Top 3 Tuesday - SEC Football Stadium Wishlist
Known as one of the loudest stadiums in college football, a night game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an experience that’s near the top of my college football bucket list. LSU fans have a reputation for being incredibly intense and it’s an unbelievably intimidating environment for visiting teams. The fans are loud, there’s a live tiger on the field, and it doesn’t hurt that the Tigers are usually one of the best teams in college football every year. I’ve also heard that the tailgating scene prior to a game features some outstanding cajun and creole food.
I’m really not that interested in seeing a football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. That could change as Hugh Freeze continues to re-build the Ole Miss program but they’re still a middle-of-the-pack SEC team. I’m more interested in spending a gameday in Oxford, Mississippi, tailgating at The Grove. All the pictures and stories I’ve heard about the tailgating atmosphere at an Ole Miss game give the impression that they’re the gold standard of how you tailgate in the SEC. Southern hospitality, beauty, delicious food, and great times with friends and family. Sign me up for some of that, Sandra Bullock.
This doesn’t even seem fair. Texas A&M has only been in the SEC for one year but they immediately jumped near the top of the list for gameday atmospheres because of the rich tradition they brought with them. Aggie fans have a reputation of being incredibly passionate about their team, but they also show respect and hospitality to the opposition. That’s difficult to find in many SEC fanbases. The 12th Man at Kyle Field is one of the truly unique home-field advantages in college sports and I love that it’s now part of the culture in the SEC. Take me to Aggieland.