Fumbled Fields: The Worst Stadiums in College Football

These venues earn penalties for giving fans a poor experience.

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The college experience is all about studying, making new friends and heading to the stadium on fall Saturdays to cheer on the football team.

Some college teams play in iconic shrines. Think Michigan Stadium, the Ohio State "Horseshoe" and Notre Dame Stadium. But others have home fields that probably remind fans of high school, or worse.

We're focusing on those. We count down to our pick for the very worst stadium at college football's top level — the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS — based on attendance, online comments and more.

40. University of California-Los Angeles: Rose Bowl Stadium

The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California

One of the more picturesque stadiums in the country, the Rose Bowl is a somewhat creaky venue that's in need of significant repairs.

Home to the UCLA Bruins, the Rose Bowl opened in 1922 and is a National Historic Landmark.

But in the present day, it's known for its horrible parking, cramped concourses and seats, and aging facilities.

As one Yelp reviewer says, “If you must go [to the Rose Bowl], leave your house at least five to six hours before the concert or game begins. Prepare to be irritated at the sheer incompetence of a city and venue that does as little as possible, and generally doesn't give a rat's patooty once they've got your money."

39. University of Maryland: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium

Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, home to the Maryland Terrapins since 1950
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College Park, Maryland

The University of Maryland must decide to either upgrade Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium — or tear it down.

The stadium is in dire need of repair and has been limping along on life support for something like two decades.

"The field itself needed work as a number of players slipped and fell on the rubber crumb field-turf," says one fan, in a review on Google. "This stadium needs a full renovation — or just better facility management."

Couple the lackluster stadium with a program that has struggled in recent years (the Terps had a 5-and-7 overall record in 2018), and you can understand why some fans have been choosing to avoid this place.