The Largest College Stadiums

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1: Michigan Stadium- University of Michigan Wolverines (107,601)


  • Third largest stadium in the world behind Rungnado May Day Stadium in North Korea and Salt Lake Stadium in India
  • Nicknamed "The Big House"
  • The first game was played there on October 1, 1927 between Michigan and Ohio Wesleyan

2: Beaver Stadium- Penn State University Nittany Lions (106,572)


  • Built in 1960 in a horseshoe configuration seating 46,284
  • Lights were added in 1984
  • The stadium is named for James A. Beaver, a brigadier general for the Union Army in the Civil War who served as governor of Pennsylvania and president of the University's Board of Trustees

3: Kyle Field- Texas A&M University Aggies (102,512)


  • In 2015, the capacity was increased from 82,600
  • Known as the "Home of the 12th Man"
  • Largest stadium in the SEC

4: Ohio Stadium- The Ohio State University Buckeyes (104,944)


  • Built in 1922 for $1.3 million
  • Refurbished in 2001 for slightly more than $194 million
  • Known as "The Horseshoe" for its horseshoe configuration

5: Neyland Stadium- University of Tennessee Volunteers (102,455)


  • Named for General Robert Neyland, Tennessee football head coach from 1926-1952
  • Opened in 1921 as Shields-Watkins Field
  • More than 25 million people have attended football games at Neyland Stadium

6: Tiger Stadium- Louisiana State University Tigers (102,321)


  • The first game played at Tiger Stadium was in 1924 against Tulane
  • The first night game was played in 1931 against Spring Hill
  • Since the NCAA began compiling attendance records in 1957, LSU has averaged 77,647 spectators for its games in Tiger Stadium

7: Bryant-Denny Stadium- University of Alabama Crimson Tide (101, 821)


  • Denny Stadium opened in 1929 with a 55-0 victory over Mississippi College
  • The stadium was renamed Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1976 in honor of Coach Paul Bryant
  • Alabama has won more than 80% of its games in Bryant-Denny Stadium

8: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium- University of Texas-Austin Longhorns (100,119)


  • The original stadium was completed in 1924 and dedicated to the Texans who lost their lives in World War I
  • In 1977, the stadium was rededicated to the memories of all alumni who had fought in all American wars
  • The stadium was officially named after football coach Darrell K. Royal in 1996

9: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum- University of Southern California Trojans (93,067)


  • The Coliseum is jointly owned by the State of California, Los Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles
  • The Coliseum has hosted two Olympic games, in 1932 and 1984
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball played at the Coliseum from 1958-1962

10: Sanford Stadium- University of Georgia Bulldogs (92,746)


  • Named for Dr. SV Sanford, former president of the university
  • It was opened in 1929
  • It hosted the medal round of the 1996 Olympic men's and women's soccer competition

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