USA Today Ranks Beaver Stadium No. 7 in College Football
After being ranked the fourth-best Big Ten stadium by Athlon Sports over the summer, Beaver Stadium earned another national ranking. USA Today pits Penn State as the seventh-best in college football in its annual rankings released today, and the third best in the conference.
Among the greatest of the great stadiums grouped along with Beaver Stadium are as follows:
- UCLA, the Rose Bowl
- LSU, Tiger Stadium
- Ohio State, Ohio Stadium
- Michigan, Michigan Stadium
- Clemson, Memorial Stadium
- Florida, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
- Penn State, Beaver Stadium
- Georgia, Sanford Stadium
- Virginia Tech, Lane Stadium
- Wisconsin, Camp Randall Stadium
The ranking uses what it calls the College Football Fan Index, which is a “cumulative data-based ranking of America’s most engaged fan bases.” Each week during the regular season, readers vote for the topic of the week as it relates to college football programs.
Here’s what USA Today had to say about the “White House:”
Fairly new compared to others on this list — it opened in 1960 — Beaver Stadium is both massive (106,572 capacity) and loud. Kirk Herbstreit once said it had the best student section in the country. “Quite simply the loudest, most supportive student section in college football,” he said.
Herbstreit’s famous quote turns nine years old this year, but it still rings true today. With Penn State off to its best start in six seasons, a full-capacity, voracious Beaver Stadium is hopefully on the horizon. And it all starts this weekend against Northwestern at Homecoming!
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