When it comes to ranking things in sports, few topics get more reaction, both positive and negative, than stadium/arena lists. Athlon Sports is certain to receive its share of responses today after releasing its Big Ten football stadium rankings. That’s not to say the list is wrong – just that college fans are very passionate about their teams’ home, traditions.
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According to Athlon, Ohio Stadium tops the Big Ten stadiums. Here’s what it says about Ohio State’s home:
“There is little doubt that the Horseshoe is the Big Ten’s best place to watch a game. A great nickname, awesome traditions, tremendous fan support and commitment, elite level of success, High Street and the Banks of the Olentangy make Ohio Stadium a bucket list destination for fans of every team. And with a brand new video board, audio system and LED lighting, Ohio State boasts one of the top college football venues in the nation. Watching the “Dotting of the I” before a Buckeyes game is something all college fans should experience. Finishing No. 2 in average attendance doesn’t hurt either.”
Check out Athlon’s complete ranking:
1. Ohio Stadium
2. Beaver Stadium
3. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska)
4. Camp Randall Stadium
5. Michigan Stadium
6. Kinnick Stadium
7. Spartan Stadium
8. TCF Bank Stadium
9. Ross-Ade Stadium
10. Memorial Stadium (Illinois)
11. Memorial Stadium (Indiana)
12. Ryan Field
How would you rank Big Ten stadiums? Tell us below in the comment section.
To me, this list looks pretty good. The fact a place as wild and storied as Camp Randall comes in at No. 4 is all the proof one needs to know the Big Ten is home to some fantastic venues, traditions. Same goes for Michigan Stadium, at No. 5.
I will say this: If Minnesota was an occasional contender, there’s no way the beautiful TCF Bank Stadium lands at No. 8. To Athlon’s credit, it took into account attendance and overall gameday experience.
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