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Wayne Cavadi | | October 11, 2018

These are the 13 most scenic stadiums in DII football

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We all love DII college football Saturday. Whether it's the intense action of an evenly-matched conference rivalry, or tailgating hours before the game begins, nothing beats rooting your school on to victory.

And it all starts with the stadium.

We have taken several looks at the best stadiums in DII football here at First, we offered our bucket list of must-see stadiums, quickly followed by the fan's choice for best DII football stadiums in the land. Now we turn our attention to those stadiums that offer a little more thanks to the surrounding area. We looked to the people who knew best, recruiting the fans of DII football to chime in.

This time around, we weren't necessarily looking for the ultimate gameday experience, historic facilities, or venues that fill to maximum capacity with some of DII football's best fanbases. These are the stadiums that are resting on a body of water or seemingly built right into the mountainside. Without further ado, here are DII's 13 most scenic stadiums (in no particular order):

West Florida, Blue Wahoos Stadium

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Full disclosure: Watching the Argonauts play on the DII football showcase inspired this list. The Argos share their stadium with Minor League Baseball's Pensacola Blue Wahoos, but there is no shortage of football feels all around the venue. But that's not what makes West Florida's home turf special. Anywhere you can see blue water and sailboats on one side of you and palm trees on the other seems like a pretty cool place to catch a game.

West Chester, John A. Farrell Stadium

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Fall in the northeast is something to behold. Sitting in the stands at John A. Farrell Stadium, the Golden Rams faithful get a view of the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, and with it, the changing colors of the leaves in autumn. 

Colorado School of Mines, Marv Kay Stadium

Mountains, mountains, and more mountains. The view outside the stadium is so awe-inspiring you may forget there's a football game being played. Don't worry, that Mines offense always makes sure they keep your attention on the field, which may be why they've won almost 90 percent of the games the Orediggers have played there.

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Western State, Mountaineer Bowl

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You'll have plenty of scenery when you head to Gunnison, Colorado to watch the Mountaineers in RMAC action. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference fits this school to a tee, as the mountains of Gunnison Valley are off in the distance and the surrounding trees are visually stunning. You'll also get a great view of the sky, as you are closer to it than any other stadium in DII football. Its elevation of 7,750 feet makes it the highest stadium in all of college football.

Black Hills State, Lyle Hare Stadium

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Blue skies and mountains. Whether you're there for a track meet or to watch the Yellow Jackets football team take on an opponent, you'll get plenty of great views of the Spearfish, South Dakota wilderness. Bundle up, those snow-capped mountains are a sight to see, but sure look chilly.

Grand Valley State, Arend D. Lubbers Stadium

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Football under the lights at Lubbers is an experience like no other. This stadium can pack them in and the video board is a sight to see in itself. The surrounding Allendale, Michigan area is simple beauty on the outside as the Lakers put up some beautiful stats on the inside. 

Bemidji State, Chet Anderson Stadium

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If you kick the ball at The Chet just right, it can make a splash in Lake Bemidji. Ok, perhaps it's not that close, but the Beavers stadium sits on the shores of the lake. It's close enough that there is the Homecoming tradition of jumping in the lake after a victory. That would be something to see itself.

St. Cloud State, Husky Stadium

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How's a view of the Mississippi River sound? Husky Stadium is close to the shores of the Ol' Miss, overlooking the famous scenic river. It's new turf, with a couple of shades of green adding to the flavor. 

Shepherd, Ram Stadium

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Welcome to Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The setting is a bit surreal as it has a bit of a Field of Dreams feel to it. Surrounded by wilderness, you seemingly walk out of the trees and there you are, ready for another big Saturday of football from the Shepherd Rams. 

Winston-Salem State, Bowman Gray Stadium

Do not adjust your television. That may just be a racecar you see flying past you. The home of the WSSU Rams is certainly one of the most unique venues in all of college football, as the legendary stock car race track shares a home with Rams football.

Lindenwood, Harlen C. Hunter Stadium

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Home to the Lindenwood Lions, Hunter Stadium has an updated classic feel. Located in St. Charles, Missouri, the stadium originally hosted the St. Louis Cardinals NFL training camp. That probably gave the townspeople some added fun scenery in the summers of yesteryear.

Bloomsburg, Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium

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There is just something about these Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference stadiums that add to the gameday experience. Set in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley, you can see the changing leaves and rolling Pennsylvania countryside for miles in every direction. 

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Johnson C. Smith, Irwin Belk Complex

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Home of the Golden Bulls, the Irwin Belk Complex is nestled right off of Highway 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sure, you get to watch football on Saturday, but you also get to take in the breathtaking Charlotte skyline. Not a bad view at all. 

Honorable mentions:

Slippery Rock, Mihalik-Thompson Stadium

Humboldt State, Redwood Bowl

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Winona State, Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium

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Northwest Missouri State, Bearcat Stadium

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Pittsburg State, Carnie Smith Stadium

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Tusculum, Pioneer Field

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Valdosta State, Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

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