Football is undoubtedly the most popular sport in America. College football is no exception. Millions of die-hard fans willingly flock to college football stadiums across the country each year to show pride for college teams. The fun and excitement that each game brings is a unique experience for the dedicated fans. Watching the game from home on television is a great way to stay in the zone for some fans. For others, nothing compares to being surrounded by thousands of roaring fans at the game and being a part of the crowd. There are numerous stadiums around the world, but three truly highlight the perfection of sports field construction.
Rose Bowl Stadium
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Known for its nickname Death Valley, LSU’s Tiger Stadium is one of the top college football fields in the country. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the stadium originally was constructed in 1924 seating only 12,000 at the time. The original design was purposed as a dormitory for students before being expanded into a playing field. With an overwhelming 102,321 seats currently available, Tiger Stadium is one of the most electrifying stadiums to visit. Each year, 20 acres of field grass is replaced after the 10-day Bayou Country Superfest event. In 2010, the type of grass used on the field was changed to Celebration grass. Tiger Stadium is one of the only college stadiums to utilize the “H’ style goal posts, rather than the standard “Y” posts. It’s difficult to bypass the iconic LSU Tiger eye sitting proudly in the center of the field indicating its territory. Football fans will marvel at the sixth largest stadium in the nation and ninth largest stadium in the world.
Rose Bowl Stadium
Watching college football with the remarkable background view of the San Gabriel Mountains is what makes UCLA Rose Bowl Stadium truly incredible. It is best known for its postseason Rose Bowl college football game. With a seating capacity of 90,888 Bruins fans, this stadium covers 10 acres of land in beautiful Pasadena, California. This stadium has been designated as a national historic and engineering landmark since construction began in 1922. The field itself is made up of Bermuda ryegrass grown specifically for the Rose Bowl and is replaced an average of three times each season. A team composed of roughly 100 gardeners and trucks filled with sod join together to shape the field for days. The grass is checked with a magnifying glass daily and treated with chemical elements that keep it lush and green. This stadium has classic features such as the distinguishable rose on the center field and the use of vibrant colors in the end zones. The Rose Bowl stadium is easily one of the most recognizable fields in college football.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Gator territory or “The Swamp” as it is generally referred to as is home to the University of Florida’s Gators located in Gainesville, Florida. The stadium’s construction brought with it a series of industrial and drainage challenges during the original building in 1930. Today, it is known as a state-of-the-art facility that seats 91,916 fans comfortably. The playing field originated with natural grass until being replaced in 1971 with astroturf dubbed “Doug’s Rug”, named after then-coach Doug Dickey. In June 2012, it was replaced again with a Bermuda grass hybrid co-created by the university to better withstand the elements and improve drainage conditions. With a center field logo of what some fans view to be one of the best logos in college football – the Florida gator, this stadium is revered as one of the top stadiums for college football fans today and is the largest in Florida.
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