Stadium Journey’s 2018 Rankings of the Football Championship Subdivision
Here at Stadium Journey we strive to give you the most up-to-date and comprehensive looks at sporting facilities around the world, including not only the big name venues, but some that may be a bit off the beaten path. College football is one of the most popular sports out there, generating incredible amounts of devotion and attention from coast to coast.
Many fans may not realize that there is some great football and some fantastic venues outside of the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known a Division 1-AA, features 124 teams that compete annually for a single championship. Some of the country’s oldest and most unique stadiums are included in this group.
Stadium Journey has visited and reviewed 121 of the 124 schools that compete in FCS. Only North Alabama, Prairie View and South Dakota State have eluded our crew of dedicated sports travelers. Our apologies to fans of the Lions, Panthers and Jackrabbits. We’ll be visiting you as soon as possible.
We have ranked all the schools in FCS according to our exclusive FANFARE score, which takes into account all the factors that encompass the gameday atmosphere: food, atmosphere, neighborhood, fan support, accessibility, value and more. When two or more schools were tied, we used input from our readers to break the tie. If you are not happy with where your favorite team ended up in the rankings, feel free to participate by creating a ranking of your own. It’s easy to do on all of our pages.
We don’t expect everyone to agree with our rankings, in fact, we encourage lively discussion and debate on our social media pages. That’s part of the fun of lists like these.
So, without further ado, we present our 2018 FCS stadium rankings:
When one thinks of Montana one might think of wide open spaces. But Washington-Grizzly Stadium is wedged into the University of Montana campus at the junction of Mount Sentinel and the Clark Fork River with very little room to spare. The density of the stadium and campus generates an energy that transmits to the tailgate parties happening on almost every spare patch of grass creating a festive environment on game day in Missoula.
Attending games at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium is something unlike anything else in the area. Combining many of the “bells and whistles” of big-time college football with the passion, pageantry, and fervor that has become legendary in high school football in Texas, Cardinals games are truly unique.
A lot of football fans may not even have known that Campbell University has a football team. You may not be impressed given that it is an FCS team, however, the experience here is great regardless. If you are ever in the North Carolina area, I would highly recommend taking in a game here – you are guaranteed to have blast, and it won’t wreck your wallet or your blood pressure.
Richmond is the capital city, so in the downtown area there are many museums, the capitol building, and Monument Avenue that can be visited. If you are looking for shopping or dining, take a 15 minute drive to the Short Pump area which offers several restaurants and a two level outdoor mall.
Undoubtedly, the most fun tradition at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field is when fans toss paper streamers around, launching the rolls high in the air with the crepe paper trailing behind. Fans bring in paper streamers in the team’s colors (purple, yellow, and white), and all game long you can see them flying through the air, before quickly being cleaned up by stadium staff as soon as they hit the ground.
The Mercer Bears have done a wonderful job in building their football program from scratch in just a short period of time. It is the only private school in Georgia with a Division I football program. Five Star Stadium provides a great experience with its great sight lines, berm seating and a very energized fan base from throughout Central Georgia.
Kennesaw State University was the first institution in the Metro Atlanta area to experiment with building a stadium complex in the suburbs. It has been a huge success, and its concept was studied closely by the Atlanta Braves as they designed their own SunTrust Park / The Battery Complex just a few miles south of Kennesaw State University. Nobody is saying “whoo” anymore!!
A trip to Chattanooga and Finley Stadium at Davenport Field is well worth the journey on a Saturday afternoon in the fall. It provides you with an up and coming football program playing in one of the nicest stadiums at the FCS level of competition. You should extend your trip to enjoy the many attractions, restaurants and experiences Chattanooga has to offer.
Columbia football’s home field is special. Nestled on the northern tip of Manhattan in a hilly, residential neighborhood, it boasts a wonderful view of the Hudson River and a backdrop of fall foliage from nearby Inwood Hill Park.
In the wake of a devastating tornado in the spring of 2018 that destroyed much of the JSU campus, Gamecocks football has brought a sense of normalcy back to the area and a needed distraction from the lengthy restoration efforts now underway on the campus and in the surrounding areas. Perhaps there was a reason why Snow-Burgess Stadium suffered little or no damage from the storm.
Check the weather forecast before going to the game, then take everything with you even if the conditions are predicted to be balmy. This is especially good advice if the game starts in the late afternoon and ends after sundown as the temperature difference between day and night in Bozeman can be extreme. Just don’t skip out on a game because it’s predicted to be cold. The cold games are always the most exciting.
While NDSU has had the nation’s top defense the last two years, Bison fans do their part. The Dome is deafening when the opponent is on offense, to a degree that will likely leave you with a headache if you are not prepared.
Delaware Stadium opened in 1952 and currently holds 22,000. That is in stark contrast to the 9,000 it had during its 1952 opening season. The stadium is part of the David M. Nelson Athletic Complex, which includes the Bob Carpenter Center, Bob Hannah Stadium, Fred P. Rullo Stadium, the Fred Rust Ice Arena and the Delaware Field House. The stadium’s field is known as Tubby Raymond Field.
Furman is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the South. The beautiful campus, the tailgating tradition and a winning football program weave together to bring you back to a bygone era of Southern football.
There is one overwhelming aspect to the stadium that can never be improved on; its setting. Located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains to the East and the Great Salt Lake on its western flank, it is Mother Nature at her finest surrounding the field. Make sure you take a camera for the sunsets, as Weber State often schedules 6 pm kickoffs. You will not be disappointed.
The “dome” of the UNI-Dome is turning 40, but has undergone some metamorphosis over the years. It was once air filled until it collapsed due to a 1994 snowstorm. It was replaced with a more permanent metal roof that has had to undergo small renovations, also due to inclement weather and high winds.
You may never have considered Boiling Springs, NC as a football destination, playing in the shadow of the NFL team nearby. However, if you make the trek you are in for a pleasant surprise, with some great football on the gridiron, and a modern facility from which to take it all in.
McNeese does a great job of memorializing past gridiron greats and championships. The concourse under both the east and west side are filled with pictures of former great Cowboy players. On the Doland Field House, you’ll notice a listing of McNeese’s many conference championships.
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers first fielded a football team in 1920, but disbanded the program in 2003 due to financial issues. After a 12-year hiatus, however, the school began playing football again in 2015, playing its first two seasons at Kermit Tipton Stadium (a nearby high school facility) while ETSU’s new stadium was being built.
While the South Dakota Coyotes may never be thought of as a hotbed for college football, especially given that they are FCS, a visit to the Dakota Dome in Vermillion, South Dakota is a great way to see college football. You can take in some great scenery, while also enjoying a game in comfort and style without having to brave the elements – that alone makes this a stadium worth journeying to.
Georgetown’s Cooper is a small football field located in the middle of one of the nation’s most famous college campus. The atmosphere is quite good and the whole experience visiting here will surprise you.
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.
Fans who were fond of Cowell Stadium’s spartan amenities and intimidating atmosphere may be disappointed in the shiny, modern newness of Wildcat Stadium. For the rest of us, Wildcat Stadium may be considered among the finest small football stadiums in the nation. Coupled with incredible fan support and an outstanding game day atmosphere, a visit to Durham is sure to be unlike anything else you will experience in the northeast.
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.
At an elevation of 5,600 feet and nestled in the heart of Utah’s Color Country, you would be hard-pressed to find a football stadium with a more picturesque setting than Eccles Coliseum on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. The facility has been home to Thunderbird football since 1967.
Football is a religion in Alabama and the Baptists of Samford University are no different. Even though the school is small, its long and successful football history has earned it a very dedicated fan base. Having the stadium on campus guarantees a good turnout by the student body and the alumni turn out in large numbers as well.
Moving back into a new stadium on campus has made a huge difference in the game day experience at Alabama State. Oddly enough, the New ASU Stadium has allowed the “old school” traditions to return. Fans make a day, or even a weekend out of a Hornets home football game.
Attending a game at Franklin Field should be on the to-do list for any sports fan. The stadium shines as a part of history, as well as being a place for the quality football of the Ivy League.
Enhancements have dramatically improved the game experience, as it has brought an 80-plus-year-old stadium into the 21st century. Best of all, the renovations were able to preserve the stadium’s architectural aesthetics, as it blends in perfectly with the academic buildings surrounding it.
One highlight on game day is the Parade of Flags before the game, in which students who are from another country, or who have had a study aboard experience in another country, carry flags and wear traditional dress representing those countries – these students stand along the visitor’s sideline with their flags during the band’s pre-game performance.
Though change is still taking place around the stadium – and the entire campus – this stadium is a truly beautiful destination. If you attended Elon before any of this was built, or ever witnessed a game in Burlington, the surroundings are a must-see. There is not a bad seat in the house, and each of those seats allows you to see football played at the highest level of the Football Championship Subdivision.
There is an electricity in the air that hasn’t been present the past few seasons. Finally the Redbirds are having winning seasons and the new stadium has really energized the fan base. The reduced capacity has made it a much more intimate place to watch a game.
The fan base at Presbyterian is comparable to most small college programs. The most loyal and loudest groups are the alumni and the townspeople of Clinton. The school has a long history in football and the alumni are very proud of this heritage. They make up the core of the Scotsman’s Club which shows up in large numbers and gives heavy financial support to the athletic department of the school.
In this day and age, many stadiums bill themselves as “unique” or “historic”. Harvard Stadium is a place that truly delivers on these claims. From the moment you first view the colossal hulk of the Stadium to the final whistle of the game, there is an aura surrounding this place that cannot be replicated. Harvard Stadium itself altered the game of football, making it the sport we love today. While Harvard Stadium may not host games that affect the national championship anymore, there is no mistaking that this place holds a special place in the annals of college football.
The atmosphere at Saluki Stadium is great. 360 Architecture did a good job incorporating past Saluki players into Saluki Stadium when they were designing it. They also did a good job of designing the vast majority of the facility to show SIU’s colors, logos, and history which proves that being a Saluki fan isn’t a form of entertainment, it’s a way of life.
Formally known as the Class of 1954 Field at Yale Bowl, the Yale Bowl has hosted National Football League games, international soccer friendlies, concerts and countless other events in its over 100 years of use. Its unique design inspired imitators across the nation, including the Rose Bowl and Michigan Stadium. The Yale Bowl was named a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Taking in a game at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium is extremely enjoyable, and is definitely something of a hidden gem in the college football world of Florida. Stetson is not to be missed – their facility is comfortable, located in a great town with plenty of local flair, and is pretty equidistant from many places in Central Florida that are hot spots for tourism.
Despite the state of California offering many reputable football programs, few can boast a setting as beautiful as that surrounding the stadium. Views of Bishop’s Peak and San Luis Mountain can be seen from within the stadium.
You will be pleasantly surprised by the overall experience that awaits you in Charleston, Illinois when you attend an Eastern Illinois football game. FCS-level football is growing in popularity, and the product on the field is high. If you are thinking about following your favorite team on a road game, or just want to visit some place new, then consider heading to O’Brien Field.
Sure, it’s not a major FBS stadium and yes, it looks a little old. If you can get past those objections, you can have a good time at O’Kelly Riddick Stadium. If you find your way to the Raleigh/Durham area on a fall Saturday, come by NCCU. Have some homemade food, sit back, and enjoy the great band and football that come together to make a great experience.
Norman Rockwell himself couldn’t draw up a more picturesque small college town than Hanover, and if visiting during the early autumn the foliage here in the White Mountains is spectacular. Combine this with some excellent small college football and student athletes who have their priorities in order, and it just doesn’t get much better than this.
The University of Dayton has an excellent football program and great fan support from the community. Welcome Stadium provides a basic place to play their home games, but the Flyers deserve a much better facility for their team and fanbase.
Missouri State fans love their tailgating. That same passion does not seem to translate into the actual games. Yes, fans do a good a job of wearing the school colors of maroon and white, but they appear to be fairly muted overall.
If you find yourself in the western part of central Illinois, or southeast Iowa or northeast Missouri, then consider making the trip to Macomb to seeing the Fighting Leathernecks on a Saturday. It may be an unspectacular gameday experience, but there is good value in a visit to this FCS stadium.
Aggie Stadium is not Carter-Finley Stadium, but it does not try to be. The facility, as with the team that plays on its field, is making the necessary improvements to reach the level to which they aspire, and there is still room for growth.
The Skydome is a very unique place to take in a college football game. Being one of 11 indoor college football stadiums in the country, it offers something that not many places can. It’s good to know that on a freezing cold Flagstaff day, you can still go be comfortable for a few hours and watch some Lumberjack football.
On Saturday nights in Nacogdoches, the town bleeds purple and white for the SFA Lumberjacks. Homer Bryce Stadium is not only home for Lumberjacks football, but seems to also be home field for the historic Nacogdoches community.
The Sellick Bowl has all that one would expect from the program and perhaps all you would ever need: two opponents, a few friends, and a nice night to enjoy the football game. The wrought iron fencing, the brick exterior and interior, and the presence of the Hinkle Fieldhouse provide a beautiful backdrop to an already picturesque Butler campus.
Richardson Stadium is one of the centerpieces of a beautiful campus. The college has two buildings (Eumenean Hall and Philanthropic Hall) on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings were constructed in 1849 and 1850, respectively. This is truly a campus where the past and the future surround you at every turn.
Elliott T. Bowers Stadium is really a great venue to watch a college football game. The fans are passionate, the scenery is beautiful, and Huntsville itself is a great town to spend a weekend. If you are in the Piney Woods area and have the opportunity to take in a BearKats game, don’t pass it up. You won’t be disappointed.
Johnny Unitas Stadium is a nicely designed stadium that has many well designed fan amenities. The large separation between the sections of the stadium is the only thing that keeps the facility from being a more intimate and louder stadium.
There are many high schools with far better facilities than Alumni Stadium. But the crowd and atmosphere, as well as the fine quality of play, makes a visit to Delaware State football a good time for any fan.
As a rule, college football is not the big deal in the northeast that it is in other parts of the country. Most facilities reflect this lack of emphasis on the sport, but in Casey Stadium the University of Albany has a modern, attractive facility that is the perfect size for this program.
History is everywhere at Wildcat Stadium. On the exterior of the building near Gates A and B, the facade is bedecked with large photos of some of the all-time greats in Wildcat history. In addition, a statue entitled “Lean on Me” greets visitors at the B Gate – depicting the late All-American Chuck Sitton and his lifelong friend David Halbert, the statue is another nod to the team and university’s storied past.
Tennessee State University is more than just an FCS school on the Northern edge of downtown Nashville. As a historically black college, TSU was home to some of the greatest and most recognizable athletes due to the segregated South of the 1960s and 70s. Schools like Alabama and other SEC powers shied away from recruiting African-American players in that day and time.
North Dakota fans haven’t had much to cheer about since the move to Division I in 2008, leaving the North Central Conference where they had won 28 conference championships and a Division II title in 2001. The tailgating set up on the south side of the dome is impressive, where multiple lots are filled with vans and RVs and people are out and about, especially early in the season when the weather is more temperate.
Tucked away in north Louisiana is one of the most historic small college football programs in America, the Grambling State Tigers. Led by the late Hall of Fame head coach Eddie Robinson, the Tigers were a perennial powerhouse program between 1941 and 1997 (with Robinson coaching a combined 57 years in total). The legendary coach racked up 408 wins during this time period, with only 165 losses (and 15 ties).
If the team was in a better position in terms of success, the stadium would be a tremendous place for a game. Regardless, if you are in the Savannah area and want to take in some football on a Saturday afternoon, Ted Wright Stadium is a solid place to do just that.
Northwestern State does an excellent job in memorializing the past under the west grandstand. The columns along the concourse are decorated with pictures of Demon football legends including Mark Duper, Terrence McGee, Marcus Spears, Jackie Smith, and Bobby Hebert. You’ll also notice historic team pictures and shots from legendary games.
There is a special charm to Ithaca, NY and the Cornell campus. While it isn’t an area that screams passion for football, Schoellkopf Field is a historic stadium with character that offers a family friendly atmosphere to watch a collegiate football game with all of the extras that make collegiate football different from anything else.
Fisher Stadium is located right in the heart of Lafayette’s campus. It is also placed right next to Kirby Sports Center, where the men’s basketball team plays their home games. The band sits right underneath the press box, and they are certainly a talented and enthusiastic bunch.
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.
When you experience an event at Monmouth University you really can sense an energy around the athletic program. That might be because the future is bright and the program is growing. The planned stadium upgrades are eagerly awaited and I hope to return in the near future to witness the further progression.
Many of the people that live on the island commute every day to places off the island, but far fewer people who have no ties to area will visit recreationally. This dynamic creates a small town feel in the shadow of a big city. Local support of events at Wagner is strong, but support from the overall city is weak.
Despite being over 50 years old, Tucker Stadium looks very well cared for and kept up. There is an older scoreboard at the south end of the stadium and a large sign at the north end of the stadium identifying the field.
UMaine’s location in the far northeastern corner of the country makes it a destination only for the most ardent college football travelers. If you do find yourself in Orono on a beautiful fall afternoon, be prepared for friendly, passionate fans enjoying some college football in a relaxed manner in a solid facility.
Despite having a history that goes back as far as any of the other Ivy League football stadiums, Brown Stadium just doesn’t seem to get the love that some of the circuit’s other facilities get. Perhaps it’s due to Brown’s lack of consistent success on the gridiron, but Brown football seems to be little more than an afterthought, even in Providence.
Bulldog Stadium is typical of the small football stadiums that dot the northeast. It’s a clean, comfortable facility at which fans can take in some quality football in a laid-back atmosphere. Big-time college football isn’t played here at Bryant, and that’s certainly part of the charm of visiting Rhode Island in the fall.
The Lions do a great job of honoring past legends under the west grandstand. The concourse is littered with pictures of former Lion greats. There is a neat mural for Robert Alford on the south side of the west concourse.
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.
With a capacity of 25,500, the Rattlers often play home games in front of a crowd half of that size. Historically, this atmosphere has proven to provide one of the most difficult places for opposing teams to play in HBCU football. Rattler fans have a great amount of pride about their team, and they do not mind showing it all game long.
The Princeton Tigers played in the first ever college football game back in 1869, thus making them and their opponents (Rutgers) the oldest football teams in the land. Between then and 1950, Princeton won 28 national titles, but after the Ivy League formed in 1955, the program faded from national attention.
I love the look of the small, aesthetically pleasing stadium and wonder if they can really triple the size without having too many empty seats. Since there isn’t a grandstand to block your view, you can see the surrounding agriculture, as well as the UC Davis water tower.
To say that Stambaugh Stadium could use some updating is an understatement, but the people and team of Youngstown pull this stadium through with flying colors. The Penguins will be sure to offer an entertaining game, and as a result, this stadium offers everything a hardcore or casual football fan could need.
Providence Park is somewhat a familiar territory for the Vikings, but it can be hard to consider it their home field, as the program has yet to find a formula to fill the stands and provide a fun college game atmosphere to fans.
Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium, home of the Wildcats, is oozing with that quintessential college football feeling – massive tailgating pre-game, an exciting band performance before the game that rivals some of the best in Division I, and an atmosphere that is palpable throughout the entire grandstand.
When William “Dick” Price was leading the Norfolk State University football team to three CIAA championships, little did he know he was creating a legacy for himself that would one day result in his name adorning the home of the Spartans. Price coached the team for 10 seasons (1974-83) and had more success than any other, past or present. He was also the Athletic Director from 1989 until his retirement 10 years later.
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, using his own funds and manpower to build the original Arute Field in the 1950’s.
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.
Just a few minutes west of Spokane, Washington in Cheney, Washington is Roos Field, the home of the Eastern Washington Eagles. A member of the Big Sky Conference of the FCS, the Eagles have propelled themselves into the national spotlight by having much success since they won the 2010 National Championship. The Eagles house the only red turf in the entire college football landscape.
Having served as the home away from home for Mississippi’s Big Three football programs for many years, Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium has also served as the home of Jackson State Football since the university demolished its on-campus facility to build a science building.
Foster Stadium is not going to overwhelm you with a lot of modern amenities, but the overall atmosphere and engagement of the entire student body make it a unique place to catch a game on a fall afternoon.
What Stony Brook has built over the last few decades is impressive and their LaValle Stadium home is a decent one. Though the university looks to get even bigger, fans should take advantage of the program that they have now.
As the seventh-largest stadium in the state of Alabama, Louis Crews Stadium is as top notch a football venue as you will find that is not under part of a perennial super-conference money-printing machine like the SEC. It is worth your time to make an autumn trip to Huntsville to take in the sights and sounds of a stadium that can provide a great seat to both a great football and halftime experience.
One of the older college football homes in the state, Armstrong Stadium is not flashy, by any means. However, a convenient location for fans and students, along with an affordable price tag, make for a decent gameday experience.
Martin is a small school in a small town with a small alumni base, which, in turn, leads to small crowds at football games. Although the crowds may not be enormous, the fans are not sleepy and disinterested. Those clad in orange and blue can get vocal and boisterous and the football IQ is high, what with this school lying in the valley of the mountainous SEC.
Fortera Stadium, a multi-purpose facility — with football and track & field being the main tenants — resides smack dab in the heart of campus. The stadium is warm and welcoming, as it sits just above the banks of the picturesque Cumberland River and shaded by the charm and beauty of the nearby historic district.
Built in 1969 and originally named Hanger Field, the stadium features a few nods to its late 1960s roots: gunpowder gray seats, plenty of sharp right angles, and interior signage that looks like it is straight from an abandoned shopping mall.
Relative to its peer football schools at the FCS level of competition, Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field is a well designed, highly functional facility nestled against a beautiful backdrop. If you should find yourself in the northeast part of the United States, taking the time to visit this venue would be well worth the effort.
Jack Coffey Field offers an experience that is typical of many FCS schools in the northeast. While many fans won’t venture to the Bronx due to its less than stellar reputation, there is plenty to do in this area to make for a wonderful fall day.
The remodeling done to Provost Umphrey Stadium makes it truly one of the best looking in the FCS. It has a great overall look and feel; the over $4 million face lift brought in new benches and chair-back seating, new restrooms and concession facilities, a new concourse area, new lighting, and a new playing surface; all of this greatly adds to the overall atmosphere.
Located in a wealthy Philadelphia suburb, Villanova University is part of The Main Line, which refers to the unofficial historical and socio-cultural region of suburban Philadelphia. Villanova is a private university and is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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.
For the most part, college football in New England is just not the big deal that it is in other parts of the country. Sacred Heart is typical of the many small football stadiums in the area. It’s a laid-back, relaxed place at which to take in a game, enjoy a fall afternoon, and cheer on the home team without spending a whole lot of your hard-earned cash.
Fitton Field harkens back to the school’s glory days, and much like Holy Cross football, has seen better days. Holy Cross would be better served by a much smaller, more modern facility. There is not anything necessarily wrong with Fitton Field, it just feels too big and too cold for the needs of the program today.
You will have no question where you are when you step inside A. W. Mumford Stadium. It is one of the most interesting venues in the Football Championship Subdivision. With an improving program and a band that rates with any in college football, the Jaguar Nation is an experience worth having, especially for any fan of high octane offense and great marching bands.
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 Oliver C. Dawson Stadium is certainly something that should be experienced, if for no other reason than to see the Marching 101.
You cannot blame Morehead State for its surroundings, nestled at the foot of Poppy Mountain. It is an outdoorsman’s paradise and it is not hard to view in delight at the many hills that encircle the football stadium. The best time may be in late October or early November when the weather starts to cool off and the leaves are turning crisp yellow and rutilant.
While Hamilton may not be the most convenient or vibrant place to visit, it is a pleasant little small village worth a trip. There are a few nice spots to eat right in town, and the University is almost a walk away. The stadium experience at Andy Kerr is indeed bare-bones; however, taking in football at Colgate with limited media interruptions and in a pleasant setting is a very refreshing and recommended way of watching the college game.
After undergoing some controversy about their civil war themed mascot, Nicholls State updated their logos and costumed mascot. Col. Tillou remains, but with an updated look and feel of a more modern-day soldier (though some point out that his red and black garb make him resemble a Soviet solider).
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.
William H. Greene Stadium is a pretty basic stadium that can often seem not much more than a high school level experience. But the many extras that go along with a high level HBCU program is worth the price of admission alone.
BBVA Compass Stadium is a wonderful facility for the Texas Southern football team and its fans. Home and visiting fans, the family and friends of the players, or others visiting Houston for the weekend will enjoy a day hearing the Tiger Roar at this great facility.
one neat feature of Whitmire Stadium is the fact that if you would like to move from one side of the stadium to the other once inside the facility, you will need to literally cross the field, just outside the back of the end zone nearest the Ramsay Athletic Center. You will walk inches away from the end line and goal post, which can make for a great photo opportunity, should you so desire.
If you are looking for a low-key day of college football, Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina may be just the ticket – you get an enjoyable experience without the hassle of large crowds and long lines, in a pleasant country setting. If you find yourself in the area, consider taking in a Wofford Terriers game, but beware of dog!
It seems that most Torero games have an interesting dynamic between the home and away fans. Being that San Diego is a great vacation spot, opposing fans often fill Torero stadium, creating a great competitive spirit.
Unfortunately, football is an afterthought at Drake. Drake Stadium is clearly all about track and field. If you find yourself in Des Moines during college football season and want to see a game, Drake Stadium provides it at a reasonable price. If you want a great college football atmosphere and stadium experience, this isn’t it.
The grandiose feature is the original arched entrance that has been left intact since 1924. It is a work of art, and one should take a couple looks around the base and rows of the structure. It houses two small ticket windows and displays the names of service men who fought in the First World War.
One cool aspect of a Citadel game is the Civil War replica cannons that are fired whenever the Bulldogs score. As you might remember from middle school history, the first shots of the Civil War were fired on Fort Sumter, a Union-held island in the middle of the Charleston Harbor. What you might not know is that those shots, or cannon blasts rather, were fired from Citadel cadets.
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.
Brown Field is the home of the Valparaiso University Crusaders who compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. The 5,000 seat stadium opened in 1919 and was named after Henry Baker Brown who served as the school president from 1873-1917.
The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils and Itta Bena, Mississippi provide a fun and worthwhile journey into the small town south. Any fan of college football, or of greats like Jerry Rice and Deacon Jones definitely need to make the trip to Itta Bena. The fans will welcome you with open arms, and at the end of the drive, you will be glad you went on the journey.
The atmosphere is always very welcoming. You really feel the southern hospitality. The school is doing a lot of things to enhance the campus, and if you have the time, it is worthwhile to walk around the campus a bit before the game.
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.
If you’re someone who believes that watching football is great no matter where it is or at what level, Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University is certainly an option for Saturday afternoon football in the city of Baltimore. If you’re looking for the extra perks that make many college football venues exciting, though, such as a strong fan base and a loud atmosphere, you unfortunately won’t be getting that in Morgan State.
In addition to college football, Hornet Stadium also played host to the Sacramento Surge of the World Football League, the Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL during their American expansion in the 1990s, and the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL.
The Vandals fell a long way from their Big Sky days, and still today haven’t quite recovered. Through years of coaching changes, conference changes, and losing seasons, the program has struggled, and fans have lost interest. Changes must be made to the outdated Kibbie Dome to give it a more modern feel and a larger seating capacity. The Kibbie Dome remains small and outdated, but is still an interesting and unique venue.
D. B. Milne Field in Jacksonville, Florida is a small stadium with a high school football vibe. The venue opened in 1998 and has a capacity of just 5,000. While this crowd size won’t lend itself to a ton of energy, even if the venue were full, the experience here is on par with a lot of other football programs in the FCS.
Holt Arena was built at a time when multi-purpose stadiums were all the rage. As the years have gone on, the multi-purpose stadium is fading into history. Holt Arena used to be ahead of its time. It could easily accommodate all of ISU’s sports teams in climate controlled comfort if scheduling would allow. But some sports just need to be played outside, and the building has fallen behind as other college teams spruce up their arenas and stadiums.
Charleston is such a vibrant and culturally rich area that it only makes sense that visitors would have a difficult time freeing up a Saturday afternoon to catch a Buccaneers football game up in North Charleston; however, if you simply can’t avoid the itch, I suggest you get to the game, spend the $20 to sit on the home side, and take in an afternoon of sun, fun, and football.
There has probably never been less fanfare about the construction of a new Division I football stadium than with Husky Stadium. After you visit the stadium, the reasons will become quickly apparent. In a state known for high school football stadiums with capacities over 20,000, Husky Stadium comes in at a generously listed 5,000 seat capacity with a single strip of aluminum bleachers on only the west side of the field. For those with sports stadium bucket lists, Husky Stadium certainly won’t make the cut as a must see.
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