Top 10 Venues in College Sports
10. Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas basketball)
9. Charles River (Head of the Charles Regatta)
8. Mariucci Arena (Minnesota hockey)
7. Michie Stadium (Army football)
6. The Palestra (Penn basketball)
5. Rosenblatt Stadium (College World Series)
4. The Big House (Michigan football)
3. The Swamp (Florida football)
2. Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke basketball)
1. Rose Bowl (UCLA football)
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I know I know. Everyone hates Notre Dame and thinks they are overrated but what about their stadium. You don't see anything like Touchdown Jesus anywhere else. Plus all of history at the stadium. Sure it had wooden bleachers but who cares. "This is the most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen!"
Nothing better than fall football in Beaver Stadium watching the Nittany Lions of Penn State.
How can you leave out "The Shoe" in Columbus, Ohio and the home of THE Ohio State Buckeyes. The dotting of the "I" by the best damn band in the land is one of the most beautiful displays in all of college athletics. The shoe has also hosted some the greatest games, the greatest players, and the greatest coaches in College football history.
I agree with most choices but how can you leave off Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University or Notre Dame Stadium. You have to give props to tradition not many places can match the tradition of these two college venues.
Notre Dame Stadium!!! are you kidding. The most celebrated sports stadium in the history of college football.
Swamp definately belongs toward the top of the list. Probably the loudest stadium in college football (maybe the loudest of all American sport stadiums). If you have not seen a game there, you must go sometime in your life. Great game-day atmosphere.
The Palestra is #6 because of 50+ years of Big 5 basketball (LaSalle, Penn, St. Joe's, Temple & Villanova), not just Penn basketball. And, had 'Nova not ruined the Big 5 for more than a decade after winning its NCAA title, an argument could've been made the Pelstra deserves a higher ranking.
The Big House and the Rose Bowl are two of a kind. Pick one, or make them a tie for one spot. Have any of you actually sat in one of the rows at the outer rim of these stadiums? You need binoculars and a portable TV to see the game!
No Beaver Stadium?? A freakin' river, and a hockey rink in Minnessota? Get a clue! How can you leave off the LOUDEST football venue in the Big 10(11)?
Nice choices, but you've got to put Death Valley and Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night in Baton Rouge in your Top 10 somewhere. Ask John Robinson, Ara Parseghian, Bobby Bowden, Steve Spurrier or any of the legendary coaches and you'll see the glint in their eye when you mention Tiger Stadium. Ask any of the visiting announcing teams of their preference and you'll also find LSU in their top 3-5 locales. I promise you, I'd put any crazy Cajun's home-made andouille and jambalaya up against ANYTHING you can tailgate against in the world. Dat's a promise, cher!
Zable Stadium at William and Mary--Not very big, but undoubtedly one of the most unique stadiums in America. Trees growing inside the stadium!
Going to a game in Hinkle Fieldhouse (previously known as Butler Fieldhouse) is understanding Hoosier Hysteria! The stadium was the largest basketball stadium in the country for over forty years and c'mon, when visiting teams come in to play - THEY take pictures of the place.
The Swamp?!?! Are you blitzed on beer and bloated with fried gator tail bites? Who slipped you the Gatorade mickeys? Florida may have enjoyed winning teams for the past dozen-plus years, but that doesn't translate into a note-worthy venue. As football arenas go, the Swamp is Stalinesque - early communist bloc.
There exists a much more deserving venue in the SEC - Neyland Stadium at UT, beside the Tennessee river afloat with the Volunteer Navy, a view from the field of "The Hill" (the original heart of the university), the roar of the Big Orange faithful, loud as a jet engine when The Volunteers run through the marching band's big 'T,' 100K+ fans, and not a bad seat in the house... with the altitude, lattitude, and longitude for story-book Fall weather, this IS college football. Amen.
apparently, you're too lazy to get to the best (college) hockey facility in the world: home of the fighting sioux in grand forks, north dakota...the ralph
Kyle Field during Maroon Out.
Inclusion of the swamp is a joke ... not even in the top of the SEC. I would pick any of these first:
Also, you cannot ignore 3-years.
I can tell that this gallery tries to include everyone and use venues from all types of sports, which is fine. 8 of the 10 could be football stadiums, but I understand what you were trying to do.
However, of ALL the football stadiums in America to choose from, how can you pick the big house over beaver stadium? It's only by a small number now, and it's almost completely silent in there. Beaver Stadium is louder than most sold out INDOOR stadiums, and you're guaranteed to have a better time there than the lazy, not-so-noisy Michigan venue. Unless, of course, you're a Michigan fan.
One of the most sacred traditions in all of college sports is left of the list... Kyle fild home of the 12th man and the fightin' texas aggie band! This list is a joke.... It also left off beaver field, death valley, and the collisium, all unique and crazy on saturdays....No Kyle field is rediculous though
Are you all on crack!! The Big House might be bigger, but Neyland Stadium, home of the Loyal, and arguably the loudest stadium in the South!! UT Faithful pack this place by the truckload every Saturday, running through the "T," the Vol Navy, Pride of the Southland Band, come on, people!!
I cannot believe it wasn't added, unreal!!
The "Shoe" in columbus are you kidding me....why was that left out its better than all the college football stadiums on there except for he rose bowl ....Block O, the dotting of the I, the tunnel of former players against michigan woody hayes drive, its a national landmark.
For Football you have to include Ohio Stadium home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. For Basketball you have got to include Rupp Arena home of the Kentucky Wildcats.
How can you not have the "Sea of Red" on there?!? Memorial Stadium has been sold out for lets see...over 250 games! And now with the renovations and one of the biggest replay screens in the big 12 its amazing. Its also crazy loud in "The Sea" us Huskers love the big red!
Allen Fieldhouse has got to be a joke. That over the Dean Dome.....please.
Glad to see nobody was silly enough to try and argue with Allen Fieldhouse being on the list.
I'd probably have included the Horseshoe, Kyle Field or Notre Dame Stadium instead of the Big House (mostly because its not that loud in there, even with 110,00 people).
The Palestra looks historic and majestic
Cameron, while historic, looks like a dump
Ive seen more impressive high school gyms
1. The Horseshoe (THE Ohio State University)
Till you've been there to watch OSU vs M*chigan, you haven't watched college sports. O-H!
The Mecca! It's right smack in the middle of NYC - the capitol of earth. It has hosted some sweet Big East tournaments - the best college basketball conference.
Leaving Notre Dame Stadium off the list is like leaving Yankee Stadium or Fenway off the list of best baseball stadiums. The fact that SI pays a person on thier staff who would leave ND off this list is ridiculous.
Ohio State should also be on here.
The Swamp is not even in the top five of the SEC.
C'mon....what about Notre Dame Stadium. The atmosphere is beautiful...no matter if you are an Irish Fan or not. It has history, touchdown Jesus, first down Moses, golden dome...Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen!
I'm not even an Aggie fan but you can't leave out Kyle Field. Especially the way everyone came together after 9/11 to paint the stadium red white and blue with there on t-shirts. It's also one of the loudest places i've every experience and when everyone starts swaying back and forth it moves the whole stadium. If you think your not going to sway with them then you will get dizzy from watching everyone else do so. I definately think Kyle Field should be on the list.
It’s obvious that no one at SI was consulted with experience with the Big 12. Allen Field House was chosen on historical championship clout alone, not venue amazement. Any one who has visited Gallagher-Iba Arena couldn’t ever forget their experience, and that is what truly makes an amazing venue- not water flowing down a river!
I'm sorry, but I could think of 100 places that could make this list over "The Charles River"!!!!!
What about Autzen stadium in Eugene, OR?
I've been to a game at the Big House. It was terrible. Its overcrowded. At halftime, the lines up the stairs never even moved by where I was.They need to add more exits. It is not an enjoyable venue. Theres lots of other better football stadiums out there.
I just want to add another hockey venue to the list. The Ralph Engelstad Arena that is the home to UND Hockey- The Fighting Sioux. Anything that costs over 100 million dollars to build and only takes 43 minutes to sell-out over 11,000 tickets isn't bad at all.
ANY stadium in this country where Nebraska fans travel to and are seen more than the home fans on television shots of the stadium. Go BIG Red! The "Great Red-Out" at Notre Dame, etc. But honestly, Memorial Stadium in Lincoln needs to be in the top 25 just for it's history and the imposing feel it places on the shoulders of visiting teams.
I guess you guys have never been to a game at Beaver Stadium on the campus of Penn State University, otherwise, you would have just deemed it #1 and not even bothered with the other nine jokes.
Thanks SI for recognizing the place that honor's basketball's founder and great hero's! Allen Fieldhouse is the hardest place to play in college ball. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
The Joel in Winston Salem N.C. home of Wake Forest basketball and the Tie Dye Nation is rockin' during Wake Forest Basketball season. Just ask Duke Carolina and all the other teams who were beat during the days of Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. You can't leave off the motorcycle and the amazing atmosphere before big ACC games.
The Big House over The Horseshoe??? April Fools day was over 3 months ago!
Allen Outhouse? You got to be kidding. Oklahoma, Alabama football games blow it away.
What about the Breslin Center!? The Izzone would dominate the "Cameron Crazies" any day!
As a longtime Canes fan I might be a little biased but what about The Orange Bowl. Home to 5-time National Champs Miami Hurricanes, NCAA record 58 game home winning streak, several great Super Bowls, home stadium to the Miami Dolphins 1972 undefeated season, and home of many NCAA football championship games in the Orange Bowl Game before they moved it to a stadium with no atmoshere Dolphins Stadium.
The Topic is "Top 10 Venues..." TODAY- not yesteryear. We live in a "what have you done for me lately" world. That's why "The Swamp" belongs instead of Touchdown Jesus and company. "The Shoe" should have also made the list, however.
Most of the top 10 lists on SI's photos are a joke, but this one takes the cake. No ND stadium and instead a completely sterile Big House. Yes its big, but it has the personality of office building. Pathetic.
The Big House over THE Ohio State University's "Horseshoe"...that is ridiculus...not only does it have a lot of history, but there isnt a bad seat in the house...and ask teams that have played at the Horseshoe how loud it is and I bet it trumps the Big House anyday!!!
the Rose Bowl as #1 i can live with. but nothing is better than Allen Field House, where the sport is still a game and not a money-grubbing machine churning out professional athletes with no mind of their own. this may be the last truly COLLEGE venue left in the ncaa family.
How can you leave out "THE Nippert Stadium" in Cincinnati, Ohio and the home of THE University of Cincinnati Bearcats? The atmosphere and environment at Nippert is unparalleled in the world of sports and the Cincinnati Bearcat is arguably the most widely recognizable mascots in college sports.
Not to mention the fact that it is way cooler than O$U!
The ORANGE BOWL!! As a longtime Canes fan and season ticket holder I might be a little biased, so here are the facts. Home of the NCAA 5-time National Champs Miami Hurricanes football teams 58 game home winning streak (NCAA record), home of the 1972 Miami Dolphins undefeated season, home of several great Super Bowls (i.e. Joe Namath), home to many NCAA National Title Football Games before they moved it to Dolphins Stadium which has no atmoshere. There is NOTHING like being at a big CANES home game under the lights. The "Old Lady" just comes to life. SAVE THE OB!!!!
As per usual, SI focuses on "famous for championships" rather than a top 10 venue...just change the name of your list and then there will be no complaints. If you leave out Notre Dame stadium...history, style...everything about that stadium is awe inspiring...ask any visiting player who dreams as a child of playing there. I dont think too many kids grow up wondering what it will be like to play in the big house no matter how big it is.
I'm sorry, but what sports venue breaks on-campus records for attendance in basketball games almost every year? And what stadium holds the record for the highest attendence in an NIT game? The CARRIER DOME in Syracuse. It probably has a higher average attendance than most NBA teams.
ARMY??? 80-something years old? Ohhh wooooow... and it holds about 20,000 or so?
What about KYLE FIELD? Texas A&M's Kyle Field is 127 years old!! Plus it holds 87,000, including the largest student section in the country (30,000)!!! PLUS, it is the HOME OF THE 12th MAN--one of the most revered traditions in college football. PLUS, we have those "cannons" you say makes Army's field great. AND the stadium shakes when we sway with the fight song. Ask visiting teams if they can even hear each other shout when they are on offense over the entire stadium's continuous "AAAAAAAA" led by another unique tradition--yell leaders instead of cheer leaders--who also lead yells, another unique tradition at Texas A&M. I'm from the Southeast and currently reside in the Southeast and have been to impressive venues (e.g. Tiger Stadium, which very well may deserve a spot in the top 10), but it does not compare to Kyle Field.
ARMY? Try a real school with military background and tradition with a REAL stadium.
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska. I challenge you to go to a game there and then leave it out of your Top 10.
And I've been to Notre Dame when the Husker fans took over. Not that sweet.
Breslin Center? Never heard of it. But EVERYONE has heard of Cameron. Love it or hate it, everyone knows it's there.
No Camp Randall Stadium? This list is officially a joke. I'm not sure if you could find more beligerant college football fans in the country. 11:05 kickoffs aren't even enough to keep the entire student section from showing up totally sauced. They should rename the Horseshoe Camp Randall East, since Wisconsin has won their last 4 games there.
As a huge college basketball fan and former student at both KU and Duke, I strongly disagree with the ranking of Cameron Indoor over Allen. Cameron is a great venue, but its game day atmosphere can't even touch the chills-inducing awe of game-day Allen. The Rock Chalk chant alone is enough to rocket Allen Fieldhouse to the top of the list.
BEAVER STADIUM!!! 107,000+ fans, White Outs, JoePa, The Victory Bell, Zombie Nation, THE Uniforms, the Nittany Lion, the Blue Band, "Fight On State", etc....BEAVER frickin' STADIUM!!!
Allen Fieldhouse is a pit. I sure wouldn't consider it a "top venue."
It's a joke that you would pick Michigan Stadium and over Ohio Stadium and Notre Dame Stadium. Michigan Stadium, while bigs, lacks the character and unique characteristics of Ohio and ND stadiums. Also, Neyland Stadium trumps The Swamp in may ways. Franklin Field should be given strong consideration, as well, for both the classic Penn teams and Ivy League matchups from many moons ago, in addition to the annual Penn Relays. For hockey, you have to go with the aged yet beautiful Yost Field House over Marucci.
I was pleased to see Michie Stadium recognized as a top venue in college athletics. It is a beautiful place to see a game and the tradition and mystique of West Point is second to none. I would also recognize Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis as a top venue in college athletics. I challenge someone to walk into Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, see names like "Midway" and "Chosin Reservoir" surrounding the stadium, and not feel pride and admiration. The service academies are the last vestiges of amateurism in college athletics and their stadiums are fitting tributes to their contributions to the American landscape and our way of life.
good list but how can you not put the second oldest basketball arena IN MAC COURT in eugene oregon not on the list. 3 stories of madness is is where great teams come to fall. Best place hands down cameron does not even come close as I have been to both .
BEAVER STADIUM....JOEPA...enough said!
Gallagher Iba Arena would have to go up on this list. Cameron is over-hyped. There is no better facility, fans, or atmospher than GIA. I also have to agree with the Tenessee fans, Neyland one of the coolest venues around.
This might not be one that most have had the chance to see, but Vanderbilt's Memorial Fieldhouse is, though small, the best college basketball viewing experience out there. Sunken student section along the length of the court, SEC basketball, and the clever taunts of the smartest fans in college sports: the Memorial Maniacs. Next time you're in Nashville, do yourself a favor and go see a game--then try to tell me I'm wrong. Oh, and I agree that Tiger Stadium's far superior to The Swamp, though someone should do something about half the universities in the nation referring to their football stadiums as Death Valley.
Most of them are good but where is the coliseum. The coliseum has had everything from pro football, to the olympics, soccer, baseball, and college football. The coliseum even had an evil knievel event there.
I see nothing wrong with this list; all excellent choices. But for pure college football atmosphere and tradition. Give me Texas A&M and Kyle Field.
Cameron Indoor ahead of the Palestra and Allen Fieldhouse is a laugher.
For real outside of sheer size the big house doesn't really offer anything. As much as I can't stand Notre Dame their stadium has much more character, and come on beaver stadium and the shoe are easily better big ten venues than the big house.
You can't compare a football stadium/game to a basketball arena/game. Comparing Allen Fieldhouse to a Oklahoma and Alabama football game, get real. But like everyone else, how can you put a freakin river on the list. And, the Dean Dome? Not even a comparison to Allen Filedhouse. Rupp Arena and Gallagher-Iba Arena should have been considered because both places, along with Allen Fieldhouse, are awesome places to watch a basketball game (BTW Rupp Arena and Dean Dome - Both named after former Jayhawks)
How could you leave out Rupp Arena?
The winningest college basketball program? Neither Duke nor NC can get the color blue correct!
If you want older Freedom Hall in Louisville or KY Fieldhouse.
Geeezzz - C'mon, get it right!
Mariucci Arena? You have to be kidding. The Ralph Englestad Areana in Grand Forks, ND, home of UND Fighting Sioux Hockey is by far the best collegiate hockey arena. With a pick like Mariucci it is no surprise why ESPN is now the preferred sports magazine.
Every basketball announcer in the country will tell you how hard it is to play at Allen fieldhouse. The noise is incredible, the fans are the best, and the history is second to none. It's an awesome building to behold!
We are.....PENN STATE!!
HEY! Lay off the lame comments about the Charles. For pennace, you should have to swim the length of its couse... in the buff... just after the races have concluded... with video posted to the internet.
These rankings the SIOC has put out this week have been absolutely deplorable. The New Rivalries?, the best college shows?, the best Bruins/Buckeyes?...it's like they hired high school students to compile this stuff, because not only are the rankings just wrong, but they don't even come close to anything resembling reality.
Swamp - absolutely NOT. The team hasn't even been good for 20 years yet, so piss off. I'm most surprised by that one. Tennessee is bigger, badder, and louder, and has Rocky Top and checkered endzones. No contest.
I agree, where's ND? Where's Ohio State? Where's Penn State? UM has history, but it's simply not nearly as loud and chaotic as those 2 other Big Ten venues. Best Basketball is Duke - no other holds a candle, everyone in their right mind knows it, so what the hell?
A damned river?!
This new feature of SIOC is so bad that it's burning a hole in the internet. Please STOP!!!
I live in South Florida and you Miami people are nuts. I have been to the Orange Bowl and the place sucks. It has history, but no atmosphere at all. Where else can you pay half the face value to see two top ten teams play?
The Shoe should have made the list.
What about Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State. there is not a better venue in america to watch a college basketball game...that is why it has been ranked by CBS sportsline as the best arena in the country. They dont call it the loudiest arena in the country for nothing
Kyle Field should have been on that list. The Twelfth Man and Aggie spirit cannot be topped by any other school! And seeing 85,000 Aggies saw 'em off is one of the greatest sights in college football!
I live in South Florida and you Miami people are nuts. The Orange Bowl sucks. It has history but no atmosphere. Where else can you pay half of face value to see two top 10 teams play?
The Shoe should be on this list.
the orange bowl? that place is a dump and thats why they are tearing it down and the canes are moving out. Its all about Doak S Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.
I live in South Florida and you Miami people are nuts. The Orange Bowl sucks. It has history but no atmosphere. The only two games I have been to there were under the lights and I almost fell asleep. Where else can you may half of face value to see two top ten teams play?
The Shoe should have made the list.
I'm no fan of Tennessee sports but Neyland Stadium is one of the craziest places you'll ever see on a Saturday. Crowds consistently above 100,000, passionate fan base. Got to be one of the worst places to play.
Even though it's no longer in use, Cole Field House at Maryland kicks the crap out of Cameron.
Try McArthur court at the University of Oregon for a "loud" basketball experience. The place may be ready to fall down, but it has charm and nostalgia, not to mention a few memorable wins by the Ducks over the invincible UCLA Bruins.
I have to put Sanford Stadium up there (UGA). It is one of the greats, not to mention the "open" area. But as a traveling fan, Tiger Stadium (LSU) is far better than The Swamp. As for the Big House, it sounds like there are 20,000 people there and not 100,000 thousand. It seems like this list wanted the top teams right now, minus Army.
The Swamp at No. 3??? Get real--Florida has nothing on Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Right on with Allen Fieldhouse, Rock Chalk Jayhawk! As for the guy who posted this "Allen Fieldhouse has got to be a joke. That over the Dean Dome.....please" is an idot. I wonder were Dean Smith played in college?
Beaver Stadium??? Not even top 10 College Football venue west of the Mississippi. Nothing in Oregon is top 10 in any category, except Top 10 Venue in Oregon.
The Conte Forum should be on there as well... it gets crazy during hockey games... and if not that then Boston garden where they play the beanpot
What about Freedom Hall at THE UNIVERSITY of LOUISVILLE. One of the most storied pragrams in history plays there. It has held 2 NCAA Regionals and 6 NCAA Final Fours. It is also home to two national champions, and 8 Final Four teams.
Camp Randall!! Ever seen a stadium do the wave nonstop for 5 Minutes!!! Not unless you've been there. They do it forwards, backwards, slow, fast, and they throw it back across the stadium!! And Heaven forbid I leave out the start of the fourth quarter when they start the song "Jump Around"! Go BUCKY!!
I have been to Rupp, Gallagher IBA, Cameron and to watch Oklahoma football. Allen Fieldhouse is a much better venue. Knowledgable fans, students close to the court and tremendous amounts of noise and history.Cameron is the most over hyped college facility.
Cameron Indoor Stadium is the worst venue I have ever be to for any sport period
"The PIT" at the UofO -aka McArthur Court in Eugene,OR. That place gets rockin' like no other. Games have been halted due to the baskets shaking. Not to mention home of the very first NCAA Basketball Champions in 1939. GO DUCKS!!!
I have to laugh at all the people who think the Swamp is undeserving; I guarantee you've never been there. The outside isn't the prettiest, but it's without a doubt the loudest stadium I've ever been in.
Though I can agree that Neyland should've been on here, it and the Swamp both have the same type of architecture that holds in sound so well that they're extremely loud and intimidating.
Kyle Field, The Shoe, Beaver Stadium. NO contest.
I cannot believe that neither Notre Dame Stadium nor The House that Harley Built (Ohio Stadium) cracked this Top 10 list. The Horseshoe belongs in the Top 3 college venues, Notre Dame Stadium a definite Top 5. You could make a decent arguement for most of the Big Ten stadiums as well excluding the Big Dump and wherever it is Illinois plays.
Any venue is exciting for a big game, but if you want a continuously electric atmosphere (to the tune of an ongoing NCAA record number of consecutive sellouts spanning over three decades) packed full of passionate, savvy, loyal, and raucous fans, then there is no venue comparable to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. Whether its the sluff September game, or the biggest game of the year, the stadium never stops rockin.
This list is completely ludacris. The only reason Florida's stadium is up here is because of their recent success, and the media's sudden love affair with them. Next, you can talk to anyone on either side of the Ohio State - Michigan rivalry and they'll tell you that the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium is ten times better than at the big OutHouse. I admit Michigan's stadium is big and historic but it's unattractive and relatively quiet for its size because its only one deck. Its just amazing that you can leave the Shoe off this list. It has everything: a long history (something Florida doesn't have), size, tradition, TBDBITL, Heisman winners, great coaches, and the best fan base.
Here's from a Husky through and through: 1) Husky Stadium (when filled) -- on Lake Washington with one of the loudest crowds in college football; 2) The "new" Hec Edmundson Pavilion -- history with modernity; 3) and since we're talking the Charles River, how 'bout the Montlake Cut where the national champion UW crew practices its trade?
how can you leave off Neyland stadium and Bever Stadium
I figured the list would only have football and basketball venues on there, but the fact that the Charles made the list inspires me to nominate Yale's Kiputh Pool. It's the only pool I know of with arena-style seating, on all four sides. The front row is only about 2 yards from the water, also unique. With space for over 2000 fans, the place gets rocking when Harvard and Princeton come to town.
I can't believe someone actually thought LJVM in Winston-Salem should be on the list. Have you been outside Winston your whole life? You can't take this list serious with ND stadium being left off and the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill. Two of the most storied programs in their sport. Having been to the Dean Dome, Rupp Arena, Cameron High School Indoor, and Allen, only one is impressive, the Dean Dome.
Ever been to Cameron? Might look good on TV, but actually go to a game. Cheat Sheets and all, the place in crowded, hot, and not impressive.
How do Mariucci, and Michigan Stadium make it over Camp Randall? Unreal. The current Camp Randall was built in 1917, on the same open field where soldiers were trained for WWI. Not to mention the fact that the longest college football rivalry (Badger/Gopher) in the history of the sport is played there, or that in addition to Camp Randall, Madison is THE best gameday atmosphere in the country. Hands Down!!! The Big House? Get serious.
What about the huskers? Memorial Stadium in Lincoln is the best atmosphere in college sports. Who else can boast over 250 consecutive sellouts? Nebraska has the best fans in college football. Why not recognize their home stadium. And to all those Notre Dame Stadium supporters, maybe you should look back to when Nebraska played there a few years ago. The house that Rockne built turned into a "sea of red".
Hinkle Fieldhouse is the obvious choice for this list. Go there and watch hoops played the right way. Further, who cares about the Charles river or the Rose Bowl? Rowing sucks and The Rose Bowl is all hype.
Whoever said that Minnesota's stadium is the loudest in the Big 10 is obviously a Gopher's fan (personally i think the gopher is a pussy mascot). OSU and UM have two huge stadiums. I would personally have put the Shoe towards the top above the big house. THe Big House is just big, that's it. The Shoe has the dotting of the I, tbdbitl, and one of the best football programs in the country. You have to get rid of that hockey arena because the shoe HAS to be on this list.
anyone dissing the big house is a moron. That and the Rose Bowl are the two top venues in all of sports. I fyou argue that the Horeshoe should be on there you are friggin stupid. The horseshoe is an ugly ass stadium and has had a bunch of crappy renovations. And Notre Dame Stadium, come on, your team sucks balls every year and calling the big house ugly and notre dame stadium amazing is stupid. Where do you think ND got the idea to make their stadium the way it is, from UofM.
Michigan is the BIGGEST college football stadium in the WORLD. Enough said. Why did Ohio State add on to the horseshoe if they didnt want more people to be the biggest and beat michigan? Exactly, everybody wants the record, but Michigan has it.
Idiots. Freakin' idiots. You pick The Swamp over Neyland? And you picked it third -- I hope you guys were in the midst of pulling an all night drunk. And I thought you people knew sports. Shame on you!
Ok seriously everyone its not the top ten loudest stadiums its the top ten best! Yeah the big house doesent get as loud as some other stadiums but that doesent mean there better!
Oh and even as a Michigan fan I was shocked that the horseshoe wasent on the list!
Have you people gone mad!? KU's Allen Fieldhouse doesn't deserve to be on that list! Just an hour and a half from there is the best basketball stadium in the Big IX, K-state's Bramlage Colosium. You will never see a better colosium.
Top ten reasons Beaver Stadium is number 1
10. Location: Happy Valley
9. Zombie Nation
7. Watching real STUDENT-athletes
6. "Cow Bell Guy"
4. The tailgating
3. The Student Section
2. 107,000 of your closest (and loudest) friends
1. JoePa !!!
That my friends is how it's done.
Ok Golden Homers, I knew you had Touchdown Jesus, but when did you get First Down Moses? What's next...3rd and a Hoagie Charlie??
I cannot believe that you didn't put Tiger Stadium (Death Valley) on the list. That place on a Saturday night is louder than any stadium in the U.S. Can I remind you of the famed earthquake game. Even Bear Bryant said that it is the toughest road site. There's so much tradition, and its old too like the tiny basketball arena you listed.
1)The Swamp can't be included because there is no historical significance...
2)You can't leave out Notre Dame Stadium
3)The Big House must be included b/c as a *college venue* it is the most recognizable stadium in the sport that drives College athletics... and in the 4th quarter the PA announcer says "thank you for being part of the largest crowd watching a football game in the entire country..."
I have to agree with Patrick here. As someone who attends Notre Dame football games every year, I have to say that the experience is like nothing else. You are forced to sit no more than a quarter of an inch from the person next to you, and when the "GOOOOOO IRISH!" is heard from the throats of 80,000 fans during the opening kick-off, a chill inevitably moves up your spine. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest stadiums in college sports.
How bout the The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (USC!!!). Its been around for over 80 years. It is the only facility in the world to play host to two Olympics (X and XIII), two Super Bowls (I and VII), and one World Series (1959). Its had and still has many uses such as X games, college football, NFL, and MLB. No one can beat USC at a home football game in the coliseum's atmosphere. No way!
Ok, this stadium might not be the biggest but it certainly is loud. Autzen Stadium.
You all need to leave the winningest college football program alone. The BIG HOUSE is an awesome place for a game. It would eat the shoe and the swamp and randall and ND for breakfast and crap it out.
Beaver Stadium and Ohio Stadium need to replace the Big House and The Swamp.
The big house is a big toilet bowl. It needs to be destroyed. Neland Stadium is 10x better than The Swamp.
I am not an Iowa fan, but the loudest stadium in the country when it wants to be is Kinnick Stadium at the University of Iowa. I have been to a lot of games in Big 10 and Big 12 country, and still have not found a stadium where the fans are closer to the field than at Kinnick. And for all you Husker fans out there with your self proclaimed best stadium, best fans, please give it a rest, it’s getting old already. There is not a bigger dump in college football than the home of the Huskers.
Cornell's Lynah Rink--a small arena filled with great fans and great history.
You really need to include Ohio Stadium and Notre Dame Stadium on your list as they are the two premier stadiums in college football. The Big House is a hole - and the capacity is so high because they cram people together like sardines.
The "Big House?" Are you kidding me? That is the softest croud of over 100,000 people I have ever heard. Want to hear a real croud, try Beaver Stadium, home of teh best student section in college football. White Out Night at Beaver Stadium is the greatest croud and experience in the Big Ten and to leave Beaver Stadium out is a disgrace.
come on assembly hall wasnt mentioned! so much history in that place. best place to play ball.
Kyle Field not making the list is a travesty, a sham and a mockery.
A real life travashamockery.
For basketball, I don't think anyone who has been to Mac Court at the University of Oregon would dream of leaving it off the list. It's a one of a kind, loud and tough place to play. It should be at the top even if it feels like the place is going to fall down everytime Oregon scores a hoop.
I dont see how you cant have Neyland Stadium. The UT Vols have such a bright orange and a loud stadium that holds OVER a hundred thousand people.
Thats just weak to not put them in. Not to mention the tailgate parties are out of control. UT or STFU.
Also, the Big House is undergoing major upgrading. It will be improved in just about every way, including level of noise, which has more to do with how the stadium in constructed than the people, by 2009.
Notre Dame Stadium should have been on this list. More college football history has taken place on that field than any other field in history. The atmosphere is incredible and is like nothing else in the country. And yes Notre Dame hasn't been consistently good for a long time, but what is the only stadium to have sold out every game since 1996? It is Notre Dame Stadium. Tradition alone should have been enough to get on this list.
Ohio State didn't add on it's renovations to beat Michigan's attendance!!! It only got up to 105K, while UM already had 110K. If their goal was to beat UM in attendance, they'd have done it, believe me! And it's horse shoe shape isn't ugly at all, it's rather breathtakingly iconic.
Shoe should have been in this stupid ranking and more people in these comments have supported its inclusion than any other venue. Obviously the SIOC is way out of touch with reality on this (and many other subjects). They need to hire new personel, let's face it.
The Smith Center has to be on the list. You just walk in and you are in awe with all the banners, jerseys etc. BTW it gets pretty loud in there too, just ask Jim Calhoun and Coach K (when Marvin hit the game winner against dook in 05, no arena has ever been louder).
How can you put a river and hockey rink on this list and leave out Rupp Arena in Lexington?!
What were the parameters for making this list? Atmosphere? Then the one game per year Rose Bowl is miscast. Where is Neyland Stadium, Razorback Stadium, Jones Stadium (the most unsung atmosphere in college sports), or even (in their own kookie way)Kyle Field? Fan comfort and accouterments? Then where's Faurot Field? History and tradition? Then Notre Dame Stadium (and Touchdown Jesus) is a glaring omission!
First off, the Charles River is a joke. Secondly, even though the Palestra has a lot of history, I think it should be replaced by Franklin Field, which steeps in history not only as Penn's football stadium, but in track and field, with the Penn Relays being as famous as they are. Third, Allen Fieldhouse should go up higher..it's old school all the way. Naismith coached there, Chamberlain played there...the history runs VERY deep there. Fourth, college hockey is nice and all, but what about more college baseball parks? Every college player and college baseball writer raves about Arkansas's Baum Stadium, which is packed to the gills for every baseball game and is known for being one of the toughest road places to play. Fifth, Tiger Stadium at LSU at night is as loud as it gets.
I think this list states that there are way too many writers in the Northeast, and not nearly enough with Southern or Midwest roots.
I can't believe you left out the best basketball venue in the country. Year after year, the Carrier Dome holds the attendance record for College Basketball. The only domed stadium in the Northeast, the noise inside is deafening with 33,800 fans cheering for the Orange.
The Dome also is the home to the football, lacross, track and field and other teams, and is a true multi-use facility, unlike any of your Top 10 venues.
It is damned ridiculous that Neyland Stadium was not added in the TOP 10. Seriously, The Swamp and Canseco Fieldhouse over 107,000 fans clads in orange on the Tennessee River? I don't know what you guys were smoking, but THE University of Tennessee houses one of the greatest stadiums and entertainment atmospheres of all time, bar-none.
LSU's Tiger Stadium is without a doubt worthy of this list. I know that you couldn't dedicate the entire list to football stadiums (unfortunately), but Death Valley should certainly rank ahead of The Swamp.
the pit anyone??? mac court is old, smelly, and fun as hell to be at. this is the place that the fire alarm will go off randomly, no fancy scoreboard, and the whole building shakes sometimes.
How could you leave the Carrier Dome off of the list? Without a doubt, the Loud House is one of the best basketball, lacrosse, and football stadiums in the country. Year after year the Loud House sets the NCAA attendance record for bball hands down. And for the McNabb and Harrison years, it was quite intimidating for the opposing team in football too.
What about the 33,000 fans that storm the court after Syracuse pulls a Big East win in the Carrier Dome? Even for a pre-season exhibition Syracuse draws more fans to the place than most other schools have the capacity to handle! How can anyone say that the largest on campus facility of its type in the nation, with more attendance records than any other school should be left off this list? The list must have been done by an alumni of the most overrated basketball school in all of college basketball--Duke.
Without seeming a homer, I have to chime in for Neyland Stadium. History, atmosphere, crowd, games, setting, with mdoernizations underway to bring the best of yesterday and today together. If you want this to be a better list, give a list of 1000 venues and let fans vote on their top 100. At the end you would get a real cross-sectional feel, and I'd be willing to bet that Neyland makes the top 10.
I hate both Aggies and Buckeyes, but agree that either Kyle Field or the Shoe would be better than the Swamp (it's the Johnny-Come-Lately of football stadiums). The Charles River? Seriously? Anything having to do with the Ivy league is so outdated and awash in priviledged self-importance as to be completely irrelevant to American sports.
Where is the Carrier Dome of Syracuse University???? Many great athletes have played there and it is one of the best indoor facilities in the nation.
Ole Miss never has the best team on the field, but The Grove/Vaught Hemingway Stadium is nothing short of amazing. We may not win every game but we never lose a party. The Grove is the place to be on a Saturday. Hugh Hefner has often said that if he had to go back to college it would be Ole Miss because on Gameday weekend Ole Miss can truly say that it has more beautiful women than any other college venue.
Oklahoma's Owen Field
Palestra is too low, but at least its on the list. It as one college basketball reporter said its the only venue in America you step into and immediately want to grab a basketball . One of my favorite things about college basketball was Atlantic 10 conf. tourney, when it was played there in the late 80s.
I don't like Miami, PSU, ND and LSU but I'd also take Beaver Stadium [ 100k +/best football weather on the planet in the fall] ND's stadium [more tradition/every game feels like its big there no matter how much ND sucks] and and Tiger Stadium [more electric] over the Big House and The Swamp.
And as long as your putting old decrepit stadia on you list, I'll take the Orange Bowl over the Rose Bowl any day.
kinnick stadium in iowa city is by far the best stadium in the big ten and has all sorts of tradition as well.
The Swamp is ok but does not compare to TIger Stadium. Neyland and the big house are the homes of 105,000 of the quietest fans ever. Like being in a retirement home.
Death Valley...Tiger Stadium...Saturday night in Baton Rouge!! Where else in the country do fans cheer so loud, that a seisomograph records an earthquake??? This list needs to be expanded.
What about Oregon's McArthur Court and the newly expanded Autzen Stadium???
Regarding Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota Hockey) -- Perhaps the reason SI left it off the list is because it was built by money from a known Nazi sympathizer and is full of Sioux logos which are offensive to many native Americans and will soon be banned by the NCAA. Just a thought.
Rupp Arena, the Carrier Dome, MSG
LETS FACE IT. ONLY FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL VENUES SHOULD BE ON HERE. THAT WAY YOU COULD INCLUDE THE HORSESHOE, BEAVER STADIUM, ETC.
The Big House should be number 1. It is the biggest stadium in the nation.
How can you possibly rank The Swamp ahead of the Big House.
There is no better place to play a womens college basketball game than Thompson-Boling-Arena + it is getting renovations Go Lady Vols
As much as I hate Michigan, Yost Arena has got to be on that list. Their hockey games are insane. Also, I would add Ralph Engelstad Arena, because it is a sick arena.
I just want to note that once upon a time, SI named Memorial Stadium, home of the California Golden Bears, the #1 place to watch a football game in the nation.
I can't believe no one has complained yet about the ommission of Pauley Pavilion! It's home to the greatest sports program in NCAA history. And I'm not even a Bruin fan.
Allen Fieldhouse. The court is named after someone famous, but I can't recall. Oh yes, James Naismith, the guy who invented the sport (and KU's only coach with a losing record). All must bow down.
What about Assembly Hall in Bloomington? You guys have no sports I.Q. if you leave the Hall off the list. Home of three NCAA Championship teams, and home to great players like Benson, Thomas, Alford, and Henderson. Duke should not be on that list, that is all I have to say
You can't forget "The Shoe" in Columbus, Ohio. It is so much more louder than the swamp and michigan stadium. how can you have a river in the top 10 and not the shoe? and don't forget beaver staidum, kyle field, and notre dames stadium. I-O!
The Big House? Wow. Ignorant MIchigan fans congrats on having THE most boring stadium EVER created. The Shoe is the Mecca of college venues. Looking at it is enough proof. Thanks for keeping LLLLLoyd Carr, too. Go Bucks!
With ease, NEYLAND STADIUM is the best place to watch a college football game.
What about Yost Arena.
I'm a University of Florida student, and I have to say you're crazy for listing The Swamp ahead of Tiger Stadium. I've been to Neyland only once, but I'm inclined to agree that it's a step-up, too.
Cameron vs the Dean Dome - You gotta be kidding!!!
2 words - CARRIER DOME.
Beaver Stadium (Penn State) When Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso combine saying that Penn State has the best environment and the loudest stadium and the best student section in all, notice the word ALL, of college football who can overwrite that statement. White-out crazy across the nation was started at Beaver Stadium and no other Stadium has students waiting in line a week before a game (Paternoville) Enough Said.
Allen Fieldhouse and the Palestra? Are you serious? Try a real college basketball venue like Rupp Arena or the Dean Dome. No one is arguing about Cameron, but give the Wildcats and the Tar Heels some credit.
PENN STATE and Beaver Stadium. When the 2 know it alls of college football combine in saying that PSU has THE loudest stadium, THE best college football environment, and THE best student section, you kind of have to agree with them (Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso). Plus Penn State brought back the school colors frenzy back to college sports with their white-out and no other stadium has students waiting for over a week in line waiting for the best seats (Paternoville) Enough said.
We Are... PENN STATE
how can you leave Rupp Arena off this list and Lane Stadium in Blacksburg is also one of the best, especially on Thursday nights. GO BIG BLUE.
Well, the Carrier Dome's several notable accolades beginning with "Largest..." and "Most..." speak for themselves, but it is also the heart of Syracuse's campus and the most recognizable and well known feature of an otherwise underwhelming city. By any standard, it should make this list.
The Big House might be the LARGEST in College Football, but where is it the LOUDEST... Happy Valley with 107,000+ no contest! The stadium shakes with Zombie Nation. Where else have you seen a Blinding White Out, and Paternoville. Enough said. WE ARE...
The big house is a joke, the world's largest musical chair contest; mke sure your butt hits the seat before the other 1000 people in your row. They increase capacity but reducing the size of seats not adding actual seating.
The bathrooms and concession suck almost as bad as Lloyd Carr does as a coach
Now Listen... Everyone here that denies that "The Swamp" should be here needs to attend a game. It is THE LOUDEST atmosphere in college sports, no doubt. To say that they are not in the top 10 in the country let alone the top 5 in the SEC is rediculous.
Neyland Stadium is garbage. Not even top 3 in SEC East
Always tough to narrow the field to get to 10, but a few that should be in contention:
For basketball, Pauley Pavilion and also the Carrier Dome, home of the Orange (where else packs in 34,000 for a basketball game?).
For football, the Horseshoe in Columbus, the Longhorns' home in Austin, and the Vols' stadium in Knoxville.
For track, the University of Arkansas and the University of Oregon have phenomenal facilities.
2 things that i would like to say as a person from indiana hoe come armys michie stadium is on there along with temples basketball court but not hinkle fieldhouse. one of the best mid major basketball teams year in and year out and also the place where the best sports movie ever was filmes (hoosiers) and hinkle was also one of the grestest coaches ever. so from a historical standpoint heinkle should be on this list
Kyle Field, The Shoe, Neyland Stadium, Notre Dame, the list goes on and on of venues worthy of this list. Even Kirk Herbstreit and the GameDay guys agree that Kyle Field, Yell Practice and the 12th Man are what College Football and tradition is all about.
You aTm fans are so ridiculous. Kyle field doesn't belong on the list, accept it. The only people that care and respect aggie tradition are aggies. Everyone else just think yall are a bunch of crazy lunatics.
College Station, where trash isn't thrown away, its educated.
just say no to farm animals!
To whomever thinks that the Dean Dome is better than Allen Fieldhouse, not only did our first coach invent the game, the guy who your stadium is named after played where??...thats right KU. Bite your tongue
I agree with your number one chose however, the Rose Bowl is located in Pasadena, CA and not Los Angeles. The residents of West Los Angeles, where UCLA is located, often times think they are better then rest of us in on the east end, yet, their beloved Bruins play in Pasadena. Please give credit where credit is due.
No disagreements on your other choices.
hayward field anyone. Oregon track?
Or does track count for nothing. Its old, its amazing, and its the mecca of track and field. Say im wrong, and argue over which football stadiums belong in there, but hey, maybe, for once, include some other sports other than basketball and football, which took up eight of the spots.
Comparing venues from different sports is liking comparing Blue Mountain Coffee to a Porsche. Might be better to make a list for each sport.
BUT, Vegas considers Gallagher-Iba Arena to be the #2 home court advantage in the nation (behind Cameron). It's also an experience without equal during conference season!!! Bedlam Rules!!!
You left out the Orange Bowl!!! It has on of the most historic pasts of any college football stadium in the country, I am a Miami local and I realize the Orange Bowl is currently "a dump" as one reader pointed out but it is currently going through mayor renovations. The only shame is that Miami has no true sports fans and it lakes the atmosphere that a place like "the swamp" can give you. I can tell you this from experience, everyone is a Marlins or Miami Heat fan only when they win, if not, the stadiums are completely empty. I blame Castro! lol.
THE FREAKIN SWAMP?! HAS IT EVEN BEEN AROUND FOR 20 YEARS?!
In the Big 10 The Shoe (no question) and Beaver stadium should've been included.
In the SEC: Tiger Stadium, Neyland, and even Bryant-Denney are much better choices than the swamp.
ND deserves to be on the list as well.
The Big Outhouse is a huge bowl that seats lots of (relatively quiet) people. As a stadium, its got history but nothing which shud warrent it a place on this list.
The swamp isnt even top 3 in the SEC
You got it Right, SI.
The Rose Bowl
you can see well from any seat in the House.
The Best Venue ever!!
The Grand Daddy of them all.
The Rose Bowl
A good seat anywhere in the house, you can see everything very well. I wonder why more stadiums are not built this way.
I agree, the number one venue in all of sports.
It's obvious these lists are made to illict comments such as these and the typical "you're an idiot!" response, but Michigan Stadium is notoriously one of the quietest stadiums in the country proportional to its size. And Minnesota's hockey stadium is kind of an out of the mainstream decision by CNNSI; the Kohl Center in Madison is widely considered one of the best hockey venues in the nation.
Missed badly be not naming the "The Shoe"...Beaver Stadium?...you gotta be kidding...its nothing more than a giant erector set!
First of all "The Big House" isn't even top 2 in the Big 10. The only reason they can fit that many people in the stadium is because everyone is crammed in, there's no room. The seats are old and are only about 10'' wide. Beaver stadium and OSU's Ohio stadium easily outclass Michgan's. The point of being a good venue is that it is loud, and exciting--what college football is all about. I've been to more exciting and louder high school games than I've seen at Michigan. There is way more school spirit and pride at OSU's and Penn St's venues and games. And the swamp over neyland staduim? This list is a joke.
Hello. I just wanted to know how The Big House is number 4? It is the biggest stage of the all. Literally. The Rose Bowl is nice and cute and all as number 1, but The Big House I feel is the greatest venue in all of college sports.
I don't see how you left off Memorial Stadium, aka Death Valley off that list. With the see of orange, one whole section of the band, its design to be expanded upon, the touching of Howards rock, not to menton "The 25 greatest Seconds in College Football" where the players and fans (students, the only true fan of college sports) rush down the hill before the beginning of each game, I don't see how you can leave off the home of the true Tigers. C-L-E-M-S-O-N in CADENCE COUNT!!!!!!!!
THE DOAK?!?!? are you serious, maybe all that hair gel is seeping into your brain. That place should be demolished faster than I could get a degree at your sub-par university. For heavens sake, the day they named it Bobby Bowden Field you got beat by RON ZOOK! And for you whinny OSU fans it is now official you can remove the "THE" from in front of your name and send it down to Gainesville, because you were owned by UF last year. As for stadium rankings "The Swamp" deserves to be up there b/c it consistently gets ranked in the top five toughest places to play by EA Sports, but hey I am sure they have been slipped the Gatorade roofies too. Anywhere in the SEC, on a Saturday, is an amazing place to be.
Here's the list
10. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska football)
9. Tiger Stadium (LSU football)
8. Allen fieldhouse (Kansas basketball)
7. Neyland stadium (Tennessee football)
6. Rose Bowl (UCLA football)
5. Notre Dame Stadium (Notre Dame football
4. Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke basketball)
3. Beaver Stadium (Penn State Football)
2. The Horseshoe (Ohio State football)
1. Kyle Field (Texas A&M football)
SUCK ON THAT SI!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Clemson's Death Valley
As Described by Wikipedia:
"In the 2005 season, Clemson's Memorial Stadium, commonly known as "Death Valley," reached an astounding 126 decibels. This level easily surpassed the old record of 121 decibels set by LSU fans in Tiger Stadium. The stadium is one of the ten largest on-campus stadiums in the United States and is the second largest in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Among the most interesting features of the stadium are the grassy hill on the east side of the stadium, a general admission area for Clemson students. At the top of "The Hill" lies "Howard's Rock", rock brought as a gift by Clemson alum S.C. Jones to coach Frank Howard from Death Valley, California in 1967. The Tigers' traditional team entrance, called the "Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football" by ABC sports commentator Brent Musberger, involves the team departing the locker rooms on the west of the stadium via bus to the top of the hill. There, each player rubs Howard's Rock as proof of their commitment to give 110% to their performance, and following the firing of the cannon, proceed to run down the hill on to the field."
I'm not the only one who thinks Death Valley is a religious experience, read on:
"When Clemson players rub that rock and run down the hill, it's the most exciting 25 seconds in college football."
--Brent Musburger, ABC Sports
"I remember being sick before the game because there were 80,000 people dressed in orange. I even threw up before the game. It's the only time I've ever done that."
--Dave Brown, Former Duke Quarterback
"There is no place louder or more picturesque than Death Valley. There, where Clemson folks see magic in a hill and a rock, orange gets more respect than anywhere this side of Gainesville, Florida."
--Terence Moore, Atlanta Constitution
"I came here knowing it would be loud and that Clemson would hit me hard, but to me, the noise was the biggest factor. I know I didn't concentrate as well because of it."
--Herschel Walker, Former Georgia Running Back (after Clemson's 13-3 victory in 1981, Walker's only regular season loss at Georgia).
"Death Valley really lives up to its image. I was impressed with this stadium. When you put 80,000 people in there, it really feels like they are on top of you. I would hate to be Georgia Tech or whoever else comes in here."
--Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
"Florida was loud in the Swamp. But, the loudest, not only the stadium, but the loudest place I have ever been around in my life was definitely Death Valley. I was yelling at the top of my lungs in that first series and I couldn't even hear what I was saying. My voice was gone after the second series, so we had to signal everything. That place was unreal in how loud it was. I don't think I will ever be in a louder place than Clemson."
--Florida State QB Chris Rix
"Everything just seems like a hushed roar. That's all you hear. You really cant hear anybody standing next to you. You just have to shake your head and pretend like you heard what they said. I think its just the mystique of Clemson and seeing the guys coming off the hilltop and the way the stadium is shaped."
--North Carolina All-American Marcus Jones
"When you get to the bottom of the hill, it's like you're in a hole and all around you are nothing but Clemson fans. Its like the crowd is one big voice. You feel like little kings."
--Former Clemson running back Rodney Blunt
"Clemson's record at home is not a coincidence. Running down the hill is a part of that record. You get so inspired, and so much of college football is about emotion. You get out of that bus and you hear the roar of the crowd and it gives you chills up and down your spine."
--Former Clemson All-America kicker David Treadwell
"Running down the hill is still talked about everywhere I go. Players who played against Clemson when I was in college remember us running the hill and thinking we would gain some type of spirit. The adrenalin rush was unbelievable for a Clemson player and quite a shock for the opponent."
--Former Clemson All-American Jerry Butler
"The rock has strange powers. When you rub it, and run down the hill, the adrenaline flows. Its the most emotional experience I've ever had."
--Six-time All-Pro and former Clemson All-American Michael Dean Perry
"Last spring (1999), former New York Knicks Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy came to Clemson for a coaching clinic. One of the first things he said was, 'before I leave I've got to rub Howard's Rock.' So, we brought him to the rock about midnight one night. He rubbed the rock, but he wouldn't run down the hill. He was a little afraid of that."
--Clemson Head Basketball Coach Larry Shyatt
"It has always been a dream to run down that hill. You get to the top and it's emotional because you think of all the players that have done the exact same thing that you are doing. When you get to the bottom you look up and see 80,000 people hollering and you realize you have a tradition to live up to."
--Clemson Senior Center Kyle Young
I can't speak for Happy Valley (the white-out against OSU was impressive), the Big House, or the Horseshoe. However, I can speak in regards to the SEC. While Neyland has the Tennessee River, and hold 107k, the Vols just don't win big games there. You can't let UF go into your house and beat you in the 4th qtr, when you have the lead. Not to mention, being in the upper level you are about a mile from the field. As for Death Valley, unbelieveable atmosphere...IF....you play at night. Play LSU during the day and it's no where close to the best. Bryant Denny, fanastic place, fans are great, you have the history and with the addition it's tough to rival that place. Jordan-Hare, the eagle is nice, but you are too far away from the field, I was 9 rows up and felt as though I 1/2-mile away. Don't forget about Jax, and the WLOCP, if you want atmosphere, UGA v. UF is tough to beat.
BUT, the top venue is The Swamp, if you've been there, the stadium is built on top of the field, the visitors bench, is like the first row of the stadium. Not to mention it has been voted by many as the loudest stadium in the Country, see 1993 UF v. FSU, FSU won.....the noise was deafening (also see ESPN's Top 100, play #52)
That's the way I see if down south, as for the northern schools, I can't argue because I haven't visited, yet!
Allen Fieldhouse should be ranked ahead of Cameron. And anyone who thinks the Dean Dome should be on this list is WRONG. It is sooo ugly. Hey Carolina fans, Kansas says, "You're welcome for your program."
Of the last 7 games at Tennessee, Florida has won 5. Of the last 7 games at Florida, Tennesse has won 2. Have another swig of moonshine. The only thing you have that we dont is a river next to the stadium to drown yourself in when you lose there, AGAIN. We don't need one of those. The Swamp has by far the best home field advantage in the SEC because its the loudest and most intimidating venue. When you come to play there, you lose.
the "Big House" nickname fits, as it has all of the personality of a prison and you feel like you can't get out once you're in. I like the manner of the average fan there--very attuned to the game, but the venue pretty much stinks. Ohio Stadium (Ohio State) is a palace by comparison and I guarantee goose bumps if you get to your seat in time to see the band march in.
i get chills and shed a tear every time i see the i dotted during the script ohio at the shoe. its the most wonderful sports atmosphere in the world, not just on a college level
The 2 greatest college football programs ever and neither found there home on your list? Notre Dame and Oklahoma have to be on the list. From a sheer history view point, the great tradition that Irish have and lets not forget the game of the century, still the greatest college football game of all time, was played in Norman, Ok.
The Horseshoe should without a doubt be on this list.
The PIT in Albuquerque. Who can forget NC State winning the national championship there with Jimmy V. running on the court. A unique venue
No Rupp Arena??? Are you serious? I can give you Cameron Indoor for the student seating, but the Palestra and the Jayhawks fieldhouse over the house that Rupp built, please.
I see a large number of comments left by the faithfull of some of the best athletic teams in the land, but I think everybody is missing the point - including those that picked your top ten.
To be one of the top ten venues in College Sports, the stadium/Field House should envoke all that is good about college athletics, not just how many championships a team that plays there has won or how many fans a building can hold.
While I would agree that Army's Michie Stadium belongs on the list, one should also include the Naval Academy's Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium as a great place to watch some good teams comprised of true student-athletes compete "on the fields of friendly stiffe" in Division 1A athletics.
The place serves two purposes - it plays host to some very competative football and lacrosse teams and stands as a living memorial to all those who have served our nation in the Navy and Marine Corps in times of war and peace.
It is the only stadium I have ever seen that lists its schools biggest wins on the stadium walls:
Anzio, Midway, Chosin Reservior, Mekong Delta, Desert Storm, etc...
I'm a Tennessee fan, but how is Rupp Arena not on there?
Why do OSU fans always cry when they are not included. No one cares about the "Shoe" except for you. And Notre Dame, you just a smaller version of The Rose Bowl and Big House, why would they include you? I agree with the Swamp as well as Cameron Indoor. Not much arguement with the list.
Standing on the banks of the Olentangy River, Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of sports. Built in 1922, "The Horseshoe" has hosted some of the greatest games in college football history. Home to many timeless traditions, i.e. Scipt Ohio & the dotting of the "i", the Horseshoe has played as much of a role in the popularity of college football than any other stadium. With it's groundbreaking architecture in 1922, Ohio Stadium is both intimate & intimidating. It is a symbol of college football that is known throughout the football world & will remain as such for eternity.
The Rose Bowl!? REALLY!!!!? What's the criteria, architecture? Well then sure, it's an impressive structure. But if you are talking about pagentry and atmosphere and fan-fare and football buzz, I can name a lot better places to experience a college football game than the fair-weather fan filled Grand Pappy. Tennessee, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Nebraska (a gazillion straight sellouts!) all boast much better atmospheres, plus fans with character and substance. The Rose Bowl... ha! Get a clue will ya!
If you're talking about college hockey, how can you leave out Lynah Rink at Cornell. Sure, it only seats 4,000, but it is widely considered one of the hardest places for opposing teams to play. While Cornell is better known for its academics, those students who camp out for three days just to get tickets so they can go crazy for the Big Red certainly deserve some credit. If going 36-10-5 at home over the last three seasons, including a remarkable 15-0-1 in 2004-5 isn't home-ice advantage, then I don't know what is.
until michigan beats ohio state four out of five years, the shoe should be in its place
The only people that "dream" of playing in Notre Dame's stadium are the fans in the midwest who don't know football, just like those of you who think the Horeshoe and Beaver Stadium should be on the list because of their size. I am not a UF fan but of all my travels, the Swamp is one of the coolest and loudest places I have ever seen a college game. 5 SEC stadiums could have made this list. SEC football is unmatched with its history and rivalries and its stadiums reflect that.
The swamp over the Big House?? this must be a joke!!!! and to the guy thinking the 'shoe' should be on the list, get a grip..not a chance
i think that Magill Tennis Stadium at University of Georgia has to be on the list.
Any SEC stadium, any autumn weekend
Autzen Stadium - Eugene, OR small but LOUD
Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY now that Tubby is gone watch for return to SEC domination
Charles River????? - "hundreds of thousands of fans line the banks of the river" on the second to last Saturday in October? I guess football in New England really sucks.
While I think your list is admirable and like the breadth of it. No list of top ten venues is complete without Rupp Arena.
RUPP Arena in Lexington, KY, is without question a top five venue in all of sports much less college sports. The atmosphere is unparalleled in college basketball. Allen Fieldhouse and Cameroon Indoor are at the very least honorable mentions but not by a long shot are they ahead of the history, pageantry, fanaticism, and experience of RUPP.
For decades Rupp has lead in on-or-off campus attendance records, largest student sections in coll b-ball, 24,000 strong PER game, etc...
How about "The Pit" in Albuquerque NM. I know the mens basketball team is not too hot right now but that building is usually stupid loud not to mention the attendence records set for the UNM Womans Basketball team every year.
SI ranked two cookie-cutter stadiums--Michigan Stadium and Rose Bowl--in the top four! I don't know, a Saturday afternoon in the Horseshoe is pretty tough to beat. College venues don't get much more iconic than Ohio Stadium!
The SWAMP should be #1. Anyone who says otherwise just has not been to a game there!! We get more rabid fans their for our national title celebrations than most of the rest of the schmucko gator-bait other schools. Aloso, nobody cares about other schools' claims to national tiltes in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Prior to '74 bowl games did not even count toward the national title, it was voted on at the end of the regular season! What a joke! That would have been like the Suckeyes being voted national champion this last year because they were ranked #1 at the end of the regular season. So none of those tiles before '74 have ANY credibility. In fact, without a playoff, ONLY the Gator titles have any legitimacy, as they were won while playing the toughest schedule in the country those years. The toughest schedule is the only suitable substitute for the champ to have to survive, in place of a playoff, in other words.
uhhh... hello, what about the SHOE? home of THE Ohio State Buckeyes. Have you not been?
Yes Neyland stadium is a sea of 107,000 teeth dressed in hunter orange on Saturday...but that doesnt qualify it for the top 10 venues.
There is no way you can make a list like this and not include Gallagher IBA..get real, people.
You should have done Top 10 for basketball and football. How can Allen Fieldhouse be ranked below a Ivy League basketball gym?? Are you kidding me!!!?
With that said it is nice to see some recognition for a team that is not on a coast.
Just an FYI, the Kohl Center in Madison is not a hockey arena. It is a basketball arena they just happen to play hockey in....except when the girls state hoops tournament displaces the BADger team. Mariucci is THE rink to see a game.
Camp Randall man, thats where its at. I'll take the Badgers over Michigan and Ohio State there any day!!! Besides, its an Awesome experience. Stadium, Team, Fans, Student Section, Band, & Bucky. We are talking about venues, right?
The bighouse? OK, its big. Wow. The end. The "shoe" however, I hear is a great atmosphere. I need to get there someday and experience it. Same with Kinnick at Iowa, hear that is great as well. Michigan blows!!
how can you not have rupp arena on the list?????
Rupp arena is packed with 23,000+ fans every game and has won the single season ncaa attendence record 11 out of the last 12 years.
this is just another example of the winningest program in college basketball history and the best fans in the country getting no respect or recognition
as a person who has visited 30 different college football venues i would say, hands down, that camp randall, the horseshoe, and beaver stadium trump any sec or big 12 stadium. No other stadiums can even compete with those three. Notre dame not only has the most overrated football program in the nation, but also the most overrated stadium. Kyle Field and the 12th man suck equally with notre dame and that stupid touchdown jesus
Notre Dame football stadium not on the list? aka (Touchdown Jesus) and(Stir the Echoes) who made this list again? Honorable Mention- The Dean Dome, The Orange Bowl (Miami Stadium) and Lane. (Va Tech)
I think that you should add the Horseshoe. It can especially difficult if the weather is bad. Another one that I think that you should consider would have to be Darreyl K. Royal. UT. Now that they added those end zone seats and the GODZILLATRON the toughness factor rise a bit.
Kyle Field are you flipping kidding not only do the Aggies suck more c&*k then any other team in the nation they don't ever even get that loud with there stupid queer a&s chants. There field and stadium are both ugly as h&%l and there isn't any thing good to do in College Station not mention the fact that if the core doesn't stop illegally hazing people to death there isn't going the be any one who wants to go there. The food also isn't that good. So go Texas and Darrel K. Royal stadium with the worlds largest megetron. You guys forgot to add Texas and LSU.
Whoever posted autzen stadium is a total moron.
The Big House should be ahead of Cameron. Ohio State's stadium should also be on the list. And COME ON, you choose Penn's basketball stadium over UNC's Dean Dome? You have to be kidding me. Even though the Dean Dome could be louder, the storied players and games are enough to put it on the list.
How can you leave off Sanford Stadium (UGA)in one of the coolest college towns in the country, Athens Georgia???? 92,000 Barking fans yelling "GO DAWGS" lead by our beloved Bulldog mascot,Uga VI. I can't think of a better place to be on a beautiful Southern fall afternoon.
North Dakota fans need to curb their whiny bitterness towards the far superior hockey school and venue, U. of Minnesota's Mariucci arena.
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