Top 5 Biggest College Football Stadiums
What are the biggest stadiums in college football?
College football is arguably the biggest sport in the United States, with some of the most passionate fans and biggest box-offices. The stadiums are no less colossal. Here are the five biggest stadiums in college football:
- Michigan Stadium
- Beaver Stadium
- Ohio Stadium
- Kyle Field
- Neyland Stadium
1. Michigan Stadium
Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan is home to the Michigan Wolverines, member of the Big Ten conference and a football powerhouse. This school holds the most college football wins all-time. With a maximum capacity of 107,601 fans, this stadium can hold more people than the biggest NFL stadiums.1
Nicknamed "The Big House", the stadium has 14 different elevators, features a Michigan Football Hall of Fame display, and has an entire level dedicated to premium suites. Only Beaver Stadium of Penn State football (the second largest stadium in the country) can come close to Michigan Stadium in grandeur.
It seems only fitting that a team as dominant as the Wolverines has a stadium that towers above the rest.
2. Beaver Stadium
Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania can hold 106,572 fans within its walls. This stadium is home to the Penn State Nittany Lions. As the second largest stadium in the country, this massive structure added 12,000 seats in its most recent renovation in 2001.
Nicknamed "Happy Valley," State College is home to one of the best football teams in the country. The Nittany Lions, a Big Ten conference member, have won five conference titles, two national championships, and boast one of the best all-time records in college football history.
3. Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium, coming in with a total capacity of 102,780, sits at the number three position in the biggest college football stadium rankings. Also known as "The Horseshoe" or just "The Shoe," Ohio Stadium is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes, a long-time powerhouse on the college football scene.
Since hosting its first game in 1922, over 36 million fans have entered the stadium, and the massive sea of red has become a college football landmark in the United States.5
The stadium also frequently serves as a concert venue, having hosted the likes of Pink Floyd and Taylor Swift in the past.
4. Kyle Field
Kyle Field lands just beneath Ohio Stadium as the fourth largest stadium in college football, with the Texas A&M; Aggies playing in front of a maximum crowd of 102,733 fans. First built in 1904 and expanded into a stadium in 1927, Kyle Field is a cornerstone of Aggie life.
Newly renovated in 2014-2015, Kyle Field was transformed from an impressive stadium to become a monument to A&M; pride. With a budget of 485 million dollars, the revamp has enabled Kyle Field to seat over 100,000 fans per football game since its renovation.
5. Neyland Stadium
Neyland Stadium is home to the SEC-member Tennessee Volunteers. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the stadium has been revamped and remodeled sixteen times, with the most recent being a major overhaul between 2004 and 2006. The University of Tennessee has also announced plans for a $340 million renovation project for 2022.
The stadium features college football's largest LED-screen display. First constructed in 1919 as Shield-Watkins field, the stadium gets its name from General Robert Reese Neyland, ROTC instructor and football coach at Tennessee. The stadium was rededicated to Neyland in 1962.