Top football stadiums in the country (Part 4)

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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.


I got to hear Kenny Hatfield speak at First Baptist in Little Rock and he did a great job. His teams at Rice were very good. Here a portion from that earlier post:

Coach Hatfield said so many inspiring things in his talk that I am starting a new series of posts that will go through many of the points he made in his talk.

He told about the experiences of Don McClanen who was a junior high coach and how he was led by God to start the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Here is a portion of the story that I got off the internet:

In a quiet chapel where no one could see, Don kneeled and asked the Lord into his heart.  In Don’s words, “that was the conversion of this cantankerous soul.” 

Over the years, Don collected articles that mentioned sports personalities willing to talk about their faith.  These courageous athletes were his heroes.  One by one, Don wrote to each of them. He never gave up.  He wanted the inspiration and strength of hearing their stories, personally and professionally.  A new dream was nudging him.     

 Finally he got a response from Pittsburgh Pirate General Manager, Branch Rickey. Don was told that he could have a five minute appointment.  The five minutes stretched into five hours. Together they imagined Don’s dream, “The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”  Rickey found some start-up funds, and Don did the footwork.  Don made the contacts, shared the vision, and did more fund-raising and organizing.  It took so much time that Don had to leave his coaching job.   He and his wife and (by then) three children lived on very little. But step-by-step the dream became a reality.  

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is over fifty years old now, and is the largest inter-denominational, school-based, Christian organization in America. It even reaches athletes internationally.  The FCA encourages coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, middle school, and youth levels to use athletics to “impact the world through their faith and example.”  

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes was his first big dream.  It joined his hungry spirit with his love of sports.  Step by step, his vision grew, far beyond where he ever dreamed. But he was still bothered by racial differences, and the uneven distribution of wealth.  

His longtime questions about money and race and faith have led him all over the globe. After he created the FCA, Don founded Washington Lift, Inc. (an inner-city youth ministry), the Ministry of Money, Inc., and Harvest Time, Inc. When I asked him why he started these organizations, Don’s words were simple. “I thought somebody else would take it and run with it.  When no one did, I did.”  

Although Don doesn’t play sports anymore (except golf), he still dreams dreams and works to make them come true. Don’s playing field has changed, but at 81 years old, he’s still in the action. Like the mower that splash-landed in the mayor’s pond, Don’s dreams have rippled out all around the world.  He hopes that by one strategy or another, he has helped kids around the world to climb mountains.

That story is very inspiring, but I just want you to know that the things you do today may continue to have influence on others many years later.

Let me give you one example. Recently I talked to Melvin Pickens who has been selling brooms in Little Rock for over 60 years. I have known Melvin for almost 30 years and I have always known that he is a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan. Then just the other day I asked him how he came around to pulling for the Dodgers. He told me that in 1947 when he was at Henry Clay Yerger High School in Hope, Arkansas, Branch Rickey (the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers) stood up for Jackie Robinson and made him the first black baseball player to play professional baseball with the whites. 

Every person he knew at Henry Clay Yerger High School became a Dodger fan that year, and he has been a faithful fan ever since!!!


The following is from the website


Hatfield's punt return against Texas. Photo from
In the history of Razorback football, few figures loom larger than Ken Hatfield. Not only does he have the highest winning percentage of any head coach in the program’s history, he also was a star punt returner and defensive back for the Razorbacks’ one and only national championship team. After a six-year coaching tenure in Fayetteville, he left for Clemson in 1990 and was later the head coach at Rice for 12 seasons.

Now retired from football, Hatfield lives in northwest Arkansas, where he serves on the board of the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; is involved with Horses for Healing, non-profit therapeutic horseback riding center for individuals with special needs; and is state director for Arkansas Drug, which provides free discount prescription cards to uninsured and underinsured residents of Arkansas.

In the first part of a three-part Q&A, Hatfield discusses his unforgettable 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in an upset of Texas in 1964 and the start of his coaching career. (And before we started, a quick note of thanks to the invaluable for several of the photos in today’s installment.)

A touching story about when Adrian Rogers accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior

104. Superdome: Tulane Green Wave


The New Orleans Superdome is great, but for a college team like Tulane playing there, it can seem relatively empty when the game is going on.

Even if it is New Orleans, the atmosphere here is not good when the Green Wave are on the field.

Built in 1975 with a seating capacity of 72,968, this stadium is great for big games, but just not for Tulane football.

Tulane is in the process of building a 30,000-seat stadium on campus right now.


103. Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego State Aztecs


Qualcomm Stadium plays host to a number of different sporting events, including the San Diego Chargers as well as the San Diego State Aztecs.

Like a lot of the other larger stadiums that are used for professional sports, this stadium does not have that college atmosphere.

Built in 1967, this stadium has a seating capacity of 71,294.


102. Alumni Stadium: Boston College Eagles


Boston College has a beautiful campus and an excellent atmosphere. That atmosphere, however, does not translate over to the football field.

Built in 1957, Alumni Stadium has a seating capacity of 44,500 people and has a decent following.

Lack of success on the football field in recent years has probably not helped, but either way, this stadium leaves something to be desired.


101. Rynearson Stadium: Eastern Michigan Eagles


Rynearson Stadium is one of the larger stadiums when it comes to the MAC.

Built in 1969, it has a seating capacity of 30,200 and is home to the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

This stadium is strictly average across the board, but that is good enough to be in the middle of the pack as far as the MAC is concerned.


100. Lincoln Financial Field: Temple Owls


Most people know Lincoln Financial Field as the home of the Philadelphia Eagles. Well, it also plays host to the Temple Owls.

Built in 2003, this stadium is brand new as far as college fields are concerned.

It seats 68,532, but obviously does not have that college feel that many of the other stadiums have.


99. Scott Stadium: Virginia Cavaliers


The ACC seemingly lags behind other major college conferences when it comes to football stadiums.

Virginia is no different. The stadium seats 61,500 people and is a little old. It was built in 1931, and the neighborhood around it is great. 

The fans are not bad, but the stadium leaves something to be desired.


98. War Memorial Stadium: Wyoming Cowboys


War Memorial Stadium is actually not a bad place to watch a college football game.

Laramie, Wyoming is a nice college town, and although the stadium is over 60 years old, having been built in 1950, it is not bad scenery on a nice day.

The seating capacity here is 32,580, and it makes for a small, compact crowd in this wide open stadium.


97. Sam Boyd Stadium: UNLV Rebels


Sam Boyd Stadium actually looks a little bigger than it really is.

It was built in 1971 and seats 36,800. It is completely enclosed with the exception of one end zone being open.

Las Vegas is not a city known to support their teams too much, but the Rebels do get what support they have to offer, making this a decent place to watch a college football game.


96. Rice-Eccles Stadium: Utah Utes


Utah is the first Pac-12 team on the list with a stadium that is almost completely enclosed.

Rice-Eccles Stadium was built in 1998, making it one of the newest college football stadiums in the country.

It holds 45,017, meaning it is on the larger side when it comes to stadiums.

Everything here is middle of the line, but not up to the standards of other Pac-12 schools.


95. Rice Stadium: Rice Owls


This stadium was built in 1950 and has been the home of the Rice Owls ever since.

It seats 47,000 people, but can be expanded to 70,000 when necessary and is one of the larger venues in Conference USA.

The stadium overall is a nice place to watch a college football game, although they are usually never near capacity and the extra seats seem unnecessary.

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