America's Best College Football Stadiums
Courtesy of Penn Athletics
Franklin Field: Philadelphia
More impressive for its heritage than knockdown, drag-out
football, Franklin is the oldest college stadium still in use, dating back to
1895. It was the site of the first scoreboard and the first radio and
television broadcasts of a football game, and—back when the Eagles shared the
stadium with the UPenn Quakers—this was the first NFL stadium with Astroturf.
The Quakers won the national college football championship four times before World
War One. Now their Ivy League games are a throwback to that time when the
players really were student-athletes.
Team Tradition: Throwing toast onto the field at the
end of the third quarter.
Typical Chant: “Hurrah! Hurrah! Pennsylvania!”
Biggest Rivals: Harvard and Villanova.
Postgame Hangout: Cavanaugh’s.
Stadium Capacity: Approximately 52,000; pennathletics.com.