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FCS College Football Stadium Rankings

By Paul Swaney -- January 15, 2014 3:14 PM EST

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As we have continued to expand our content, we have found that sometimes it's the smaller venues that really provide a great sporting experience. We set out to have a review of each of the 126 stadiums used in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. Unfortunately we were unable to make it to 19 venues. We will be sure to make it back next year to complete our list. For now, please enjoy our rankings of the FCS stadium experiences. As always, we use our official FANFARE rating to determine our rankings, using crowd reviews of our members as a tiebreaker. Please be sure to share your experiences. Included in our ranking list is an excerpt from each review. To read the entire review, just click on the picture for each stadium.

  1. Kidd Brewer Stadium - Home of the Appalachian State Mountaineers

    Carved into the hillside, at an elevation of 3,333 feet., lies the picturesque environs of Kidd Brewer Stadium, home of the three-time FCS National Champion Appalachian State Mountaineers. Affectionately known as “The Rock”, Kidd Brewer Stadium is known not only for the amazing surroundings that serve as a testament that this stadium is located at a higher elevation than any other football stadium east of the Mississippi, but also for being one of the toughest home turfs in America for opposing teams.

  2. Paulson Stadium - Home of the Georgia Southern Eagles

    The game day atmosphere begins long before kickoff, with a packed tailgating lot bordering Paulson Stadium. When the Eagles approach the stadium in yellow school busses that date back to the beginning of the program, every car, truck and RV within sight honks repeatedly, alerting Statesboro that the Eagles have arrived at the stadium.

    Just before kickoff, before the team takes the field, Freedom, one of Georgia Southern University's live bald eagles, soars from the top of the Paulson Stadium press box onto the field to his awaiting trainer.

  3. Jerry Richardson Stadium - Home of the Charlotte 49ers

    After a series of practices and the school's first-ever spring game, Jerry Richardson Stadium officially opened on August 31, 2013 to a standing room only crowd of greater than 16,000 fans. The program got its start as a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), and will continue at that level until 2015, when it joins the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as a member of Conference USA. Jerry Richardson Stadium presents a beautiful home for the up-and-coming program, which fits right in with the wonderful stable of facilities on the Charlotte campus.

  4. Bobcat Stadium - Home of the Montana State Bobcats

    Bobcat Stadium on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana opened in 1973 as Reno H. Sales Stadium. It was a serviceable, but unremarkable venue featuring metal bleachers along each sideline and smaller wooden bleachers in each end zone. Major renovations completed in 1998 and 2011 and growing crowds brought on by a streak of winning seasons beginning in 2002 have transformed Bobcat Stadium into one of many great venues, in appearance and atmosphere, in the Football Championship Division (FCS).

  5. Gibbs Stadium - Home of the Wofford Terriers

    The 1996 season saw the opening of the Terriers' current home, Gibbs Stadium. The facility is one of the newer and larger stadiums in its classification, and just outside its gates rests the summer training camp home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Whether you travel to see the Terriers, the Panthers or just the campus, the surroundings are certainly impressive.

  6. Fargodome - Home of the North Dakota State Bison

    Built in 1992, the Fargodome has been a valued part of the Fargo-Moorhead community for more than two decades. This was most notable when the dome’s floor was crowded with volunteers filling sandbags for the flood of the Red River Valley in 2009.

    Aside from the occasional concert or monster truck rally, there’s one tenant that fills the dome on a regular basis: The North Dakota State University Bison football team.

  7. Bridgeforth Stadium - Home of the James Madison Dukes

    Entering the stadium, you get a feel of electricity and anticipation in the air as the fans get ready to cheer on the home team for the next three hours. If you enter through Gate D that is right in between the two student sections at the eastern and northern parts of the stadium and are generally the loudest throughout the game. The JMU Marching Royal Dukes sit right behind the north end zone and entertain the crowd throughout the game as well.

  8. Seibert Stadium - Home of the Samford Bulldogs

    There is another option to the high prices and huge crowds that accompany SEC games, and it sits in an absolutely gorgeous setting on the campus of Samford University. Seibert Stadium was constructed in 1958, and has hosted every Bulldog home game ever since. While those more famous venues garner all of the attention, consider the history that lurks within the boundaries of Seibert Stadium. Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman winner, has coached the Bulldogs since 2008. And none other than Robert Cleckler Bowden – aka Bobby – the NCAA’s all-time winningest Division 1 coach calls Samford (then known as Howard College) his alma mater, and began his legendary coaching career at the stadium that now features a statue of his likeness outside of the main entrance.

  9. Brooks Stadium - Home of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

    Reflecting its southern surroundings, the pre-game activities, such as tailgating, is relaxed and genteel. The university band entertains the folks outside the stadium. Then, some of the CCU cheerleaders form a horseshoe-shaped circle and provide encouragement and a show for the people entering the game. There is a gigantic CCU blowup football helmet not far from the main entrance to the stadium - certainly noticeable from a distance.

  10. Washington-Grizzly Stadium - Home of the Montana Grizzlies

    Located in beautiful and charming Missoula, MT, Washington-Grizzly Stadium is the home of the Montana Grizzlies. Opened in 1986, the stadium has undergone numerous renovations since inception to bring its current capacity to 25,217. It's named for construction mogul Dennis Washington, a native Montanan who donated millions to get the project started in the mid-1980's. Serving as a cathedral of pride, fun, and football for the University as well as Missoula, it's no coincidence Washington-Grizzly Stadium has become arguably the most feared place to play in the FCS.

  11. Delaware Stadium - Home of the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens

    Known for having one of the strongest fan bases in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Delaware Stadium on game days can often become the fourth-largest city in the state behind Wilmington, Dover, and Newark itself. Between 1999 and 2010, Delaware averaged more than 20,000 per regular season game, the only FCS program to do so. A very consistent contender, the Delaware Blue Hens have won six national titles, the last victory being in 2003.

  12. Villanova Stadium - Home of the Villanova Wildcats

    Deep in a beautiful Philadelphia suburb, Villanova Stadium has played host to the Wildcats since 1927. Located on campus, the stadium fits in with the beautiful Gothic buildings and leafy pathways that weave their way through the picturesque setting.

    As students file into the stadium in their Villanova sweatshirts and hats, you can imagine the scene hasn’t changed much since the 1920’s. There’s a love for the Villanova program from the current students and the alumni that is undeniable. With many alumni still residing within the Philadelphia area, there is no shortage of local support for the program.

  13. Barker-Lane Stadium - Home of the Campbell Camels

    If you drive through the campus of Campbell University, you may not even realize that the school has a football team. The school has around 5,000 students, and the campus is an intimate environment which doesn’t seem to welcome football. Come Saturday, however, the Camels’ football stadium and its surrounding parking lots are home to one of the best FCS tailgates. With its recent renovations, Barker-Lane Stadium is a great home for a rising program and its great fans.

  14. Foreman Field at S. B. Ballard Stadium - Home of the Old Dominion Monarchs

    For a program that has played less than ten years of college football, Old Dominion University has set the bar high for the schools in the Hampton Roads area. Playing their home games at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, the Monarchs have become the hot ticket in town in a short amount of time.

  15. Paladin Stadium - Home of the Furman Paladins

    Most fans who are familiar with the history of football in South Carolina focus on Clemson and South Carolina. Interestingly enough, Furman University actually fielded a football program before either of those schools. Furman has played intercollegiate football since 1889, and they have established quite their own history of success. The Paladins own 12 Southern Conference championships, three national championship game appearances and a national title in 1-AA (FCS) in 1988.

  16. Spangler Stadium - Home of the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs

    Many college football fans would not identify Gardner-Webb (or conference mate Presbyterian, for that matter) with a must-see football destination. Sure, there are no pyrotechnics, no choreographed student section dances or other trappings you may find in a larger venue. This should not keep you away from a game at Spangler Stadium, however. If you like seeing good football with good friends - ones you already knew or ones you just met - this is one of those stops you need to make, no matter how far off the highway your travels may take you.

  17. Houck Stadium - Home of the Southeast Missouri Redhawks

    The atmosphere can best be described as intimate -- both before and during the game. Picture a large high school stadium carved into a hillside neighborhood with a large tailgating party right outside. From the file under "Something you don't see everyday," fans with a ticket to the game can wait in line and receive two small pink raffle-type tickets that are good for two cups of beer as a promotion with local distributors. This has been going on for years as a way to help foster discretion among those of age.

  18. Roy Stewart Stadium - Home of the Murray State Racers

    If you are looking for the theme park shopping mall feel of a Cowboys Stadium, a Murray State game will leave you very disappointed at the end of the day. On the other hand, if you go to Murray, Kentucky expecting a campus and stadium overflowing with a throwback charm that has recently faded from the college game, you will be very pleased with your visit.

  19. Crocker Field at Bailey Memorial Stadium - Home of the Presbyterian Blue Hose

    Bailey Stadium is part of a beautiful and historic campus, which certainly sets the tone upon arrival. Established in 1880, five of Presbyterian's campus buildings are part of the National Register of Historic Places. This campus is located just outside downtown Clinton, which epitomizes the stereotypical southern downtown area of days past.

    There is a great sense of camaraderie at Presbyterian games. Presbyterian football is very much an event, as the drive through the campus passes a number of students and locals walking down the street toward the stadium.

  20. Eccles Coliseum - Home of the Southern Utah Thunderbirds

    At the beginning of the football season the weather in most places is unbearably hot, but with late summer temperatures in the mid 80's the first half of the season in Cedar City is optimal outdoor weather. Add the scenic red mountains that sit to the east and the view of the historic and beautiful campus in the foreground, and finding a nicer place to watch a game is hard to do.

  21. Multi-Sport Field - Home of the Georgetown Hoyas

    While the Hoyas play in a stadium that is smaller than a lot of high school programs, the energy from the home team fans and the visual beauty of the surrounding campus make you soon forget you are in the smallest stadium in Division I football with a capacity of only 2,500.

  22. Memorial Field - Home of the Dartmouth Big Green

    On a Saturday afternoon in the middle of October, there is perhaps no better place to sit back and watch a football game than in Hanover, New Hampshire. As the home of Dartmouth College, the Upper Valley region of New England is beautiful as the fall leaves change colors along the rolling hills. The Big Green play in the Ivy League, and though the school may not have the high regard reserved for its other Ivy competitors, Dartmouth has won the most championships, with 17. Big Green football has been played at the same location for well over a century, and the current home stadium was completed in 1923. Recent renovations the last several years have improved Memorial Field, yet retained the nostalgic character that makes attending a football game here a pleasant experience.

  23. Hancock Stadium - Home of the Illinois State Redbirds

    Nearly six years after the grand “Redbird Renaissance” project was announced, Hancock Stadium remained untouched as it had for nearly fifty years since its opening in 1963. That changed on September 16th 2011 when Illinois State University president Dr. Al Bowman unveiled an updated plan for the renovations during his annual State of the University address. The updated version calls for a new seven story, glass and brick grandstand on the east side of the stadium, featuring a state of the art press box, seven suites, and an indoor club.

  24. Cowell Stadium - Home of the New Hampshire Wildcats

    Cowell Stadium sits just east of the main campus at the University of New Hampshire (around 17,000 total students) located in the traditional New England town of Durham. The stadium, which services football games as well as track meets, is just a couple minutes on foot from the well known Whittemore Center where the men’s and women’s hockey games take place.

  25. Butler Bowl - Home of the Butler Bulldogs

    When one thinks of Butler Bulldogs athletics, it is natural to conjure up images of the basketball program. Whether it’s an image from the movie Hoosiers, the recent success of the basketball team in the NCAA tournament, or historic Hinkle Fieldhouse itself, this is a school (and a state) known first and foremost for its hoops.

    However, the Butler Bowl, home to Bulldogs football on Saturdays has quite a bit of history to offer as well. With recent upgrades to the small stadium, there is a wonderful little gameday experience to be had on the north side of Indianapolis.

  26. Rhodes Stadium - Home of the Elon Phoenix

    The final piece to the Elon athletic puzzle opened in 2001. Prior to the opening of Rhodes Stadium on campus, the school played their home games a few miles from campus at Memorial Stadium in downtown Burlington. Though the facility was nice for its classification, the atmosphere and home crowds suffered a bit. Just over a decade later, Rhodes Stadium is now one of the crown jewels of a growing, modern campus that still makes sure to remember its history.

  27. Franklin Field - Home of the Penn Quakers

    History and tradition: two things that the Ivy League is all about. One of their members is the University of Pennsylvania and a game at Franklin Field perfectly exemplifies Ivy football. Fans watch football take place on a field that was created in 1895. Penn has had quite a storied history here and during their time in the Ivy League, they have dominated with 12 outright titles. Along with hosting the successful Quaker football team, the Penn Relays have been held here for over 100 years. The stadium's current configuration was designed in the mid-1920s. Though there are several NCAA stadiums built in the early 1900s, you will be hard-pressed to find one as pure and untouched as Franklin Field.

  28. E. Claiborne Robins Stadium - Home of the Richmond Spiders

    An aging stadium and a desire to have an on-campus home for the Spiders led to relocating to Robins Stadium in 2010. Through a major expansion, it was transformed from a small stadium that was known simply as the Soccer/Track complex to its present day status as home to the Spiders.

    Total construction cost was approximately $28 million and brought current capacity to 8,700, which is about 40% of the capacity of the previous home to the Spiders. Robins Stadium also is home to the soccer, lacrosse, and track teams for the university and is a building that all of them can be proud to call home.

  29. O'Brien Field - Home of the Eastern Illinois Panthers

    Eastern Illinois won the Division II National Championship in 1978 and were the runners up in 1980. The 1978 team really was an incredible story as the team rebounded from a 1-10 record the previous season to claim the championship under first year head coach Darrell Mudra, who earned the title of "Dr. Victory" after the turnaround.

    O’Brien Field is shared by the EIU track & field team, so there is a track that encircles the football field, making the action seem just a little bit further away than a football-only facility. The stadium was opened in 1970, and has a capacity of 10,000.

  30. UNI-Dome - Home of the Northern Iowa Panthers

    The tailgate lots are busy prior to the game and students look into it as well. Student involvement can be hard to install at some universities and Northern Iowa should be credited with their efforts. Students are also rewarded with some of the best seats in the stadium for the student section, with the majority of the sections between the 25 yard lines in the bottom 20 or so rows.

    UNI fans are among the most passionate in FCS football and that is exemplified through the Interlude Dance. Made more famous by the Panthers' basketball success, the students lead the techno dance before the start of the second half. Seeing it in person is pretty cool and many of the season-ticket holders get involved as well.

  31. Yale Bowl - Home of the Yale Bulldogs

    Since opening in 1914, this simple old bowl has seen a lot in its lifetime. Concerts, New York Giants football, NASL soccer, and of course, Yale football. The prestigious university has been playing the sport since the late 1800s, and for quite awhile, they were a powerhouse. With names like Walter Camp and Amos Alonzo Stagg, the Elis dominated football in the early days of the sport. Even after the formation of the Ivy League in 1954, Yale would take home 14 championships. At a university full of historic buildings, Yale Bowl fits right in. The first ever bowl-shaped stadium (an inspiration for the Rose Bowl and Michigan Stadium) is unique in many regards, and it is hard to find a venue like it. While historic and impactful, Yale Bowl is a very uncomfortable place to watch a game, thanks to the tight, crumbling wooden bleachers. Despite a recent renovation, most seats have fallen into disrepair, and a refurbishing would help. Regardless, a Yale football game is a worthy experience in a historic venue.

  32. Tucker Stadium - Home of the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

    In 2013, Tennessee Tech saw an average of more than 8,500 fans per game, their highest average attendance since 1987. Still, this leaves the stadium only about half full, which can't help but have a slightly negative impact on the overall atmosphere.

    The school puts on a good show overall. The marching band is large and plays a pre-game concert on the west side of the stadium, about 40 minutes prior to kickoff. They also play on the field before the game, and at halftime. The name of the Tennessee Tech mascot is "Awesome Eagle," and he does a great job of engaging fans whether he is on the field or in the stands.

  33. Plaster Sports Complex - Home of the Missouri State Bears

    When it comes to Missouri State University football, tailgating is a pretty big deal. This is a movement that begins and ends with BearFest Village, an area across Grand Street from the Plaster Sports Complex that blossoms in popularity every year, regardless of the team’s success.

    Some would point to the fact that the village’s growth came as a result from the fact that alcohol is allowed on the premises because technically it’s located off of school grounds (MSU is a dry campus). Others would say that the students and alumni just like to have a good time -- and an MSU football game provides a perfect avenue, especially during Homecoming weekend.

  34. Harvard Stadium - Home of the Harvard Crimson

    Built in 1903, Harvard Stadium is the nation’s oldest stadium still in use today. In addition to serving as the home for The Crimson’s football team, the stadium acts as home to Harvard University’s lacrosse teams for both men and women, and in the past has served as host to rugby, track and field, Olympic soccer, and even ice hockey games. The New England Patriots, then known as the Boston Patriots, called Harvard Stadium home from 1970-1971. Harvard Stadium is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and is one of just four athletic arenas to be so designated.

  35. Municipal Stadium - Home of the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

    The stadium holds around 10,000 fans, but the stands are packed and the fans are into the game. That always makes for a fun day of college football. The B-CU band is one of the best you will ever get a chance to see, as evidenced by their rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner". It makes you want to go out and vote immediately.

  36. Williams Stadium - Home of the Liberty Flames

    There is a genuine feeling of excitement generated in the stadium by the students, band and fans that just makes you want to be part of it, even if you aren't a Liberty supporter. The PA announcer does a good job of keeping excitement in his voice to keep the crowd celebrating when the home team does well, and the band is a great complement to the play on the field. There is a large scoreboard in the north end zone that also has a video screen that shows live action, along with replays.

  37. O’Kelly Riddick Stadium - Home of the North Carolina Central Eagles

    Around the Raleigh/Durham area, saying that college athletics are huge would be an understatement. With the Carolina Hurricanes as the lone pro team, most local sports fans find their identity in a college team. Outside of the big 3 (UNC, NC State, and Duke), there are several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) around the area as well. Among them, NCCU is perhaps the most athletically relevant. The football team played its first season in 1922, but did not begin playing in their current stadium until 1975. O’Kelly Riddick is a stadium that won’t impress you with its looks, but makes up for it with its unique food and friendly atmosphere.

  38. Saluki Stadium - Home of the Southern Illinois Salukis

    The paint is barely dry on SIU’s new Saluki Stadium which opened on September 2, 2010. With a capacity of approximately 15,000, Saluki Stadium features a mostly metal horseshoe configuration with a main press box tower located on the western side of the stadium. The north end of the stadium was left open for possible future expansion, but currently features the stadium’s main and only jumbotron as well as a grassy hill for stadium overflow.

  39. Aggie Stadium - Home of the UC Davis Aggies

    After a string of Division II success, which included national championships in softball, men's basketball, and men's and women's tennis, UC Davis began play as a Division I school in 2007. Corresponding with the move up the division ladder, Aggie Stadium opened up that same year with a capacity of 10,743.

  40. Aggie Stadium - Home of the North Carolina A&T Aggies

    The Lindsay Street entrance to the stadium brings fans to the home side of Aggie Stadium. A large, modern press box sits atop the home stands, and serves as a bit of a navigational beacon to locate those who are wearing the blue and gold with "The Lock". The press box also contains suite seating, with balconies overlooking the action. The stadium offers seating on three sides, with the Bryan Wellness Center behind the north end zone

  41. Provost Umphrey Stadium - Home of the Lamar Cardinals

    The Lamar Cardinals returned to the football field after a two decade hiatus in 2010. The return of football to the Lamar University campus is also a return to Provost Umphrey Stadium which was formerly the home to the Cardinal football team prior to dropping football at the conclusion of the 1989 season.

  42. Goodman Stadium - Home of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks

    The Mountain Hawks play on the Murray H. Goodman campus, which is one of four different campuses located throughout Bethlehem. It's an area of campus that is surrounded by mountains and hills. There are trees everywhere, which make the campus absolutely beautiful during the fall football season.

  43. Governors Stadium - Home of the Austin Peay Governors

    Travel to Clarksville, Tennessee in the northern part of the Volunteer State, and you’ll find Austin Peay State University, home of the Governors. The football program has played at their current venue since it was built in 1946, then known as Municipal Stadium. In 1993, APSU purchased the stadium and renamed it Governors Stadium. Since that time, the school has added a new synthetic grass field (2004), and a Daktronics scoreboard which includes a video screen (2007).

    The stadium seats 10,000, which is just about the same as the enrollment at the school. Seating is on two sides with the home side filling almost completely, and the visiting side with only a smattering of visiting fans, and those who may just want to stretch out a bit more.

    Significant renovations are planned for the east side of the stadium. The visitor seating will be removed and replaced by a four story structure which will include sky boxes, meeting rooms, a weight room, offices, a training room, and locker rooms.

    Clarksville is a lovely town, and Austin Peay is a great example of what a day of FCS football can be like.

  44. Richardson Stadium - Home of the Davidson Wildcats

    The Wildcats are a member of the FCS Pioneer Football League, but they have also appeared in a major bowl game. Davidson represented the Southern Conference in the 1969 Tangerine Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) in Orlando, falling 56-33 to Toledo. The school celebrated the 90th anniversary of their home, Richardson Stadium, in 2013. The college campus on which it rests was founded in 1837. This is a campus and a stadium, however, that – for the most part – does not show its age.

  45. Hanson Field - Home of the Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks

    The atmosphere for Western Illinois football begins as you park your car and make your way through the tailgating. This is one destination where you definitely want to pack up the car and be ready to spend some quality time with purple and gold clad fans. You'll find enough tailgaters to make you think you may be at an FBS-level football game.

  46. Alex G. Spanos Stadium - Home of the Cal Poly Mustangs

    First opened in 1935 as Mustang Stadium, the venue has been undergoing renovations since 2006 to bring the capacity to 22,000. The stadium is named after Alex G. Spanos, current owner of the San Diego Chargers.

  47. Joe Walton Stadium - Home of the Robert Morris Colonials

    In a big city, the small college and university sports team can easily be forgotten. Robert Morris fits the description of small sports in a big city. Despite its recent success, Robert Morris football can also be described as a team that has fallen through the cracks in a big city. If you take a trip to the campus to partake in a game though, you’ll be sure to forget that you’re at a small school, but you won’t forget about your experience.

  48. Alerus Center - Home of the North Dakota Football

    Built in 2001, the Alerus Center in Grand Forks is the newest dome in the Football Championship Subdivision of college football and its main purpose is to host the University of North Dakota football team. From 1927 to 2001, the University of North Dakota played outside at Memorial Stadium on the southeast side of campus. While the team still uses Memorial Stadium today to house its football operations, it’s the domed stadium along the Interstate that is the center of all of the football action in Grand Forks.

  49. Fisher Stadium - Home of the Lafayette Leopards

    Nestled deep in the Lehigh Valley is a team that doesn't have a ton of notable sports alumni, aside from Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon. However, one of the most important inventions in the history of football originated at Lafayette with the invention of the football helmet. It was invented by former baseball and football player George Barclays, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Leopards football team.

  50. Arute Field - Home of the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils

    Jack Arute Sr. was the owner of one of Connecticut’s largest construction firms in the 1960’s. He was also an active member of the New Britain community, and through his dealings with the administration at Central Connecticut State University, became one of the school’s biggest boosters. Upset that the state government would not approve funding for a new football stadium, Arute took matters into his own hands, literally, and used his own funds and manpower to build the original Arute Field in the 1950’s. The present incarnation of Arute Field is actually the third stadium to bear his name. All three versions have been located on campus.

  51. Ted Wright Stadium - Home of the Savannah State Tigers

    Ted A. Wright Stadium has been the home of the Savannah State Tigers since 1967. However, Savannah State made major renovations in 2010-2011, which included improved locker rooms, ticket booths, concession areas and new FieldTurf. While the team has struggled to find wins over the years, Ted Wright Stadium is not a bad place to watch a college football game. It’s not a big stadium, and it looks more like it would be home to a big high school football team in Georgia. However, because of the fan support, which includes a lively student section and loyal alumni, the stadium is a fun place to take in football game in South Georgia

  52. LP Field - Home of the Tennessee State Tigers

    To truly understand how good this atmosphere could be, you have to see TSU play at what locals and TSU alumni over age 35 call "The Hole." Hale Stadium was the home to the Tigers before moving their home games to where the Titans played eight Sundays a year in 1999.

    A review on Hale Stadium will be on the horizon. After TSU renovated The Hole in 2012, the team began playing some of its home games there again, giving the Tigers a decided home-field advantage. TSU has a great alumni base and they will attend games faithfully. The problem is that a decent FCS crowd of 6,412 becomes a scattered mumbles and grumblings in a cavernous NFL stadium, compared to 6,412 fans inside a 10,000-seat capacity facility.

  53. Johnny Unitas Stadium - Home of the Towson Tigers

    Johnny Unitas Stadium, formerly known as Minnegan Field from 1983-2002, is a football, lacrosse, field hockey and track and field stadium which is the home of the Towson University Tigers of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The sports complex underwent a massive renovation from 1999-2002 when they added 6,000 seats to bring the capacity to its current figure of 11,198.

  54. Wagner College Stadium - Home of the Wagner Seahawks

    Millions of people visit New York City every year from all over the world, but far fewer ever venture away from Manhattan into the Outer Boroughs where the vast majority of New Yorkers go about their daily lives. Perhaps the least visited borough of the five is the mostly residential Staten Island, which is home to the Wagner College Seahawks. Located atop Grymes Hill, which has an elevation of 310 feet, the college enjoys spectacular views of New York Bay and the Verrazano Bridge having been built on the site of a large 19th Century estate.

  55. Stambaugh Stadium - Home of the Youngstown State Penguins

    The Youngstown State Penguins are one of the premier teams in the FCS division of college football. The proof is in the four National Championships that the Penguins own. Youngstown is another rust belt city that is truly defined by the people that call it home; and this shows at YSU football games. The stadium itself is also a reflection of the city; perhaps it’s a little worn, but it can still get the job done on game day.

  56. Princeton Stadium - Home of the Princeton Tigers

    Upon planning your trip to Princeton Stadium, you might be surprised to learn that Princeton participated in the very first college football game in 1869 versus Rutgers. In addition to being tied to the birth of collegiate football, Princeton is also one of the earliest universities chartered in America (1746). Though undoubtedly both the American university system and college football are much different today when compared to their roots, a visit to Princeton University is about as close as you can get to what was originally intended for both the university and college football. There are few other places across the nation where a banner hanging in the campus football stadium claiming “Education through Athletics” could be taken so seriously.

  57. Brown Stadium - Home of the Brown Bears

    Brown Stadium consists of a large trapezoid-shaped concrete grandstand on the southwest side of the football field, along with a smaller concrete stands on the northeast side of the field. The football field is encircled by a track, and the pits used for the field events are located beyond the northwest end zone.

  58. Estes Stadium - Home of the Central Arkansas Bears

    If you’re a football purist, the thought of watching a game on a field painted intermittently with different colors might make your stomach turn. The Central Arkansas Bears play on First Security Field at Estes Stadium, a playing surface that is striped with gray and purple -- and a majority of the school’s patrons are now colored with pride.

  59. Bragg Memorial Stadium - Home of the Florida A&M Rattlers

    The capacity of the stadium expanded from its original 13,200 to 25,500 in the 1980s when the Florida Legislature earmarked funds to update and repair the facility that had been condemned by state engineers. While the crowds have not quite reached that level in recent years, the pride of those who support Rattler football at Bragg Memorial Stadium cannot be denied.

  60. Dick Price Stadium - Home of the Norfolk State Spartans

    Recent success has been fleeting for the Spartans. They were MEAC champions in 2011, but have not returned to that winning form. While they might not be the most dominant team in the conference, they do have a dedicated base of fans that support them, and play in a stadium that is worth a visit if you are in the Hampton Roads area.

  61. Meade Stadium - Home of the Rhode Island Rams

    Meade Stadium, home of the University of Rhode Island Rams football team, is located on the URI campus in Kingston, Rhode Island. It is named after class of 1915 alum, booster, and local politician John E. “Jack” Meade, who was rumored to never have missed a home game from the time he attended URI until his death in 1972.

  62. Bulldog Stadium - Home of the Bryant Bulldogs

    Bulldog Stadium was built in 1999 to coincide with the rise of Bryant University’s football team to Division I status. The stadium is located on the university’s Smithfield, RI campus, alongside Bryant’s softball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse fields. From 1976-2002, the New England Patriots used the Bryant campus as the site for their training camp, and Bulldog Stadium sits on the site that the Patriots formerly used.

  63. DeGol Field - Home of the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash

    In between Johnstown and Altoona, you will find the small town of Loretto, Pennsylvania. With a population of about 1,200 residents, this may not be a place that you have waited your whole life to visit. However, if you are in the area on an autumn Saturday, it is a worthwhile stop to see the Red Flash of St. Francis University play football.

  64. Providence Park - Home of the Portland State Vikings

    Jeld-Wen is somewhat a familiar territory for the Vikings. Before the stadium was renovated, PGE Park was the home to the Vikings and now try to call Jeld-Wen Field home. It can be hard to consider it home as the program has yet to find a formula to fill the stands and provide a fun college game atmosphere to fans.

  65. Campus Field - Home of the Sacred Heart Pioneers

    Sacred Heart boasts several new, clean, impressive facilities for their sports teams located on campus. Campus Field serves as the home to several varsity teams, including the men’s football team as well as the men’s and women’s soccer, lacrosse, and track and field teams. The stadium features bleachers without seatbacks along both sidelines with two central sections featuring bucket style seats with backs. The football field, which is located directly adjacent to the William H. Pitt Center, has a newly installed SprinTurf field and is encircled by the university’s track.

  66. Bob Ford Field - Home of the Albany Great Danes

    UAlbany’s sparkling new stadium, Bob Ford Field, is a great FCS venue. Opened on September 14, 2013, the stadium is named after long-time football coach, Bob Ford. Ford became the head coach in 1973, and composed a 256-169 record during his time at the school before stepping down in 2013.

  67. Strawberry Stadium - Home of the Southeastern Louisiana Lions

    Strawberry Stadium has been the beneficiary of significant upgrades in recent years, and has become a new classic in FCS football stadiums. Originally constructed in 1937, recent upgrades include a new press box, suites, field lighting, turf, adjacent parking garage, and club seating. However, the historic feel of a stadium built in the first half of the 20th century still remains.

  68. Elliott T. Bowers Stadium - Home of the Sam Houston State Bearkats

    Bowers Stadium is located on the east side of the Sam Houston State Univeristy campus. There's not much scenery around the stadium other than trees, hills, and the campus that surrounds it. Opened in 1986, Bowers Stadium has a listed capacity of 14,000 and has seen little change over the years until a video scoreboard was added in 2006 (located in the north end zone) and new chairback seating was added to the west side stands in 2012.

  69. Coughlin-Alumni Stadium - Home of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits

    SDSU has played at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium since 1962. Named after Charles Coughlin, who was the lead donor among alumni to build the stadium, CAS was planned to have concrete structure bleachers on both sides of the stadium. Funds were limited and only the west side stands went up and that's the way it remains 50 years later. SDSU has wood bleachers on the east side of the stadium, painted yellow. The north section of those bleachers is for the visiting team.

  70. Armstrong Stadium - Home of the Hampton Pirates

    Armstrong Stadium is located on the campus of Hampton University in southeast Virginia. With an original capacity of 1,500, the stadium has seen many renovations over the years that have increased seating to the current 12,000 (17,000, including standing room). The last renovations were completed in 1999, when the north end zone seats were added to give the seating bowl its current horseshoe shape. The stadium is shared by the men’s football team and the men and women’s track & field squads.

  71. Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium - Home of the Jackson State Tigers

    One major extra of seeing a Jackson State football game is the Sonic Boom of the South. They produce a show that is well worth watching during halftime.

  72. Walkup Skydome - Home of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

    The J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome has been home to the Northern Arizona University football, basketball, and indoor track and field programs since 1977. It also plays host to local high school football games, Arizona Cardinals training camp, and many other events throughout the year. The field level sits at 6,980 feet above sea level, which is second only to Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium.

  73. Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium - Home of the Stony Brook Seawolves

    Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, along with a serene campus, offers an atmosphere that is one of a kind for residents who are not used to the collegiate experience that a majority of the country is accustomed to.

  74. Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium - Home of the VMI Keydets

    Surrounded by the greyish-green buildings on the campus of Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, you will find the home of the Keydets football team. Built in 1962, Alumni Memorial Field hosted two games that year, with the home team winning both, and the Keydets finished with a 6-4 record, winning a Southern Conference title.

  75. Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field - Home of the William & Mary Tribe

    While there have been some improvements to Zable Stadium over recent years (increased seating capacity, installation of lights for night games), it feels like the home of the Tribe is a little behind the times. It's not a bad place to catch a football game, but some additional upgrades are needed to enhance the fan experience.

  76. Ace W Mumford Stadium - Home of the Southern Jaguars

    While Southern shares a town with its Baton Rouge neighbors Louisiana State University, Ace W Mumford Stadium provides a totally unique experience in comparison to its neighbor to the south. The 28,500 seat facility in the north of the capital city of Louisiana, sits beautifully in the heart of Southern University’s campus. The atmosphere is everything, as the Human Jukebox, one the best bands in the country provides constant entertainment. Ace W Mumford Stadium provides a little of everything for the fan. Football, great music, tailgating before the game, and definitely fan passion.

  77. Oliver C. Dawson Stadium - Home of the South Carolina State Bulldogs

    South Carolina State is a successful university on and off the field, with a significant history in athletics, education and social growth. Attending a game at Dawson Stadium is certainly something that should be experienced, if for no other reason than to see the Marching 101. Unfortunately, the crowd management issues and big-game pricing structure keep this experience from being all it truly could be.

  78. Welcome Stadium - Home of the Dayton Flyers

    First, Welcome Stadium is not named so as a friendly gesture, it’s actually named after Percival Welcome, a former Director of Athletics for Dayton Public Schools, whose high school teams share Welcome with UD. Though Welcome sits within the sport complex of this private, Catholic university, the school district actually owns the stadium. Built in 1949, specifically for high school football, UD moved here in 1974.

  79. Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field - Home of the Duquesne Dukes

    Arthur J. Rooney Field is named after the Chief himself. The former owner of the Steelers would be proud of this stadium, despite its small size. Duquesne University is a small university, so this stadium really reflects the university nicely. While the atmosphere may not quite match Mr. Rooney’s Steelers atmosphere at Heinz Field, it will provide a very enjoyable day of football.

  80. Fitton Field - Home of the Holy Cross Crusaders

    Holy Cross has been playing football on Fitton Field since 1903. The Crusaders originally played on the site next door to the present stadium, where the Fitton Field baseball stadium is now located. In 1908 the football team moved to the site of the present stadium, with wooden stands built around the field. In 1924 steel structures were erected, and in 1986 the wooden stands were replaced by the metal stands in place today.

  81. Mercer University Stadium - Home of the Mercer Bears

    The Mercer University Stadium, which is also called the Tony and Nancy Moye Football and Lacrosse Complex, is one of the newer Division I football stadiums in the country, as it opened in 2013. The stadium is home of the Mercer football team, which is the only Division I team in Georgia that is a private school. Mercer actually started playing football in 1892, but the sport was dropped in 1941 during World War II, and it was never resumed until this past season.

  82. Jayne Stadium - Home of the Morehead State Eagles

    Jayne Stadium is home to the Morehead State University Eagles football team. Opened in 1964, the multi-purpose facility also serves home to the school’s women’s soccer program. The stadium was named in honor of W.L. Jayne, former administrator and faculty member. The facility resembles a high school football field, but when in attendance, its location near Poppy Mountain makes the stadium view stand out among voluminous facilities across the country.

  83. DakotaDome - Home of the South Dakota Coyotes

    At the University of South Dakota, there has been one indoor facility for all of its indoor sports for more than 30 years now. Not only do the football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball teams play inside the DakotaDome, but the swimming and diving teams use the indoor pool on the lower level of the dome, and the Coyotes’ track and field team uses the dome floor for its indoor season. Every athletic office is in the building and the university’s athletic training and sports medicine operations are conducted here.

  84. Finley Stadium - Home of the Chattanooga Mocs

    Finley Stadium actually serves a lot of purposes outside of college football. The school’s soccer teams call Finley Stadium home, as well as a semi-pro soccer team based out of Chattanooga. Even teams from Mexico’s top soccer league played a game at Finley Stadium in July the 2012 season. As for college football, the stadium definitely offers a good stage for viewing a game that would be at the magnitude of a game between two teams from the FCS.

  85. Drake Stadium - Home of the Drake Bulldogs

    Drake Stadium was built in 1925 and houses the Drake Relays, one of the bigger track and field events in the United States, as well as the Drake University Bulldogs football team. The stadium underwent a significant renovation in 2005 where capacity was decreased from 18,000 to its current size of 14,557. The stadium, the biggest in the 12 member Pioneer League, also hosts high school football and numerous other track and field events.

  86. Roy Kidd Stadium - Home of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels

    Roy Kidd Stadium on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky may be one of the most unusual looking football stadiums in college football. The home of the Colonels football program is a nine-story structure that seats 20,000 plus and is separated into upper and lower seating that suspends fans over the field of action.

  87. Coffey Field - Home of the Fordham Rams

    One of the many advantages of having an on-campus stadium is it encourages a high student turnout at football games. The Fordham student section is packed and they are into it and quite rowdy. The school has a ram mascot and a really good pep-band to get everyone fired up. The PA system and the scoreboard play the "Winning is a Habit" Lombardi speech before the team comes out. A Fordham tradition is having the cheerleaders do pushups after every Fordham score

  88. Memorial Stadium - Home of the Indiana State Sycamores

    Originally built as a baseball facility, Memorial Stadium was the home to minor league baseball in Terre Haute up until 1956. The Terre Haute Huts, a Detroit Tigers affiliate, were unable to finish the season and ceased operations before July 4 that year citing competition from television and air-conditioning, ending a long history of professional baseball that dated back to the late 19th century.

    In 1967, Indiana State University took over the facility and changed much of the aesthetics that included razing most of the seating, demolishing a majority of the original structure, and installing synthetic playing surface, thus becoming the first university to install an artificial turf. The only remnants of its 1924 construction is the original arched entrance that pays homage to the men who fought in World War I, and the curved wall at the eastern end of the stadium.

  89. Torero Stadium - Home of the San Diego Toreros

    Torero Stadium hosts the football program and sits just next to the school’s basketball venue, the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The stadium is now over 40 years old, but thanks to several renovations feels like a modern facility. The nickname of the University of San Diego is often not familiar to those outside of San Diego. “Torero” is a popular term in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico, commonly used to describe a bullfighter.

  90. BBVA Compass Stadium - Home of the Texas Southern Tigers

    BBVA Compass Stadium has a listed capacity of 22,039 which is usually more than accommodating for non-HBCU/classic match-ups and provides a state of the art venue for TSU football.

  91. E. J. Whitmire Stadium - Home of the Western Carolina Catamounts

    Western Carolina fans prove to be quite faithful, and remain optimistic. Optimism is one quality that defines the Catamount fan, and that feisty optimism is one quality often found in many who hail from this part of the world. It’s this “there is always next year” mentality that endears Catamount Football to many who know that North Carolina does not end in Asheville.

  92. Brown Field - Home of the Valparaiso Crusaders

    Brown Field has been the only home of the Crusaders football program over the years. Named for former Valparaiso President Henry Baker Brown (President from 1873-1917), the current facility is certainly functional, but there is little to excite visiting fans.

  93. Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium - Home of the Bucknell Bison

    There are few things better than taking a drive through the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania on a cool autumn day for some football. In the middle of scenic Lewisburg is Bucknell University, and the Bison play football at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. It has been awhile since the team has seen success as their one and only Patriot League title came in 1996. Though you can find a better overall football and stadium experience at rivals Lehigh and Lafayette a couple hours to the east, a trip to Bucknell is worth a visit to the town and scenic region.

  94. Schoellkopf Field - Home of the Cornell Big Red

    Nestled in the rolling hills of Central New York is Cornell, a school known just as much for its academics as the beautiful plot of land the campus occupies. Tucked away on this historic campus is also a historic football stadium. Schoellkopf Field has been the home of the Big Red since opening in 1915. Approaching its 100th season, the field has one of the most unique architectural features of a stadium that you'll find.

  95. Spinks-Casem Stadium - Home of the Alcorn State Braves

    Located in one of the oldest parts of the Magnolia State, Alcorn State University sits in relative isolation when compared to many of the Division I universities around the country. However, when on campus, one will not feel that isolation, because Spinks-Casem Stadium, the home of the Alcorn State Braves, sits in the middle of the campus.

  96. Johnson Hagood Stadium - Home of the The Citadel Bulldogs

    Charleston, SC is one of this country’s special cities, a unique melting pot of history, food, architecture and culture. The city offers dozens of special experiences, from a ferry ride to Fort Sumter, kayaking on Shem Creek in the company of dolphins, to dining on pig’s ear lettuce wraps at one of the nation’s most popular restaurants, Husk. Charleston hosts a mix of British, Caribbean, French and Jewish influences, but don’t think that means this town isn’t as Southern as sweet tea. And, if there’s one thing southerners love above all else, it’s college football.

  97. Golden Lion Stadium - Home of the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions

    In 2000, the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff opened their new 16,000-seat stadium known as Golden Lion Stadium. The team is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and took home the conference football championship in 2012. This may not be major destination for college football fans, but if you do make the trip to central Arkansas, you can expect to find a welcoming atmosphere, filled with southern hospitality.

  98. Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium - Home of the Columbia Lions

    One normally associates New York City with the NFL, but there is actually football being played on Saturdays and unlike the pros, this team plays right in Manhattan. Columbia University, part of the Ivy League, has a surprisingly scenic home stadium in the northern tip of the borough. The Baker Field complex has hosted football for nearly 100 years. However, Lawrence A. Wien Stadium is relatively new, as it replaced an older stadium in 1984. Winning and Columbia have never really gone together since it took four years for the team’s first win in the new stadium. Though the Columbia football experience may not have the prestige and history that other Ivy teams, the stadium is worth a visit simply for the view and the rare opportunity to see the fans thoroughly enjoy a win.

  99. Rice–Totten Field - Home of the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils

    If you are looking for a passionate fan base and a fun environment to watch a football game, Rice-Totten Stadium is definitely a good place to start. Itta Bena, Mississippi is what you may expect from a small southern town, and in many ways it protects a gem in the Delta Devils. With Jerry Rice and Deacon Jones as their most well-known athletic alumni, the Delta Devils bring a proud football tradition to the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Rice-Totten Stadium seats approximately 10,000 fans, and provides a fun small school feel.

  100. Nottingham Field - Home of the Northern Colorado Bears

    This is a glorified high school stadium, but it's clear to see the university is intent on continuing to build and upgrade its grounds. They're doing it the right way, too, and both the High Plains Room as well as the new ticket office and bathrooms are beautiful.

  101. Buccaneer Field - Home of the Charleston Southern Buccaneers

    Charleston Southern Buccaneers football is played at Buccaneer Field, a humble 4,000 seat multi-purpose facility built in 1970, but with football specific upgrades since the team’s inception in 1991.

  102. Hughes Stadium - Home of the Morgan State Bears

    With a capacity of 10,001, Hughes Stadium, nicknamed the Den, has been the home of Morgan State football since 1937. Renovations have kept the stadium in good condition, the last renovation being in 2001. Deep inside the northeastern side of Baltimore, what the Morgan State University football experience lacks in neighborhood and perhaps investment, it does partially make back in atmosphere.

  103. Edward L. Blackshear Stadium - Home of the Prairie View A&M Panthers

    Words can’t accurately describe the current state of Edward L. Blackshear Stadium, located on the campus of Prairie View. It’s truly a situation one must see with their eyes to believe. In the state of Texas, home to multi-million dollar high school stadiums with capacities of up to 23,000, to find a Division I football stadium this decrepit is mind-boggling.

  104. Hornet Stadium - Home of the Sacramento State Hornets

    Hornet Stadium has the opposite problem to The Nest. Hornet Stadium is a tad too big and The Nest is a tad too small. Considering it is a CSU school it's understandable that funds haven't been used to renovate or replace either of them.

  105. Holt Arena - Home of the Idaho State Bengals

    Pocatello, Idaho is home to the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA Football Champions Idaho State Bengals and one of the few indoor college football fields in the country. The Holt Arena is a very well insulated half dome structure that was built in 1970, and hosts numerous athletic events for the University, as well as concerts, rodeos, motor sports, and trade shows of the community.

  106. William H. Greene Stadium - Home of the Howard Bison

    If you go to games for the stadium experience, this is one that you might want to skip. The Bison are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and play in the Football Championship Subdivision. Greene Stadium is a multi-purpose facility that plays home to not only the football team, but also to men's and women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse. The stadium opened in 1986 and currently has both a capacity of just over 7,000 and an artificial grass surface.

  107. Hardy M. Graham Stadium - Home of the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks

    You can find a good time in Memphis or Nashville (depending on from which direction you are coming) which makes a decent time. Although, if you have a bucket list for college football stadiums, Hardy M. Graham Stadium probably shouldn't crack the top 250.

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