Worst Places to See a College Football Game
1. The Orange Bowl, Miami, FL
Bar None -- this is the WORST place I've ever visited and it's not because Miami is another rival of my favorite team. The OB is obsolete! It's in a very inhospitable neighborhood (to put it nicely), it's dirty, it's cramped. To get the the top tier seats, you practically have to walk vertically. There are posts throughout the stadium that block views (but you pay the same price to sit in those seats). The overhanging leaks like a sieve. There aren't enough toilets (once, they "swapped" bathrooms and made the women use the ones with urinals (and 2 stalls) so the guys could have the multi-stall restroom!) What a nightmare. They only get one or two full stadiums a year and they are unprepared for the crowds when that happens. I was there at one hot, hot game and they ran out of EVERY BEVERAGE INCLUDING BEER by half-time. People were fainting all over the place, including people on the sidelines. They blare rap music (etc) at the loudest volume possible before and during the games so you can't hear the bands. The fans are the pits -- rude, crude, profane, and drunk. If they lose a game, they are out of there by the 4th quarter. If they win, they are in your face until you slam the door on them. I HATE going there.
2. Wallace Wade, Duke (Durham, NC)
A cultured crowd -- where the opposing teams often outnumber the Duke fans. It's a hollow pit with very little embellishments. You have to walk through the woods to get to the restrooms. It's not unpleasant -- but you just miss the atmosphere.
3. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
Designed at a school that's known for engineering -- its sight lines are disasters. If you happen to be sitting beyond the 30 yard line, you will get a crick in your neck from trying to watch the game. If anyone stands up between you and the action, it's over with. One of the few schools where I'd rather sit in the end zone.
4. Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Pre-Katrina. The biggest problem with this stadium is HOW FAR YOU ARE FROM THE ACTION. I'm not talking vertical -- I'm talking horizontal. Next time you watch a game, look at the space between the teams and the fans. Even if you are in the first few rows, you'll need binoculars to see the game. Again, best seats are in the end zone -- you're closer to the action.
5. Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
I haven't been there since 1991 so maybe they've spruced this place up. All I remember is how hard the seats were and how cold I was. I wasn't impressed, except by the main gate where I saw "Cotton Bowl" in big letters.
6. Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State, Tempe, AZ
Another one with poor sight lines for anyone who isn't between the 30s. I had to watch most of the game on the big screen above -- might as well have been on TV and saved myself a few hundred dollars. Plus the stupid Fiesta Bowl put us right down in the middle of a huge section of opposing fans! There oughta be a law!
7. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Not even on the campus (a la Miami's Orange Bowl). Until recently, our opposing fans outnumbered their fans. They are starting to get a bigger fan base. No real amenities to remember and the atmosphere still has a lot to be desired. One good thing going for it -- a grassy area for fans to sit but they may be enclosing that. I forget ... that's how memorable it is.
Well, there weren't 10. Most places are nice to visit for one reason or another. But these lost their luster for me. Again, it's a personal preference. If you have a comment, click on Comment or, if you want, email your comments and I'll post them for you!