detroit, Michigan and was nicknamed “The Corner” since the stadium is located in the corner of Trumbull and Michigan avenues. Currently undergoing a Seventy Million Dollars renovation to push 100,000 seating capacity, right now there is officially 92,542. The stadium holds dorm rooms underneath the stands, until 1980, and now the rooms are used for office and storage.
5. Neyland Stadium
With respect to the former football head coach Robert Neyland, Knoxville, Tennessee sports stadium was named after him. The home for the “Tennessee Volunteers”, Neyland Stadium has an approximately 100,000 seating capacity. Built in 1921, the stadium was declared one of the largest non-racing stadiums in America. This huge orange dome towers over the Tennessee River, welcomed audiences of various NFL exhibition games. Neyland Stadium had gone through several development projects extending to almost approximately 104,000 seats, but after a current game records that affected the audience negatively, it was reduced to its current seating capacity of approximately 100,000.
4. Kyle Field Stadium
Kyle Field Stadium is the home of the Aggie football team, inside the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Texas A&M Board of Directors situated this area as the permanent location of the schools athletic field, both home for the baseball and football teams back on November 10, 1904. With continuous development and renovation the stadium was completed on 1927. Kyle Field is known as the home of the 12th Man. With over 80,000 plus seating size, it is the thirteenth biggest stadium in the NCAA. Undergoing a Four hundred, fifty million dollar renovation in the much-awaited 2015 season, it is believed that Kyle Field will be the largest in the SEC.
3. Beaver Stadium
Started with only 500-seat building just behind the Osmond Building, Beaver Field was the first football home field of the University Park, Pennsylvania football team. In 1960, the New Beaver Field located northeast of Rec Hall was entirely dismantled and reassembled to the east end of campus and expanded to 46,284 seats and Beaver Stadium was born. Continuous renovation and expansion was made until 2001 where the stadium’s capacity was said to be 106,572. Now, the Beaver Stadium, named after President James Beaver former Board of Trustee, home of the Nittany Lions is acknowledged to be the fourth largest stadium in the world.
2. Ohio Stadium
Nicknamed “The Horseshoe”, Ohio Stadium is an American Football stadium of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, United States. An awesome nickname, great traditions and commitment, The Horseshoe or just “The Shoe” has accommodated generations of fans. In 1922, Ohio Stadium was opened with a seating capacity of 66,210 replacing the Ohio Field. It was named The Horseshoe because of the stadium shape. It continues to develop and expand in able to accommodate the immense support from the fans and guests. The stadium added additional seats in 2014 now having an official capacity to 104,944 making it the 2nd largest football stadium in the United States. The Horseshoe has countless history and traditions with famed coaches and well-loved players.
1. Michigan Stadium
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan has the third largest stadium in the world, with the official capacity of 109,901 and can provide 115,000 crowds in excess. In 1927, Fielding Yost the legendary Michigan coach envision that a day will come that a stadium with 150,000 would be needed and so Michigan Stadium was constructed. Nicknamed “The Big House”, Michigan Stadium at the time it opened is able to provide seats sufficient to 80,000 people. It was really ahead of its time with regards to its actual size and potential. It holds a record capacity of 115,109 against Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 7, 2013. Michigan Stadium thus ranked as the 36th largest sport venue in the world.