For me the Cotton Bowl just looks like how a football stadium should look. I know L.A.â€™s Memorial Stadium is much maligned but I love the look of it as well. Here are some other great looking football meccas that I would love to see one day.
Notre Dame Stadium (South Bend, Indiana | Notre Dame Fighting Irish)
Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton, Alberta | Edmonton Eskimos)
I donâ€™t know if they still do it now but after games you used to be able to go onto the field and get autographs from the Eskimos, win or lose. When I was younger, this was a pretty cool feature. As an aside, I once watched a game of tackle football played with 20 mascots as a half-time show. There were feet, heads, and arms flying everywhere.
Percival Molson Memorial Stadium (Montreal, Quebec | Montreal Alouettes)
The Alouettes were on no oneâ€™s radar when they moved back to Montreal in the 1990s. They played in the cavernous Olympic Stadium to only a couple thousand people. Because of a scheduling conflict with U2, they moved for one game to Molson Stadium on McGill Universities campus and sold out. The next season they moved to the stadium and became the hardest ticket in Montreal to come by. Prior to every Sunday home game, the club plays "Sunday Bloody Sunday" over the PA system in tribute to the unintended role U2 played in saving the franchise. Even with renovations the stadium only seats 25,000 people but it is responsible for saving professional football in Montreal so it needs some credit.
I know itâ€™s old and too big for the NFL (well too big for a NFL team run by Al Davis) but 92,000+ fans pack into it to see the USC Trojans play football every game.
For years, Saskatoonâ€™s cable television came from Detroit so the Detroit Lions, Michigan Wolverines, and Michigan State Spartans kind of became the home team. This also meant that I canâ€™t watch Ohio State play without my skin crawling but you have to admit that this is a great looking football stadium. Yes, Coach Sweater Vest does take the fun out of being an Ohio State fan but this stadium could make you forget the fact that you attend a inferior university
The angle of the seats at the Swamp is crazy and it contributes to the massive crowd noise that is generated there. What a place to watch and listen to a game. It gives a real advantage to the team with a legitimate 12th man.
I know I am ignoring some other great stadiums (let me know what I am missing the in the comments).
I didnâ€™t include Lambeau Field or Soldier Field because of the intensive renovations and the new focus on luxury boxes and club seats and I donâ€™t know if a NFL team that really is designed for the average fan anymore versus the emphasis on luxury boxes and high end club seating qualifies for the list but I am open to dissenting opinions.