They’ve been home to some of the most iconic moments in sports history, a part of the student experience for decades, and now we’re counting down the best college stadiums and arenas in America.
From coast-to-coast, so many college sports sites claim to be among the best. Perhaps they have a rich history. Maybe it’s a program on the rise. Some boast about their grand old stadiums, while others faun over their brand-new state-of-the-art digs. Is it the fans? The amenities? The wins? What makes a sporting venue the best?
I like to think of them like seashells.
Have you ever gone to the beach and held a shell up to your ear? They say you can hear the sound of the ocean. It’s the same when you walk into an empty college football stadium or college basketball arena. Your memory takes over, as you envision that Hail Mary touchdown pass or the buzzer-beating shot. You can hear and feel the roar of the crowd. This is the mark of a truly great sports venue.
While jumping from coast-to-coast and searching middle America for the best in all walks of college sports, I came across some obvious entries, ones you see on television every single week. But then I found some that I didn’t even know about. You may not either.
For example, this list has a Division III football stadium. It contains a couple college soccer fields. You’ll find a college basketball arena most famous for a high school game that was played there.
Hopefully this list will inspire you to hit the road and visit some of these living, breathing museums of college sports history.