Tuscaloosa’s Bryant-Denny Stadium is the fifth-best football stadium in the SEC, according to a poll commissioned by Athlon Sports.
Athlon ranked the Southeastern Conference’s venues based on criteria such as atmosphere, fan support, home-field advantage, amenities, tailgating, the surrounding campus and the like.
LSU’s Tiger Stadium tops the poll, and it’s hard to argue against them as the most intimidating place to play in the SEC, especially at night. That said, Alabama won their last night game in Death Valley.
The panel of experts entrusted to rank the stadiums included college football announcer and SiriusXM host Tim Brando. Barrett Sallee of BleacherReport, and Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com, which makes it unsurprising that Texas A&M’s Kyle Field ranked second.
To be fair, Liucci gave Alabama it’s lone first-place vote in the poll.
Bryant-Denny has an amazing home record, according to the article:
Legendary head coach Bear Bryant and former university president George Denny lent their names to one of college football’s most intimidating home venues. Alabama is 231-52-3 since opening the building in 1929, and Nick Saban is 36-6 at home during his tenure. In front of the most dedicated fans in the nation, the Crimson Tide routinely bring opponents to their knees with ear-shattering support (just as long as the opponent is a good one).
The entire poll is as follows:
- LSU – Tigers Stadium
- Texas A&M – Kyle Field
- Georgia – Sanford Stadium
- Tennessee – Neyland Stadium
- Alabama – Bryant-Denny Stadium
- Florida – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
- Auburn – Jordan-Hare Stadium
- South Carolina – Williams-Brice Stadium
- Arkansas – Don W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium
- Ole Miss – Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
- Missouri – Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium
- Mississippi State – Davis Wade Stadium
- Kentucky – Commonwealth Stadium
- Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt Stadium