DII football's must-see stadums for the die-hard fan: Fan's choice
A few weeks back NCAA.com released a bucket list of DII football stadiums any die-hard fan must see. The list was comprised of stadiums that were aesthetically pleasing, had historical value, a cool name or wild atmospheres. As with most lists, it was far from perfect or complete.
You spoke, so we listened. Here are a few stadiums that received some recognition on social media.
Lubbers Stadium, Grand Valley State
Arend D. Lubbers Stadium is a DII football institution. It plays home to Lakers football, and in return for reeling off win after win over the years, the Lakers' faithful have packed the stands over and over again.
Lubbers Stadium holds the two biggest Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conferece attendance records in the book. The venue can seat 10,444 Laker fanatics, but don't worry, there is room for plenty more. Grand Valley State set the GLIAC mark for single game in 2009 when 16,467 fans watched the Lakers defeat Saginaw Valley State 38-7. The year prior, they set the GLIAC season record as 64,511 people piled into Allendale, Michigan for the ultimate game day experience. Selling out is almost a weekly ritual, as GVSU often is at the top, or right near it, of DII attendance marks annually.
Unlike many other DII football stadiums, Lubbers Stadium is a football-only haven, as the track was removed several years back to accomodate more seating. With one of the most glamorous scoreboards and video displays in DII, Lubbers is a must-see on any DII football stadium tour.
Superior Dome, Northern Michigan
The Wildcats home is one of worldly recognition. It has been listed in the Book of World Records as one of the largest domes in the world, and at one point became the largest wooden dome anywhere. The Superior Dome is huge, with permanent seats for 8,000 people and room for about 8,000 more.
Thanks to a retractable artificial turf, the Superior Dome can play host to a variety of events, ranging from football and soccer, to basketball and volleyball. It's built to last, home to the Wildcats since 1991 and able to sustain the stormy weather of the harsh winter months.
Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, West Texas A&M
Imagine heading to Canyon, Texas on a Saturday afternoon to be surrounded by 20,000 fellow fans. That's exaclty what can happen at Kimbrough Memorial.
The doors opened in 1959, originally named the Buffalo Bowl. Whatever name it has gone by, it is a monster. It's coined the "largest on-campus stadium in DII", able to seat 20,000 Buffs fans and squeeze in a few more. Eastern New Mexico seems to be the largest draw, with crowds as large as 22,993 and 23,776 reported for past matchups between the two rivals.
You want a game day experience, head on down to Kimbrough.
Chet Anderson Stadium, Bemidji State
Quite the view, no? "The Chet" may be the only stadium in DII football that sits on a lake. It's so close to Lake Bemidji, that there is a Homecoming tradition of jumping in the lake after a victory. In Minnesota, in the fall. That's dedication right there.
The stadium has been the home of Beaver football since 1939 and has since welcomed the women's soccer team. The Chet is wide open and spacious, but still seats 3,500 Beaver fans any home Saturday.
Marv Kay Stadium at Campbell Field
While Marv Kay Stadium may be one of the newer facilities in DII football, Campbell Field is the oldest. Marv Kay opened its doors in 2015, but Campbell Field has been home to the Orediggers since 1893, making it the oldest field in the division.
There’s just something about playing in this stadium.. After today’s win, your Orediggers finish the 2017 season 5-0 at home, outscoring opponents 216-64!! A huge thanks to all of our supporters for helping us make it happen!! #HelluvaHomefieldAdvantage pic.twitter.com/e4LKylKLut— Mines Football (@MinesFootball) November 11, 2017
The first win at Campbell came against University of Denver on October 7, 1893. Since then it has played host to the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Colts for training camps as well as the 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champions.
Others who were mentioned:
Karl Van Norman Field, Mansfield
Mansfield -- a member of Division II in other sports -- doesn't have a DII football team, but that doesn't take away from the historical value of its stadium. Why not go take in a sprint football game at what is widley considered the birthplace of night football? On September 28, 1892, Mansfield hosted the first night game at what was then called Smythe Park.
Wilkins Stadium, Southern Arkansas
Spratt Memorial Stadium, Missouri Western State