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Ultimate destinations for college football fans

The traditions of college football make it about so much more than the ball itself 

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College football games are one of the great spectacles in all of American sports, with tons of people packing into stadiums each week during the season to cheer on their favorite teams. And with so many teams located throughout the country, these games make for a great reason to travel to a new part of America that fans have yet to experience. These three college football destinations in particular are incredibly special, and are places that fans should consider when planning their next trip to see a game. 

Alabama Crimson Tide 

In recent years, the Alabama Crimson Tide have become synonymous with success in college football, with coach Nick Saban leading them to championships on a regular basis. But seeing the Crimson Tide is about more than watching the team win on the field, as the gameday experience in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is virtually second to none. This is largely thanks to the fans that attend each game, who wave pom poms from the first play to the last and show unwavering support for their Crimson Tide. 

In addition to the experience in the crowd during these games and at the tailgate parties before the action starts, checking out a marquee team like the Crimson Tide also affords you the opportunity to enjoy local cuisine and drinks before, during and after the game. You also have the chance for lively debates about which of your favorite teams will make it to the College Football Playoff and conference championship games later this season, predictions which recently entered into the markets of the sport bookmakers. Given how passionate SEC fans are about their college football, those discussions are always sure to be heated. 

Clemson Tigers 

One of the things that makes college football so special is the traditions. And one of the best traditions in all of college football comes from the Clemson Tigers, whose pregame ritual of running down the famed hill at the end of their stadium is one of the best things to witness in all of sports. This is especially true during a night game, where the combination of the music, and a crowd that has had all day to get ready for the game, only amplifies the excitement of watching one of the best programs in college football pump themselves up for a contest. 

Clemson’s home field advantage is so strong that their stadium is nicknamed Death Valley. It has been ranked as one of the best stadium experiences in all of sports, with Clemson winning nearly three quarters of their games there over the history of the program. That win percentage has increase in recent years, thanks to the fact that they have emerged as the only team capable of competing with the dominant Alabama Crimson Tide for championships in recent seasons. 

The traditions of college football make it about so much more than the ball itself 

Photo by Jean-Daniel Francoeur / CC0 1.0

Michigan Wolverines 

Michigan Stadium is commonly referred to as the Big House, which is a term commonly used to describe prisons. But the stadium hasn’t earned that nickname for being anything like a jail. Instead, it is used to describe the massive amount of people that can fit into the venue. Michigan regularly packs over 100,000 fans into the stadium for their home games. The Big House has served as the backdrop for some of the most important clashes in the history of the sport. 

It is experiences like the one at Michigan Stadium that make going to a college football game one of our top tips for taking a sports trip. There is just an atmosphere in the air that doesn’t exist in the more corporate setting of professional sporting events that fans should experience at some point in their lives. 

All three of these college football destinations offer fans different experiences, but they all have in common the fact that passionate locals will be there to make the gameday experience as exciting as possible. And with each venue carrying its own interesting traditions, fans won’t want to miss out on any of them. 

Victoria Brewood

Although very much British, Victoria always felt like she was meant to be living the 'American Dream'. She loves the US and has travelled to over 14 states.

  • Robert Harris
    Posted at 10:32h, 10 October Reply

    Great article Victoria! The American football frenzy is not popularly sought after by tourists, who would prefer visiting the iconic landmarks and the breath-taking nature sights, but it could be a great experience for anyone who tries. The enthusiasm in these games is infectious, and they also provide a marvellous spectacle of hard-work, grit and sportsmanship displayed by the youth; not to mention the interesting traditions, as you mentioned.

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