The Big Ten Conference boasts some of the biggest, loudest and oldest stadiums in college football.
Which one is your favorite probably depends on which team you root for, but you can still appreciate them all. Right?
Scout.com took on the task of ranking all 14 Big Ten football venues, and what they came up with might surprise you.
The top three are hard to argue with, as Ohio Stadium, Michigan Stadium and Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium are all iconic in the sport’s history. But the writers apparently weren’t impressed by the 106,572 capacity at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium.
Here’s what they had to say about Happy Valley, which came in at No. 7:
The atmosphere varies with the time of kickoff and quality of opponent. At least once per season, Penn State has an 8pm kickoff under the lights, and fans are encouraged to wear all white. This creates an awesome “White-Out” atmosphere on TV and it’s even better live in the stadium.
At the other end of the spectrum, the lack of history at Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium — which opened in 2009 — didn’t keep it from landing at No. 6.
When the Minnesota Golden Gophers moved back on campus with the opening of TCF Bank Stadium in 2009, the stadium still had a new feel and the Gophers were still getting used to their new digs. Now, with a few upgrades and finding a comfort zone, Minnesota seems to have settled in nicely at the horseshoe-shaped building known as The Bank.
Here are the full rankings:
- Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
- Michigan Stadium, Michigan
- Memorial Stadium, Nebraska
- Spartan Stadium, Michigan State
- Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin
- TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesota
- Beaver Stadium, Penn State
- Kinnick Stadium, Iowa
- Memorial Stadium, Indiana
- Memorial Stadium, Illinois
- High Point Solutions Stadium, Rutgers
- Ryan Field, Northwestern
- Ross-Ade Stadium, Purdue
- Maryland Stadium, Maryland