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Lets rank the ACC stadiums

  • The UMD thread got me thinking...so lets do a ranking, I would base it on comfort, site lines, homefield advantage.

    1-FSU, one of the reasons FSU and Clemson are frequently mentioned as potential SEC schools are due to their respective stadiums. While the old Doak (the erector set) was much louder, the new one is just, well if you were a Hollywood producer and wanted a stadium for your movie on CFB, you would think Doak Campbell. It loses points on the tailgate tents that rim it, and the fact that when its sold out, you feel a bit "squeezed"...BUT...those are trivial points.

    2-Clemson, this thing is built into the ground, so from the outside you have a "meh", but damn once in there, holy crappola. It is LOUD, and even intimidates visiting fans who have to scale it to get to those upper level seats, you get vertigo climbing up there. The field has a crazy crown to it, I stood on the visiting sideline once for a game, and the entire Clemson team and coaching staff were only visible from the waist up. Comfort wise, its average, but CFB stadiums are not meant to replicate your living room.

    3-Virginia, the old Scott stadium was a quaint little facility, on par with most of the ACC stadiums of the time. The new one? It is a Palace, Tommy Jefferson would be proud, hell even Dr Seuss overlooking Hooville would be proud. Everything about it is just beautiful 9well except for the UVA co-eds, but hey a few beers, you won't notice). As for homefield advantage, well thats why they aren't first on the list, they have none. Once in a while they can make some noise, but for the most part its a bunch of trust fund punks, in their bow ties and blue blazers, throwing up Virginia Gentleman all over themselves, I am still waiting to meet someone from UVA that i can say ""hey thats a pretty good dude".

    4-North Carolina, little tidbit, their is a ordanance that the stadium can never be higher than the surrounding Pine trees. It is nestled into what is possible the most beautiful campus in the ACC. Nice place to take the family for visiting fans, very polite people, who do not have the stick up their arse like UVA does. Problem is powder blue may work for hoops, but it ain't working for football, yet they have everything powder blue, its almost like Benjamin Moore had a 40% sale on it.

    5-VT, ok let me start this with...their fans are punks. Funny thing about VT, they think their football team is the shyat, yet I would argue almost every season is based on at most 3 games, usually more like 2 (this yr for sure), yet when you go there, hell you'd think they were the defending national champions the way those hillja...uh I mean fans act. Yes its loud, but its not from a huge crowd 9it really is not that impressive when you go there), it was built (remember VT is a big engineering school) to hold in noise (granted, and we will get to this, they do not pipe noise in). I do not like the white wall that goes around the field, and for some reason, they insist on blending in the orange-maroon on to the maroon...they even insist on this with Nike. Oh and most tailgating is done in cow pastures, so if it rains, make sure your buddies get good and drunk so they can push you out.

    6-NC State, they lose points right off the bat, because its not on campus..throw in the fact that a good chunk of the fanbase are thinking they are at a NASCAR race, and well it goes downhill from there. I wills ay Chuck Amato did on thing well at NCSU, he got people to pony up cash to revamp the stadium. It is sweet facility wise, almost comfortable. The wolf howl gets a bit annoying after awhile, but I am sure someone out there finds the warchant annoying.

    7-Wake Forest, for the school with the smallest enrollment they over achieved. Deacon Tower is awesome, this used to be a horrid place to play (remember Greg Jones blowing out his knee on their field that looked like Mules lived on it?) No bad seats and the new turf is sweet..BUT...if you are running a wheel route and get led just the wrong way...your WR will end up in row 3 of the student section, it is that tight down there. Another off-campus stadium, which sits right in the middle of the Phillip Morris HQ.

    8-Georgia Tech, I always get the feeling that they were standing around after building the campus, and said "Oh crap we forgot the football stadium". The old one was awesome..I mean who doesn't like rusty water dripping on them during a game. The student section is a hoot 9well when students are actually there) it looks like a UN meeting..(another engineering school), and most of them look like they have to be prompted when to cheer.

    9-Miami, look lets be honest, if you are a recruit and you ask to see the stadium, and your recruiter tells you "Sure, its a 40 minute drive, however thats if the traffic is good (it hardly ever is)", why in the world are you considering this? Its not even in Miami or the county the University of Miami resides in! Then, and this is great, the first couple of games are played...WITH THE BASEBALL DIAMOND STILL THERE! Lets also face this fact, Miami fans think they have one home game every 2 years against FSU, outside of that they do not care (I present you the 2010 USF game). Last yr I was jacked because the game was a blowout, so i figured i could get a friggin cocktail in the club level...they closed off liquor sales..you have one saving grace, and you screwed that up! BTW you know your fanbase is not good, when you have to bring your Orange Bowl piped in music with you.

    10-Boston College, first time I went to a game here i took a cab. Kelly Lowery called me, and said "Don't head over to any tailgates till we get there". Well when Kelly showed up, i had to explain that not only was there no tailgating (the campus sits in the middle of a residential sub division), but the only two options for bars were one dive and a Thai restaurant. I only bring up Lowery because this was the highlight of the entire gameday experience. We did find a liquor store, where we cleverly bought a handle of JD and big liters of diet coke, poured out half the coke, filled the rest with jack and then walked around drinking that. I did end up doing Rumple Mints shots with 3 FSU students who were tailgating out the back of the car, on the side of the road, and had the honor of peeing on a bush next to Ernie Sims Sr. The stadium itself was basically a HS field built in between 4 buildings (we actually were so disoriented by the time we got in there, I don't remember much of the game, other than asking Casey Weldon why he was wearing a mock turtleneck), ok you know its bad when all I can do is name drop.

    11-Maryland, the fans are well...mostly from the cast of the Jersey Shore. The stadium is falling apart in certain spots, the tailgating is not bad, but its like running a 5k to get to the stadium. if you sit in the visitors section, forget about seeing anything from the 40 yd line up, so it is wise to get higher seats. I don't have much else to say...I suppose if you want to make a weekend out of it, and tour DC, its got that going for it.

    12-Duke....poor, poor Duke. Well lets just skip over the obvious...its a great place to take small kids to a game, because they have plenty of room in the stands to run around. You haven't lived till you've seen the visiting team dress at the track n Field house, and then navigate their way to the stadium. Hold on...I am thinking of something good to say....nah nevermind.

    This post was edited by Pbenuncensored2 3 years ago

  • I would say:
    1. FSU
    2. Clemson
    3. Virginia Tech
    4. NC State
    5. North Carolina
    6. Georgia Tech
    7. Virginia
    8. Maryland
    9. Wake Forest
    10. Miami
    11. Boston College
    12. Duke

  • I've only been to a few of those stadiums that you listed, but I do agree with the fact that FSU should be at the top, and Maryland should be at the bottom. I hate Byrd stadium with a passion. The only good memory I have about Byrd stadium is doing some "extra curricular activities one night, around 3 am, in the south end zone" when I was younger. Their stadium sucks, their fans suck even harder, and the facilities are grade A shit. The school invests all of it's money into hoops, and don't do anything for the football team.

    What's hilarious is that now with football popularity rising over the last decade in D.C., Md, Virginia, the DMV has been producing a lot of elite talent over the last few years. Just look at this year for example, there are two 5-star talents in this small, cramped up state. If UMD decided to build a state of the art stadium across the street from their new basketball arena, upgraded their football facilities. hired Locksley after he gets fired from New Mexico, then the Terps could really get their football program off the ground.

    Not saying they would compete for a National Championship, but they would definitely have a say in the ACC IF they did all of that. Under Armor is going to try and make the Terps their version of Oregon. I'm sure eventually something positive will come from all that mismatching of uniform combinations for them, (kids love new uniforms), and I'm sure UA will give $$ for new facilities and stadium later on down the road.

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  • BushidoNole said... (original post)

    I've only been to a few of those stadiums that you listed, but I do agree with the fact that FSU should be at the top, and Maryland should be at the bottom. I hate Byrd stadium with a passion. The only good memory I have about Byrd stadium is doing some "extra curricular activities one night, around 3 am, in the south end zone" when I was younger. Their stadium sucks, their fans suck even harder, and the facilities are grade A shit. The school invests all of it's money into hoops, and don't do anything for the football team.

    What's hilarious is that now with football popularity rising over the last decade in D.C., Md, Virginia, the DMV has been producing a lot of elite talent over the last few years. Just look at this year for example, there are two 5-star talents in this small, cramped up state. If UMD decided to build a state of the art stadium across the street from their new basketball arena, upgraded their football facilities. hired Locksley after he gets fired from New Mexico, then the Terps could really get their football program off the ground.

    Not saying they would compete for a National Championship, but they would definitely have a say in the ACC IF they did all of that. Under Armor is going to try and make the Terps their version of Oregon. I'm sure eventually something positive will come from all that mismatching of uniform combinations for them, (kids love new uniforms), and I'm sure UA will give $$ for new facilities and stadium later on down the road.

    Ah, so I see we agree on pretty much all points. My only point of contention would be knocking their football "facilities" beyond the stadium itself. I think everything else they have, like the weight room and practice fields and so forth, are pretty nice. It's really just Byrd Stadium that is a POS.

    And as far as Byrd Stadium goes, did I miss anyone complaining about the parking? It doesn't matter where you park, you have to hike at least a mile across campus, sometimes through areas that are not well lit, to get there. And God help you if you get separated from a big group of Noles. Their fans are drunk, relentless pieces of trash who go to a game just looking for a fight.

  • Enzo said... (original post)

    Ah, so I see we agree on pretty much all points. My only point of contention would be knocking their football "facilities" beyond the stadium itself. I think everything else they have, like the weight room and practice fields and so forth, are pretty nice. It's really just Byrd Stadium that is a POS.

    And as far as Byrd Stadium goes, did I miss anyone complaining about the parking? It doesn't matter where you park, you have to hike at least a mile across campus, sometimes through areas that are not well lit, to get there. And God help you if you get separated from a big group of Noles. Their fans are drunk, relentless pieces of trash who go to a game just looking for a fight.

    With you brother:

    11-Maryland, the fans are well...mostly from the cast of the Jersey Shore. The stadium is falling apart in certain spots, the tailgating is not bad, but its like running a 5k to get to the stadium. if you sit in the visitors section, forget about seeing anything from the 40 yd line up, so it is wise to get higher seats. I don't have much else to say...I suppose if you want to make a weekend out of it, and tour DC, its got that going for it.

  • Been to every one except Wake...

    1 - FSU
    2 - Clem
    3 - VT
    4 - UNC (if their fans were louder it'd be 3)
    5 - UVA
    6 - NC State
    7 - GT
    8 - MD
    9 - Miami
    10 - BC
    11 - Wake
    134 - Dook

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