Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn. — This historic stadium opened nearly a century ago, in 1914, and was the first to have seating completely surround the playing field. The Yale Bowl has also played host to NFL games, Special Olympic events and international soccer matches in addition to serving as the home field for 583 — and counting — Bulldogs football games through the years.
Nebraska Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb. – This historic venue was constructed in 1921, and while it once housed multiple Nebraska teams, volleyball has been the lone tenant since 1977. The Cornhuskers have taken advantage of the home-court advantage through the years as they entered the 2011 season riding a streak of 149 consecutive sellouts at the 4,030-seat coliseum.
Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa. — This legendary stadium, the second largest in the nation, opened in 1960 with seating for just 46,284. Seven expansions later, capacity stands at 106,572 as Penn State has built one of the best home-field advantages in college football. The Nittany Lions faithful have turned this historic venue into one of the most intimidating to play in.
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Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif. — Originally opened in 1935, as Mustang Stadium, this venue underwent major changes in 2006. Following an expansion from 8,035 seats to 11,075 the stadium was renamed after San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos donated $4 million for renovations. Cal Poly is routinely among the top five in attendance each season.
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KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. — This sparkling new venue was opened in August 2010, and with a capacity of 8,300 it is the largest women’s-only soccer stadium in the world. The state-of-the-art facility not only plays home to Kennesaw State but also to the WPS’ Atlanta Beat and will host the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s College Cup.
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Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala. – While this jewel of a stadium plays host to North Alabama’s football squad during the regular season it is more widely known as the home of the Division II national championship game. This year will mark the 25th consecutive year that Florence has played host to the tilt come to its city, dating to 1986.
Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. — Opened in April 1999, this 1,086-seat venue plays home to the six-time national champion Tar Heels and is routinely filled to capacity. While the field hockey squad shares this venue with the women’s lacrosse team, there is certainly no shortage for room at this spacious 12,000-square-foot facility.
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Spieker Aquatics Center in Los Angeles – Unveiled in September 2009, this $14 million center plays home to all of UCLA’s aquatic sports. This brand new facility also hosted the 2010 MPSF women’s water polo tournament, the first for UCLA, and is set to welcome the 2011 MPSF men’s water polo tournament to the Bruin campus from Nov. 25-27.
Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio — Constructed in 1913, this historic venue has not only played home to 10 different Purple Raiders national championship teams but it also is the oldest college football stadium in Ohio. In 2011, Mount Union installed a state-of-the-art FieldTurf synthetic playing surface, proving that despite the stadium’s age it is not behind the times.
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