The tribe has spoken. Well, the one who specializes in tech, science, aerospace, do-it-yourself, and auto news has. Popular Mechanics has named Tiger Stadium at LSU the best stadium in the SEC.
The company’s Top 25 is not exactly what you think, though. It is based solely on the buildings and nothing to do with atmosphere, crowd, tailgating, noise, anything. Just the buildings.
That’s why the stadium popularly known as Death Valley in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is tops in the league and No. 3 overall.
“Architecturally, the early history of Louisiana French and Spanish design have defined the growth of the stadium with arched entries, views from the upper deck, and ties to the rest of campus,” the site explains.
A rather intriguing list and concept, the list will assuredly make some college football fans upset, because college football fans get upset about these things.
Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium is No. 1 after its incredible expansion in 2013, and Florida State’s Doak Campbell sits at No. 2 ahead of Tiger Stadium.
Ohio Stadium at Ohio State and the Yale Bowl at Yale was ranked Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
Bryant-Denny Stadium at Alabama is the only other SEC stadium in the Top 10 (No. 10)
So which other SEC stadiums made the list?
Historic Kyle Field at Texas A&M is No. 15, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ole Miss is No. 18, Williams-Brice Stadium at South Carolina is No. 20, Neyland Stadium at Tennessee is No. 21, and Sanford Stadium at Georgia is No. 24.
Having half to the conference on this list is rather impressive, but none are as good structurally than Tiger Stadium in the SEC.
So when you head to Death Valley this fall, soak it all in, and know you are walking into one of the best stadiums in the entire country.