Top football stadiums in the country (Part 9)

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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.

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When I think of South Carolina it makes me think of how good they were last year and still everyone overlooked them. Did you know that #9 South Carolina came into Fayetteville last year to play the #7 Razorbacks but since #1 v #2 were playing at the same time in Alabama that night nobody talked about the Razorback victory.

Tennessee’s coach Johnny Major got his coaching start at Arkansas and he led Tennessee back into the top 10 in 1985 with a 35-7 Sugar Bowl victory over top ranked Miami.

64. Sun Life Stadium: Miami (FL) Hurricanes
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Sun Life Stadium is probably more widely known as being home to the Miami Dolphins, and also the Orange Bowl.

The Miami Hurricanes also call this place home. It has been around since 1987 and seats 76,500.

The atmosphere here is average as best, and the stadium is kind of located in a not-so-great residential area.

Still, this is Miami, so the weather is nice, and the place can get loud at times.

 

63. Memorial Stadium: Illinois Fighting Illini

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Memorial Stadium is another of those old facilities with bleacher seating.

It was built in 1923 and seats 62,872. The Fighting Illini have not been too good in recent years, but the stadium is usually packed with a sea of orange.

The surrounding area is great, but everything inside is average and on the lower end of the scale as far as Big Ten goes.

 

62. Raymond James Stadium: South Florida Bulls

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Raymond James Stadium is an excellent place to watch and NFL game. As far as college goes, though, it is average.

Built in 1998 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this stadium is very new compared to other college fields.

It seats 66,321, and there is not a bad seat in the house. It has an open feel to it so visitors can enjoy the nice Tampa weather.

Overall, not a bad place; just not with as much of a college atmosphere as other stadiums.

 

61. Floyd Casey Stadium: Baylor Bears

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Floyd Casey Stadium was built in 1950 with a seating capacity of 50,000.

Perhaps the best aspect about the older stadium is the fans. They fill up the place and bring quite an atmosphere to the stadium.

It has been renovated multiple times, as recently as 2004, and that is keeping it up to date and in the middle of this list.

 

60. Romney Stadium: Utah State Aggies

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Built in 1968, this stadium only has a seating capacity of 25,513, but what sets this stadium apart from many others is the beautiful surrounding area.

There are mountains in the background, making this a perfect place to come for a late-afternoon game as the sun sets.

The atmosphere inside is not bad as well, and the isolated town of Logan makes for a nice place to watch a game.

 

59. Gerald J. Ford Stadium: SMU Mustangs

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This horseshoe shaped stadium was built in 2000 with a seating capacity of 32,000.

The stadium is actually located right in downtown Dallas and has the atmosphere of a more eastern campus than those in the south.

One of the standout aspects of this stadium is the SMU band known as the “Hub of SMU Spirit.”

 

58. BB&T Field: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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There are not a lot of tiny stadiums in the country with an atmosphere quite like the 31,500-seat BB&T Stadium.

Even though it is small in size, with such an excellent atmosphere, this stadium built in 1968 cracks the top 60 on the list.

All of the features of the stadium are updated, and it has a newer feel even though it is nearly 50 years old.

Certainly one of the most unique in the ACC.

 

57. Falcon Stadium: Air Force Falcons

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Even though it may not look like it, this stadium seats 46,692. It was built in 1962 and has the most amazing backdrop of any college football stadium.

While Utah State has quite a background outside of their stadium, the Rocky Mountains surrounding Falcon Stadium are simply superb.

The stadium is 6,620 feet above sea-level, making it the second-highest of all the stadiums. There is a lot to see in and around the stadium here that makes the experience something to remember.

 

56. Folsom Field: Colorado Buffaloes

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Located in the middle of the beautiful campus of Colorado, Folsom Stadium is one of the older facilities in the country, having been around since 1924. 

It seats 53,750 and has gone through a few improvements and expansions over the years, allowing it to stay updated.

There are big-screen televisions on each end of the field, something a lot of stadiums do not have. A six-story press box has also recently been added.

 

55. Williams-Brice Stadium: South Carolina Gamecocks

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Williams-Brice Stadium is one of the larger stadiums in the country, with a seating capacity of 80,250. Built in 1934, it is also relatively old as far as stadiums are concerned.

There is a lot to experience here outside of the stadium before, during and after the game.

As one of the 20 largest stadiums in the country, this place can get a little loud, and while it is not one of the top stadiums in the SEC, there is a lot here to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon.

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