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An LSU College Football Legend Has Died

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:40:38 AM America/New_York

RIP Mike the Tiger V

Today Mike VI, the official mascot of the LSU Tigers, passed away at the age of 11 years old after a 4 month battle with cancer. Louisiana State released a statement that Mike was euthanized in his "night house" (which, by all accounts, is substantially larger than my New York City apartment) by Dr. David Baker of LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Mike was only one of two tigers that doubled as live college mascots and the only one to live on campus.

Rest in Peace Mike VI.

Mike VI the Tiger's Memorial

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Prior to Eastern Carolina's 47-29 loss to the University of Central Florida, a group of students on the Pirate's marching band joined the growing protests around the nation by taking a knee during the national anthem on Saturday.

Eastern Carolina University Marching Band Students Kneeling

At halftime the band came back out to perform, where they received a litany of boos. Loud boos.

 

Soon after the game's conclusion, the Eastern Carolina Chancellor Dr. Cecil Stanton released a statement on the students decision to protest.

ECU chancellor response

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Day 8: Beaver Stadium at Penn State University

Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:19:46 PM America/New_York

Beaver Stadium at Penn Sate University

32 Stadiums in 32 Days trucks on with one of the biggest and most intimidating places to play a game in the world. Beaver Stadium is where the Penn State Nittany Lions call home in University Park, Pennsylvania. This stadium is named after James A. Beaver, a former governor of Pennsylvania (1887–91) and president of the university's board of trustees.

Beaver Stadium has a seating capacity of 106,572, making it currently the second largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest in the world.

Beaver Stadium at Penn Sate University Aerial Shot

Beaver Stadium is widely known as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams in collegiate athletics. This was made firm in 2007 and 2008, when Beaver Stadium was recognized as having the best student section in the country for back to back years.

Fun fact: The stadium is the first to have its interior included in Google Street View.

Penn State University Day Game

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Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium view

32 Stadiums,32 Days continues today with our largest selection so far. Because, as you know, EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas. And everything about this stadium is big, from its name to its capacity. Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium , located in Austin, Texas, is the home of the University of Texas Longhorns. The stadium seating capacity of 100,119 makes the stadium the second largest stadium in the state of Texas (behind the Dallas Cowboys billion dollar Jerry World/AT&T Stadium), the largest in the Big 12 Conference, the eighth largest stadium in the United States, and the ninth largest stadium in the world!

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium aerial view

On Thanksgiving Day, 1924, the stadium was originally dedicated after the Texas student body voted to name the stadium in honor of the near 200,000 Texans who fought in World War I and the 5,200 who lost their lives doing so. Then 53 years later in 1977, the stadium was rededicated to the veterans of all wars.

The DKR–Texas Memorial Stadium attendance record of 101,851 fan was set on October 6, 2012, when Texas played the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

University of Texas at Austin Players

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Day 6: San Diego State's Qualcomm Stadium

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 12:14:36 AM America/New_York

Qualcomm Stadium Aerial View

32 Stadiums in 32 days continues with a stadium that pulls double duty during football seasons. Qualcomm Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in San Diego, California, United States. The stadium opened in 1967 as San Diego Stadium and was later known for many years as Jack Murphy Stadium. Since 1997, the stadium's naming rights are owned by Qualcomm, a San Diego-based telecommunications equipment company.

San Diego State's Qualcomm Stadium

It is the current home of the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) and the San Diego State Aztecs football team from San Diego State. Two college football bowl games, the Holiday Bowland Poinsettia Bowl, are held in the stadium every December. The San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB) played home games at the stadium from their founding in 1969 through the 2003 season, after which they moved to Petco Park.

The stadium has hosted three Super Bowl games: Super Bowl XXII in 1988, Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, and Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. It has also hosted the 1978 and 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Games, as well as games of the 1996 and 1998 National League Division Series, the 1984 and 1998 National League Championship Series, and the 1984 and 1998 World Series. It is the only stadium ever to host both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year (1998) and is one of three stadiums to host the World Series, MLB All-Star Game, and Super Bowl, along with the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

San Diego State Aztecs Football

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Day 5: Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University

Monday, August 15, 2016 10:33:29 PM America/New_York

Boise State's Albertsons Stadium with fan B


32 Stadiums 32 Days treks on today with a stadium that is almost more known for the color of the field than the play on it. Oh, who are we kidding, it's definitely known more for the color of the field. Of course we're talking about Albertsons Stadium, the home of the Boise State Broncos. 

Boise State Albertsons Stadium Aerial View

Despite the great success of the team has had in Albertsons, winning 104 of 110 home games since 1999, most people recognize Albertsons Stadium due to its unique blue artificial turf, which was the first non-green playing surface in the history of football! Coined "The Blue Plastic Tundra" by legendary ESPN personality and football analyst Chris Berman due to its color and cold climate, the field is also know as "Smurf Turf" and players often refer to it as simply "The Blue". In October 2014, Boise State's blue field topped USA Today's Fan Index list of top 10 best fields in college football.

Boise State Albertsons Stadium Blue Field View

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Day 4: Memorial Stadium at Clemson University aka "Death Valley"

Monday, August 8, 2016 10:08:14 PM America/New_York

Memorial Stadium at Clemson University; Frank Howard Field

Clemson University Memorial Field


This edition of 32 Stadiums, 32 Days is coming from a top ranked preseason team. Memorial Stadium is the playground for the preseason #2 ranked Clemson Tigers. However it is known more as "Death Valley", a nickname popularized by Presbyterian head coach, Lonnie McMillan due to the regular losses he experienced there as well as the Clemson University cemetery that used to overlook the stadium prior to the upper decks being built. With a capacity of over 81,000 Tigers, Clemson is currently the second largest stadium in the ACC. 


Memorial Stadium also played host to the NFL's Carolina Panthers for their inaugural 1995 season. 

Clemson Memorial Field Night Shot

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Day 3: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida

Monday, August 8, 2016 10:00:57 PM America/New_York

Ben-Hill Stadium aerial views at the University of Florida aka The Swamp

32 Stadiums, 32 Days continues today with our first SEC venue, the University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Built in 1930 as "Florida Field" before receiving it's current name in 1989, the stadium is actually now best known as "The Swamp", a nickname coined by legendary Florida coach Steve Spurrier in the '90s. Said Spurrier ". . . a swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. Only Gators get out alive." Chomp.


As the Florida Gator football legacy continued to grow over the years, so did this stadium. Whereas the inaugural home game in November 1930 was against Alabama in front of a sell out crowd of just under 22,000, the Gators last home game against Alabama was played in front of a capacity crowd of over 90,000, good for the 12th biggest stadium in the NCAA.

The Florida Gators have had decades of success at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, including a 30 game winning streak that saw entire graduating classes of the '90s having never experienced a home loss. The Swamp is undoubtedly one of the most formidable venues for opposing teams to play at, as the stadium is one of the loudest in the nation and the temperature on the field often nears 100 degrees.

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Day 2: Ross-Ade Stadium at Purdue University

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 2:01:29 PM America/New_York

Ross-Ade Stadium at Purdue University

2nd in our 32 Stadiums in 32 Days series is a stadium where the College Tanks staff has spent many a Saturday: Ross-Ade Stadium at Purdue University. Located in West Lafayatte, Indiana, Ross-Ade may not be as big as some of its Big Ten contemporaries, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in heart. Or something. Definitely not in conference victories.


Located on the northern edge of the campus, Ross-Ade Stadium celebrates its 93rd season as the home of Boilermaker Football in 2016. Built in 1924, Ross-Ade is named for David E. Ross and George Ade, the big money behind the operation. It's inaugural game was held on November 22, 1924 versus the Boilermakers' interstate rival Indiana University Hoosiers in front of a crowd of 13,500. Since then the official capacity has grown to over 57,000, with attendance peaking at over 71,000 in a November 22, 1980 game, against Indiana in a rematch of the inaugural game exactly 56 year prior.

Through the 2015 season, Purdue has an all-time record of 276-179-13 in Ross-Ade, a .604 winning percentage, partially on the backs of quarterback legends Bob Griese, Drew Brees, and, of course, the legend that is Kyle Orton.  Boiler Up!

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Day 1: Doak Campbell Stadium at Florida State University

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:07:48 PM America/New_York

Doak S Campbell Stadium

We're kicking of 32 Stadiums in 32 Days with the world famous Florida State Seminoles Doak S. Campbell Stadium or the 'Doak'.  Opened in October 1950 in a game against the Randolph-Macon College Yellowjackets (haven't seen them in the Coach's Poll), the stadium is named for Doak S. Campbell, the president of the university at the time of its construction, and the field was named for legendary head football coach Bobby Bowden in November 2004.  

The stadium seats 82,300, which is good for the 15th largest in the NCAA, and the largest football stadium in the #ACC. The Doak is also almost always good for a FSU victory, as in their last 168 home games - since the start of the 1988 season - the Seminoles are 144-23-1.

Fun fact: Doak S Campbell Stadium is the largest continuous brick structure in the United States and ranks second in the world behind....the Great Wall of China?! That's wild.

Doak S Campbell Stadium Aerial View
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