Posted: 12:21 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014

LSU’s Tiger Stadium is the best in country, media say 

By Andy Johnston

LSU's Tiger Stadium is the best stadium to watch a game, according to a survey of media.

LSU’s Tiger Stadium is the best stadium to watch a game, according to a survey of media.

Everybody has their favorite stadiums.

You might love Neyland Stadium because that’s where you saw your first game. Or Doak Campbell, simply because you’re a FSU fan.

Even sportswriters have our faves, either for the atmosphere or accessibility to interview rooms or even for the ease of getting in and out on game days.

Athlon polled 15 members of the national media to find out their favorite stadiums.

Here is the result:

1. Tiger Stadium, LSU

2. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State

3. Autzen Stadium, Oregon

4. Kyle Field, Texas A&M

5. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama

6. Notre Dame Stadium

7. Neyland Stadium, Tennessee

8. Sanford Stadium, Georgia

9. Husky Stadium, Washington

10. Beaver Stadium, Penn State

Athlon figured the results by tabulating the ballots, giving each No. 1 vote 10 points, going all the way to one point for a No. 10 vote. And this probably isn’t shocking, but “five of the top 10 and seven of the top 13 hail from the SEC,” Athlon wrote.

The voters: Tim Brando, SiriusXM/Fox/SEC Network; Bruce Feldman, Fox Sports; Dave Revsine, Big Ten Network; Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports; Dan Rubenstein, SB Nation; Bryan Fischer, NFL.com; Travis Haney, ESPN; Kevin McGuire, NBC Sports; Jeremy Fowler, CBS Sports; Tom Dienhart, Big Ten Network; JC Shurburtt, 247Sports; Zac Ellis, Sports Illustrated; Mike Huguenin, NFL.com; Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports; and Braden Gall, Athlon Sports/SiriusXM.

Here’s what Athlon wrote about Tiger Stadium: “LSU’s Tiger Stadium, which is going through a major upgrade this offseason, was on all but two ballots and ran away with top billing. Death Valley received seven first-place votes, the most of any team in the nation by a wide margin. Notre Dame Stadium and Neyland Stadium were the only other buildings to receive more than one first-place vote. Tiger Stadium was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 on 11 of the 15 ballots.”

If you want to see the SEC stadium rankings, click here. The ACC stadium rankings are here.

37 comments
DON1938
DON1938

Don't understand why BDS in Atlanta, home of Ga. Tech wasn't recognized.  While the top ranked stadiums are nice,  they are overcrowded.  At BDS if you don't like your seat, you can jut move to another with plenty of room and not feel so crowded.  Also, the lower decks seats are close to the action.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

Sorry, but anything named "Beaver Stadium" is number ONE in my book....

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

Have seen a lot of these poll's of recent. It's hard to tell what the pollster's main objective is here. Is it game day experience, accessibility, the view, or all of the above. I saw one recently which ranked FSU's as the best and included Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Clemson, and the Rose bowl. I think it had LSU as # 9 which shocked me. Sanford Stadium was 8th. At one time Sanford stadium was ranked the #1 spectator stadium of any kind in America. I guess it's all a matter of opinion. Hard to argue with this list though...

VC80
VC80

I am sorry this list is wack.  First of all, the Rose Bowl is hands down the best place to watch a football game.  Even though my Auburn Tigers lost that game, that was, the most ridiculous stadium I have ever been in.  Literally a tear came down my cheek when I first walked in.  Perhaps it was the drinking all day on the golf course right outside the stadium with my fellow Alum, and how the sun sets perfectly on the mountains as night emerges, but for that to not be on the list is unbelievable.  I also think that stadiums are stadiums.  People sit in them that is all.  It doesn't matter how many your stadium holds.  What makes stadiums and atmospheres great are the moments and the traditions that happen in them.  Please explain what Tennessee has been the past 15 years?  What great moments and tradition have been born there lately?  To me, its a large stadium with a bunch of people sitting in it.  Same goes for UGA.  What exactly is the best home game for UGA the past 10-15 years?  Let's see, you don't ever host Florida, Tennessee blows, SC has never won the SEC.  What is UGA's best wins there?  8-5 Auburn teams?  Seriously, no pregame or after game traditions except ones they copy like the Dawg Walk.  Honestly, what's special about it?  I would love to hear an argument from the school that doesn't even have a fight song. 


Bryant Denny?  Please.  People don't even realize that Alabama use to not even play there all that much.  They used to play a majority of their games at Legion Field, they claimed for tradition.  Now, we are supposed to believe that place is so embedded in history? Yea, Auburn history.  Place is like Jordan Hare West.  


I think Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas AM, LSU, Ohio State, are all legit.  They actually have history and tradition.  Washington and Oregon I have heard great things about but never been. 


It's all in the eye of the beholder.  Just one perspective to consider.    

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

genwheeler.......you may be right but it gives us something to read till they strap it on.  We are all little starved football orphans till August and we don't play well with others in the off season.

genwheeler
genwheeler

I really don't think the opinion of 15 sport's writers means much. College football is so rich and so big these kinds of polls are pretty silly.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Ihateorange........Yes, Jordan-Hare poses problems getting to and leaving after a game.  This was not a fan poll.  It was a media poll.  The media arrive early and leave late, so they don't have that problem.  Theirs was a professional working man's opinion not a fans opinion.  Since this was a national sampling of working writers, I believe they gave an honest opinion without a Southeastern bias.  A fun exercise, in my opinion and fairly accurate.  I would have left off Husky Stadium also.  When you drive up to the stadium you think you are in college football heaven.  Then you go in and your opinion changes quickly.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

I guess the Tech fans who argued with me in the UGA-ND blog that Sanford Stadium isn't a great college football destination will suggest that all of these voters are somehow on the UGA payroll.

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

definitely not a fan of the OSU, but there stadium is easily top 10.  their design is unique and they have tradition on top of tradition there.

Don't know the list beyond what was shared above, but a couple others that I've been to and deserve some praise:

 Arizona State

 Camp Randle (Wisc)

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Can't believe they left off Cochran Park in Stockbridge, Home of the North Henry Tigers!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

TampaGator1......Husky Stadium is beautiful from a distance.  Not so much if you have a ticket to a game.


Ohio State gets no love down here and I can really understand that, but the place does rock like few others.  And Contractor1, they are not Yankees, they are mid-westerners or hillbillies to be exact.  Nobody should be called a Yankee unless they really are one.

TampGator1
TampGator1

I have no argument with LSU having the best stadium in the nation to watch a game.  Nothing beats that environment, especially at night.  But, Husky Stadium at #9.  Are you kidding me.  That place is old, really old.....and has a running track between the fans and the field, with the fans sitting a million miles from the action on the field. No way on that one.  Would take any SEC field, even Kentucky's field, over a place that was not even built just with football in mind.   Seriously, Husky Field at #9?  Seriously?    

Contractor1
Contractor1

Kyle Field and Autzen Stadium are in no way better than Bryant-Denny or Sanford Stadium. I would gladly put them against the two on any given Saturday, not just the prime time games. I would debate this with any so called professional any day of the week. And Ohio Stadium can just suck it since they're Yankees and Ohio State.

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

I'm a huge Dawg fan, but snap that list is wack....

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

I am a dawg fan through and through but Jordan-Hare is pretty legit.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

PaulinNH.....it always comes down to the food for sportswriters.  Try and get a baseball writer to say anything bad about Fenway Park after he chows down on lobster Sunday in the press box.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

" Even sportswriters have our faves, either for the atmosphere or accessibility to interview rooms or even for the ease of getting in and out on game days."

Not to mention the free food in the press box. 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

neutralobserver...I am a Duck fan only because I have relatives in Portland.  Nike made the difference but a lot longer than 6-7 years ago.  The Prefontaine era started the whole Dollars to Ducks explosion.  It is so LOUD now, you must admit.  By the way Atlanta gets more annual rain fall than Portland.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

MM2...What did you see and feel, or not see and feel at Kyle Field that would take this out of the top 10?

peachstealth
peachstealth

Wrong Tigers, the original "Death Valley" is at Clemson. Tiger Stadium use to be called Deaf Valley because of the fan noise bur Yankee sportscasters couldn't tell the difference.

MM2
MM2

Kyle Field has no business being in he top 10

andrech3
andrech3

Sanford Stadium should be higher, really a beautiful place to see a game. Best I have seen.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Hard to argue with that top 10.  For game experience I would imagine that the U. of Colorado is somewhere near the top 10.  U. of Oregon is by far the loudest place I have ever watched a game.  Subjective but a well thought out list.

TheAuditor
TheAuditor

@VC80 You're right, South Carolina and LSU last year and (after we beat) Clemson and Auburn are BS home wins.  I'm sorry you couldn't get into UGA and had to pay out of state tuition at our little brother in Auburn

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@VC80 I have never been to the Rose Bowl but it was the first not found on the list that came to mind followed immediately by Michigan.


That said, the voters selected the places they've enjoyed the most and this is the result.  Frankly it doesn't matter what you and I think.  No one asked us to vote.  Besides, tearing down others does not make your favorites look better to intelligent people.


Fan experience matters.  Some stadiums just feel better to be in than others both physically and emotionally.  The energy of the crowd along with pregame and post-game experience influence things quite a bit. 


Deal with it.

msg7s
msg7s

@TampGator1  I would agree but they just rebuilt the whole stadium. Went to a game there randomly while in Seattle last year (first year it opened) and it is an amazing view of Lake Washington with brand new everything.  Just an awesome place outside the southeast for a football game

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@Nate-the-Great  you must have been drunk...  I have been to JH and it sucks - and hat not even considering what a nightmare it is to get in and out of once you get to your car).  Just horrible Id never go back there.

neutralobserver
neutralobserver

@Quackmeyer Q..lived in Pdx for years even tho I am Auburn and Vandy alum..beautiful place but liberal as H*** (especially Eugene) as an aside. Pre began the real track dominance (distances in particular), but football preeminence has been true just over last 10 years or so it seems...until then Ducks were mediocre at best. No national recruiting as now. I am close friends w one of Nike's inside track heroes (early Boston M winner and 1976 Olympian and have spent a lot of time at N's campus (Pre's museum, etc.). I currently use the U of O's previous ad agency (Quack Attack creator), so keep up with all things UO. Yes, rainfall is same, it's how it's distributed that counts...except for the summer (which is glorious in Oregon), during the rest of the year, sprinkles and drizzles every day..gray and gloomy..but rhododendrons love it. Great place to live but too liberal for me. Stadium is cool...always has been, but could fit inside most SEC stadiums. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@andrech3  I am somewhat surprised it made the top 10.

They have made few improvements in the last 10 years. 

Generally, Ga keeps the money and doesn't invest in facilities. 



neutralobserver
neutralobserver

@Quackmeyer Sounds like you're a duck fan..Autzen is tiny compared with the SEC schools..beautiful (if you like sitting in the rain) but up until Knight started putting Nike money in, it looked more like a nice high school stadium (and the teams played that way until about 6-7 years ago). I remember fondly the poor teams, the small jazz band, and the ugliest cheerleaders on earth. Nike made a turnaround for sure.

VC80
VC80

@TheAuditor     Ding ding ding we have a loser.  I didn't ask you to deflect Mr. Auditor.  I asked for your argument why UGA is a great game day experience or why their stadium should be considered great.  I know you attended UGA so your reading comprehension is garbage, but everything I said were facts.  UGA doesn't have a fight song, and they do copy their rivals.  Heck, they even had to steal their logo from Green Bay.  The most non creative bunch in the SEC if you ask me.  And no, there haven't been that many quality wins in Sanford Stadium in a long time.  I guess that's what happens when you only win 2 SEC titles in 30 years. 


Look, your comments show about how smart you are.  I attended Auburn because Auburn's engineering school pisses on UGA's.  Wait, do you guys even have an engineering school?  Everyone knows UGA's freshman admission requirements have soared and been inflated by HOPE.  Stop hiding behind those ridiculous numbers.  I guess we are to believe the kids of Georgia are just smarter now huh?  Please.  Just as bad as Alabama and you know it.  Just because any kid with a 3.0 in Georgia can apply to UGA and cause record applicants which in turn causes a hike in requirements doesn't mean your students are smarter.  Prior to HOPE you could get into UGA with a 2.5.


I went to a school that has always had solid admissions and didn't need a lottery to boost it.  I went to a school with real tradition, not a school that just prides itself on how many bars it has.  Most UGA grads are waiting tables anyways.  You know it.  I know it.  Just a bunch of drunks.


VC80
VC80

@DawgnIT   I believe I said it was just one perspective to consider and it's in the eye of the beholder.  I added that what happens in them matters.  Everything I also said were facts...not tearing down others. 


Thanks for paraphrasing my post 



VC80
VC80

@Ihateorange @Nate-the-Great  Just rididculous comments from a hater.  Jordan Hare is one of the best venues to watch a game, and has more pregame and after game traditions than most schools.  What do you mean it is hard to get in and out?  Auburn is a walking campus laid out very nicely.  A short walk to the main streets and you will be in your car on and your way in no time.  What the heck are you smoking?  Now Columbia, SC has some serious traffic problems.