While watching as much of the Missouri-Nebraska football game on Saturday as I could, it occurred to me that Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium is still one of the best places I’ve ever watched a college football game. But where would it rank among the places I’ve been? Well, here you go. These are the top three places I’ve had the chance to watch a college football game:
1. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University
The home of the Ohio State Buckeyes is one of those old venues dripping with tradition. Standing at the top of the Horseshoe with 80,000-plus fans getting as loud as possible, you could actually feel the stadium move. It was awesome. The streets leading to the stadium are lined with red-clad fans on gameday, and home games are day-long celebrations. I remember leaving the stadium hours after the game ended and fans were still in the parking lots. After that victory over Mizzou, no one wanted to go home.
2. Memorial Stadium, University of Nebraska
On gameday, the stadium becomes the second most-populated place in the state. Only Omaha is bigger. Football in Nebraska is not a passion. It’s a religion. I remember a conversation at the Big 12 media days about the Omaha World Herald having a Huskers football story in their sports section 364 out of 365 days one year. You wear red in the stadium or you go home. At least it feels that way. It’s an experience every college football fan should have once.
3. Gaylord Family Stadium, University of Oklahoma
Any time you can visit a the home of a program that has won seven national titles and produced five Heisman Trophy winners, you have to take advantage of it. Walking through the halls in the football offices that lead to the stadium, it’s a history lesson of the game. The Sooners have produced 72 consensus All-Americans and won 42 conference titles. Wow. The field needed work the last time I was there, and since then, many improvements have been made. A program with this pedigree deserves it.
Where would I like to go? Here are the three stadiums I went to eventually visit:
1. Neyland Stadium, University of Tennessee
2. Sanford Stadium, University of Georgia
3. The Rose Bowl, UCLA
Where have you been? Where do you want to go? Let me know. Leave your comments below.