Top football stadiums in the country (Part 1)

Arkansas VS Tulsa 2008

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Arkansas entering the field to play #19 Tulsa.

Here is a list of the top football stadiums in the country.

Power Ranking All 124 College Football Stadiums  

By Alex Callos

(Featured Columnist) on April 19, 2012 

When it comes to college football stadiums, for some teams, it is simply not fair. Home-field advantage is a big thing in college football, and some teams have it way more than others.

There are 124 FBS college football teams, and when it comes to the stadiums they play in, they are obviously not all created equal.

There is a monumental difference from the top teams on the list to the bottom teams on the list. Either way, here it is: a complete ranking of the college football stadiums 1-124.

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I remember traveling to Fayetteville in 1983 with my girlfriend’s family (later to become my in-laws) to see Arkansas play against Tulsa. Tulsa was coached by John Cooper and Tulsa missed a field goal that would tied the game as time expired. The great Lou Holtz was the coach of the Razorbacks back then. It was the policy of the university to let the fans park on the grass fields near the field.

In 1986 when I was married and my wife was 7 months pregnant the policy of the university had changed and we had to park about a mile away from the stadium. She told me that our unborn child curled up in a ball the whole game because the crowd was cheering so loudly. Below is a picture of the Tulsa stadium.

124. H.A. Chapman Stadium: Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

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Starting off the list is the home of the Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa.

Also known as Skelly Field, this establishment has been around for quite some time, dating all the way back to 1930.

It is the smallest stadium in Conference USA with a capacity of 30,000, and there is just nothing special about the area of the surrounding campus or the atmosphere inside the stadium.

 

123. Kibbie Dome: Idaho Vandals

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This is one of the more odd-looking stadiums starting from the outside and going in.

There is only one college football stadium in the country that is smaller than Kibbie Dome with a capacity of 16,000.

The Idaho Vandals play multiple sports here, including basketball, tennis and track, so the arena is not just used for football. One good thing is the fact that it is indoors to help stay away from those harsh Idaho fall months.

The stadium opened in 1971 and looks more like a large barn from the outside.

 

122. Bobcat Stadium: Texas State Bobcats

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The Texas State Bobcats are a new team to the FBS level and clearly have their work cut out for them when it comes to facilities.

This is currently the smallest FBS Stadium, with a capacity of 15,968, but is under construction, which will bring the seating allotment to right at 30,000 in the near future.

Right now, it looks more like a high school stadium with the track around it. It was opened in 1981 and could certainly use some improvements.

 

121. Legion Field: UAB Blazers

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Legion Field is one of the oldest college football stadiums, having been around since 1927.

It is home to the UAB Blazers out of Conference USA, and besides being old, it is relatively large with a seating capacity of 71,594.

A large seating capacity does not necessarily make it a good stadium, though.

At one point, this was the place to be, as it has hosted 53 Iron Bowls. Right now, though, it leaves a lot to be desired.

 

120. Johnny ‘Red’ Floyd Stadium: Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders

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Like many others, this stadium is also relatively old, having opened in 1933.

There is a seating capacity here of 31,000, and like many other smaller FBS schools, this stadium and the surrounding area do not really offer up anything special for visitors.

The atmosphere here is great when the team is winning, a trait that can be applied to a lot of commuter campuses.

 

119. Sonny Lucick Field at Hughes Stadium: Colorado State Rams

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This stadium has nothing that really makes it stand out from the rest of the stadiums in the Mountain West Conference.

It was built in 1968 and has a capacity of 34,400 people.

When the Rams are playing good, they can average at least 25,000 fans here. When this is the case, the atmosphere is not too bad. 

 

118. Apogee Stadium: North Texas Mean Green

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The North Texas Mean Green have had some decent football teams over the years, and now they have a brand new stadium to enjoy some success in.

This stadium is one of the newer in college football, having just opened in 2011.

It has a seating capacity of 30,850 and has some very unique aspects for a small college stadium.

 

117. Yager Stadium: Miami (OH) Redhawks

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Miami (OH) has produced a lot of big-name coaches over the years. Names like Ara Parseghian and Bo Schembechler, just to name a few.

Yager Stadium is relatively new, having been built in 1983 with a seating capacity of 24,286. Like many other stadiums on the list, it looks more like a large high school stadium.

Oxford is a college town with a lot to offer, but has never been a place that has shown a great deal of support for their sports teams.

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