Everyone knows that playing against a quality college football opponent is tough, but doing it on the road makes the task of winning nearly impossible. As a result, schools across the country have invested big time in their football venues. Here are the stadiums that provide the best home field advantages come Saturday afternoon across college football.
Tiger Stadium (LSU)
Across the country LSU has a history of being perhaps the most dedicated fans to their Tigers, and it shows when they are able to consistently sell out Tiger Stadium and its 103,231 capacity. Nicknamed Death Valley, the masterpiece provides a friendly home atmosphere to the Tigers as they have compiled a 402-146-18 record within the confines since its opening. Ultimately, the reputation of Death Valley strikes a chill down the spines of any opponent who sees that they must travel to LSU.
Kyle Field (Texas A&M)
The old saying that everything is bigger in Texas certainly applies to this 102,733 seat stadium in College Station. While still undergoing renovations to improve the stadium, Kyle Field is home to undoubtedly the most intense student section in college football, frequently choreographing some insane illusions throughout the bleacher section. Their recent move to the SEC has only added to the intensity level of some of their home games, and Kyle Field has quickly transformed into a madhouse in the heart of Texas.
Bryant-Denney Stadium (Alabama)
Home to the Crimson Tide of Alabama, Bryant Denney Stadium may not be the most impressive looking piece of architecture in the country; however it does prove to be the loudest and most influential come game day in Tuscaloosa. While housing a team who has simply dominated college football over the past decade, Bryant Denney Stadium has escalated to perhaps the most electric atmosphere in the SEC on Saturday afternoons.
Michigan Stadium (Michigan)
Known simply as “The Big House” to college football fans nationwide, the University of Michigan stadium is truly one of the more remarkable venues to watch a game in college football today. Leading the entire country in stadium capacity at 107,601, the Wolverines frequently sellout their gem of a home field which provides for an incredibly hostile environment for Big 10 opponents. The stadium also holds attendance records for outdoor hockey and soccer games as well, showcasing its incredible history of hosting all kinds of sporting events.
Beaver Stadium (Penn State)
With a capacity of 106,572, the University Park stadium holds the title of the second highest seat total in major college football today. However, it is not simply the sheer amount of people that attend the Penn State games, but also the effect that the infamous “whiteout” has on opposing teams. As showcased in the upset of Ohio State earlier this year, Happy Valley turns into one of the toughest environments in football when over 100,000 are wearing the same white shirt and cheering hard for their Nittany Lions.
McLane Stadium (Baylor)
Baylor University has certainly risen to the top of the college football landscape over the last decade, and one of the reasons why the significant upgrade in their stadium setup was. After relocating from the Floyd Casey Stadium, the Baylor Bears constructed a state of the art 45,140 capacity masterpiece in the heart of Texas. Perhaps the most recognizable aspect is the fact the Brazos River sits behind one end zone, with a bridge linking the main campus. Students also enjoy tailgating in a whole new way- the selection of boats which harbor just yards from the stadium entrance.