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Old 12-28-2018, 07:23 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.

And go....!!!
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Old 12-28-2018, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Athens or Tuscaloosa. Definitely a SEC city.
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:33 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.

And go....!!!
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Athens or Tuscaloosa. Definitely a SEC city.
While easier answers and also from an obvious preference, neither is smaller (92,000 capacity and 102,000 capacity respectively) nor especially historic in nature.
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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Penn State or Notre Dame.


Strictly for tailgating I doubt anyone surpasses LSU.
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:52 AM
 
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Penn State or Notre Dame.
Capacities of 102,000 and 81,000 respectively, so not exactly "smaller".
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Old 12-28-2018, 10:04 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.

And go....!!!
Hard to beat rural Oxford, Mississippi, a town of 24,000 which regularly hosts 64,000 at its Ole Miss football stadium whose oldest sections were built in 1915. The whole town revolves around the university, and especially its football program. Tailgating on The Grove is legendary. Even though the entire county has a population of 53,000, there could be 100,000 at the Grove where gourmet food is served on silver platters with chandeliers hang from metal poles. From the New York Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/01/s...ssissippi.html


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwT6jeW-Bvk
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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Hard to beat rural Oxford, Mississippi, a town of 24,000 which regularly hosts 64,000 at its Ole Miss football stadium whose oldest sections were built in 1915. The whole town revolves around the university, and especially its football program. Tailgating on The Grove is legendary. Even though the entire county has a population of 53,000, there could be 100,000 at the Grove where gourmet food is served on silver platters with chandeliers hang from metal poles. From the New York Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/01/s...ssissippi.html


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwT6jeW-Bvk
Nice option, thanks! Still a bit larger than I was hoping for though in terms of stadium capacity however.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:16 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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If there is a better place to be on a Fall Saturday than Athens, GA, I'm hard-pressed to recall it.
Perhaps Jacksonville on 11/2.

https://flgajax.com/
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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While easier answers and also from an obvious preference, neither is smaller (92,000 capacity and 102,000 capacity respectively) nor especially historic in nature.
Sanford Stadium not historic? Au Contraire!

https://georgiadogs.com/sports/2017/...tory-html.aspx

Find me a Georgian that doesn't know what Between The Hedges refers to.

Here's a list of the oldest CF stadiums, BTW.

https://www.hotels4teams.com/fbs-col...dest-stadiums/

Bobby Dodd might fit your parameters.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati might also fit as well. https://supertailgate.com/stadium/un...-of-cincinnati

Another place, even though the team is struggling, is David Booth Stadium at the University of Kansas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_...morial_Stadium
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9630...7i13312!8i6656
https://kuathletics.com/news/2018/8/...y-updates.aspx

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