Beaver Stadium ranked fourth of the Big Ten’s 14 stadiums in a poll of a dozen Big Ten experts conducted by Athlon Sports.
It seems low, but we’re obviously too biased to look at this objectively. Here are the entire rankings:
1. Ohio State — Ohio Stadium
2. Nebraska — Memorial Stadium
3. Wisconsin — Camp Randall Stadium
4. Penn State
5. Michigan — Michigan Stadium
6. Iowa — Kinnick Stadium
7. Michigan State — Spartans Stadium
8. Minnesota — TCF Bank Stadium
10. Maryland — Byrd Stadium
11. Northwestern — Ryan Field
12. Rutgers — High Point Solutions Stadium
13. Indiana — Memorial Stadium
14. Purdue — Ross Ade Stadium
Athlon asked the group to rank stadiums based on general atmosphere, fan support, home-field advantage, amenities, tailgating, the surrounding campus and the college town. Ohio Stadium received top billing from nine of those polled, with Beaver Stadium receiving its only No. 1 vote from NBC Sports’ Kevin McGuire.
Here’s what the website had to say about Beaver:
From a massive city like Columbus to a sleepy college town like State College, Beaver Stadium nearly matches The Horseshoe’s every facet. Penn State’s home stadium is as intimidating as any in the nation — especially when 100,000 fans are all wearing white. Massive, boisterous crowds steeped in rich tradition and history make the Nittany Lions’ home games a sight to behold. And climbing nearby Mount Nittany is a right of passage of sorts for all who attend a game at Beaver Stadium.
Longtime Penn State writer David Jones of PennLive was one of the voters for the study, and he placed Beaver No. 3. Here’s his reasoning, from PennLive:
The most flat-out beautiful venue of the lot, a pastoral setting with the mountains overlooking. On a pretty fall day, it has no peer as a tailgate heaven. Beaver Stadium itself is, of course, sort of an erector set that’s been added onto so many times and it doesn’t have the personality of any of the others in the top four. And there’s the trouble getting in and out. But once you’re there, it’s terrific.
Like it says on Athlon’s website, rankings like these are incredibly subjective by their nature, so we shouldn’t get too worked up that Beaver Stadium was bested by the Buckeyes’. Still, it’s the second-largest stadium in the country and home to its best student section, so Penn Staters that agree with it will be tough to find.