When the Iowa football team kicks off their season in less than a month, they’ll be kicking off in historic Kinnick Stadium, one of the best in the nation.
Much has been said about how incredible Kinnick Stadium is from the atmosphere to the pink locker room legacy left by Hayden Fry to arguably the best tradition in sports, The Wave. These factors put together to make the Iowa football team’s home field a must-attend stadium on every football junkie’s bucket list.
According to Yardbarker, Kinnick would be on the top-25 list of must-attend stadiums as they ranked their top 25 college football stadiums (in no specific order). Along with Iowa, were five other Big Ten teams (Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin).
In speaking about the Iowa football team’s home stadium, named after arguably the greatest Hawkeye to ever play, Yardbarker had this to say:
"Kinnick holds over 70,000 screaming Iowa fans, and opponents feel that volume on top of them, with thinner sidelines to make visitors even more uncomfortable. The stadium is also towered over by a children’s hospital where sick kids can watch the game from the top floors."
Anyone who has been to Kinnick Stadium can attest to the insanity of this stadium, and it starts before the game even begins with the massive tailgating scene followed up by the best (I’m biased) entrance in all of college football.
One of my favorite parts about attending Iowa football home games is the entrance of The Swarm. With the team lining up in the tunnel with Back In Black by AC/DC on the soundtrack, there is not a more electric play to be.
After the first quarter, it’s The Wave.
Anytime the Iowa football team scores, it’s the I – O – W – A that reigns down.
Kinnick Stadium is, without a doubt, my favorite college football stadium, and I’ve been to quite a few.
Where would it rank on your list?