College football stadiums are among the largest stadiums in all of sports. Some college football stadiums can hold nearly double the capacity that NFL stadiums can. The massive amount of fans in the stands is part of what makes the college football Saturday atmosphere so unique. Being a part of one of these massive crowds, which routinely total over 100,000 people, has become a bucket list item for many die-hard college football fans. Below are the largest college football stadiums you can visit today.
25 Largest College Football Stadiums in America
As with any good list, we will start from the smallest and get up to the largest.
25. San Diego State – SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California
San Diego State is one of the smallest schools on this list. But who wouldn’t want to take in a football game in the pristine climate of San Diego? SDCCU Stadium can hold 70,561 fans.
24. Iowa – Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa just barely makes the top 25 with a capacity of 70,585. An impressive number, but it is dwarfed by other stadiums in the Big 10.
23. UAB – Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama
Seeing UAB on this list is a big surprise for multiple reasons. The first that comes to mind is that they are one of the only teams on this list that is not in Power 5 conference. But the biggest surprise is that this team shut its football program down in 2014. It was reinstated in 2017, and hopefully, the fans are excited, as Legion Field can hold 71,594 people.
22. Michigan State – Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State often plays little brother to Michigan when it comes to football. And it is no different when it comes to their stadiums. Spartan Stadium can hold a respectable 75,005 people, but it’s got nothing on The Big House, which is much lower on this list.
21. Arkansas – Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas
When you play in the SEC, you need the crowd on your side. Arkansas has not gotten it done on the field in recent years, but you can’t blame the stadium, which can hold 76,000 people.
20. Southern California – United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The only school on this list to have naming rights to their stadium is USC at United Airlines Field. And while its capacity sits at 90,888, the all-time attendance record at the Rose Bowl is 106,869. The record was set in 1973 when USC beat Ohio State 42-17 in the Rose Bowl.
19. Florida State – Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
Bobby Bowden Field can hold 79,560 people. It’s a respectable number, but nearly 10,000 less than rival Florida.
18. South Carolina – Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina
Williams-Brice Stadium can hold 80,250 – not bad for the Gamecocks.
17. Wisconsin – Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium wins the award for best stadium name, and its 80,321-person capacity is not too shabby either.
16. Notre Dame – Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana
Notre Dame Stadium wins the award for the most boring stadium name. But it can at least hold 80,795 fans.
15. Clemson – Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina
For as good as a football program as Clemson is, their 81,500-person capacity is a little underwhelming.
14. Nebraska – Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska
Memorial Stadium can hold 85,458 people.
13. Oklahoma – Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma
The Gaylord Family must have paid a large sum to have their name on Oklahoma’s stadium, which can hold 86,112 people.
12. Auburn – Jordan-Hare Stadium in Gainesville, Florida
Jordan-Hare Stadium is often the host of the Iron Bowl, one of the best college football rivalries that are played each year. It can hold 87,451 rowdy fans.
11. Florida – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium can host 88,548 gator-chopping fans.
10. UCLA – Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
The Rose Bowl has an impressive 90,888-person capacity.
9. Georgia – Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia
Sanford Stadium in Georgia doesn’t have quite the capacity of Alabama or LSU, but at 92,746, it is still impressive.
8. Texas – Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas
Everything is bigger in Texas, including its stadiums. Texas Memorial can hold a crowd of 95,594 fans.
7. Alabama – Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Bryant-Denny Stadium is the first on this list to have an official capacity of over 100,000 at 101,821.
6. LSU – Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Of course, LSU had to one-up Alabama and has a capacity of 102,321.
5. Tennessee – Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee
Tennessee football can often use as much help as it can get. Its 102,455 capacity doesn’t hurt.
4. Texas A&M – Kyle Field in College Station, Texas
Kyle Field wins the award for the simplest named stadium. It can host 102,733 fans.
3. Ohio State – Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
A bucket-list stadium for many, Ohio Stadium tops the scales at a capacity of 102,780.
2. Penn State – Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania
Beaver Stadium is curiously named, as Penn State’s mascot is the Nittany Lions. Either way, it’s huge at a capacity of 106,572.
1. Michigan “The Big House” – Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Big House has an unbelievable capacity of 107,601. That is 46,101 more than the Chicago Bears Soldier Field.
Largest Stadiums by Conference
Of the schools that appear on this list, here is a breakdown by conference from most to least schools:
- SEC – 9
- Big 10 – 7
- ACC – 2
- Big 12 – 2
- Pac-12 – 2
- Conference USA – 1
- Mountain West – 1
- Independent (Notre Dame) – 1