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.
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.
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.
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