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One of the abundant things about academy football is that, clashing the NFL, the befalling to appear top-tier amateur is not bound geographically and financially.
While NFL franchises are based in above cities geographically amid a crawling regions, academy football can be begin in big cities, medium-sized towns and little communities that amplitude above the map.
Yes, no amount area you alive or area you ability biking to, academy football is there.
Not alone is it readily available, geographically speaking, it is additionally added attainable from a actually banking standpoint.
Case in point: The boilerplate amount of an NFL acceptance in 2010 was a whopping $76.47 while the boilerplate amount for a “high-demand” acceptance in one of the six BCS-AQ conferences is $60.27 and the boilerplate amount for a “low-demand” acceptance in one of these aforementioned arch conferences is alone $36.81.
So, of the 120 venues in FBS academy brawl that are the best, what does “the best” mean?
Is it capacity, apprentice fervor, attendance, location, setting, acclaimed history, all-embracing game-day experience, the band, the fans, traditions or some abstruse aggregate of all of these factors?
The afterward slideshow attempts to alloy all the key elements calm to ability rank all 120 FBS academy football stadiums, from No. 120 all the way to No. 1.
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In 2009 InfoCision Stadium-Summa Acreage replaced the Rubber Basin which was the Zips’ aloft venue.
It amount $61.6 actor to assemble and seats 27,000.
The Zips boilerplate home actualization in 2009 was 17,382, which alone to 10,185 for the 2010 division (among the everyman in the nation).
Akron has won four home amateur in the two years that InfoCision has been its home field.
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Named for John B. and June M. Scheumann, the Brawl Accompaniment Cardinal’s amphitheater was complete in 1967 and seats about 25,000.
After averaging about 20,000 admirers for the 2008 division (when Brawl Accompaniment went 12-2 beneath arch drillmaster Brady Hoke), boilerplate actualization alone to 10,888 in 2009 and afresh to alone 8,947 in 2010.
Ball State’s boilerplate home actualization in 2010 was the everyman amid FBS teams nationally.
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“The Bullpen” was complete from 1991-93 and, other than hosting Buffalo Bulls football games, it is a abundant area for clue and acreage events.
UB Amphitheater seats aloof shy of 30,000 admirers and the Bulls averaged 16,000 at home amateur in 2009 and beneath 13,000 in 2010.
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LT Smith Amphitheater was originally congenital in 1968 with a basement accommodation of 20,000. In 2007, as Western Kentucky able for the move from Division I-AA (FCS) to Division I-A (FBS), the accommodation was added to 22,000.
The Hilltoppers accept averaged aloof beneath than 15,000 in home actualization aback the renovations.
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Also referred to as “The Cage,” FIU Community Amphitheater was complete in 1994 and predated the FIU football team, which did not booty the acreage until 2002.
“The Cage” seats 23,500 and FIU fabricated an absorbing jump in boilerplate actualization from the 10,000 mark in 2009 to 16,545 in 2010.
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Waldo Amphitheater is alleged for Dwight B. Waldo, Western Michigan’s aboriginal president. It was complete in 1938 for a amount of $250,000, which included the amount of the adjacent baseball field.
Waldo’s accepted accommodation is about 30,000, but the Broncos alone averaged 14,255 at home amateur on the way to a 6-6 record.
The almanac actualization at Waldo was set in 2000 aback 36,361 Bronco admirers watched Western Michigan adduce Indiana Accompaniment 57-0 on their way to a 9-3 record.
The 2000 Broncos won the MAC West but fell abbreviate of the appointment crown, ultimately accident the appellation d 19-14 to Marshall.
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One of two Spartan Stadiums in FBS academy football (the added acceptance to Michigan State), San Jose State’s adaptation opened in 1933 and seats 30,500.
San Jose State’s boilerplate home actualization was beneath 15,000 admirers for the 2010 season.
Spartan Amphitheater was the home of the Silicon Valley Football Archetypal basin d from 2000-04 which alveolate the WAC adjoin the Pac-10.
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Eastern Michigan’s area is alleged for Elton J. Rynearson, Sr. who served as the Eagles drillmaster from 1917-48. Rynearson accumulated a 114-58-15 almanac and bristles appointment championships during his administration at EMU.
Rynearson Amphitheater has a accommodation of 30,200 and the Eagles averaged 15,885 at home amateur in 2010, which was a awe-inspiring advance over the afflictive 5,016 boilerplate in 2009.
Interestingly, the Eagles, which accept alleged Rynearson home aback 1969, accept never actually abounding the stadium.
The almanac army came in 2008 aback the Eagles exhausted Central Michigan 56-52 in advanced of 26,188 home fans. This d accomplished out a 3-9 division for Eastern Michigan; this almanac now marks their best accomplishment in the accomplished three seasons.
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Aggie Memorial was opened in 1978 and seats aing to 30,000. It is an absorbing architecture featuring a lower akin that was congenital beneath amphitheatre and an aerial akin that is amid at artery level.
New Mexico Accompaniment has averaged about 16,000 admirers at home amateur over the aftermost two seasons, during which the Aggies accept struggled to a 5-20 all-embracing record.
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University Amphitheater aboriginal opened in 1960 and has a accommodation of about 38,000.
The Lobos managed an boilerplate of about 27,000 admirers at home amateur in 2009, but this cardinal alone to aloof over 20,000 for the 2010 season.
University Amphitheater is additionally the area for the New Mexico Bowl, which kicked off in 2006 and currently pits the Abundance West adjoin the WAC.
The antecedent amphitheatre of the New Mexico Basin in 2006 apparent the aboriginal time a basin d was anytime played in the accompaniment of New Mexico.
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Rice Stadium, about 1950, in Houston, Texas actually hosted Super Basin VIII in 1974 aback the Miami Dolphins triumphed over the Minnesota Vikings.
Back afresh the stadium, amid on Rice’s campus, built-in 70,000 bodies and aback afresh the accommodation has been bargain to its accepted accommodation of 47,000.
Even with the reductions, it could be analytic argued that Rice plays in a amphitheater that is, in reality, too big to abutment its affairs and its fanbase (with the barring of aback the Owls host Texas, a d that is confused to adjacent Reliant Amphitheater to aerate banking interests).
Still, Rice alone fills about 54 percent of seats at home games, but the boilerplate cardinal of fans—25,571—is absorbing for a academy with a absolute acceptance of aloof over 7,000 students.
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Sam Boyd Amphitheater was congenital in 1970 at an aboriginal amount of $3.5 actor dollars. Originally dubbed “Las Vegas Stadium,” the ability captivated abundant names until it was afflicted to “Sam Boyd Stadium” in 1994.
Boyd, who anesthetized abroad in 1993, was an Oklahoma built-in who came to Vegas in the aboriginal 1940s with about no money and eventually captivated aloft interests in some of the above Vegas casinos.
The Rebels boilerplate about 20,000 at home games, which agency that Sam Boyd Amphitheater stays alone about 55-percent abounding on d day.
Sam Boyd Amphitheater additionally serves as home to the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL and is the armpit of the Las Vegas Bowl, which has been played aback 1992.
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Nicknamed “The Swamp” due to the amphitheatre apparent actuality two anxiety beneath sea level, Cajun Acreage was complete in 1970.
ULL’s Swamp seats 31,000 and the Ragin’ Cajuns accept averaged aloof over 18,000 admirers at home amateur aback 2009.
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Doyt Perry served as the Bowling Green Falcons arch drillmaster from 1955-64, area he accumulated a 77-11-5 record, including bristles MAC titles and an actualization in the 1961 Mercy Basin (seriously, that was the name…but it was merciless, with the Falcons accident 36-6 to Fresno State).
Doyt Perry Amphitheater was congenital in 1966 and currently seats aloof beneath than 24,000 fans.
The Falcons accept averaged alone amid 13,000-14,000 admirers at home amateur over the accomplished two seasons.
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ASU Amphitheater was congenital in 1974 and originally alleged “Indian Stadium.” The name was afflicted to “ASU Stadium” in 2008 aback Arkansas Accompaniment afflicted its amulet from the Indians to the Red Wolves.
ASU seats 30,964 and the Red Wolves accept averaged 17,500 admirers at home amateur aback 2009.
The high-water mark in agreement of boilerplate home actualization came in 2008 at 21,000. The 2008 Arkansas Accompaniment aggregation went 6-6.
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Tulsa’s football area bears the name of two men associated with authoritative both its antecedent architecture and afterwards advance financially possible.
Built in 1930 at a amount of $275,000, the activity was alleged Skelly Acreage for William Skelly of Skelly Oil. Renovations in 2007 added H.A. Chapman’s name to the area in account of his abundant banking contributions.
Chapman Amphitheater holds 30,000 Golden Hurricane admirers and boilerplate home actualization is 20,000.
Unfortunately, from a football affability standpoint, Tulsa is amid aloof beneath two hours from Norman, home of the Oklahoma Sooners.
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It’s no admiration that Temple fills, on average, alone 30 percent of its home acreage on d day, which is massive Lincoln Banking Field, additionally the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
Lincoln holds about 70,000 admirers and is additionally one of the primary venues of the Army adjoin Navy d played yearly.
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Fouts Acreage was complete in 1951-52 and was alleged for aloft arch drillmaster Theron J. Fouts, who served as Arctic Texas arch drillmaster from 1920-24 (23-14-2 overall).
Fouts currently seats 30,000 admirers and averages about 17,500 at home games.
Amazingly, Arctic Texas has accustomed the architecture of a new edifice, Beggarly Green Stadium, which will bench 30,850.
North Texas has gone 18-59 aback 2005.
Fouts Acreage will added than acceptable be access in the a future.
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Johnny “Red” Floyd Amphitheater is alleged for Dejected Raiders’ seventh football coach, Johnny Floyd, who served in that accommodation from 1917-1938 (39-30-8 and two appointment championships).
Floyd Stadium’s accepted accommodation is 31,000 and the Dejected Raiders’ boilerplate about 20,000 admirers at home games.
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Also accepted as Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy’s football area was originally congenital in 1950 with a accommodation of alone 5,000. Expansions in 1998 and 2003 accept broadcast basement to its accepted 30,000 capacity.
Regardless of the actuality that the Trojans accept captured at atomic a allotment of the accomplished bristles afterwards Sun Belt appointment titles, Troy averages alone about 18,000 admirers at home games.
Troy, Alabama is amid 183 afar southeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of the Crimson Tide.
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“The Joe” was complete in 1968 and originally alleged “Louisiana Tech Stadium.”
The name was afflicted in 1972 to account drillmaster Joe Aillet, who served as arch drillmaster from 1940-66. Aillet was 151-86-8 at Tech, including 12 appointment titles.
The aboriginal d anytime played at the amphitheater saw the Bulldogs (led by QB Terry Bradshaw) exhausted East Carolina 35-7.
“The Joe” currently seats 30,600 and the Bulldogs boilerplate about 20,000 at home games. The amphitheater has never awash out.
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Wyoming’s War Memorial Amphitheater is amid bristles US antic venues that allotment the aforementioned name.
Nicknamed “The War” and clearly accounted “Jonah Acreage at War Memorial,” it was congenital in 1949 and has a accepted accommodation of about 33,000.
Wyoming averages 20,000 at home amateur at “The War,” which has the accomplished acclivity of any FBS amphitheater (7,215 anxiety aloft sea level).
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Yager Amphitheater is alleged for Fred C. Yager, a 1914 alum of Miami who was a primary benefactor of its architecture that was completed in 1983.
Yager seats aloof over 24,000 and, from an aeriform perspective, is conspicuously unbalanced, with one ancillary of the stands actuality alert as alpine as the other.
The Red Hawks averaged 15,519 admirers at home amateur in 2010, which was a huge advance over their 11,810 boilerplate in 2009.
A highlight to the ability added in 2004 is the “Cradle of Coaches” Plaza that ceremoniousness Miami’s arch account of aloft football coaches.
The account of coaches aforetime associated with Miami includes: Earl Blaik, Paul Brown (who additionally played at Miami), Woody Hayes, Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gillman, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, Jim Tressel, Ron Zook, Sean Payton and John Harbaugh.
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Dix Amphitheater was initially completed in 1969 and is currently alleged for Robert C. Dix, who served on the Kent Accompaniment Lath of Trustees.
Dix’s accepted accommodation is 20,500, which makes its boilerplate home actualization of about 16,000 over the aftermost two seasons actually impressive, abnormally accustomed the Golden Flash’s absolute almanac during the aeon is 10-14.
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The Rams’ area name, Sonny Lubick Acreage at Hughes Stadium, ceremoniousness two adept Colorado Accompaniment coaches.
The aboriginal name, Hughes Stadium, recognizes Harry W. Hughes who was the Rams drillmaster from 1911-46 during which time he accumulated a almanac of 127-96-18, including eight Rocky Abundance Able-bodied Appointment crowns.
The acreage was accustomed the name Lubick Acreage in 2003 in account of Sonny Lubick, who was the Rams arch drillmaster from 1993-2007, earning an all-embracing almanac of 108-74, including three WAC and three MWC appointment championships.
Hughes Amphitheater holds aloof beneath 35,000 admirers and the Rams currently boilerplate about 24,000 at home games.
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Kelly/Shorts was originally congenital in 1971 and was aboriginal alleged for Perry Shorts who was a Central Michigan alum and benefactor of the amphitheater project.
In 1983 the name was adapted to Kelly/Shorts to account Bill Kelly who accomplished the Chippewas from 1951-66, earning an all-embracing almanac of 91-58-2, including seven appointment titles.
Kelly/Shorts currently has a accommodation of 30,199 and CMU averaged 20,448 for home amateur in 2010.
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Malone Amphitheater opened in 1978 aback the ULM Warhawks were accepted as the Northeast Louisiana Indians.
It is alleged in account of James L. Malone, the aboriginal anytime ULM coach, who served the university from 1951-53 (12-15).
Malone Amphitheater seats aloof over 30,000 admirers and, impressively, the Warhawks managed to advance home actualization from an boilerplate of 13,889 in 2009 to 20,934 in 2010.
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With a accommodation of aloof 35,117, Martin Amphitheater is the aboriginal area in the Pac-12.
Martin was congenital in 1971 and alleged in account of aloft Washington governor Clarence D. Martin (a University of Washington alumnus).
The Cougars boilerplate about 25,000 at home games, which is the everyman absolute amid teams from BCS-AQ conferences.
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Romney Amphitheater aboriginal opened in 1968 and ceremoniousness Dick Romney, who accomplished the Aggies from 1919-48 earning a 128-91-16 record, four appointment championships and a 1947 Raisin Basin appearance.
The accepted accommodation is 25,513 and the Aggies managed an absorbing 17,878 in boilerplate actualization in 2010 (up from 15,971 in 2009).
The acreage at Romney Amphitheater has been accustomed the name “Merlin Olsen Field” in account of Utah Accompaniment alum Olsen, who went on be inducted in both the Academy and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Edwards Amphitheater is one of alone two academy football venues alleged alone afterwards a woman (the added actuality South Carolina’s Williams-Brice). Joan C. Edwards was a built-in of London, England and was a applesauce accompanist in New Orleans afore affair and marrying built-in West Virginian James Edwards.
The accepted accommodation of Edwards Amphitheater is 38,016 and Marshall averaged 27,000 in home actualization in 2010.
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The Glass Basin was congenital in 1936 as a allotment of the Works Activity Administration that was formed by then-US Admiral Franklin D. Roosevelt to lath assignment during the Abundant Depression.
Originally dubbed “University Stadium,” that name was afflicted to “Glass Bowl” in 1946 as Toledo became the host of the Glass Basin d that was played from 1946-49 (this d was actually a allotment of the Rockets’ approved season).
The Glass Basin currently holds aloof over 26,000 admirers and the Rockets averaged about 20,000 in home actualization in 2010.
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First opened in 1929, Peden Amphitheater is the oldest area in the MAC. Peden was originally referred to as “Ohio University’s Able-bodied Plant” until 1946 aback the name was afflicted to account Don Peden, who accomplished the Bobcats from 1924-46 (122-46-11, six appointment championships).
Peden currently seats 24,000 and the Bobcats accept managed to accumulate their amphitheater aing to 80 percent abounding over the accomplished two seasons.
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Nestled in arresting scenery, the Sun Bowl, amid beneath than a mile from the Rio Grande River amid the USA from Mexico, is the aing aloft American amphitheater to a adopted country.
The Sun Basin was opened in 1963 and is alleged in account of the anniversary basin d that is played in El Paso anniversary December.
The Sun Bowl, which was aboriginal played in 1935, shares the account of actuality the second-oldest basin d (after the Rose Bowl) with the Sugar and Orange Bowls.
Current accommodation is 51,500 and the UTEP Miners boilerplate aing to 30,000 at their home games.
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Gerald J. Ford Amphitheater is alleged not afterwards the 38th Admiral of the United States (who played football at Michigan), but instead afterwards a affluent benefactor of the amphitheater at SMU that bears his name.
Ford Amphitheater opened for the 2000 division with a amount tag of $42 million.
Capacity is 32,000 and the Mustangs boilerplate about 23,000 admirers at anniversary home game, appreciably beneath than aback the players were actuality paid.
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Liberty Basin Memorial Amphitheater was opened in 1965 and currently seats 62,380.
The amphitheater was congenital to accompany the Liberty Basin (which originated in Philadelphia, Penn. in 1959) to Memphis.
The Memphis Tigers accept additionally alleged the Liberty Basin home aback 1965 and fabricated an absorbing advance in boilerplate home attendance, from 25,795 in 2009 to 32,918 in 2010.
This behindhand of a 1-11 almanac aftermost season.
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Named for Nevada benefactor Clarence Mackay, the “new” Mackay Amphitheater was complete in 1966.
Mackay’s accepted accommodation is aloof shy of 30,000 and the Wolf Pack managed an boilerplate of aloof beneath than 20,000 admirers to 2010 home games.
This cardinal is a little abominable for a aggregation that went 13-1, won the WAC, exhausted Boston Academy in the Kraft Action Hunger Basin and was ranked No. 11 in the final AP acclamation (a academy record).
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Originally dubbed “San Diego Stadium” aback it opened in 1967 and afresh “Jack Murphy Stadium” from 1980-1997, Qualcomm’s accepted accommodation is 71,294 for football.
Qualcomm is acutely colossal for San Diego State, which averaged an absorbing 34,133 admirers at home amateur in 2010, which apparent a cogent access over the 24,464 boilerplate from 2009.
This was no agnosticism spurred on by the actuality that the Aztecs bigger from their 4-8 mark in 2009 to 9-4 in 2010, including a basin bid and achievement (under drillmaster Brady Hoke who has confused on to Michigan).
Qualcomm is the accepted home of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, was home to the MLB San Diego Padres from 1969-2003 and additionally hosts both the Holiday Basin and Poinsettia Bowl.
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Originally opened in 1975, the Superdome has served as the home of Tulane Green Wave football aback opening, with the barring of the 2005 division aback Hurricane Katrina ravaged the burghal of New Orleans.
The Superdome’s accommodation of 73,000 is due to be broadcast to 77,000 in 2011, which is acutely cutting for a affairs like Tulane and added than explains why the Green Wave fills alone 32 percent of the seats.
The Superdome additionally serves as home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, has hosted six Super Bowls, hosts the New Orleans Bowl, has hosted three BCS championship amateur and is the host of the Sugar Bowl.
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Originally complete in 1964, Huskie Stadium’s accepted accommodation is 24,000 and serves host to a Northern Illinois aggregation that went 11-3 in 2010.
Regardless of the contempo successes, the Huskies accept struggled to ample the stadium, averaging 14,889 in 2009 and convalescent to an boilerplate of 17,760 in 2010.
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The Blazers accept alone abounding Legion Acreage to about 25 percent of its 72,000-seat capacity, which makes it antic to rank it at the aerial position of No. 81.
But Legion Field, congenital in 1926, is notable as the home of the anniversary Iron Bowl, pitting Auburn adjoin Alabama in an SEC hate-a-palooza.
Legion Acreage additionally hosted the now asleep All-American Basin from 1986-1990.
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Aloha Amphitheater was congenital in 1975 and is endemic by the accompaniment of Hawaii.
Home of the Hawaii Warriors aback 1975, Aloha’s accommodation is 50,000 which, impressively, the Hawaii football affairs fills consistently to over 75-percent capacity.
Aloha Amphitheater additionally plays host to the NFL Pro Basin and the NCAA Hawaii Bowl.
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MM Roberts was originally dubbed Faulker Acreage aback congenital in 1932 as a lath architecture that captivated alone 4,000 people.
Subsequent renovations broadcast MM Roberts to its accepted accommodation of 36,000, which is abounding to an 82-percent boilerplate by the Golden Eagle faithful.
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Bulldog Amphitheater was complete in 1979 and its accepted accommodation is 41,031.
Fresno Accompaniment has gone 108-71 aback Pat Acropolis took over as drillmaster in 1997, and they boilerplate aing to 35,000 admirers at home games.
Bulldog Amphitheater additionally played host to the California Bowl, which was played from 1981-1991.
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FAU alone started amphitheatre football in 2002 and has spent all 10 of these years beneath drillmaster Howard Schnellenberger.
Lockhart Amphitheater is about absolute baby for an FBS venue, basement alone 20,450. It was erected in 1959 as a ability for several bounded aerial academy teams.
But as a “start-up” program, Lockhart has served FAU able-bodied and the Owls accept connected to access their home actualization boilerplate yearly, extensive over 90-percent accommodation in 2010.
FAU allegedly has affairs for a new area on its campus in Boca Raton, Fla.
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“Ray Jay” or “The New Sombrero” was opened for comedy in 1998, and besides actuality home acreage for the USF Bulls, it additionally serves the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Outback Bowl.
South Florida hit the amphitheatre for the aboriginal time in 1997 and has managed an absorbing 103-62 mark in its aboriginal 14 years of existence.
Equally absorbing is the Bulls’ boilerplate home actualization mark of 46,000 over the accomplished two seasons in a area that, at a accommodation of about 70,000, is colossal for a academy that is aloof accepting its pigskin rolling.
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The aboriginal area in the FBS, the one-of-a-kind Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho that seats alone 16,000 acute individuals.
Officially referred to as the “William H. Kibbie-A SUI Activity Center,” the Kibbie Dome was built-in in 1975 and looks added like an aircraft aerodrome than a academy football stadium.
The Idaho Vandals accumulate the Kibbie Dome abounding to about 80-percent accommodation and aback Boise Accompaniment comes to town, the “dome” aback becomes a ammo point on the must-see venues account in academy football.
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The Boilermakers’ home was originally complete in 1924 and alleged for its primary banking supporters, David E. Ross and George Ade.
Renovated in 2001, the amphitheater now seats 62,500.
While maybe one of the beneath amorous venues in the Big Ten, Purdue draws about 50,000 admirers to home contests.
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Ryan Acreage was opened for business in 1926 and originally dubbed “Dyche Stadium” for William Dyche, a Northwestern alum and basic actor in the absolute architecture project.
The Wildcats home was renamed “Ryan Field” in 1997 for Patrick Ryan, a ambassador of Northwestern’s Lath of Regents.
Though not associated with avant-garde academy football powerhouses, Northwestern has won eight Big Ten titles and seems aback on clue beneath drillmaster Pat Fitzgerald.
The Wildcats fabricated a beauteous accretion in boilerplate home actualization from 24,190 in 2009 to 36,449 in 2010.
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The Carrier Dome was congenital in 1979 and is the bigger domed amphitheater in all of academy sports.
Often listed as one of the loudest venues, the Carrier Dome has a football accommodation of about 50,000, which is abounding to 81-percent accommodation by a “basketball school.”
For me, personally, the Carrier Dome is on the account of charge sees for football (and, secondarily, basketball).
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Jack Trice has to be advised one of the best different and aces namesakes in the history of American athletics.
Trice was built-in in 1902 as the son of a aloft bondservant and eventually anguish up at Iowa State, area he died afterwards comestible injuries during his aboriginal career academy football d adjoin Minnesota.
Jack Trice was the aboriginal African American amateur at Iowa Accompaniment and, the night above-mentioned to the d in Minneapolis aback he was fatally injured, he was affected to break in a abstracted auberge from his teammates due to his race.
It is difficult to brainstorm a added active honoree for a academy able-bodied facility.
Jack Trice Amphitheater was congenital in 1973, opened in 1975 and anon accommodates 55,000 people. Iowa Accompaniment averages about 46,000 admirers at its home contests.
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Vanderbilt Amphitheater at Dudley Acreage was originally erected in 1922 as Dudley Acreage and rebuilt in 1981 with a accommodation of about 40,000.
The Commodores boilerplate in the adjacency of 35,000 admirers to home games.
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Wallace Wade is actually allegorical in bookish sports. Wade served as arch drillmaster for Alabama, area from 1923-30 he went 61-13-3 and won three civic titles. He afresh accomplished at Duke from 1931-50, were he went 110-36-7 and won 10 appointment titles, went to two Rose Bowls and won the Sugar Basin adjoin Alabama.
For acceptable measure, Wade was the arch basketball drillmaster and arch baseball drillmaster at Vanderbilt from 1921-23 and additionally accomplished baseball for the Crimson Tide from 1924-27. Stunningly, he accumulated an 87-45-2 almanac as a academy baseball coach.
Wallace Wade Amphitheater was originally alleged Duke Amphitheater aback it was congenital in 1929 and the name afflicted in 1967 to account Drillmaster Wade.
Also of agenda is that Wallace Wade Amphitheater (then Duke Stadium) hosted the 1942 Rose Bowl, which was confused to the East Coast due to the December attacks on Pearl Harbor that prompted the United States’ access into WWII.
Wallace Wade seats about 34,000 admirers and the Dejected Devils boilerplate about 28,000 on home d days.
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Memorial Amphitheater in Bloomington was opened for comedy in 1960 at an aboriginal accommodation of a 53,000.
Current basement includes amplitude for about 50,000 Hoosier admirers and is abounding to a approved amount of about 85 percent, including added for Big Ten play.
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UCF has agilely been demography affliction of football business aback 1979 and has managed a 19-8 almanac over the accomplished two seasons.
Bright Abode Networks Amphitheater opened in 2007 and holds 45,000 Knight fans. Impressively, for a adolescent affairs with little civic media coverage, UCF averages a 40,000 admirers at home contests, this in a accompaniment thoroughly saturated with academy and pro sports teams.
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Scott Amphitheater was erected in 1931 and originally captivated 25,000. Renovations and expansions accept the accepted accommodation at 61,500.
The Cavaliers boilerplate about 48,000 at home amateur recently, which is bottomward from the accommodation crowds enjoyed during the academy credibility of the Al Groh era.
Still a abundant abode to watch academy football, Scott Amphitheater should do annihilation but advance as the Cavaliers accomplish their way aback into altercation in the ACC.
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Byrd Amphitheater ceremoniousness H.C. “Curley” Byrd who served as arch drillmaster at Maryland from 1911-34, aback he accumulated a almanac of 119-82-15.
Byrd Amphitheater was initially congenital and opened in 1950 and its accepted accommodation is 51,500.
The Terrapins accept struggled to ample Byrd in contempo years, admitting the actuality they accept fielded some appalling teams.
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Falcon Amphitheater opened in 1962 on the area of the United States Air Force Academy.
The area currently seats aloof beneath than 53,000 spectators, but Air Force struggles to ability the 40,000 mark in boilerplate home attendance.
Regardless, Falcon Amphitheater is a abundant football venue, abnormally aback affable Army and Navy to Colorado Springs for a account academy showdown.
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Floyd Casey Amphitheater was congenital in 1950 and was originally dubbed “Baylor Stadium.”
The accommodation of 50,000 has been exceeded four times in its history (1974, 1991, 1995 and 2006), all aback hosting the Texas A&M Aggies; the Bears absent anniversary of these four contests.
Though Baylor averages alone 40,000 admirers at home games, actualization and activity has essentially added as drillmaster Art Briles has amorphous to animate the fortunes of Bears football.
Floyd Casey charcoal an underrated area for aloft academy football in the abundant accompaniment of Texas.
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Heinz acreage has been the aggregate home of the NCAA Pitt Panthers and the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers aback it opened in August of 2001.
Though absolutely an NFL venue, the Panthers advance over an 80-percent ample amount at home games.
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Boone Pickens Amphitheater was originally opened as “Lewis Field” in 1920 aback Oklahoma Accompaniment was still accepted as Oklahoma A&M (but don’t ever, anytime alarm them Aggies).
The oldest amphitheater in the Big 12 was active in 2003 by T. Boone Pickens, appropriately the accessible name change.
Regardless of the successes of coaches Les Afar and now Mike Gundy, the Cowboys attempt to ample Boone Pickens to capacity.
A ample amount of 85 percent of agog admirers doesn’t assume abhorrent until you accede that this is not a huge stadium, and it is at a about apparent academy that plays big-time academy football adjoin arch opponents.
Still, a abundant abode to watch a game, abnormally Bedlam.
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Alumni Amphitheater was opened in 1957 with a accommodation of 26,000. Expansions and renovations added basement to its accepted akin of 44,500.
Boston Academy continues to acreage affection teams that comedy boxy schedules, befitting their ample amount aloof beneath 90 percent.
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Memorial Amphitheater in Lawrence, Kansas was congenital in 1920 at a amount of $275,000. Accepted accommodation is 50,071, which was exceeded in 2009 aback boilerplate actualization was 50,581 (this with a aggregation that alone went 5-7).
Last division the Jayhawks struggled to a 3-9 finish, but an boilerplate of about 45,000 Kansas admirers abounding home amateur admitting the poor outcome.
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Officially alleged “Faurot Acreage at Memorial Stadium” and nicknamed “The Zou” Missouri’s architecture is alleged in account of aloft Tigers drillmaster Don B. Faurot.
Faurot accomplished at Missouri from 1935-56, announcement an all-embracing almanac of 101-79-10, including four Big Eight titles. Faurot additionally led the Tigers to the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Cotton Basin and two Gator Bowls during his tenure.
Originally complete in 1925, Faurot Acreage currently holds 68,349, which the Tigers administer to ample to over 90 percent of capacity.
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Aptly nicknamed “the Oven,” Papa John’s Cardinal Amphitheater was completed in 1998 at a amount of $63 million.
A 2010 amplification added accommodation to 55,000 seats, which the Cardinals managed to ample to 92 percent during home amateur aftermost season, aback they bigger to 7-6 beneath new drillmaster Charlie Strong.
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Originally dubbed “KSU Stadium” aback opened in 1968, Kansas Accompaniment afflicted the stadium’s name to account drillmaster Bill Snyder aloft his retirement in 2005.
Snyder alternate to advance Kansas Accompaniment football afresh in 2009 and his all-embracing almanac at KSU is 148-80-1.
Nicknamed “The Abode that Bill Built,” the area seats 52,200, which became aing to actuality abounding to accommodation in 2010 with an boilerplate home actualization of 49,816 (up from 46,763 in 2009).
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Rentschler Acreage bears both the name and concrete armpit of an airport that operated from 1933-99.
Most notably, Rentschler Acreage served as a abject for fighter planes answerable with arresting the air over the Atlantic Ocean during WWII.
Rentschler Field, the stadium, was congenital in 2000 (opened in 2003) on the aforementioned armpit at a amount of $91.2 actor dollars.
Rentschler seats 40,000, which UConn has abounding to an absorbing 96 percent of accommodation over the accomplished two seasons.
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Groves Amphitheater was complete in 1967 and currently holds 31,500 spectators.
Despite the actuality that the Demon Deacons accept alone gone 8-16 aback 2009, Groves is still a abundant abode to t a academy football game.
Amazingly, Wake Forest has managed to actually ample their amphitheater over the accomplished two seasons, behindhand of the accelerate backwards in performance.
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Originally opened as “Public Academy Stadium” in 1942 and congenital as a bifold activity amid the Works Progress Administration and the Houston Independent Academy District, the Cougars’ football area is affluent with history.
The Houston Cougars alleged “The Rob” home from 1946-50 and afresh from 1998 to present. The then-AFL affiliate Houston Oilers acclimated the amphitheater as their home acreage from 1960-64 and the acreage is additionally anon acclimated by the MLS Houston Dynamo.
Robertson Amphitheater played host to both the 1960 and 1962 AFL championships and was the armpit of the 1964 AFL All-Star Game.
The amphitheater was renamed (after actuality alleged Jeppesen Amphitheater from 1958-80) afterwards benefactor and Lath of Regents affiliate Corbin J. Robertson in 1980.
“The Rob” seats 32,000, which the Cougars came aing to bushing to accommodation in 2010.
Unfortunately, time is active abbreviate for this actual area as it has been afresh bent that in adjustment to access the Cougars’ basement capacity, razing is added achievable than expansion.
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The fifth-oldest area in academy football, Nippert was accounted accomplished in 1924 and currently seats 35,000.
“The Nip” is an old academy area amid in the affection of the UC campus and is the aboriginal amphitheater in the Big East Conference.
Expansion affairs are currently actuality discussed, but at present it is no abruptness that the Bearcats ample Nippert to accommodation anniversary in and anniversary out.
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“The Abode of Heat” was originally congenital in 1958 with a accommodation of alone 30,000. In its present form, Sun Devil Amphitheater holds aloof beneath than 74,000 assemblage and is abundant to 76,000.
It has served as the home of Arizona Accompaniment football aback 1958, but additionally hosted the Fiesta Basin from 1971-2006, was the home of the NFL Arizona Cardinals from 1998-2005 and hosted Super Basin XXX in 1996.
The aboriginal d anytime played at the area was aback the Sun Devils exhausted West Texas Accompaniment University 16-13 on October 4, 1958.
Sun Devil Amphitheater has been the home of the Insight Basin aback 2006.
“The Abode of Heat” is ample for a academy football area and the Sun Devils accept alone managed to boilerplate 48,000 admirers over the accomplished two seasons; beneath hasty aback you accede this is a aggregation that went 10-14 over this aforementioned time span.
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Rice-Eccles Amphitheater was congenital in 1997 as a backup to Rice Stadium, which was originally complete in 1924.
The new area was all-important to lath the XIX Olympic Winter Amateur in February of 2002 in Salt Lake City. Rice-Eccles served as the capital amphitheater for this event.
Capacity is 45,017, which Ute admirers consistently over-fill. With Utah aing the Pac-12 in 2011, amplification is in the cards for Rice-Eccles.
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Originally opened in 1987, Sun Life Amphitheater has gone through six name changes in its 23-year history.
What began as Joe Robbie in 1987 became Pro Player Park in 1996, Pro Player Amphitheater (also in 1996), Dolphins Amphitheater in 2005, Dolphin Amphitheater in 2006, Land Shark Amphitheater in 2009 and assuredly Sun Life Amphitheater in 2010.
Names actuality kicked about in 2011 are Don Strock Acreage at Bob Griese Amphitheater and Hanging Chad Acreage at 2000 Presidential Election Memorial Stadium.
Sun Life anon holds 75,000 admirers for football and the Hurricanes administer about 50,000 admirers per home d (or 67 percent ample rate).
Sun Life Amphitheater is additionally the home of the NFL Miami Dolphins, the MLB Florida Marlins, the Orange Basin and will host WrestleMania XXVIII in 2012.
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Originally complete in 1921, Stanford Amphitheater built-in a whopping 85,500 assemblage by the about aboriginal date of 1927.
The aboriginal architecture was razed in 2005 and rebuilt as the accepted Stanford Amphitheater at a amount tag of $90 actor (a amount of $89.8 actor added than the 1921 construction).
Even with the awe-inspiring contempo successes of Stanford’s football program, boilerplate actualization languishes at some 40,000 in a area that seats 50,000.
The aboriginal Stanford Amphitheater was the home of Super Basin XIX (1985) and played host to the FIFA Apple Cup in 1994.
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Carrying the audible account of actuality the oldest FBS stadium, Bobby Dodd Stadium, referred to as Grant Acreage until 1988, was originally complete in 1913.
The venue’s name was afflicted in 1988 to account drillmaster Robert L. “Bobby” Dodd, who accomplished at Georgia Tech from 1945-66. Dodd’s Yellow Jacket resume includes a 165-64-8 record, three SEC titles, the 1952 civic championship and 13 basin appearances (including three Orange, three Sugar and one Cotton Bowl).
Maybe the strangest allotment of trivia involving Georgia Tech’s amphitheater is that the best askew d in academy football was played at Grant Acreage in 1916, aback the Ramblin’ Wreck abandoned Cumberland Academy 222-0, led by a revenge-thirsty drillmaster John Heisman.
Bobby Dodd Amphitheater currently seats 55,000 and the Yellow Jackets accept averaged to ample “The Flats” to about 88 percent of accommodation over the accomplished two seasons.
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One of the newest and, therefore, best big-ticket venues in academy football, TCF Bank Amphitheater opened in 2009 with a amount tag of a whopping $288 actor dollars.
Aptly alleged “The Bank,” it seats 50,000 admirers in a archetypal ambit design. It has been abounding to accommodation aback it opened two seasons ago, a accomplishment essentially added absorbing aback you accede Minnesota has gone 9-16 aback 2009.
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Zuppke Acreage at Memorial Amphitheater is alleged in account of Drillmaster Robert C. Zuppke, who served at Illinois from 1913-41, accession a 131-81-12 record, including seven Big Ten titles and four civic championships.
Memorial was completed in 1923 and currently holds 63,000 spectators, which Illinois has afresh abounding to 92 percent capacity.
Teams who accommodated on Zuppke Acreage accept the different befalling to comedy aloft the alone accepted acreage that contains a annoyer beneath the surface. During construction, a dozer was purportedly sunk into the apparent during a rain storm and never removed.
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The new Mountaineer Acreage seats 60,000 and replaced the earlier Mountaineer Amphitheater that was amid on the school’s campus, authoritative amplification impossible.
Mountaineer Acreage was opened for comedy in 1980 at a amount of $22 actor and accepted boilerplate actualization is aing to capacity.
The bigger army anytime to watch a d at Mountaineer Acreage was in 1993 aback over 70,000 admirers watched the Mountaineers exhausted Miami (Fla.) 17-14 on their way to an 11-1 finish, the Big East appellation and a Sugar Basin anchorage (resulting in a 41-7 battery by Florida).
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“The Jones” was originally opened in 1947 as “Clifford B. and Audrey Jones Stadium” with a accommodation of 27,000. Clifford Jones was the admiral of Texas Tech from 1938-44.
After several renovations, best afresh in 2009-10, “The Jones” now seats 60,454 spectators.
The Red Raiders abide to ample Jones Amphitheater to accommodation anniversary division and Texas Tech offers a active game-day acquaintance for academy football enthusiasts.
In the apprehensive and absolutely biased assessment of the author, “The Jones” is one of the finest places on all the Earth.
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Carter-Finley was complete in 1966 and is alleged in account of two of the arch benefactors of the project.
Current accommodation nears 60,000, which the Wolfpack advertise out on a approved basis. Wolfpack admirers are agog (not hasty with a aggregation that went 9-4 in 2010) and Carter-Finley may be disregarded as one of the best venues in the ACC.
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Arizona Amphitheater was originally erected in 1927 and has been the home of Wildcat football anytime since.
The venue’s accepted accommodation is 57,803, which has been abounding to 95 percent accommodation over the accomplished two seasons.
Arizona Amphitheater hosted the Insight Basin from 1998-99.
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Amon G. Carter (1879-1955) was a philanthropist and the architect and ambassador of the Fort Account Star-Telegram.
The amphitheater alleged in his account was opened in 1930 and its accepted accommodation is 44,008, which has been abounding to the border over the accomplished several years.
Amon G. Carter is currently actuality broadcast and upgraded; assignment is due to be accomplished by 2012 aback the Horned Frogs will become a affiliate of the Big East.
The amphitheater will acceptable aback the Armed Forces Basin in 2012, which was played at Amon G. Carter from 2003-2009 (before affective to SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Amphitheater in adjacent Dallas for 2010-11).
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One of the added amazing venues in academy football, Kenan Memorial Amphitheater opened in 1927 and is alleged for the Kenan family, who played an important role in the aboriginal stages of the university.
Current accommodation is 60,000 and, admitting the actuality that UNC is bigger accepted as a basketball school, the Tar Heels abide to advertise out Kenan anniversary in and anniversary out.
The bigger army in Kenan history came in 1997 aback 62,000 arranged the amphitheater to watch the Tar Heels comedy Florida State. The Seminoles prevailed by the account of 20-3, handing Mack Brown’s UNC aggregation its alone accident in a division that concluded at 11-1, including a Gator Basin assault of Virginia Tech (UNC 42 – VT 3).
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Maybe the best underrated area in the SEC, Commonwealth is consistently accommodation with Wildcat admirers on d day.
In a ability with a accommodation of 67,606, Kentucky averaged 69,594 at home amateur in 2009 (No. 22 all-embracing nationally) and 66,070 in 2010.
Built in 1973, Commonwealth is the newest amphitheater in the SEC and is alleged for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Amphitheater was congenital in 1958 at a amount of $3 million. Afterwards a aloft advance in 2004, the accepted accommodation is 34,000, which is generally met and exceeded.
The amphitheater has never hosted the anniversary Army adjoin Navy game, but is still a amazing ambience a the amazing campus of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Originally accepted as Parker Amphitheater (after benefactor Charles T. Parker), OSU’s football area was erected in 1953.
The name was afflicted to Reser Amphitheater in 1999 to account Al and Pat Reser, who both accelerating from and afresh were financially acceptable to Oregon State.
Current accommodation is 45,000, which is actually abounding with Beaver admirers on d day.
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Scott Acreage (named for an aboriginal Mississippi Accompaniment athlete) opened in 1914 and accepted accommodation is 55,082.
“The Dawg Pound” was renamed in 2002 to account amphitheater advance benefactor Floyd Davis Wade, Sr.
The Bulldogs consistently ample Davis Wade actually and the almanac actualization came in 2009, aback 58,103 admirers watched Mississippi Accompaniment lose 31-3 to closing civic best Alabama.
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The Hawkeyes consistently ample Kinnick Amphitheater 100-percent abounding and Iowa ranked No. 21 nationally in home actualization in 2009.
Kinnick was originally alleged Iowa Amphitheater aback congenital in 1929 and the name was afflicted in 1972 to account Hawkeye QB Nile Kinnick, champ of the 1939 Heisman Trophy. Kinnick is Iowa’s alone Heisman champ and he died at the age of 25 as a Navy pilot confined in WWII.
Kinnick Amphitheater is conspicuously loud and seats about 71,000 agog Iowa fans.
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Cal’s Memorial Amphitheater was opened in 1923 and seats aloof beneath than 73,000 spectators.
The Golden Bears attempt to ample their home amphitheatre and accept averaged aloof shy of 60,000 admirers at home amateur over the accomplished two seasons.
Of note, the Hayward Fault band runs anon beneath the amphitheatre surface, about from one ambition column to the other.
In 2006 Memorial Amphitheater was placed on the Civic Register of Celebrated Places, which aims to analyze areas and structures aces of preservation.
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Constructed in 1924, the horseshoe-shaped Folsom Acreage holds the account of actuality the academy football amphitheater with the third-highest acclivity (after Wyoming and Air Force).
Originally dubbed Colorado Stadium, the name was afflicted in 1945 to account Fred G. Folsom who accomplished the Buffaloes from 1895-1915, accumulating an all-embracing almanac of 77-24-2 and 11 appointment titles.
With a accepted accommodation of 53,750, Folsom is baby by BCS appointment standards, but Buffalo admirers are conspicuously loud and active and the affectionate ambience provides a different academy football d experience.
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The new Rutgers Amphitheater was opened for business in 1994 and seats 52,454.
What is best notable about Rutgers Amphitheater is that is amid not far from the armpit of the amphitheatre of the absolute aboriginal academy football d in history, in which Rutgers exhausted Princeton 6-4 on November 6, 1869.
Rutgers Amphitheater is appropriately nicknamed “The Birthplace of Academy Football.”
That’s adamantine to exhausted from a actual standpoint.
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Razorback Amphitheater dates aback to its aboriginal architecture in 1938. It was aboriginal accepted as “University Stadium,” afresh “Bailey Stadium” and “Razorback Stadium” afore assuredly actuality alleged “Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium” in 2001, to account a cogent benefactor.
The acreage itself is alleged “Frank Broyles Field” in account of Drillmaster Broyles, who led the Razorbacks from 1958-76, accumulation an all-embracing almanac of 144-58-5, seven Southwest Appointment crowns and the 1964 civic championship.
The amphitheater currently seats 76,000 and is abounding with animated hog-calling Razorback admirers at every home game.
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Another affairs that plays to a arranged abode with a admirable abundance backdrop, BYU’s Lavell Edwards Amphitheater is account the drive west.
Originally alleged “Cougar Stadium” aback opened in 1964, the name was afflicted in 2000 to account longtime drillmaster Lavell Edwards, who served from 1972-2000, accession a 257-101-3 all-embracing almanac accent by 19 WAC crowns, one MWC appellation and the 1984 civic championship.
The amphitheater currently seats 64,045 and is abounding to 100 percent accommodation on a approved basis.
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No. 28 ability assume like a aerial rank for East Carolina’s football tabernacle, but the Pirates put on a game-day appearance that is not to be missed.
Dowdy-Ficklen is alleged for two benefactors amenable for its antecedent architecture and afresh its amplification in the 1990s. Originally congenital in 1962, it currently holds 50,000 spectators.
What is appropriate about Dowdy-Ficklen is the atmosphere; accurately arch up to the game, which, according to some, is amid the best in all of academy football.
Prior to the team’s admirable access assimilate the field, a fog horn assault and the afterward anapestic verses are recited by the PA announcer, accompanied by appropriately active music:
“Like a apparition on the wind, he comes from the sea
And agitation the foe like a storm on the lea.
With a clap bang from his cannon’s might,
He all-overs the strong, and cripples their fight.
From East Carolina, victories are told
Of the spirit of the Pirate, and his Amethyst and Gold”
This is followed by addition blast of foghorns and the loud amphitheatre of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” accompanied by amethyst smoke billowing from the adit that will advance the Pirates assimilate the field.
Finally, as “Purple Haze” fades out, the aggregation is greeted assimilate the acreage with a cannon access followed by the ECU action song, E.C. Victory.
It is possibly one of the greatest on-field entrances in academy football. Apparently, you accept to see it to accept it.
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Ah yes, the dejected accommodation finds its way to the top 30. Indeed, whether you like Boise Accompaniment or not, it has become a hot atom on the mural of academy football.
Bronco Amphitheater opened in 1970 and currently holds 32,000 spectators; the dejected accommodation wasn’t installed until 1986.
The Broncos affirmation a 62-game approved division home acceptable streak, which makes it no abruptness that Boise Accompaniment consistently exceeds accommodation at home games.
Plans are in abode to aggrandize Bronco Amphitheater to bench 53,000 by 2013.
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Originally dubbed “Hemingway Stadium” aback opened in 1915 (after Judge William Hemingway, assistant of law and able-bodied administrator), the name was adapted in 1982 to account drillmaster Johnny Vaught.
Vaught accomplished the Rebels from 1947-73 and aggregate an all-embracing almanac of 190-61-12, including seven SEC titles and the 1960 and 1962 civic championships.
Vaught-Hemingway currently accommodates 60,850 and was abounding to 92-percent accommodation in 2010 admitting a afflictive 4-8 finish.
Not to be abandoned in the Ole Miss game-day acquaintance is the allegorical “Grove” where, aback the 1950s, Rebel admirers accept stylishly and drunkenly tailgated amidst 10 acreage of old advance balk trees.
“The Grove” is advised by abounding to be the ultimate academy football affair experience.
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Husky Amphitheater was originally congenital in 1920 and now seats 72,500 in one of the best amazing venues in all of sports.
Overlooking Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier, Husky Amphitheater is breathtaking.
Washington admirers accept remained loyal to their aggregation and managed to accumulate about 65,000 admirers at home amateur admitting the actuality the aggregation has skidded to a 23-50 almanac aback 2005.
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It’s adamantine to exhausted the Rose Basin for academy football history.
The Rose Basin was complete in 1921 and aboriginal opened in 1922 aback Cal exhausted USC 12-0 on October 8.
The aboriginal Rose Basin d in the new area was played on January 1, 1923 aback USC exhausted Penn Accompaniment 14-3.
Current accommodation is 92,000 and the amphitheater became the home of the UCLA Bruins in 1982.
The Bruins accept struggled to ample the massive anatomy and their boilerplate home actualization in 2010 was alone 60,376.
The Rose Basin has hosted bristles Super Bowls and played host to added cogent antic challenge over its acclaimed history.
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Originally congenital in 1923, Spartan Amphitheater currently holds 75,005 fans, authoritative it the fifth-largest area in the Big Ten.
Even with its astronomic capacity, Michigan Accompaniment has ranked in the top 20 in civic actualization abstracts for the accomplished 47 years. That’s amazing.
Termed as the “snake pit,” Spartan Amphitheater is abounding with disorderly and absolute articulate Spartan fans; in fact, a recording of the babble during a 1959 affair amid Michigan Accompaniment and battling Notre Dame is acclimated in the 1960 blockbuster Spartacus.
Indeed, in East Lansing it’s consistently “A Admirable Day for Football…”
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Originally dubbed “Columbia Municipal Stadium” and afresh “Carolina Stadium,” the Gamecocks’ home-field name was afflicted in 1972 to account Martha Williams-Brice.
Williams-Brice is one of alone two FBS stadiums to alone account a woman with its name (the added actuality Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards). Williams-Brice larboard best of her massive acreage to South Carolina and her bedmate played football for the Gamecocks in the aboriginal 1920s.
“The Cockpit” was opened in 1934 and its accepted accommodation is 80,250, which is abounding with loud, disorderly Gamecocks admirers every home Saturday.
Constantly included amid the top 25 d adventures in academy football, South Carolina charge be the best underrated abode to watch a d in the SEC and nationally.
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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, like its acquaintance to the arctic at Cal, is listed on the Civic Register of Actual Places.
The LA Coliseum is the alone amphitheater in the apple to accept served as the capital host to two Olympic Amateur (1932 and 1984), hosted the aboriginal anytime Super Basin (then accepted as the AFL-NFL Apple Championship Game) and was the armpit for Super Basin VII in 1973.
It additionally hosted three amateur of the 1959 Apple Series, was the home of the UCLA Bruins football aggregation from 1928-81, home of the NFL Los Angeles Rams from 1946-79, home of the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers from 1958-61 and was home of the NFL Los Angeles Raiders from 1982-94.
Through it all, the celebrated LA Coliseum has been the home of the USC Trojans aback its adjustment in 1924 and the Olympic Cauldron (built for the 1932 Olympic Games) is still lit during the fourth division of anniversary home game.
Truly one of the abundant venues in all of sport.
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The “Doak” was congenital in 1950 and alleged afterwards the then-president of Florida Accompaniment University, Doak Campbell.
Current accommodation is 84,300, which has been alone abounding to about 85-percent accommodation over the accomplished two seasons.
Attendance levels will no agnosticism edge aback up as the Seminoles acceleration aback into civic appellation contention, but regardless, it is adamantine to exhausted the sounds and architect of an FSU home game, which accommodate the active FSU War Chant and accent by Chief Osceola chunking his ablaze extra into the turf.
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As absorbing as East Carolina’s multi-part access on to the acreage is, it is adamantine to exhausted the Clemson Tigers abrading Howard’s bedrock as they run bottomward the acropolis into the alarming architect and sounds of a aural army at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
“Death Valley” was opened in 1942 and seats aloof over 80,000 fans.
The “Death Valley” appellation is at atomic partially explained by the actuality that the university cemetery disregarded the amphitheater until the aerial decks were added.
Clemson has one of the best amorous fan bases in all of academy football.
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Ranked No. 2 on ESPN’s “Top 10 Scariest Places to Play,” it is adamantine to acquisition a added alarming area for academy football than Lane Stadium.
Opened in 1965, Lane Amphitheater was alleged in account of Edward Lane, Virginia Tech alum and benefactor who founded the Lane Company, acclaimed for the accomplish of cedar s.
After several expansions, Lane now seats 66,233 and is abounding to accommodation at best games.
Rivals.com ranked Lane Amphitheater as captivation the No. 1 home-field advantage in the nation in 2005.
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Ground was burst for the architecture of Oklahoma Memorial Amphitheater in 1923 and the on-campus ability opened in 1925.
Current accommodation is 82,115 and Oklahoma consistently ranks amid the top 15 schools in agreement of absolute attendance.
In 2002 the Gaylord Family’s banking charge to the university was accustomed with the renaming of the amphitheater to “Gaylord Ancestors Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.”
The amphitheater actualization almanac was set in 2008 aback the Sooners abandoned best Texas Tech 65-21 in advanced of a army of 85,646. Oklahoma went on to a 12-2 almanac in 2008, ultimately accident to Florida in the BCS civic championship.
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Originally dubbed “Auburn Stadium” aloft its achievement in 1939, Auburn’s football home was renamed aboriginal in 1949 as “Cliff Hare Stadium” (honoring a affiliate of the aboriginal football aggregation who went on to serve as a academy administrator), and afresh “Jordan-Hare” in 1974 aback longtime drillmaster “Shug” Jordan was recognized.
Ralph “Shug” Jordan led the Tigers from 1951-75 and went 176-83-6 best at Auburn, including the 1957 SEC and civic championship crowns.
Jordan-Hare anon seats over 87,000 and Auburn consistently ranks amid the top 15 teams in the nation in absolute and boilerplate attendance.
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A game-day acquaintance affluent in attitude and arranged with loyal fans, Darrell K. Royal should be on the top of every austere connoisseur’s “must see” list.
Originally congenital in 1924 and alleged “War Memorial Stadium” the Longhorn’s football home was afresh broadcast and now seats over 100,000 fans.
In 1996 the name was adapted to account longtime Longhorns drillmaster Darrell K. Royal, who accomplished at Texas from 1957-76, activity 167-47-5 overall, including 11 Southwest Appointment titles and three civic championships (1963, 1969 and 1979).
Despite a 5-7 assuming in 2010, the Longhorns arranged an boilerplate of over 100,000 admirers during home amateur aftermost season.
The better home army in Texas’ continued history came in 2010 aback 101,437 admirers watched the Longhorns lose a shocker to UCLA 34-12.
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Camp Randall Amphitheater was erected in 1917 on the armpit of Camp Randall, a aloft Union Army training area during the Civil War.
Camp Randall’s accepted accommodation is 80,321, which the Badgers ample or beat on a approved basis.
The Badger admirers put on a active affectation at anniversary and every home d and Wisconsin is amid the best acknowledged teams at home with the advantage essentially accretion for night games.
These are actively amorous admirers at a celebrated venue; addition gem.
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Though not a as massive as some of the added stadiums in the top 20, Autzen makes up for its abridgement of accommodation with arduous babble level.
Autzen was congenital in 1967 and is alleged in account of Thomas J. Autzen, an Oregon alum and affluent barge magnate.
Autzen Amphitheater holds aloof 54,000 but averages aing to 59,000 at best games, which makes it the best oversold area in FBS football.
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Often included amid the top 10 game-day adventures in all of academy ball, Kyle Acreage is an absorbing afterimage on Saturdays, behindhand of your accurate animosity about the Aggies.
Kyle Acreage is alleged for Edwin Jackson Kyle, a affiliate of the A&M chic of 1899, university assistant and eventually an able-bodied administrator.
Originally complete in 1927, Kyle Acreage currently seats 82,000 and is consistently full, behindhand of how the Aggies are playing. Fan enthusiasm, accumulated with a boundless arrangement of game-time traditions, accomplish Texas A&M a top-tier football experience.
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Despite the attraction of its arresting and affectionate ambience on the campus of the US Military Academy at West Point, one would be behindhand to discount the actuality that Michie Amphitheater has served as the home of one of academy football’s celebrated powerhouses.
Opened in 1924, Michie is alleged for Dennis Michie, who played an important role in bringing football to the academy. Michie was dead during account in the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Army has won bristles civic championships in its history (1914, 1916, 1944, 1945 and 1946) and continues to attempt in aloft academy football admitting its aerial standards for admission, academics and of course, service.
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Ben Acropolis Griffin Amphitheater has been actually awash out aback the backward 1970’s and offers a active game-day experience.
“The Swamp” was aboriginal alleged “Florida Field” and opened in 1930, the amphitheater was renamed in 1989 anniversary Florida alum Ben Acropolis Griffin, Jr., who was acknowledged in the citrus industry.
Current accommodation is 90,000 and the Gators consistently rank amid the top 10 teams in the nation in agreement of attendance.
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“The Big House” was congenital in 1926 and its aboriginal accommodation was a whopping 72,500. The accepted basement accommodation of 106,201 makes Michigan Amphitheater the bigger amphitheater in the USA and the third-largest amphitheater worldwide.
Despite on-field performance, Wolverine admirers ample the amphitheater to accommodation and above for every home d and Michigan holds approved division actualization annal in about every category.
The aboriginal night d anytime at Michigan Amphitheater is appointed for September 10, 2011, aback Notre Dame visits “The Big House” for the anniversary affray amid the two.
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Originally dubbed “Beaver Field” the Nittany Lions home acreage opened in 1960 and seats over 100,000 spectators.
Though “Beaver Stadium” ability at aboriginal assume a analytical name for a aggregation alleged the Nittany Lions, its name ceremoniousness aloft Pennsylvania governor James A. Beaver, who additionally served as the admiral of Penn State’s lath of trustees.
From the over-capacity crowds, to its “white-outs” and incomparable biased followers, Beaver Amphitheater is one of the best venues in academy football.
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The Bulldogs home “Between the Hedges” seats over 92,000 Georgia admirers and was originally complete in 1928.
Sanford Amphitheater is alleged for Dr. Steadman Vincent Sanford, who was an English adviser that eventually went on to serve as adjudicator of the university system.
Georgia admirers accept anxiously abounding Sanford and the Bulldogs rank amid the top 10 teams in actualization yearly. Signs of this constant adherence were bright in 2010 aback Sanford was 100 percent abounding admitting the Bulldogs bottomward to a 6-7 finish, which was their affliction account aback activity 5-6 in 1996.
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Neyland Amphitheater opened in 1921 and was originally alleged Shields-Watkins Field. The area was renamed in 1962 to account General Robert Neyland who served as the Volunteers arch drillmaster from 1926-52.
During Neyland’s tenure, the Vols captured eight SEC titles and three civic championships (1938, 1950 and 1951).
Neyland Amphitheater currently seats 102,037 and is abounding to capacity, baronial Tennessee in the top bristles teams in attendance.
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Originally alleged Denny Stadium, the Crimson Tide home acreage was congenital in 1929. In 1975 the name was revised to account longtime Alabama drillmaster Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Bryant accomplished the Tide from 1958-82, earning a beauteous almanac of 232-46-9, including 14 SEC crowns and six civic titles (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978 and 1979).
Current accommodation is 101,821 (increased for the 2010 season) which is chock-full with some of the world’s best amorous academy football fans.
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It’s iconic, it’s around-the-clock and it’s deliciously “old school.” Yes, it’s Notre Dame Stadium.
Opened in 1930, Notre Dame Amphitheater anon seats about 80,000 and is not decidedly abounding to the border every home game.
The aboriginal d anytime played in the amphitheater was adjoin SMU, with the Irish acceptable the challenge 20-14. The 1930 Irish went best and captured the civic championship afterwards blanking USC 27-0 on the road.
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“Death Valley” was complete in 1924 and holds 92,400 of the best celebratory admirers in academy football.
Tiger Amphitheater has been ranked as the “Scariest Amphitheater in Academy Football” by ESPN and is broadly admired as the loudest area in academy football, abnormally at night aback LSU admirers are appropriately lubricated.
On Saturday night, Tiger Amphitheater is like no abode on earth.
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Memorial Amphitheater in Lincoln, Nebraska originally opened in 1923, and afterwards abundant expansions currently accommodates 86,000 fans.
Though there are absolutely above FBS venues, there are no added committed admirers than those at Nebraska, who put on a game-day acquaintance that involves the beheld admiration of stands abounding with a accurate sea of red.
Uniquely, anniversary of the four corners of the amphitheater affection inscriptions bound by assistant Hartley Burr Alexander.
Southeast: “In Commemoration of the men of Nebraska who served and fell in the Nation’s Wars.”
Southwest: “Not the achievement but the action; Not the ambition but the game; In the accomplishment the glory.”
Northwest: “Courage; Generosity; Fairness; Honor; In these are the accurate awards of audacious sport.”
Northeast: “Their Lives they captivated their country’s trust; They kept its faith; They died its heroes.”
It’s adamantine not to be afflicted with that.
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Some ability accede putting “the Horseshoe” aloft this account a bit of a reach, but Ohio Accompaniment offers the academy football enthusiast every aspect all-important to accomplish a astounding game-day experience.
It’s old academy (no lights), it’s huge (capacity of 102,329), it’s awash out every weekend and abounding with amorous live-or-die fans, it’s a affairs that admitting its contempo troubles is currently ascendant (has added BCS appearances than any added school) and it’s affluent in tradition.
One of three FBS stadiums to be listed on the Civic Register of Celebrated Places (along with Cal’s Memorial Amphitheater and the LA Coliseum), Ohio Amphitheater ranks in the top bristles nationally in agreement of attendance.
You ability not like the Buckeyes, but it’s adamantine not to calculation “the Horseshoe” amid the best aristocratic antic venues in the United States.
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