However, unlike most college football fans who have only visited a handful of football venues to compare to their own school’s, Joshua Guiher has visited over 50 stadiums and bowls. The 2002 Penn State graduate went to his first football game when the Nittany Lions hosted the Pitt Panthers in 1997.
During his incredible run of visiting college football venues, Guiher went on numerous bowl game expeditions, including one trip with his brother where they went to four bowl games in four days.
Even though Guiher has better knowledge than the average college football fan, he isn’t ready to commit to a best stadiums list.
“I’m not so good at doing top 5’s or lists as they are quite subjective. Part of that can be if a stadium is under construction at the time. For instance, Ohio State did not have running water in the closed end of the horseshoe and still needed temporary lights in that end when we visited.”
Guiher does have a soft spot for traditions though, mentioning that the military academies were must-see fan experiences that impressed him more than other innovative stadiums. Guiher said, “While the stadiums are not modern, there is more to college football than suites and alcohol. It’s about festivities and bands and fan involvement–tradition! The pre-game experiences at those places are top notch with the cadet walks and such. Plus, the Army campus is amazingly beautiful, especially during fall when the leaves are changing colors”
As for his alma mater’s stadium?
“It is top 5 or 10 for me. Sure it has issues with concession lines [and] it takes a lot of flack for looking like an erector set, but it is unique and doesn’t just look like a cement bowl like Ohio Stadium or Heinz Field. It certainly needs a refresh, and I’m not sure how you address some of the issues like bathroom and concession lines. I am happy to hear they want to work on seat size as that is also a bit rough depending on who you are seated beside. However, I will argue forever that the number one thing Beaver Stadium needs is more band music and less piped in music”
He does credit the fan interaction, the Blue Band drum major backflip, the “We Are” chant, and the student section.
How would you rank Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, and the fan experience among college football’s greatest?