Add The Sporting News to a growing list that has discovered what Tennessee football faithful have known for decades Neyland Stadium is the place to be on an autumn Saturday.
The publication ranked Neyland Stadium as the No. 1 college football stadium in the country in a listing on its Web site thesportingnews.com.
The site has featured one collegiate stadium each day for the past 10 days, culminating with Wednesday's feature on Neyland Stadium. The feature will also run in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
In the stadium rankings, TSN used four criteria setting, structure, fans and history. Neyland Stadium ranked high in all areas in the poll.
In terms of setting, The Sporting News simply says There's not a better view in college football. On one side of the stadium is the Tennessee River, where fans arrive by boat and tailgate hours before kickoff and hours after the game. On the other side i
s The Hill, the historic center of UT's old campus.
The stadium structure itself also draws rave reviews It's enormous. And it keeps getting bigger ... the facility is unlike any in the nation. It rises straight up from the ground, towering over the playing field and intimidating opponents with its size
Big Orange faithful also receive strong reviews from the magazine which says, Ah, the Tennessee fan. Obsessed and passionate; maniacal and frightening. Step into Neyland Stadium and feel the orange experience.
Finally, UT's history also earned strong points from the voting panel. Gen. Robert Neyland, the SEC and national titles, the checkerboard end zone, the smoke off the mountains. It's all part of the lore of Tennessee football.
Neyland Stadium is the nation's second-largest college football stadium with a seating capacity of 104,079. Last season, UT drew a record crowd of 108,768 fans for its contest against Florida and averaged a single-season record 107,595 for six home games.
The rest of the top 10: (2) Notre Dame, (3) Florida, (4) Texas A&M, (5) Washington, (6) LSU, (7) Michigan, (8) Wisconsin, (9) Nebraska, (10) Oregon.
Neyland Stadium voted No. 1 football venue
Published: Fri Apr 20, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:38 p.m.