The Wolverines played their first game at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 1927 defeating Ohio Wesleyan, 33-0. The stadium dedication game was played on October 22, 1927 with U-M defeating Ohio State 21-0. Michigan enters the 1996 season with a 305-98-15 (.748) won-loss record in its 418 Michigan Stadium games.
Notre Dame Stadium, maybe the most renowned college football facility in the nation, now qualifies as one of the most up to date as well, thanks to a major addition and renovations that boosted its capacity to more than 80,000 beginning with the 1997 campaign.
On football Saturdays, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field is the place to be. Also known as "the Swamp" where "only Gators come out alive," the stadium is home to the SEC powerhouse University of Florida Gator Football Team. It also is the site for high school state championship games each December.
It was first built in 1927 and 1929, and was expanded in 1967 to include two decks, and then in 1980 the third decks were finished. In 1996, the artificial turf, which had served as the playing surface since the early 70s, was removed and replaced with natural grass.
Better known as "Death Valley" , Tiger Stadium is known as the most dreaded road playing sites in America. The Tigers have drawn more than 15 million fans since 1957. The East stadium was built in 1926, west in 1932, north in 1937, south in 1957, and addition was completed in 1978. The original seating capacity was 12,000 in 1926 and the total capacity now is 92,400. More
Camp Randall Stadium, built in 1917, is the home for Wisconsin's football team. The current capacity (80,321) ranks among the nation's largest school-owned stadiums.
Distinguished by its impressive double-deck structure and horseshoe design, Camp Randall Stadium has been the Badgers' facility since its opening game on Nov. 3, 1917. It has been host to 416 UW football games and attracted nearly 19 million fans.
Undeniably one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of athletics, Ohio Stadium is now in its 80th year as the home of Ohio State football.
Built in 1922, “The Horseshoe” has just undergone an extensive three-year renovation, preservation and expansion project that will ensure its longevity for years to come.
With 101,568 seats now closely surrounding the playing field, this grand old structure, standing tall along the banks of the Olentangy River, is at the same time both intimate and intimidating. More
The Best of FCS Stadiums
Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium
Delaware Stadium, one of the finest football facilities in the country at the NCAA I-AA level, celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2002 football season.
Erected in 1952 and enlarged prior to the 1964, 1970, 1972 and the 1975 seasons, the 22,000-seat stadium is the largest in the Atlantic 10 Conference and one of the largest in the nation in I-AA football.
Built in 1903, it is also the nation's oldest stadium. Harvard Stadium is a horseshoe containing architectural elements of a Greek stadium and Roman circus and is considered an engineering marvel, as it was the world's first massive reinforced concrete structure and the first large permanent arena for American college athletics. With a seating capacity of 30,898, Harvard Stadium is praised for its outstanding sight-line for fans.
The Home of the Grizzlies
The University of Montana Grizzlies have been playing in Washington Grizzly Stadium/John Hoyt field since the mid-way point of the 1986 season, and since that time the Griz have racked up an impressive 104-14 (.881) record.
The Griz have won 23 of their past 25 home games. Since the middle of the 1992 season, Montana has been victorious in 73 of 80 contests, a winning percentage of .913.
Stadium expansion once again occurred following the 2007 season. The east side of Washington-Grizzly Stadium underwent renovations which added around 2,000 seats made up of box seating and additional suites. Capacity is now 25,200.
Named for the late Dr. S. V. Sanford, former president of the University and Chancellor of the University system, Georgia's Sanford Stadium is marking its 75th anniversary in 2004. An overflow crowd of 30,000 saw the stadium's first game on October 12, 1929, when Yale University made its only trip South.
Jordan-Hare Stadium was constructed in 1939 when it seated 7,500 and was called Auburn Stadium. In 1949 the seating capacity was increased to 21,500 and the stadium was renamed Cliff Hare Stadium, in honor of Clifford Leroy Hare, a member of Auburn's first football team, president of the old Southern Conference and longtime chairman of Auburn's Faculty Athletic Committee.
This magnificent facility, which opened on November 21, 1914, for the Yale-Harvard game, has been the site of hundreds of college football games, two seasons of NFL action, and was the main venue for the 1995 World Special Olympic Games.
The Bowl is 930 feet long and 750 feet wide, covering 12 1/2 acres. More than 320,000 cubic feet of earth was moved to form the bowl and the stadium now contains 22,000 cubic yards of concrete and 470 tons of steel. The capacity of the bowl is 64,269 (it was 70,869 before alterations) and every seat has an unobstructed view of the playing field.
The Bowl has held crowds of over 70,000 on 20 occasions, the most recent being on November 19, 1983, for the 100th playing of the Yale-Harvard Game. The largest crowd to attend a Yale game at the Bowl was 80,000 for the Army game on November 3, 1923. The crowd of 73,300 which attended the Yale-Harvard showdown in 1981 was the largest at a sporting event in New England in more than 50 years.
The NFL's New York Giants and Detroit Lions brought professional football to the Bowl for their historic first meeting in 1960. The Giants, who played the New York Jets in a number of memorable exhibition contests during the 70's, used the Bowl as their home field in 1973 and 1974 while Yankee Stadium was being renovated.
The day after the 1993 season came to an end, the Yale Bowl playing surface got a face lift, which included new irrigation and drainage systems. More about the Yale Bowl
The seventh expansion of Beaver Stadium, which boosted capacity to 107,282 seats, was unveiled against Miami on September 1, 2001. The stadium's capacity is the nation's second-largest, topped only by Michigan Stadium (107,501).
Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is one of America's most recognized college football cathedrals. Situated on the east side of the Norman campus, this historical facility is the largest sports arena in the state and, following its recent expansion, now ranks among the 15 largest on-campus facilities in the nation.
Bryant-Denny Stadium has been the home of Alabama football since 1929 and was first known as the George Hutchenson Denny Stadium. The state legislature renamed the stadium "Bryant-Denny Stadium" in 1975. Denny Stadium opened on September 28, 1929 and was officially dedicated the following week at Homecoming ceremonies. In 1937 the first expansion of the stadium took place as 6,000 seats were added on the east side and brought capacity to 18,000. In 1950, capacity grew to 25,000. In 1961, the grandstands reached 61 rows and capacity was 43,000. The capacity grew to 60,000 in 1966, to 70,123 in 1988, and then 92,138 in 2006. MORE
An integral part of what makes college football unique: the stadiums. From the pregame tailgate parties to the roar of the crowd celebrating a victory over a rival, few things in sports can compare to the weekly festive gatherings during college football season.
Clemson Memorial Stadium has been held in high esteem for many years. Whether it be players from the 1940s and 1950s, opposing players from the 1970s and 1980s, or even professional players in the 1990s, the ambiance of this special setting is what college football is all about.
The storied edifice added to its legend when the first meeting of father and son head coaches (Bowden Bowl I) took place before a sellout crowd of more than 86,000 fans in 1999. Clemson has ranked in the top 20 in the nation in average attendance 22 consecutive seasons. That includes 2001 when Clemson set an ACC record for total attendance. Last season, the streak continued when Clemson averaged nearly 79,000 fans per game.
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From a maximum capacity of 15,000 in 1953 to a record crowd of 84,336 in 2003 against Miami, Doak S. Campbell Stadium has risen along with the Florida State football program to the top of the college football ladder. In a special ceremony prior to the Florida game on November 20, 2004, the home of Florida State football took on a meaning even more special when Bobby Bowden field was dedicated. With the final phase of construction completed, Seminole fans are welcomed with state-of-the-art additions.
The stadium has been expanded several times since its original opening, with a major expansion completed in 1999. The stadium has been undergoing additional renovations and expansion since 2005.
Currently, the University is in the midst of a $27 million expansion and renovation to the south end zone facilities. For the 2009 season, 4,525 permanent bleacher seats were constructed, which will raise the home attendance to more than 100,000
Appalachian boasts a 202-61-5 record all-time at Kidd Brewer Stadium, including wins in 48 of its last 51 home games.
In addition to Mountaineer victories, Appalachian faithful enjoy one of the nation’s premier gameday atmospheres at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Since the beginning of the 2005 season, ASU boasts an average regular-season home attendance of 24,628, a mark which comes in at more than 130 percent of KBS’s average official seating capacity during that time. The stadium’s capacity was 16,650 until 2007, jumped to 20,150 in ‘08 when a 4,400-seat upper deck opened on the stadium’s east side and rose to its current capacity of 21,650 in 2009 when premium seating in the newly constructed Appalachian Athletics Center added another 1,500 seats to the facility.