Biggest College Football Stadiums
Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong advocate for focusing on academics when you’re looking at colleges. You can’t work and study all the time though. You’ll burn out! Football is one of biggest pastimes in the country and few things will help you bond with your classmates like a good game. So let’s take a look at the schools with the biggest college football stadiums in the country and figure out which ones you want to apply to.
What Schools Have the Biggest College Football Stadiums?
Just to give you a little perspective on just how big the biggest college football stadiums actually are, let’s compare them to the NFL. As a professional football league you would think they would have the biggest college football stadiums, right?
Actually, no. The biggest NFL football stadium, the Met Life Stadium, wouldn’t even make it on this list. There are college stadiums packing a bigger audience than the NFL. Amazing! Now, let’s get to the list of the biggest college football stadiums in the country.
1) Michigan Stadium – University of Michigan Wolverines
Affectionately referred to as the Big House, this stadium seats 107,601! It’s also this third largest stadium in the world, outranked by the Rungnado May Day Stadium in North Korea and the Salt Lake Stadium in India. The University of Michigan has a 28.6% acceptance rate with an average ACT score of 30 and an average 3.82 GPA among its admitted students.
2) Beaver Stadium – Penn State University Nittany Lions
This stadium has doubled in size since it was first built and currently houses 106,572. It’s named to honor one of the Presidents of the Board of Trustees, who was also the Governor of Pennsylvania and a brigadier general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Penn State has a 51% acceptance rate with its accepted students bringing an average 3.57 GPA and an average 1260 SAT score.
3) Kyle Field – Texas A&M University Aggies
In 2015, this stadium did a major upgrade and can now hold 102,512 screaming fans. Prior to that, it held just under 83,000. It’s also known as the “Home of 12th Man” and is the biggest football stadium in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M has an acceptance rate of 66% with an average of 3.55 GPA, an average of 26 ACT score, and an average of 1240 on the SAT.
4) Ohio Stadium – The Ohio State University Buckeyes
This stadium underwent a $194 million refurbishment in 2001 and can now seat 104,944. It was originally built in 1922 and was nicknamed The Horseshoe because of its shape. Ohio State University has an acceptance rate of 49.1% with an average 3.73 GPA and an average 28 ACT score from its accepted students.
5) Neyland Stadium – University of Tennessee Volunteers
Named for one of its longest serving head football coaches, this stadium houses 102,455 on game day. Since it’s opening in 1921 under the name Shields-Watkins Field, well over 25 million fans have screamed their hearts out during these football games. The University of Tennessee’s acceptance rate is 74.8% with its accepted students touting an average 2.85 GPA and an average 18 ACT score.
6) Tiger Stadium – Louisiana State University Tigers
A gorgeous Southern gem, this football stadium can seat up to 102,321 adoring fans in the stands. And they consistently draw a large crowd. Since 1957, the Tiger Stadium had an average of 77,647 for its LSU football games. Louisiana State University has a 77% acceptance rate with an average 3.4 GPA, an average 26 ACT score, and an average 1200 on the SAT.
7) Bryant-Denny Stadium – University of Alabama Crimson Tide
Opening in 1929 by beating Mississippi College 55-0, the Bryant-Denny Stadium can hold up to 101,821 fans for its games. And its lucky streak continues with the University of Alabama winning more than 80% of the games played in this stadium. U of Alabama’s acceptance rate is 54% with an average 3.6 GPA, an average 26 on the ACT, and an average SAT score of 1200.
8) Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium – University of Texas-Austin Longhorns
It’s undergone its fair share of name changes, but this college football stadium looks forward to 100,119 cheering fans to play its games for. Originally opened in 1924, this stadium was dedicated to the Texans who fought and died in World War I before being rededicated about 30 years later to all the alumni who lost their lives during all the American wars. Today, it shares its name with one of UT Austin’s football coaches. The University of Texas – Austin’s acceptance rate is 39%, has an average 3.73 GPA, and an average ACT score of 28.
9) Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – University of Southern California Trojans
This stadium is co-owned by the State of California, Los Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles and can seat around 93,067. It’s even hosted two Olympic Games, one in 1932 and the other in 1984. The University of Southern California’s acceptance rate is 16.5% with an average 3.73 GPA, 1450 SAT score, and 31 ACT score.
While this is a good way to start looking at schools, if you’re not looking to play football at the college level, I don’t recommend picking your dream schools this way. If you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed about what schools to research, reach out to my team of College Consultants. They will take a complete and comprehensive look at the information you’ll be submitting on your application, recommend ways to improve, and suggest schools that are good fit for you.
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