This Week's Question: Favorite Venue At Which You've Ever Watched a College Game

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Ps it's's picture

Rose Bowl

beautiful on TV and even better in person

you don't got to be Stonewall Jackson to know you don't want to fight in a basement

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BeatTTUN's picture

Rose Bowl 

Sun going down over the mountains in the 2nd half is pure magic.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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avail31678's picture

Looks amazing on TV - can't imagine what it would be like in person.

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BELLEFONTAINEBUCKEYE's picture

I've been to quite a few events. But I am that guy that is indeed picking the Schott. It was an early B1G BB game against Penn State.

Was our introduction to Scoonie Penn. We screamed Scooonie so many times, our voices were gone the next day!

I used to play sports, then I realized you can buy trophies.

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sharks's picture

My basement couch with a sixer of Smithwicks and a family sized bag of Doritos. Come at me bro

A man got to have a code...

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Meek's picture

PSU football in 2012. Spent the day walking around campus then the game at night. We were very welcomed.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Sun Bowl in El Paso. Made it a habit for many years when I lived and worked and the Sun City to go see the post-season game down by UTEP. When the B1G and PAC 12 had a mutual contract to send teams there in the late 80s-early 90s, I saw some pretty good matchups.

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CC's picture

My top 4 are:

The Swamp

Cal's stadium was very cool, pretty small and filled with S&G on the day I went.

The Colosseum watching USC was great as well.

The Palestra in Philly for BBall.  Very cool for Big 5 games.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Cal's Memorial Stadium was my most memorable non bowl game. Was a rare opportunity to see my team and "Buckeye Nation" invade my new world. It was great.

Favorite game and environment was in Tempe at the 02/03 Miami NCG. The build up, the trip as a sophomore, our confidence as a fan base even though we were the "underdog". The beautiful weather for the tailgate and game, and the action was unreal.

I feel like rewatching the game tonight.

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niblick's picture

Happy Valley for a white out - regardless of the reputation their fans get, we were treated fantastic and it's a bucket list trip.  If you think the shoe can bring the noise, I'm sorry to say we're in 2nd place.  They aren't louder, but they bring it from kickoff to :00 on the clock with no stops.

MSU - GREAT fans, GREAT atmosphere before the game and one hell of a trip.  They make you feel extremely welcomed and it's a great time.  Basically after a quick yet polite jab or 2 at one another, you stand around and eat and drink and argue over who hates Michigan more.  It doesn't get any better than that.  The stadium is tiny, like the Wrigley Field of college football so it's a different atmosphere than the shoe.

Indianapolis - The weather in the first week of December is never good but downtown Indy more than makes up for it.  The pregame atmosphere Friday and Saturday is amazing.  Watching indoors at Lucas Oil is superb.  Have been going since 2013 and will never miss a trip.

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Triv's picture

I'll second the Happy Valley white out sentiment. I was at the game in 2016, I have never heard any venue louder than when they blocked that kick and ran it back for a touchdown to take the lead. 

Also second the treatment. A few bad apples but every fanbase has those. Went to a couple campus bars and then tailgated in the stadium lot, all in all we felt very welcomed and several PSU fans offered us beer and food

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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bucknutz18's picture

2016 game was the loudest environment I've ever been in and I was also treated quite fine at the game.  Problem with Happy Valley is  it's a total pain in the ass to get to and the stadium itself doesn't feel historic.  

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CC's picture

You hit the nail on the head.  Driving in on a 2 lane road to a giant erector set in a field is a little bit of a letdown.

Once inside it's pretty special.

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LoudBuckeyeGirl's picture

1. Rose Bowl -  lived up to all the hype.

2. Sun Devil Stadium for the 2003 National Championship game v. Miami. The amenities are terrible, but the sunset and game were so memorable.

3. Navy Memorial Stadium - Great history, tradition, and location.

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aphilly02's picture

Virginia Tech.... enter Sandman was absolutely electric. 

"To Buckeye Nation: You have my word that I'm going to give everything I have to continue the tradition of excellence and winning that this program has enjoyed during its storied history."

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DeacBuck's picture

1. Neyland for 3:30 prime time games against Florida and Oklahoma (2 OT game)

2. Lane Stadium when GameDay was there vs GT - both top 10

3. Williams-Brice Stadium when GameDay was there - #4 UGA vs #5 USC. Think Clowney had 4 sacks and the Gamecocks dominated. 

4. Michie Stadium - West Point was just awesome.

Cameron Indoor is must-do experience, even though I despise Duke. Joel Colisuem was absolutely rocking back in the Duncan - Chris Paul eras. Had Kentucky and UNC grad friends tell me it was the best college basketball atmosphere they had seen - now, not so much. 

Go Bucks, Deacs, Panthers, Braves

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parabuckeye's picture

November 24, 2001 with 14:07 left in the 2nd quarter I was sitting in the "Sports Dome" at Ft. Hood, TX surrounded by 150+ OSU/UM fans. I was watching what would become the longest domination of TTUN in recorded history. Yes we have had 2 loses but I choose to vacate the one in 2011 instead of the one in 2010. So a 15-1 run sounds good to me.

Let Meatchicken Beat Meatchicken!!!!

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cbusbornwrldwiderazed's picture

Wow memories of the Sports Dome, was at Hood during the same time. The place had changed so much by the time I left in 2009.

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John Adams

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parabuckeye's picture

Luck you were not there when Hasan shot it up. Hope they use a firing squad on him. 1st Cav. 13th Signal Bn. here how about you.

Let Meatchicken Beat Meatchicken!!!!

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niblick's picture

was born on that base in '72

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CTBuckeyeFan's picture

The SuperDome in 2015, I'm surprised the roof survived Elliott's 4th quarter TD.

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CC's picture

Yeah that place is loud.  Went to the 2010? game against Arkansas.  Was very loud and it wasn't 100% full.

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Skunk bear blood's picture

1) Rose Bowl

2) Sun Devil for the Natty

3) U of Washington.....they tailgate on boats there.

#POPPYSTRONG

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NorthBerg's picture

Memphis Memorial Stadium (Liberty Bowl).  Great sight lines for every seat put it on the list for me. I miss the days of my youth when the Vols would play there against the likes of UCLA.

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I'm not as old school as some, but I'm going to say Lucas Oil... Saw the B1G championship game vs. wisconsin there, it's a great venue, very comfortable, easy to navigate, nice seats.

It's a decent place, located in a big city but not so obnoxiously big that you hate being there.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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stxbuck's picture

Lucas Oil is impressive-it's like watching a football game in a basketball arena-the sight lines are that good. Indy is kinda "meh" when it comes to pre-game options immediately around the stadium,imo.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

See, that's probably where I differ from most. I'm not a "tail-gaiter" I just want to find a good meal before the game, show up, watch the game, then head home. So the "festivus" portion of the whole experience doesn't matter as much to me, but I can see where that would deter some folks.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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shawn kemps kids's picture

I'll admit I haven't been to a lot of games outside OSU and UC, my two local teams. That being said, in no particular order:

1) Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs. The crowd really gets into it and is pretty involved throughout. I like the tradition they have going into the 4th quarter, Light up Sanford. Lighters/cellphone lights on with arms extended up. Everyone brings the arm down and back up in rhythm. I also like the hedges/walking around the field during the game. That was pretty neat too. 

2) Joan C. Edwards Stadium, home of the Marshall Thundering Herd. This one sticks out a little more than the others. I was lucky enough to attend the game on Nov. 13th, 2010 which was (one day off from) the 40th year anniversary of the plane crash that killed nearly every member of the 1970 Marshall Football team. Hearing the "WE ARE....MARSHALL" for that game gave me goosebumps, as it does now just thinking about that moment.

3) Atlanta Falcons' Mercedes Benz Stadium. Not a bad seat in the house, cheap food, (relatively) cheap drinks, WiFi that worked. My only knock was getting in the stadium, but that was because they thought it would be a good idea to only have one (maybe 2?) gates open instead of all 4 between 4:45-6:30. Other than that, amazing stadium.

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Ludwig Yards's picture

The Rose Bowl, for me....1997, comeback win didn't hurt the experience.  

Saw a game at old Comiskey the last year it was open. Outdated park but a cool experience.

Sat in a luxury box for OSU-Minnehaha at the Metrodome in 1995...stadium was a dull, uninteresting pile of blah but the seats and free stuff were pretty on point. 

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MichiBuck12's picture

Sun Devil Stadium circa 2003 is still my all time favorite venue. 

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kjonesATX's picture

It's hard, since venues can be impacted by the quality of the game. Without question, the best game I've attended was the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. I went to the Sugar Bowl a few years earlier (Arkansas), and it was a great game/venue as well. I've also been to 2 Saints games. The Superdome is a fun place to watch a game, and the pregame in New Orleans is tough to beat. 

The Cotton Bowl for Texas-Oklahoma is about as good as it gets for Venue/atmosphere. The stadium is surrounded by the State Fairgrounds, and it's 50/50 fans. Highly recommend that one.

I see a few Rose Bowls already, and that's definitely bucket list for me. Also really want to see games in: Happy Valley, Baton Rouge, Madison, and Lincoln. 

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NOLABuckeye's picture

I'd have to say the Liberty Bowl in Memphis for Tulane's 1998 undefeated season against BYU.  I followed it up by travelling back to N.O. to watch the Buckeyes beat Texas A&M in the Sugar.  My oldest boy was born about 9 1/2 months later.

Tiger Stadium is also a great venue to watch a game and tailgate. 

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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NW Buckeye's picture

Favorite - Sun Devil Stadium.  Was there for the 2003 National Championship game, and again when we thumped ND.  A smaller stadium that is just a good place to watch a football game.  Most seats have a pretty good view of the field.

On a different note, the worst venue in college/pro football is that monstrosity in Glendale, the University of Phoenix stadium. Deplorable.....
 

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LoudBuckeyeGirl's picture

Concur on Glendale. Like going to a football game at a mall. Although it was easier to get a drink there than it was at the Jerry Dome.

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BroJim's picture

Franklin Field, U Penn.

Go Quakers!

I season my simple food with hunger

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EnonBuck79's picture

Other than Ohio Stadium and St. John's. UD arena was pretty awesome for a basketball game.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

I can't remember how old I was. Can't remember who we played. Can't remember any of the players.

Buckeye Basketball at St John. I was no more than 9 or 10 and it was insane. I remember legitimately being afraid for my well being. Loud. Smooshed together. Everyone standing the whole time. Pure pandemonium. At that age was unaware you could act like that in public.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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Daniel's picture

Purdue football......oh, wait, I misread the question.

Va Buck

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BradentonBuck's picture

I'm not a fan of the program but I am a bit of a CFB Traditionalist and came into a set of tix for ND when Ty Willingham had them 8-0 playing BC. A very neat stadium and beautiful Campus.

Notre Dame was historic so I'm going with that... since I can't vote The Shoe.

Buckeye til I die

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EtTuBrute's picture

Kyle Field in College Station is the pick for me.  An Aggie home game is very different than any other venue, what with the yells, cannon fire, and all manner of other traditions.  It was a lot of fun.

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MercyTex's picture

And how. I took Mrs. Mercy to Kyle field three weeks after 9/11.  My wife asked if "college" was like this and I told her that this was a unique place on earth, in time an space. Painfully polite and helpful college students.  Student Union is a memorial so all hats off before entering.  The Aggie band entrance.   Mrs. Mercy said "I do not know how the game will end but the Aggie band will slaughter the Baylor band if asked.   The students stand and "hump it" for 4 quarters.  Aggie War Hymn aka f**** tu.  Went to Fox and Hound afterward and the Aggies respect the Buckeyes. Great venue. Great fans.

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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CC's picture

Would love a home and home with TAMU.

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OSUBias's picture

The Barn for CBB is hard to beat, though it’s been too long since the Gophers had a team that was good enough to really get the place crazy. Fun place to watch a game. 

Worst, Gopher football at the Metrodome. The new stadium is pretty cool, perfect for a meh Big Ten West team. Though not a great venue for outdoor hockey, where I watched the Gophs beat OSU 1-0 in some rather chilly temps. The beer was slushy

Braving the long dark of the offseason

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Mikefletcher24's picture

 The big hole in the ground.... Had to be 55 years old to finally go to “THE GAME” For a kid who grew up in a small farm town in Ohio cheering for the buckeyes since 1968. When we were doing the OH IO  chant  in that stadium late in the fourth quarter last year, it was something like rapture.  

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jedkat's picture

Rose Bowl

Sun Devil Stadium

Memorial Stadium, Lincoln

"just a guy, nothing more, nothing less" ~ Some troll then *poof* he was gone

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KBonay's picture

Sun Devil Stadium is still tops.  I mean, you are walking distance to everything.  The result made it that much better. 

Rose Bowl, as a venue, is incredible.  The intangibles, like taking a piss, getting there, parking, buying food- all make it miserable.  It's a lot like Michigan Stadium.  Where the entire stadium (100,000+) use the same level for everything. So the lines are insufferable.

FSU was fun, just because it was different.  And I got to rush the field. 

Jerryworld was nice, but not my favorite.  Too sterile IMO.  And you can't escape that damn screen. 

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Dweinz's picture

Cameron Indoor Stadium - UNC v Duke. Tyler Hansbrough was a freshman and it was JJ Redick's senior night. It was an insane atmosphere and fun to see Duke lose at home on senior night

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Grande Gustavo's picture

Sun Devil Stadium was a ton of fun.

Darrell K Royal was an awesome experience.  The stadium is extremely nice, and really different from Ohio Stadium in the setup.  And Texas games are a ton of fun.

Wrigley was a ton of fun for a Cubs game a few years back.

On a non stadium front - Mid City Yacht Club with the the Cajun Buckeyes (New Orleans Alumni Club) was the best alumni bar experience I've had since graduating.

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

I was a member for a brief period - 06 to 08. We weren't at Mid City (think that was pre Katrina).

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Grande Gustavo's picture

I've been to 8 or 9 Alumni bars since graduating, and they were the friendliest and most fun group of people I've watched with (not surprising considering the area).  Where were they at back then?

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

It was the Fox and the Hound off of Clearview in Metaire/Elmwood in 2006. In 2007 they moved to the Ernst Cafe in the Warehouse District, which was nice for us that lived in the city and not in the Burbs. Nice crowd and we got to "host" the NCG in 07/08 at the Superdome. Good times (aside from the outcome of that game).

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mr.green's picture

m*chigan stadium during an OSU win.

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analyticalguy's picture

The only CFB game I've seen above (what's now) the DIII level, and outside the Shoe, was in Happy Valley. So I'm going with Homewood Field  at JHU (despite the lacrosse being infinitely better than the football). Though watching Northwestern thrash PSU had its own charm.

 And then the Palestra in Philadelphia for Big 5 double-headers - a charged up atmosphere in a tiny box of an arena where I didn't care (ahead of time) who won or lost, and could choose to back a team going with or against the crowd as I pleased.

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0H-10's picture

Donnell Stadium, in Findlay, Ohio as the1979 Oilers Football team ramped up to the NAIA Division II National Championship. Personal friendships with numerous players made this a special time & place of great memories.

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JohnnyBuckeye's picture

The OU Texas game in Dalllas during the state fair is pretty cool.

Gallagher-Iba Arena is a rowdy place to watch hoops.

Go Bucks

 

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buckguyfan1's picture

Joe Robbie Stadium for a Hurricanes game. You feel like you have the whole place to yourself. 

Still have great memories of Browns games in old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. 

Simplify...

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CC's picture

I would actually like to see it now, other than the fans.  

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IWannaGoBack's picture

I've watched several games at Camp Randall and... Is just not that great. Kinnick Field is nice; it's not too rowdy or loud, but there really aren't bad seats in the entire place. Its a good experience (other than last year, anyway).

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djjc_buckeyegrad's picture

The Big House in 2013 for sure. I really liked Lucas Oil Stadium, as well. 

OSU c/o 2004

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SoonerBred's picture

Rose Bowl for its beautiful, natural setting and the out-of-sight Parade in the morning but it had its negatives.  Long queue lines waiting to get onto the free shuttle to get to stadium grounds which were absolutely jammed with people.  Post game, absolutely poor signing and no attendants directing pedestrian traffic to the queue lines with nearly 100,000 people and no one knows where to go to get out of the place while in the dark.

Better is the old Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas for the OU-Texas game.  Surrounding the stadium and the game is the Texas State Fair, carnival rides and carnival concessions. stadium split at the 50 yard line unlike a high school stadium which seats opposing fans along opposite sidelines.   Both the Rose Bowl and the OU-Texas game have the same crowd size but the logistics of getting in and out are much better in Dallas.

Ohio born but Sooner bred.

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Abuckeye15's picture

My favorite two venues (other than the Shoe), are Clemson and Georgia.

1) Clemson - not going to be a popular pick (due to recent history), but it was amazing 10 years ago.  Now that Dabo has taken them up some notches, I’m sure its even better.  This is by far the best in the ACC and is as close as you’ll get to the atmosphere in SEC on gamedays.  

2) Georgia - obvious bias due to my wife being a grad, but when the Dawgs are elite Sanford Stadium is a great atmosphere from kickoff to last whistle.  Athens is a blast after they win also.  I still get a kick out of the UGA undergrads wearing their sunday best on gamedays.  

If you get the chance to get to a game, highly recommend either one, you won’t be disappointed.  

36-24-36? Ha ha, only if she's 5'3"

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SilvioDante's picture

Sun Devil stadium. Did not have the pleasure of seeing the 02 game but saw the 05 ND throttling. With camelback in the background and close atmosphere the stadium was awesome. It doesn't hurt that we dominated the crowd and ASU is just a beautiful campus to get shitty on in January for college football. Scottsdale/Phoenix get my thumbs up.

Also, a shout out to UC and Berkeley. Rode the BART from San Francisco in 2013 for the Kenny Guiton special. Buckeyes again had a strong presence in the stadium, Berkeley was alright, the stadium was pretty cool with some hill features, and then the Smooth Jazz was running the show and it was so fun.

Maybe my favorite game of all time.

"Tina, you fat lard, come get some DINNER!... Tina, eat. Food. Eat the FOOD!"

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Funny, I was at all 3 of those games. 02/03 Tempe and Cal were awesome. I took BART to a Cal-Utah game with my boy - it was weird taking a subway to a college football game.

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SilvioDante's picture

Haha I thought of you when I was putting BART. The whole day was off. Starting in SF, "pregaming" if you will in Berkeley, and then walking through a campus who didn't really care a football game was going on.

But the game was a bunch of fun.

"Tina, you fat lard, come get some DINNER!... Tina, eat. Food. Eat the FOOD!"

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

I thought the vibe was pretty good, if anything they were a bit shocked how the sea of Scarlet overtook Berkeley (and the Bay Area for the weekend). My day was interesting because I went to the game with my manager and met up with some Buckeye friends who were partying at a nice mellow fraternity house (one girl's husband is a Cal grad) and played beer pong. Funny to be 30ish playing beer pong with my boss (his first time playing). The Sammies were nice hosts but some of those turds kept taking our PBR cans.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Funny, I'm ridimg the BART for the first time in months (take Amtrak now) and I'm "enjoying" the difference in experience. Sat down in a seat with a few recently extinguished joints at my feet. Wonderful smell at 8:30am!

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Guts's picture

THE SHOE! Duh!

I've only been to the shoe... So it was an easy choice!

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buckeyearchie76's picture

The Rose Bowl--when Jake the Snake got his head chopped off.  The A T &T stadium in Dallas is really ultra modern.  Then I have to go back when I was a small lad and mention Crosley Field with that terrace in left field.  Best outfielders in baseball had problems with it.

Louis Haynes

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CedarBuck92's picture

I've been to games at two colleges: OSU and Wittenberg. So if I can't chose the Shoe that kinda narrows my options down...

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osu78's picture

Jordan - Hare. Tailgating before hand and getting in in time to see War Eagle fly.

Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate.

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RK84's picture

Really enjoy watching games and Tailgating down at UK. Smaller stadium, great views, tailgates are outstanding.

HM: Notre Dame, Nebraska, UF.

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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Ripley Buckeye's picture

2002 OSU vs TTUN

1985 Rose Bowl

2004 Texas A&M versus Texas Tech......just a great atmosphere with the corps and the band and all their tradition

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Ohio Stadium, not close. 

Edit: That's why you should always read the fine print. Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas basketball)

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portlandbuck's picture

Favorite non-Buckeye stadium - Folsom Field (although Colorado fans are turds); also enjoyed watching a game between the hedges at Samford Stadium in Athens.

Back that way, I loved the old Pitt Stadium. Sucks that it was torn down. Nippert is a pretty sweet college venue as well.

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