Top 3 Tuesday: Big Ten Stadium Wishlist
Camp Randall Stadium is one of the unique venues that makes college football so special. When it fills up for a Wisconsin home game, the stadium becomes the fifth largest city in Wisconsin at a capacity of 80,321. The history and design of Camp Randall make it a venue with a tremendous past and Badger fans are some of the most passionate you'll ever meet. Madison is known for having an incredible tailgating atmosphere and I'd love to experience the "Jump Around" tradition between the third and fourth quarter.
Imagine a scene where over 106,000 people are dressed in white and screaming their heads off during a game under the lights. That's the atmosphere for a Penn State whiteout at Beaver Stadium. The stadium is the second largest in college football and the Nittany Lions fan base is notoriously loyal, sometimes to a fault as we've seen over the past couple years. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit has often referred to Penn State as having the best student section in the country and many opposing players say Penn State is often the toughest place to play during their college careers.
I consider Nebraska fans to be the gold standard of college football fans. They are passionate and knowledgeable about their team, but they also show respect and class to their opponents. Aside from when schools host a game against a service academy, I can't think of another fanbase in the country that applauds the opponent after the game, regardless of whether their own team wins or loses. The entrance to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., has a banner that reads "Through These Gates Pass the Greatest Fans in College Football." Indeed they are.