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The 2022 National Championship game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. GRAPHIC: CHRIS KLINE ’23/THE HAWK
An odyssey through college football’s unique environments


St. Joe’s parents weekend is unique in the sense that it doesn’t have the anchoring event that is common at larger schools: a home football game. But in honor of St. Joe’s not fielding a football team in nearly 90 years, we’re going on a cross-country road trip to some of college football’s iconic and unique environments. Let’s rock.


Pennsylvania State University 

University Park, Pennsylvania

Beaver Stadium. Capacity: 106,572

For our first stop, we venture three hours from St. Joe’s campus into Sheetz territory. Beaver Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere and fourth largest in the world. You probably know about the White Out tradition and tailgates at Nittanyville. What you might not know is that Beaver Stadium’s highest recorded decibel level is 122. That’s the same volume as the world’s loudest wireless speaker. 


University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Kinnick Stadium. Capacity: 69,250

In the midst of cornfields and more cornfields lies Penn State’s Week 6 opponent, the University of Iowa and Kinnick Stadium. Since 2008, the Hawkeyes boast a 5-1 record at Kinnick against teams ranked in the AP Top 10. Before each game, the Hawkeyes, clad in their signature black tops and yellow pants, exit the locker room to AC/DC’s “Back in Black” before running onto the field to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” Pretty intimidating. Yet at the end of each first quarter, the Hawkeye players, coaches and fans remove themselves from the intensity of the game and wave to the patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, which overlooks Kinnick Stadium. Go to YouTube and search “Kinnick Wave.”  


Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Blacksburg, Virginia

Lane Stadium. Capacity: 65,632

Enter Sandman and Iowa? Not so fast, my friend (shoutout Lee Corso). The award for ‘best entrance to Enter Sandman’ unequivocally belongs to Virginia Tech. On Sept. 3 in the team’s opening game against the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the fans in Lane Stadium rocked out so hard to the Hokies’ entrance that the vibrations from the noise and the crowd jumping registered on a seismograph.  


Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah.

LaVell Edwards Stadium

Capacity: 63,470

BYU students’ enthusiasm creates a challenging environment for their opponents. The Roar of Cougars student section is known for camping out for days before games to secure seats. BYU has already defeated two Top 25 opponents at home this season and has won its last 12 home contests. However, the primary reason that BYU cracks this list is because Cosmo the Cougar can dance. If you don’t believe me, look it up.


University of Washington

Seattle, Washington 

Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium 

Capacity: 70,083

Our final stop takes us to the Pacific Northwest and the University of Washington, also known as “U Dub.” Washington boasts one of the more adorable mascots in college football, a 75-pound Alaskan Malamute named ‘Dubs II.’ Dubs II typically runs out of the tunnel with the team and after he fulfills this role, he can be found watching the game in the sunshine. Not a bad gig. Husky Stadium holds the record for the loudest recorded moment at a college football game at 133.6 decibels. The stadium’s unique architecture contributes to the noise level.


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