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Notre Dame Stadium tops list of college football stadium experiences

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Stadium Journey Magazine recently came out with its list of top 100 stadium experiences and Notre Dame Stadium was the highest-ranking college football venue, placing eighth.

Bryant-Denny Stadium was the second college stadium on the list, ranking 26th, while the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — home of USC — ranked 27th.

Other college stadiums that made the list:

32nd — Darrel K. Royal (Texas)

45th — The Rose Bowl (UCLA)

46th — Blaik Field at Michie Stadium (Army)

47th — Spartan Stadium (Michigan State)

48th — Michigan Stadium (Michigan)

51st — Ohio Stadium (Ohio State)

68th — Memorial Stadium (Clemson)

70th — Kyle Field (Texas A&M)

91st — Memorial Stadium (Nebraska)

95th — Carrier Dome (Syracuse)

While I’m sure the good people at Stadium Journey Magazine know what they are talking about, I’m a bit shocked to see the home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes being listed ahead of, say, Autzen Stadium in Eugene or Tigers Stadium in Baton Rouge. Notre Dame Stadium?  Yeah, that makes sense. Rancho Cucamonga? No way.

What say you?

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41 Responses to “Notre Dame Stadium tops list of college football stadium experiences”
  1. afrancis55 says: Jan 20, 2014 10:37 PM

    Cue the comments saying how ‘dumb and irrelevant this list is because ________ stadium was left off.’

  2. harleyspoon says: Jan 20, 2014 10:42 PM

    I am by no means a fan of Texas A&M but there is no stadium on game-day that is more patriotically and emotionally inspiring than Kyle Field when the Corp passes in review before the game and then when the huge Aggie Band marches in extremely close order drill playing military march music instead of that silly circus music all the other bands play during their halftimes. Whoever put together that list probably played in one of the college circus bands and would never grasp what the Aggie Band does and how well they do it…There are no crooked lines and sloppy players/marchers in the Aggie Band..ever…and they play with a passion that can only be appreciated by one’s presence at an Aggie game whether one is an Aggie fan or the fan of the opponent…Google up the Texas A&M band or go to Youtube and watch one of their performances. You will see what I mean.

  3. asimonetti88 says: Jan 20, 2014 10:43 PM

    The Coliseum is a great place to watch a game! I hope to visit some of those other stadiums sometime as well.

  4. operwapitsai says: Jan 20, 2014 10:46 PM

    Spartan Stadium! Go Green!

  5. canetic says: Jan 20, 2014 10:48 PM

    Nothing beats the Orange Bowl. The old one. The City of Miami tossed the OB and guess what, the Canes and Dolphins have never been the same.

  6. beanocook says: Jan 20, 2014 10:49 PM

    College football should have 15 of the top 20 slots. Nothing in American sports compares. This list sucks.

  7. irishdodger says: Jan 20, 2014 10:56 PM

    Hard to beat the college game day experience regardless of what major stadium you attend. The NFL just consists of oversized stadium filled with corporate suits & overpriced everything.

  8. suprdok says: Jan 20, 2014 10:58 PM

    These stadium polls are a dime a dozen and as varied . All biased! What is a great experience to one is different for another ! There is nothing magical about Alabama’s stadium. These rankings somewhat follow teams that are getting attention currently plus some obviously historically traditional teams .

  9. wustlumdnj says: Jan 20, 2014 11:03 PM

    The US Open has consistently been one of the coolest athletic events I’ve ever attended, wonder why it’s not on the list and other tennis/special athletic events are

  10. korybooth72 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:43 PM

    The Coliseum above the Rose Bowl? Have you been to these venues? You must have been blown by one of the USC Cheerleaders to suggest the Coliseum should be higher rated. What a complete joke. Even my USC friends will admit the Rose Bowl is a far better venue.

  11. ronm1963 says: Jan 21, 2014 3:15 AM

    Stadium Journey Magazine? Now there’s one for the ages — not.

    Then again, this ranker can’t be any worse than the various “services” out there that give us yearly pre-season rankings of college football teams and recruiting classes.

  12. djshnooks says: Jan 21, 2014 4:36 AM

    No RIT for college hockey? No Carrier Dome for college basketball? No Ralph Wilson Stadium for NFL? No First Niagara Center for Sabres hockey?

    But they have Pelicans Ballpark for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans??? Lmfao.

    I’m from WNY, but lived in MB for 2 years.

  13. bigbuckeye76 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:19 AM

    Honestly, Notre Dame Stadium is maybe the most uncomfortable stadium I have ever sat in. Cool experience….but terrible. Thought the Shoe would be top 10-15.

  14. germanflats13a38 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:41 AM


    Have you ever been to the Army-Navy game? Wherever that game is played “there is no stadium on game-day that is more patriotically and emotionally inspiring.” The strength of a band, no matter how competent, is mere window dressing when compared to the quality of the men and women on display at any Army, Navy, or Air Force game.

  15. mgmac says: Jan 21, 2014 7:12 AM

    I’ll admit I’m old school. The post by harleyspoon reminded me of taking my late Dad to many, many Texas A&M games. Dad was a WWII Veteran, and the last few years of his life would wear his VFW cap which had his rank (Lt Col), unit (5th Div) and other medals on it. He was treated like royalty. He would talk to the members of the Corps of Cadets. especially the Parsons Mounted Cavalry. He told them he was so old he served in a horse-drawn field artillery unit prior to WWII. He attended his last game just two weeks before he passed away back in 2010. Damn I miss him

  16. mgmac says: Jan 21, 2014 7:15 AM

    @germanflats – Army-Navy is one game I want to attend. I’ve been to Austin, South Bend, Ann Arbor and quite frankly it didn’t do too much for me.
    You are correct, there is nothing like the traditions, pomp and excitement of the collegiate game

  17. jrs45 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:19 AM

    I like how Ed Smith stadium is up on this list. When you can be in 85 degree weather, a beer from World of Beer bar and have Maryland crab legs all for under 20 bucks. Priceless! Love spring training baseball!

  18. titansbro says: Jan 21, 2014 7:27 AM

    The Vols may not be good right now but how can you leave off a stadium that holds over 100K people like Neyland? It’s insanity.

  19. coachgutz says: Jan 21, 2014 8:11 AM

    Notre Dame grad the editor?

  20. bballnut50 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:12 AM

    I will take it to the “Bank” everytime! Ski-U-Mah!!!

  21. irishfbfan1 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:23 AM

    Gameday in South Bend is College Football! Live for it , Love it!

    Go Irish!
    Always and Forever!

  22. Bob says: Jan 21, 2014 10:05 AM

    “… the home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes being listed ahead of, say, Autzen Stadium in Eugene or Tigers Stadium in Baton Rouge”

    It’s Tiger Stadium.

  23. thefiesty1 says: Jan 21, 2014 10:18 AM

    There is no place better than Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on a Saturday night. That’s an experience!

  24. snipedanglecelly13 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:19 AM

    How is spartan stadium ranked higher than the big house?

  25. irishdodger says: Jan 21, 2014 11:44 AM


    Neyland was awesome….except for the seating. No wonder they get 100K+ in there….they just keep shrinking the space on the benches. Still a great overall experience. After all, if we fans were choosing a venue based on comfort wouldn’t we all prefer our own living room?

  26. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 21, 2014 1:36 PM

    2 of top 3 here are college ice hockey stadiums…

    And Lucas oil is the best NFL stadium experience…. doubtful.
    The most fun stadium I’ve been to is Wrigley… regardless of the game or score, its a just a fun place to be. Even though I hate the Cubs with the passion of 10000 suns.

  27. rickoforange73 says: Jan 21, 2014 1:40 PM

    Fond memories ‘tho’ I have of it, the Carrier Dome had to have made the list for the basketball experience, not football. Thirty thousand + for hoops (and usually a victory for the Orange) IS quite an experience … the same number for (of late, mediocre) football (+ / -) is kind of … meh. (I have even fonder memories of Archbold Stadium, although dinosaurs used to block the view from time to time back then …).

  28. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 21, 2014 1:52 PM

    germanflats13a38 says:
    Jan 21, 2014 6:41 AM

    The strength of a band, no matter how competent, is mere window dressing when compared to the quality of the men and women on display at any Army, Navy, or Air Force game.


    Google the pic of Kyle Field after 9/11.

    That display was completely organized and funded by students…

  29. normtide says: Jan 21, 2014 2:03 PM

    Of coursbad place, just not what the writer was looking for.everyone thinks their fav team has the best stadium experience. I have no issue with ND being the highest rated stadium. No issue with Bryant-Denny bring second. Fan interaction plays a huge role. Regardless of what you read about Bama fans away from the game, the fans in attendance are always polite. Tiger stadium is crazy loud, but it’s not easy being a fan of the opposing team. And, there is nothing wrong with that. Kyle field is great, but a little but not spontaneous. It’s like watching a play. Again, it didn’t mean It’s a dc

  30. asimonetti88 says: Jan 21, 2014 4:18 PM

    korybooth72 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:43 PM

    The Coliseum above the Rose Bowl? Have you been to these venues? You must have been blown by one of the USC Cheerleaders to suggest the Coliseum should be higher rated. What a complete joke. Even my USC friends will admit the Rose Bowl is a far better venue.

    The Rose Bowl is so far from UCLA’s campus though! I like having the school close to the stadium like at USC. I’ve also been to many other events at the Coliseum besides football and they were all fun, including soccer games and concerts. The Rose Bowl is a nice venue as well.

  31. germanflats13a38 says: Jan 21, 2014 4:35 PM


    I looked up the pictures of Texas A&M. I was at Army’s first home game following 9/11. I think there is a lot of hyperbole in any statement that there is more patriotism and more inspiration at Kyle Field than at Michie Stadium. Especially immediately after 9/11 or considering the Army/Navy game that year.

  32. thetooloftools says: Jan 21, 2014 4:42 PM

    Sorry… once they got rid of “Touchdown Jesus” and Penn State said “you will always be able to Mt. Nittany from the field” among other lies … look where those programs have gone.
    The best NCAA game you will ever go to is THE ONE YOUR GOING TO !
    It a great time. Win or lose… cry for a win or a loss it’s still a tremendous experience.
    Enjoy the game.
    I’m a Cleveland Indians baseball fan….. any questions?

  33. Deb says: Jan 21, 2014 4:58 PM

    I love how suprdok announces there’s nothing “magical” about Alabama’s stadium … just because it’s Alabama’s stadium and suprdok doesn’t like Alabama. When reading that I suddenly understood exactly what the term “butt hurt” means. If only people could discuss an issue without whining about their personal team grudges.

    It’s impossible to comment on this or any list without knowing what criteria the listmakers used to make their selections. (Although I doubt “magical” was included :roll:) Were the pollsters looking for stadiums that demonstrated the most patriotic flair? Impressive bands? (If so, Ohio State should have been highly placed.) Most use of paint in home-team colors (Neyland would get the top rank there.) Best fan interaction? Best local eateries? Most comfortable seating?

    If you don’t know how they arrived at their decisions, you can’t really say they screwed it up. Personally, I don’t see how you can compare the stadium experience of a college football game to the stadium experience of a pro football game to the stadium experience of a baseball game to the stadium experience of a rock concert. It all seems a little pointless.

  34. 111um says: Jan 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    That is about as well put together a list as there can be. I mean CenturyLink Field is listed twice. You can really tell the quality of the research done. Did the author not realize that the soccer team and football team play in the same stadium and how does the soccer team rank higher then the football team.

  35. jal337 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:12 PM

    Death Valley (tiger stadium) on a Saturday night is something you won’t forget..

  36. ohioguy614 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:00 PM

    Nothing like being in Ohio Stadium right before kickoff when The Best Damn Band In The Land comes marching in to do Script Ohio, one of the best all time college traditions. I’d rank that in the top 25 at the very least.

  37. huskerfan31900 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:12 PM

    My team Nebraska is all the way dowm at #91?!! We are the best fans.. We are the SEA OF RED! 300+ consecutive sellouts and counting

  38. germanflats13a38 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:13 PM

    Now a band that can form the pattern of a T-Rex in action is very impressive.

  39. whydoupost says: Jan 21, 2014 11:19 PM

    Deb’s got it right!!!

  40. toochilled says: Jan 22, 2014 10:06 AM

    Neyland Stadium blows ND away. Vol Navy, 100k fans, Power T & tailgating. Been to ND twice, cool place, but the tailgating is weak and nothing special about the stadium experience. Penn State is also an awesome place to see a game, especially when they do a White Out. Tailgating is good! Ole Miss, The Grove? Not on list? Weak list.

  41. joewilliesshnoz says: Jan 22, 2014 12:02 PM

    I’ve been to a few, as well as Notre Dame, but nothing beats a game at the Naval Academy.

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