NORTHERN ILLINOIS – HUSKIE STADIUM

DeKalb, Illinois is not that far from the city life of Chicago, but it may as well be in central Nebraska.  From interstate 88, you can see Huskie Stadium, that is if the corn has already been harvested.  Due to television contracts with ESPN, many Middle-American conference games fall on weekday nights, but that does not dull the enthusiasm.  Many folks drive in from work and it may take a while to get adjusted to the college football mindset, but once the Huskies take the field to a barrage of fireworks, that ol’ Saturday feeling comes back.

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OLE MISS – VAUGHT-HEMINGWAY STADIUM

Unique brands of tailgating are a college football tradition on all campuses. But, nothing compares to Ole Miss. The Grove is a ten acre space shaded by oaks, elms, and magnolias providing an elegant backdrop for thousands of Ole Miss tailgaters. Sporting News calls it “The Holy Grail of tailgating sites.” People stake their claim the night before and set up elaborate tailgates on gameday. 

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IOWA – KINNICK STADIUM

This is a classic example of a place where sports dominate the entertainment category. On gameday, you might hear announcers joke that “you can leave the keys in your tractor” because everyone in Iowa is at the game. Pre-game tailgating is fantastic and the buzz on the streets in Iowa City is all about the team. Many fans point out visiting colors and start their battle cries and chants. Walking up to Kinnick Stadium, you see a beautiful brick façade that lines the outside. Rows of corn greet visitors to the main entrance along with a statue of Hawkeye hero and 1939 Heisman trophy winner, Nile Kinnick.

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AKRON – INFOCISION STADIUM

Some folks may react unfavorably about the move to InfoCision Stadium from the classic Rubber Bowl that hosted Zips games since 1940.  However, the venerable old stadium required much repair, and the dream of a brand new facility on campus drew closer to reality.  In 2009, Akron opened InfoCision Stadium and parked it right amongst the hotspots in campus.  The excitement for this new arena certainly had justification.  It towers high off the main strips in campus.  Akron University has fallen into the rat race for the newer and better when it comes to stadiums.  However, InfoCision Stadium, other than its name, has clung to many traditional aspects of what a college football atmosphere is all about.

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ARKANSAS – RAZORBACK STADIUM

Fayetteville rocks on Saturdays in the fall.  There is certainly no shortage of passionate fans and tradition here at Arkansas which is evident as the team runs out of a hog pen through the band-crafted “A” into an intimidating atmosphere in Razorback Stadium. That intimidation factor begins pregame with pro style tailgating surrounding the perimeter of Arkansas’s massive SEC arena.

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GEORGIA STATE – GEORGIA DOME

Georgia State’s football program is young. Both teams date back to the early 1900s or late 1800s. Georgia states inaugural season was 2010.

It was Bill Curry, former Kentucky and Alabama head coach, who chose to return to the sidelines to help build the foundation for this brand-new program. Georgia State certainly endured a healthy dose of growing pains, but with Bill Curry’s guidance he was able to pass the baton onto a new head coach who has since taken them to their first ever bowl game.

UPDATE: Georgia State now plays at the new Georgia State Stadium – CFT WILL RETURN! http://stadium.gsu.edu
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