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Old 12-31-2018, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Chapel Hill is a small town. You can drive 15 minutes to Durham sure, but when walking down Franklin you feel like you are in town because you are in a town.
Franklin street does have a small town feel and UNC doesn't feel urban at all but the fact remains that all those towns run together. Have to ask the OP what the parameters are on "small town" vs "small town in a larger metro area". If we are going to go that route I'd put Cal Berkely on the list as far as their stadium goes.

And Iowan Farmer makes a great case for Ames. The only drawback to Ames is that the stadium is bland architecturally. Absolutely no charm............. but a lot of spirit.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Another vote for Eugene, OR.

- City population 170,000
-Campus near center of town (although you have to cross the river to get to the stadium)
-Autzen is big, but not too big of a stadium
- In autumn, mostly conifer trees, but a few that change color.
-Marching band is spirited and LOUD. Of course I am a bit of a homer here, having graduated from UO and having been in the band.


And of course it's not all hippies. You have the full spectrum of college students, including a small but vocal Greek scene.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Has to be an SEC city, and I'd lean towards one of the towns smaller than Atlanta.
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:07 AM
 
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This is more indicative of what I had in mind.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...m_panorama.jpg

Boston College's stadium is historic/not overly modernized, seats just around 60K and is smack in the middle of campus within quaint Chestnut Hill.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Has to be an SEC city, and I'd lean towards one of the towns smaller than Atlanta.
All of the SEC universities are located in a town smaller than Atlanta.

I thought you claimed to live in Clemson. Why don't you think Clemson fits that criteria.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:58 AM
 
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This is more indicative of what I had in mind.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...m_panorama.jpg

Boston College's stadium is historic/not overly modernized, seats just around 60K and is smack in the middle of campus within quaint Chestnut Hill.
Isn’t BC’s stadium actually on Beacon Street in Boston? Nothing about that screams small-town, and I’d say it gets dings for saturation of hometown school spirit and tailgating activities. But to each their own.
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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If you had to choose the most iconic town on college football Saturdays, which would you choose based on the following criteria:

-saturation of the hometown school spirit (visible pride)
-tailgating activities
-alumni back in town
-active and loud marching band
-smaller historic stadium versus modern mega-size
-centrally located campus in-town versus outskirts
-style points for autumnal weather and changing leaves

Preferably under 200K population (small town to small city) and any size college/university.

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Isn’t BC’s stadium actually on Beacon Street in Boston? Nothing about that screams small-town, and I’d say it gets dings for saturation of hometown school spirit and tailgating activities. But to each their own.
Yup, Alumni Stadium is 6 miles west of downtown Boston and is within Boston's city limits. I don't know how that meets the OP's requirements.
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:29 AM
 
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I think this stadium offers the best setting in terms of the OP and a different vibe than most other programs: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mich...adium_West.jpg

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mich...dium_North.jpg

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mich...dium_South.jpg

https://spark.adobe.com/page/taa4i/ (pronounced like Mikey)

Yes, it is on a service academy base, but you do have the small, walkable village of Highland Falls adjacent to it: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/r...est-point.html

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Old 01-01-2019, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Several of the universities mentioned aren't known for a lot of school spirit regarding football , like UNC and BC.

A few years ago, UNC made the ACC title game which was played in Charlotte but the stadium was mostly Clemson fans. UNC and Clemson are similar size universities at undergrad level and UNC is much larger at the graduate / professional level.

UNC had a small chance of making the playoffs that year if it had beat Clemson because it only had one loss coming in.
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:40 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I think this stadium offers the best setting in terms of the OP and a different vibe than most other programs: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mich...adium_West.jpg

Yes, it is on a service academy, but you do have the small, walkable village of Highland Falls adjacent to it: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/r...est-point.html
I voted for Ann Arbor, but itís hard to argue against you with this. I was beyond impressed the the first time I saw Michie Stadium. Awesome setting
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