USC – THE LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM

USC really drives the tradition of west coast football. With their first squad fielded in 1888, Southern Cal is a team that sets a standard for others not only near the Pacific, but nationally. USC is one of those places that define tradition. An illustrious history includes coaching legends, Heisman Trophy winners, national championships, and classic rivalries (Notre Dame and UCLA most notably).

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UCLA – THE ROSE BOWL

The Rose Bowl is known as the “granddaddy of them all” because of its prestige, rich history, and striking beauty. Set amongst the San Gabriel Mountains and placed in the ritzy neighborhoods of the Arroyo Seco, the setting is timeless and leaves a lasting impression. Arguably college football’s most picturesque view occurs as the sunset illuminates the mountains adjacent to the Rose Bowl, while outlining this colorfully grand arena.  It’s one of perfection’s rare visits.

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CALIFORNIA: MEMORIAL STADIUM

Driving across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Berkeley provides the first indication that you are in for something special when visiting the home of the Golden Bears.  Once on campus, you are immediately permeated with a dose of California coolness – that perfect blend of eclectic eateries, shops, and personalities.  Driving deeper into town and further up the rising picturesque landscape will make you wish you went to college here.

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COLORADO – FOLSOM FIELD

Driving into Boulder, Colorado is a memorable sight. With the Rocky Mountains to your left and the famous red tiled roofs of Colorado’s campus blanketing the city, you get a sense of something special. Set against the Flatirons, Folsom Field provides some of the best views in college football. The stadium blends in with the rest of the campus because the red tile roofs topping each building also covers parts of the stadium. Parking was a challenge, but once I was set, the tailgating atmosphere proved to be worth the parking fees.

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