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Exclamation Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
This video has some funny comments, and seems to give a fair assessment of stadiums regardless of conference.

(Warning: There is some language in the video)



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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
After putting Rice Stadium on the list, he flunks. F-.

I kind of like Buffalo's stadium who he mentions first. As for Rice, it is NOT all bleachers as he says. It has the best site lines of any stadium I've been in. And its surrounded by a beautiful campus.

I'm guessing this guy just looked them all up on Google maps.
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
Agree on Aloha Stadium...
Disagree on the Harvard Stadium and Yale Bowls.
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
(01-11-2019 10:04 PM)bullet Wrote:  After putting Rice Stadium on the list, he flunks. F-.

I kind of like Buffalo's stadium who he mentions first. As for Rice, it is NOT all bleachers as he says. It has the best site lines of any stadium I've been in. And its surrounded by a beautiful campus.

I'm guessing this guy just looked them all up on Google maps.

The other thing is that Rice Stadium was the site of President Kennedy's famous "We're going to the moon" speech.
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
(01-11-2019 10:06 PM)BearcatJerry Wrote:  
(01-11-2019 10:04 PM)bullet Wrote:  After putting Rice Stadium on the list, he flunks. F-.

I kind of like Buffalo's stadium who he mentions first. As for Rice, it is NOT all bleachers as he says. It has the best site lines of any stadium I've been in. And its surrounded by a beautiful campus.

I'm guessing this guy just looked them all up on Google maps.

The other thing is that Rice Stadium was the site of President Kennedy's famous "We're going to the moon" speech.

And a Super Bowl
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
(01-11-2019 10:06 PM)BearcatJerry Wrote:  
(01-11-2019 10:04 PM)bullet Wrote:  After putting Rice Stadium on the list, he flunks. F-.

I kind of like Buffalo's stadium who he mentions first. As for Rice, it is NOT all bleachers as he says. It has the best site lines of any stadium I've been in. And its surrounded by a beautiful campus.

I'm guessing this guy just looked them all up on Google maps.

The other thing is that Rice Stadium was the site of President Kennedy's famous "We're going to the moon" speech.

And the line, "Why does Rice play Texas...."
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
Don't mess with Rice Stadium!!! It's not the LA Coliseum, but it carries plenty of history, such as the Kennedy speech and the Super Bowl. It ended up being too big for what Rice football became, hence the tarps in the end zones. It does have great sightlines and is still a good place for a game. Function over fashion definitely applies here.

The Yale Bowl is classic. In addition to the history of Yale and the Ivy League, it hosted the New York Giants in 1974, while Yankee Stadium was being renovated and the original Meadowlands stadium was being built. Yes, the place is ancient, but that adds to the charm.

Same applies to Harvard Stadium, only it is half the size of the Yale Bowl. It's ancient, but classic.

Cessna Stadium brings back memories of the old NCAA TV contract on ABC. I was a kid in the 70's or early 80's watching a game between Wichita State and Tulsa, presumably a required appearance for the Missouri Valley Conference. The grass was dead. I had never seen a football game played on TV on grass that wasn't green. Even then, I was used to watching big-time college football. That dead grass wasn't big-time. BTW, that stadium was named Cessna a long time before 2002 (as he says in the video).

I visited Buffalo's stadium a few months ago while on a work trip. Their team is good. Their stadium..interesting. They do have a new fieldhouse under construction in the end zone.
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(01-12-2019 12:08 AM)johnintx Wrote:  Don't mess with Rice Stadium!!! It's not the LA Coliseum, but it carries plenty of history, such as the Kennedy speech and the Super Bowl. It ended up being too big for what Rice football became, hence the tarps in the end zones. It does have great sightlines and is still a good place for a game. Function over fashion definitely applies here.

The Yale Bowl is classic. In addition to the history of Yale and the Ivy League, it hosted the New York Giants in 1974, while Yankee Stadium was being renovated and the original Meadowlands stadium was being built. Yes, the place is ancient, but that adds to the charm.

Same applies to Harvard Stadium, only it is half the size of the Yale Bowl. It's ancient, but classic.

Cessna Stadium brings back memories of the old NCAA TV contract on ABC. I was a kid in the 70's or early 80's watching a game between Wichita State and Tulsa, presumably a required appearance for the Missouri Valley Conference. The grass was dead. I had never seen a football game played on TV on grass that wasn't green. Even then, I was used to watching big-time college football. That dead grass wasn't big-time. BTW, that stadium was named Cessna a long time before 2002 (as he says in the video).

I visited Buffalo's stadium a few months ago while on a work trip. Their team is good. Their stadium..interesting. They do have a new fieldhouse under construction in the end zone.

I haven't been inside Buffalo's stadium, but from the outside, it looks new, modern, clean. It just looked a lot better than some of the other G5 stadiums. A bad stadium would be like Cal's before their last renovation. It was a hazard. Broken wooden benches everywhere. Just unbelievable. Plus it was (and still is) on a fault line. Houston's stadium before they razed it about 5 years ago was a rinky dink high school stadium. I can't argue with ULL's stadium being on the list.
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
This video was made before the end zone addition was added. I agree. I think Rice is a historical venue and should not be on this list.

I also would not place the Yale Bowl on the list either. I really like the stadium, and think it is amazingly unique.

The other stadiums on the list are pretty ugly.
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
Buffalo's stadium is pretty nice. The only thing that sucks is the track around it making the seats further away.

I love how he throws in the typical Buffalo weather joke even though the college football regular season only goes to November and it's usually at minimum in the 40s and a lot of the time in the 50s then. In the early weeks of November it averages a high in the 50s. The first week in November it's in the 60s even sometimes.

A lot of southern games get rain / lightning delays. Buffalo doesn't get those.
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(01-12-2019 04:31 PM)SUisBigEast4ever Wrote:  Buffalo's stadium is pretty nice. The only thing that sucks is the track around it making the seats further away.

I love how throws in the typical Buffalo weather joke even though the college football regular season only goes to November and it's usually at minimum in the 40s and a lot of the time in the 50s then. In the early weeks of November it averages a high in the 50s. A lot of southern games get rain / lightning delays. Buffalo doesn't get those.

They rip on Buffalo yet, I doubt they have ever been to a game at Bowling Green. Which is up there with Kent State as one of the worst places to watch a game.
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(01-12-2019 04:41 PM)utpotts Wrote:  
(01-12-2019 04:31 PM)SUisBigEast4ever Wrote:  Buffalo's stadium is pretty nice. The only thing that sucks is the track around it making the seats further away.

I love how throws in the typical Buffalo weather joke even though the college football regular season only goes to November and it's usually at minimum in the 40s and a lot of the time in the 50s then. In the early weeks of November it averages a high in the 50s. A lot of southern games get rain / lightning delays. Buffalo doesn't get those.

They rip on Buffalo yet, I doubt they have ever been to a game at Bowling Green. Which is up there with Kent State as one of the worst places to watch a game.
And even when there is a biblical snowstorm in November like there was a few years back, the typical lake effect storm tends to either miss or only leave a couple of inches of snow at UB. It's places like Orchard Park that get the multiple feet of snow for days at a time.
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
I've driven past Wichita State, New Mexico, and San Antonio.
The first two didn't strike me as notably bad from what I could see. The Alamodome was built to attract an NFL team and to make the city more attractive in competing for conventions. It's obviously not what UTSA would design if they were starting from scratch and had a bucket of capital funds.

When Little Rock was facing the loss of the Travelers to North Little Rock there was a push to save Ray Winder Field which was the third oldest pro baseball stadium. People confused old with old and charming. Ray Winder Field was simply old.

Rice Stadium and Harvard are simply classic designs that hold up and aren't of style. Yale Bowl is "odd" like many on the list but it works because it is a classic.

I've been in Cajun Field sightlines are just fine but the bathrooms and concessions are out of date unless the last renovation took care of that.

I've also been in Malone at ULM. One time there I was sitting near the field in the visitor section and there were weeds poking up between the bleachers. The press box side is huge and I'd not want to lug gear up to the press box.
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RE: Video: Top 15 Worst College Football Stadiums
Aloha Stadium is probably a dump at this point. Yale Bowl is fine.

Sam Boyd Stadium admittedly is a dump as well, there's a reason there's been zero consideration of the Raiders playing there.
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(01-12-2019 12:08 AM)johnintx Wrote:  Don't mess with Rice Stadium!!! It's not the LA Coliseum, but it carries plenty of history, such as the Kennedy speech and the Super Bowl. It ended up being too big for what Rice football became, hence the tarps in the end zones. It does have great sightlines and is still a good place for a game. Function over fashion definitely applies here.

The Yale Bowl is classic. In addition to the history of Yale and the Ivy League, it hosted the New York Giants in 1974, while Yankee Stadium was being renovated and the original Meadowlands stadium was being built. Yes, the place is ancient, but that adds to the charm.

Same applies to Harvard Stadium, only it is half the size of the Yale Bowl. It's ancient, but classic.

Cessna Stadium brings back memories of the old NCAA TV contract on ABC. I was a kid in the 70's or early 80's watching a game between Wichita State and Tulsa, presumably a required appearance for the Missouri Valley Conference. The grass was dead. I had never seen a football game played on TV on grass that wasn't green. Even then, I was used to watching big-time college football. That dead grass wasn't big-time. BTW, that stadium was named Cessna a long time before 2002 (as he says in the video).

I visited Buffalo's stadium a few months ago while on a work trip. Their team is good. Their stadium..interesting. They do have a new fieldhouse under construction in the end zone.

When I was a student at Cincy back in the early 1960s, we hosted Tulsa in an ABC game of the week. It was going to be a color broadcast. Because the grass on the playing field had already gone dormant and appeared lifeless, the powers-that-be decided to dye it green for the benefit of the cameras and viewing audience. Then it rained.

I recall dark green puddles on the cinder track around the field. Oh, and Cincy beat Tulsa (and its star QB Jerry Rhome) in that game.
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Yeah, our stadium is a dump, but it won't be for much longer.

For those of you that don't know, Louisiana is towards the end of a multi-year Athletic facility construction/renovation project. We've built an Indoor Practice Facility, Athletic Performance Center, Baseball and Softball Complexes and a 20mill Cajundome renovation.

We've saved the best and biggest for last. The football stadium will be nearly completely rebuilt with all of the suites/luxury areas and office space seen in many new stadiums out there. The kicker is that this is only part of a much larger plan that will involve hotel/restaurant construction, and it will all be designed to flow together to offer a complete entertainment experience much like you see around the Superdome and Champions Square.

When this is done, Louisiana will have one the best facility profiles, top to bottom, in the entire G5.
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