When it comes to college football, the stands are always full of students, the fans are one sided, and the stadiums are typically smaller and limit the number of tickets sold. All of this can be changed by moving the game to a neutral site location, typically being an NFL stadium.
Bringing two college football teams to a professional stadium will even out fans, take away home field advantage, and increase ticket sales. This also gives players the opportunity to play in a professional setting and experience playing for a large crowd. Coaches can use this opportunity to scout and recruit, and the universities are able to market to more alumni who have moved out of their college towns. All while bringing more publicity to the schools and money to the football programs. Playing in these famous NFL stadiums started for Bowl games but has grown and teams are scheduling more and more of their regular season home games at NFL stadiums.
Here are a few matchups to look for this year at top NFL stadiums. (listed by date):
- NRG Stadium: AdvoCare Texas Kickoff – Texas A&M vs. Arizona State University Saturday September 5th
- AT&T Stadium – AdvoCare Classic: Wisconsin vs. Alabama Saturday, September 5th
- Georgia Dome – Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: Louisville vs. Auburn Saturday September 5th
- Sports Authority Field – Rocky Mountain Showdown: Colorado State vs. University of Colorado Saturday September 19th
- AT&T Stadium – Southwest Classic: Texas A&M vs. Arkansas Saturday September 26th
- AT&T Stadium – Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout: Texas Tech vs. Baylor Saturday, October 3rd
- Arrowhead Stadium – BYU vs. Missouri on November 14th
Besides the regular season games, there are a handful of bowl games being played at professional NFL Stadiums this year:
- Goodyear Cotton Bowl: AT&T Stadium Thursday, December 31st
- Capital One Orange Bowl: Sun Life Stadium Thursday, December 31st
- CFP National Championship: University of Phoenix Stadium Monday, January 11th
- Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Georgia Dome Thursday, December 31st
Join the excitement and watch your favorite college football teams go head to head at an NFL Stadium.