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Top 25 biggest college football stadiums in the country

What are the 25 biggest college football stadiums around the country, and which stadium is the biggest of the entire group?

Among sports leagues worldwide, college football stadiums collectively rank as the biggest in the world. Let’s take a look at the 25 biggest college football stadiums, many of which are among the biggest stadiums anywhere on the globe.

The 25 biggest college football stadiums

What are the 25 biggest stadiums in college football heading into 2021?

25. Kinnick Stadium (Capacity: 69,250)

We open our list with the Big 10 and Iowa. Built in 1929, Kinnick stadium initially held an impressive 53,000. Its remarkable size for the time is highlighted by the fact that in nearly 100 years, they have only expanded the stadium by 16,000 seats.

24. Husky Stadium (Capacity: 70,083)

The first Pac-12 stadium on our list belongs to the Washington Huskies, a simply incredible stadium that overlooks Union Bay at one end, can hold slightly over 70,000 fans. That is up from 30,000 when it was first opened in 1920.

23. Spartan Stadium (Capacity: 75,005)

At 75,005, Spartan Stadium is actually slightly smaller than it was back in 1957. Its highest recorded attendance is 80,401, but this stadium is somewhat dwarfed in size by the Spartans’ in-state rivals.

22. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (Capacity: 76,212)

The first SEC stadium on our list belongs to the Arkansas Razorbacks. After seating around 50,000 in 2000, the stadium expanded to 72,000 in 2001. Since then, further developments grew the total to 76,212.

21. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Capacity: 77,500)

While the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been the home to many teams over its nearly 100-year history, the USC Trojans have been permanent tenants. When it opened in 1923, it had a capacity of 75,144. That rose as high as 105,000 before returning close to its original size in 2019.

20. Notre Dame Stadium (Capacity: 77,622)

Home of the Fighting Irish, the Notre Dame Stadium had a capacity of 54,000 in 1930. It was not extended significantly until 1997 when it jumped to over 80,000. The stadium remained that size until 2017, when the attendance was reduced to its present size of 77,622.

19. Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium (Capacity: 79,560)

An absolutely incredible stadium to look at from the outside, the home of the Florida State Seminoles was slightly reduced in 2016. Once holding as many as 82,300, the capacity has now dropped to just under the 80,000 mark.

18. Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 80,126)

The capacity of Oklahoma’s stadium was reportedly reduced by around 6,000 in 2019. Before the reduction, it would have ranked as the 13th-biggest college football stadium. The stadium originally opened in 1925 with a capacity of 16,000.

17. Williams-Brice Stadium (Capacity: 80,250)

The home of the South Carolina Gamecocks has stood at a capacity of 80,250 since 1996. It was one of the biggest college football stadiums but has been passed by several others. Interestingly, the record attendance is nearly 5,000 higher than the reported capacity (85,199).

16. Camp Randall Stadium (Capacity: 80,321)

Built in 1917 with a capacity of 11,900, the Camp Randall Stadium has grown significantly in the following 100-plus years of Badgers football. The stadium once stood at 82,123 but was reduced to its present capacity in 2005.

15. Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 81,500)

While it only ranks 15th on the list of biggest college football stadiums, “Death Valley” is one of the more intimidating atmospheres for visiting teams. The stadium was expanded regularly between 1980 and 1991. After reaching 57,307 in 1982, it was up to 81,473 by 1991.

14. Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 85,458)

One of many Memorial Stadiums around the NCAA, the one at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has the ominously named student section “The Boneyard.” The stadium was originally built in 1923 with a capacity of 31,080.

13. Jordan-Hare Stadium (Capacity: 87,451)

Home of the Auburn Tigers, the Jordan-Hare Stadium was built to meet the demand for a bigger stadium in 1939. It seated only 7,500, but 15,000 people were projected to fill the area around the field. The stadium has now been expanded numerous times over the years, most recently to 87,451 in 2004.

12. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Capacity: 88,548)

Our final stadium under 90,000 is more commonly referred to as “The Swamp.” The home of the Florida Gators was built in 1930 with a capacity of 21,769. While the capacity is 88,548, it regularly holds over 90,000 for Florida football games.

11. Cotton Bowl Stadium (Capacity: 92,100)

While it may not be the home of any NCAA team on a regular basis, the Cotton Bowl hosts one of the biggest rivalries in college football — the Red River Showdown. The stadium is the first on our list that has a capacity of over 90,000.

Top 25 biggest college football stadiums in the country
Top 25 biggest college football stadiums in the country

The 10 biggest college football stadiums

What are the 10 biggest stadiums in college football, and what is their current capacity?

10. Rose Bowl (Capacity: 92,542)

While most famous for hosting the Rose Bowl Game (first used in 1923), the stadium is also the home of the UCLA Bruins. The first Rose Bowl Game had an attendance of 43,000 — it now holds more than double that and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

9. Sanford Stadium (Capacity: 92,746)

Sanford Stadium is one of the most recognizable stadiums in college football due to the privet hedges surrounding it. The stadium has grown three-fold from a capacity of 30,000 when it was first opened in 1929.

8. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 95,594)

The biggest college football stadium outside of the Big Ten and SEC belongs to Texas. The stadium was previously able to hold 100,119 between 2009 and 2018 but was reduced in recent renovations. When it opened in 1924, it had a capacity of 27,000.

7. Bryant-Denny Stadium (Capacity: 100,077)

The first of the seven 100,000-capacity college football stadiums, Bryant-Denny Stadium was the fifth-biggest NCAA stadium in 2010 when it topped 100,000 for the first time. The stadium significantly exceeds its original 1929 capacity of 12,000.

6. Tiger Stadium (Capacity: 102,321)

LSU extended Tiger Stadium to over 100,000 in 2012. Since then, they have registered a capacity crowd of 102,321 a total of nine times. The stadium originally opened in 1924 with 12,000 seats.

5. Neyland Stadium (Capacity: 102,455)

Now the seventh-largest stadium in the world, Neyland Stadium had a capacity of just 3,200 when it was constructed in 1921. The Tennessee Volunteers’ home first topped a capacity of 100,000 in 1996 and set a record attendance of 109,061 for a game against Florida in 2004.

4. Kyle Field (Capacity: 102,733)

Kyle Field saw its attendance climb over 100,000 for the first time in 2014. The home of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, is currently the biggest college football stadium outside of the Big Ten. The record attendance of 110,663 occurred in 2014 against Ole Miss.

3. Ohio Stadium (Capacity: 102,780)

On the bank of the Olentangy River, “the Horseshoe” has seen its capacity bounce between 100,000 and 105,000 over the past two decades. However, the highest recorded attendance came in 2016 against arch-rival Michigan (110,045).

2. Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,572)

The home of the Penn State Nittany Lions, Beaver Stadium was first expanded over 100,000 in 2001. While it has a registered capacity of 106,572, it held 110,889 in 2018 against Ohio State.

Which is the biggest stadium in the NCAA?

Which stadium tops the list as the biggest in college football heading into the 2021 season?

1. Michigan Stadium (Capacity: 107,601)

Michigan Stadium owns the nickname “The Big House,” and it is easy to see why. The Michigan Wolverines have continuously possessed one of the biggest stadiums in all of college football. When the stadium was built in 1927, it had a capacity of 72,000, which would have ranked 23rd on this list. The stadium previously held a larger audience (109,901) between 2010 and 2015.

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN.

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN.

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