10 Coolest College Football Stadiums
What would the college experience be like if you didn’t get to experience one of the ten coolest college football stadiums in the country? A cool college stadium is about more than the building; it’s about the overall game day experience. You might not get to visit them all but here’s a sampler just in case you’re up for a road trip:
- Los Angeles Coliseum –Home to USC and designed as a tribute to the Roman Coliseum, it opened in 1923. It has also hosted two Olympics, two Superbowls, and one World Series. Once capable of holding over 120,000 people, the stadium was scaled down to 93,000 once it became the Trojans’ official home. The band blaring that Trojan fight song the whole game as the crowd pumps their hands with the "V" for victory symbol makes this a cool spot.
- Washington – Husky Stadium is considered one of the most beautiful football stadiums in the country. Originally built in 1927 it was designed to keep the sun out of the player’s eyes and provide the best views of the lake and mountains. The stadium seats 72,500 now and can be one of the loudest in the country. Two overhanging roofs cover the length of the field so fans don’t have to worry about the rain.
- Texas– At Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium the fans are about as rabid as you can get. Thumbs and pinky fingers in the air, the "hook 'em horns" symbol is as prevalent as the Trojans "victory" symbol. Originally built in 1927, it now seats over 100,000 and contains the nation’s largest High Definition video screen.
- BYU- Originally built in 1963, Cougar Stadium was renamed to LaVell Edwards stadium after their most winning coach in history. Sports casters agree this is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country with great views of the Timpanogos mountain range. The stadium press box is ten stories high, with four levels and spans the entire length of the stands.
- Rose Bowl– UCLA’s home field was built in 1922. The stadium is more famous for being home to the annual Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl game, but has also hosted both Men’s and Women’s World Cup soccer games. It seats just over 90,000 and in a nice touch, there are over one hundred different varieties of roses between the stadium and the exterior fencing.
- Michigan– Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the country with an official capacity of 109,901. They don’t call it “The Big House” for just any reason. Originally built in 1927 the stadium has obviously grown to fill the fans’ hunger for Wolverine football. According to NCAA stats the crowd has even topped 111,000. It doesn’t get any cooler than this.
- Notre Dame– Notre Dame Stadium is cold and in the middle of nowhere but is one of the most recognized in the country. Built in the 1930’s it now holds 80,000, but the exterior doesn’t look much different than it has in its eighty years of history. And then there’s the mural of "Touchdown Jesus" behind the end zone.
- Air Force- Another beautiful location with the beautiful Rampart rocky mountain range in the backdrop. The stadium was built in a natural bowl and holds just over 45,000. Renovations since it’s 1962 opening include field turf, permanent lights, a huge video screen and 88 sky boxes that seat 450 people inside. But the coolest thing is to see the fighter jets fly in formation over the stadium before the start of every game.
- Wisconsin – Camp Randall Stadium. The history alone speaks volumes. Used as a military training ground and P.O.W camp during the Civil war, the current stadium was built in 1913. It’s current double-deck structure holds 80,000 and the fans can be some of the rowdiest in the country.
- Boise State- The only stadium in the nation with blue turf. Yes, blue. It's a little distracting at first and depending on the colors of the opponent’s uniforms, will test the settings of your HDTV, but it is kind of cool.