The Best of the Best: College Football Stadiums
College football stadiums house camaraderie and traditions that are often unmatched in other sports. According to travelandleisure.com, college football attendance draws more fans than the NBA, NFL and NHL. Read on as The Parking Spot reviews some one-of-a-kind college football stadiums that are prime locations for college football travel. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, University of Florida This below-ground stadium probably has one of the most well-known nicknames in college football. Dubbed “The Swamp” by former coach Steve Spurrier in the early 1990s because he said, “A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. Only Gators get out alive,” this Florida landmark has the weather and loyal fans to accompany its frightening name. As the UF band breaks into the theme song from Jaws, and every Florida fan in the stadium Gator Chomps, the Swamp truly lives up to its name every home game. Popular chant: “Orange! Blue! Orange! Blue!” Kyle Field, Texas A&M When it comes to college football, Texas A&M is known to have some of the most devoted fans around. Known as the “Twelfth Man”, Aggie fans stand during the entire game to show their support. Texas A&M is also home to the world’s largest military marching band that is famous for its complex, precise movements. Kyle Field will have yet another record under its belt after renovations are completed in 2014, making it the biggest SEC stadium. Popular chant: “A-G-G-I-E-S A-G-G-I-E-S aaaaaaa Fight ‘em, Aggies!” Memorial Stadium, Clemson While there are several college football stadiums that have been nicknamed “Death Valley”, Clemson’s Death Valley Memorial Stadium certainly stands out above the rest. One historic tradition that lives on within Memorial Stadium is the rubbing of Howard’s Rock. Named after legendary coach Frank Howard, this Death Valley Rock started the tradition which is now often called the 25 most exciting seconds in college football. Every home game the Clemson Tigers gather at the top of the hill, and each player touches Howard's Rock for good luck as they run down the field. Renovations to lower the field to increase fan noise are set to help Memorial Stadium keep its title as the top Death Valley stadium in the country. Popular chant: "1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, C-L-E-M-S-O-N! T-I-G-E-RRRR-S! FIGHT Tigers! FIGHT Tigers! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!" Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University Along the banks of the Olentangy River lies the fourth largest on-campus facility in the nation. Nicknamed “The Horseshoe” due to its shape, the Ohio Stadium, complete with its Roman Colosseum-like exterior, is one stadium which does not take its traditions lightly. With traditions that include the band's "Script Ohio" entrance and famous dotting of the “i”, the Victory Bell which is rung after every Ohio State victory, and the Buckeye Grove of trees which honors every OSU All-American, it’s no wonder that the Ohio Stadium is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places for college football stadiums. Popular chant: “O-H-I-O!” Immerse yourself in the tailgating and traditions of some of these great college football stadiums. Whether you’re traveling back to your alma mater or are flying to a rival school to support your beloved team, remember to book your airport parking at The Parking Spot for cheap airport parking and a superior college football travel experience.