Every sports fan has a “Bucket List” of stadiums they want to visit in their lifetime. For baseball fans, it’s probably venues like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, or Yankee Stadium. In the NHL, hockey is amazing when visiting some amazing sites for a game. Places like the Bell Centre for the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden, or the United Center to see the Chicago Blackhawks.
For college football fans, the stadiums and the teams who play in them go hand in hand. It’s not just a Saturday afternoon, it’s a destination, a tradition, and when it comes to your “Bucket List”, it’s your next trip and plane ticket to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Located in Indiana, Notre Dame Stadium is both historic, and a tribute to one of the most successful and iconic teams in all of college football. With over 80,000 fans losing their collective minds, Fighting Irish football has seen some of the greatest players ever to take to the turf in this stadium. Love them or hate them, just don’t miss the opportunity to visit on any Saturday afternoon.
- Memorial Stadium, Clemson Tigers
A trip to “Death Valley” is a “Bucket List” stadium not to be missed. The Clemson Tigers are a near lock when kicking off in this venue, posting a 227-88-7 record at Memorial Stadium. The fans can be very loud once posting a decibel level of 133 in a game against Boston College. From the “Tiger Walk” to the touching of Howard’s Rock, this stadium is full of history and traditions every college football fan should experience.
- Husky Stadium, Washington Huskies
Husky Stadium is a beautifully designed college football venue where you can watch a great football game and see a spectacular view. The open-ended U-shape allows fans to see Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. For not being a fully closed Stadium, spectators and students can get very loud. A televised night game on ESPN between the Huskies and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1992 recorded a noise level of 133.6 decibels, the loudest ever for a college football game.
- Tiger Stadium, LSU Tigers
With a capacity of 92,542, Tiger Stadium is one of those “Bucket List” stadiums to watch college football, sit back, and know if and when you draw your last breath, you’ll have something to talk about when you pass through the pearly gates of football nirvana. The best is a night game in Baton Rouge, where many teams have gone and come out with a loss. It’s loud, with a long and colorful history, and a can’t miss worth the trip.
- Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida Gators
On any Saturday afternoon or evening, 90,000 fans will pack “The Swamp”. For visiting teams, it can feel like screaming fans are right on top of you. Needless to say, penalties happen when they can’t snap the ball. Most amazing for any college football fan is a night game in Gainesville. Under the lights, and with the students rocking the “Gator Chomp” opponents seldom come out with a win. For fans, it is a win-win. It’s also the absolute best college football experience you could ever have.