When the first-ever college football game was played in 1869, just about 100 spectators showed up on Rutgers' campus.
Fast forward 147 years to Sept. 10, 2016, and Bristol Motor Speedway played host to a special Tennessee-Virginia Tech neutral site game that drew an NCAA-record 156,990 paid.
Crowds of 100,000-plus have become commonplace in college football thanks to extraordinary renovations and multimillion-dollar projects. In 2022,
eight schools boast home stadiums that hold a six-figure capacity.
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Here are the 25 largest capacity stadiums that serve as primary homes for FBS college football teams ahead of the 2022 season.
The 25 largest FBS college football stadiums in the United States:
1 Michigan Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 107,601 2 Penn State Beaver Stadium (University Park, Pa.) 106,572 3 Ohio State Ohio Stadium (Columbus, Ohio) 102,780
4 Texas A&M Kyle Field (College Station, Texas) 102,733 5 LSU Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, La.) 102,321 6 Tennessee Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) 101,915
7 Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) 101,821 8 Texas Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (Austin, Texas) 100,119 9 Georgia Sanford Stadium (Athens, Ga.) 92,746
10 UCLA Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 91,136 11 Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.) 88,548 12 Auburn Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn, Ala.) 87,451
13 Nebraska Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.) 85,458 14 Clemson Clemson Memorial Stadium (Clemson, S.C.) 81,500 15 Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium (South Bend, Ind.) 80,795
16 Oklahoma Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Norman, Okla.) 80,126 17 Florida State Doak Campbell Stadium (Tallahassee, Fla.) 79,560 18 South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, S.C.) 77,559
19 Southern Cal. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles) 77,500 20 Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium (Madison, Wisc.) 76,621 21 Michigan State Spartan Stadium (East Lansing, Mich.) 74,866
22 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (Fayetteville, Ark.) 72,000 23 Washington Husky Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 70,138
24 Iowa Kinnick Stadium (Iowa City, Iowa) 69,250 25 Pittsburgh Acrisure Stadium (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 68,400