Michie Stadium has long been on Stadiafile’s ‘must visit’ list. One of the most historic college football venues in the country

While 2014 will be a banner year for international sport, with the Fifa World Cup in Brazil and Winter Olympics in Russia, 2013 is an exciting year for stadiums with the opening of the main venues for the World Cup and Olympics as well as the Gulf Cup of Nations


Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Gainesville, FL
Home the University of Florida Gators

The crowning jewel of the Florida football world – unless you’re from Tallahassee – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (born Florida Field aka “the Swamp”) is an 88,000-seat on-campus facility that is considered by many the toughest place to play in the country. Its history is not an unfamiliar one for SEC football stadiums and the gradual expansions and upgrades have led to an absolute gem of a ballpark.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, CA
Home of the University of Southern California Trojans

The tour is almost over, we are all a bit weary and the promise of a meal and some cake have our minds wandering to its completion. Hang on though, because we end with one of the most interesting stadiums on our tour

Bryant-Denny Stadium
Tuscaloosa, AL
Home of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide

The tour rolls along, to the great state of Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. Bryant-Denny is another colossal, on-campus southern stadium originally built at the end of the 1920’s with a capacity under 20,000.

Tiger Stadium
Baton Rouge, LA
Home of the Louisiana State University Tigers

Our next stop is down on the Bayou, to Baton Rouge, LA and Tiger Stadium home of the LSU Tigers. Known as “Death Valley”

Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at Owen Field
Norman, OK
Home of the University of Oklahoma Sooners

Our out of control wagon tour is tearing across the plains, hurtling into the top 5, with the remaining stadiums bringing us to some of the giants of college football

Autzen Stadium at twilight, via ESPN

Autzen Stadium
Eugene, Oregon
Home of the University of Oregon Fighting Ducks

Our tour brings us to Eugene, OR and Autzen Stadium, our first visit to the great Pacific Northwest. Autzen is widely considered one of the loudest stadiums in college football, in one of the most picturesque settings in the country – full disclosure, I attended the University of Oregon, so it holds a special place in my heart. However, although unique in the world of college football stadiums and a fun place to watch a game, Autzen is a building not without its quirks.

Sanford Stadium
Athens, Georgia
Home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs

The roadshow continues to Athens, GA and Sanford Stadium, home to the Georgia Bulldogs, one of the historic powers of national college football