Which is the best NCAA College Football Stadium? A 2001 Sporting News poll ranked Tennessee's Neyland Stadium as the top college football stadium in America.
The college football stadium is the center of a football fan's universe - at least on college football game days. It's the place where fans, players, coaches, and even curious onlookers gather to share in the festivities of game day. Everywhere you look, you see the school colors; mascots, cheerleaders and just generally the pageantry of college football game day. If the atmosphere is just right, the energy felt within a college football team's stadium is infectious.
When it comes to the best NCAA college football stadium, Neyland Stadium is big in size, spirit, and tradition.
Situated on Phillip Fulmer Way, Neyland Stadium is simply mammoth. Over the past 86 years, through multiple expansion efforts, the University of Tennessee's football stadium now seats 102,037. And more fans than that crowd in for "big games."
The Neyland Stadium attendance record currently is 109,061 people, who witnessed Tennessee beat Florida 30-28 in 2004. Neyland Stadium has a larger seating capacity than any other stadium in the South.
Yes, Michigan and Penn State have a larger number of seats, but there are other factors that go into making Neyland Stadium the top college football stadium.
The story of the best NCAA college football stadium began in 1921 when ground was broken for the Shields-Watkins Field. In fact, it was a rather small affair at the time, and so was able to host its first football game that same year. There were only 3200 seats in what are now the West Stands.
The name was later changed to Neyland Stadium, and the stadium has received a variety of facelifts over the years. The latest addition (in 2006) was rather unfortunate because it added a number of "executive suites" which reduced the overall seating capacity from 104,079 to 102,037.
Of course size isn't everything. Right? Neyland Stadium is also the best NCAA college football stadium because of the many traditions its fans have upheld through the years. For instance,
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When you consider the tremendous size, spirit, tradition, and history of Neyland Stadium; as well as its setting (on the UT college campus), in the college football-crazy South - well, it seems like the logical choice.
Yes, the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium is the best NCAA college football stadium.
To read more about Neyland Stadium, and other great SEC football stadiums, see SEC Football Stadium Rankings.
The following articles are about other great SEC football and basketball stadiums and arenas:
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