There are a lot of great stadium environments to choose from in the SEC, but a recent ESPN roundtable panel — which voted on the best stadiums in each Power Five conference — placed Death Valley above the rest.
LSU’s Tiger Stadium was chosen as the top SEC football venue. Here is the argument in favor of the choice provided by ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf:
What makes a great stadium? Environment? Tradition? Capacity? Tiger Stadium has a combination of all these things, and when it comes to the best stadiums in the SEC, it’s LSU and then everybody else. There’s a reason ESPN writer Wright Thompson described it as “the best place in the world to watch a sporting event” after the 2008 Alabama game. The environment is unlike any other place in college football, especially once the sun goes down. It’s iconic with the eye of the Tiger as the midfield logo. And it’s now the third-largest stadium in the SEC (102,321) after recent renovations that also included 70 suites and more than 3,000 club seats. It’s one of those stadiums that needs to be on your bucket list.
That is certainly a compelling case, but the fans of the other 13 SEC teams may disagree.
One thing all SEC fans can agree on, however, is that they can’t wait for SEC football to return, beginning on Sept. 1 when Tennessee hosts Appalachian State.