In the college football world, there are some stadiums that stand above the others.
The 2015 season has been full of big-time venues for the Utes and Cougars.
From the dotting of the "I" at Ohio State to the Tournament of Roses at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., there are unforgettable experiences at these stadiums.
Which stadium experiences should go on the bucket list of college football fans?
Here's a look at 13 of them:
Editor's note: This list, originally published in 2013, has been updated.
More on Notre Dame Stadium
Construction completed in 1930
From Touchdown Jesus to the wall-hung "Play like a champion today" sign in the hallway outside the Notre Dame locker room, the house that Knute Rockne built is steeped in tradition. The Notre Dame Victory March is arguably the most recognizable fight song in the country, and the school's band is the oldest university band in existence. This hallowed stadium has been home to seven Heisman Trophy winners, and the Fighting Irish have played 436 games (324-107-5) in the stadium heading into Saturday's contest against BYU. Only once since 1966 has there not been a sellout crowd. No team that has played at the stadium at least four times owns a winning record against the home team.
Notre Dame Stadium has stayed largely true to its original construction — it still has wooden benches — and in 1997 the stadium was renovated to upgrade the facility, adding more than 21,000 seats to make the current capacity reach near 81,000. With the golden hues, the traditional striped end zones and the colors of fall in the surrounding foliage, this is one site that college football fans dream about experiencing.
More on The Rose Bowl
Construction completed in 1922
This iconic stadium is home to the oldest bowl game in the country. It was constructed in the early 1920s after the Pasadena (Calif.) Valley Hunt Club chose to host a Jan. 1 event highlighted by a parade and games. Now, what started with events such as the "tourney of rings" and ostrich and chariot races has led to the well-known Tournament of Roses parade and the annual bowl game that pits the Big Ten champion against the top team from the Pac-12 (unless these teams play in the BCS title game). Since 1982, UCLA has played its home games at the stadium, which has played host to four Super Bowls and was used for portions of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics and the men's (1994) and women's (1999) FIFA World Cups.
More on Michigan Stadium
Capacity: 107,601, but can hold crowds of about 115,000.
Construction completed in 1927
The largest football stadium in the country is home of one of the most tradition-rich college football programs. The first game was played there on Oct. 1, 1927, and it was a 33-0 Michigan victory over Ohio Wesleyan. During the 86 years since The Big House was built, it has undergone construction to increase the capacity nine times. The last time was in 2010, bringing the capacity to just under 110,000. The Go Blue banner welcomes the Michigan football team onto the field each game day — a tradition that's been in place since 1962 — and the Wolverines' winged helmet is among the most recognizable in the nation. Of the five jersey numbers that have been retired at Michigan, one belongs to a former U.S. president: Gerald Ford played at The Big House in the early 1930s and earned team MVP honors his senior year. His No. 48 number was retired in 1994.
More on The Horseshoe
Construction completed in 1922
There's plenty to experience at Ohio Stadium, known as "the Shoe" for its similar look of a horseshoe. According to collegegridiron.com, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. At Ohio State, the Buckeyes players earn "Buckeye Leaves" stickers to adorn their helmets. The Victory Bell, a gift from the 1943-45 classes, is rung after each OSU victory. In Buckeye Grove, located at the southwest corner of the stadium, a Buckeye tree has been planted in honor of every Ohio State All-American since 1934. Perhaps the greatest tradition at "the Shoe," though, is the band's dotting of the "I." Before each game, the band spells out Ohio, and near the end, the drum major struts toward the top of the "I", with a sousaphone player high-stepping in his wake. The drum major points to the stop, and the sousaphone player takes his place atop the "I", doffs his hat and bows in one of the most iconic traditions in college football.
More on Sanford Stadium
Construction completed in 1929
There's nothing quite like watching Georgia play "between the hedges" at Sanford Stadium. Those famous hedges date all the way back to the stadium's opening game. According to ESPN, Charlie Martin, a member of Georgia's athletic department, traveled to the 1926 Rose Bowl and was impressed by the rose hedges surrounding the field. He suggested that Georgia could do the same. Unfortunately for Martin, university horticulturists reportedly said that the roses wouldn't work in Georgia. So, Georgia administrators decided at the last-minute to install privet hedges instead. With the exception of the 1996 Summer Olympics, those hedges have remained in place ever since.
But the iconic hedges aren't the only thing that makes Sanford Stadium unique. There's also Uga IX's air-conditioned doghouse where he can watch his Bulldogs play. Also, there's the mausoleum in the southeast corner of the stadium where fans can pay their respects to deceased Uga mascots.
More on the Cotton Bowl
Construction completed in 1932
Unlike the other stadiums on this list, the Cotton Bowl is special to more teams than just one. Opened in 1932 as Fair Park Stadium, the Cotton Bowl has been home to many teams and special events. SMU played at the Cotton Bowl now and again between 1932-47. However, Doak Walker's meteoric rise led to the Mustangs adopting the Cotton Bowl as their home from 1947-78. That's why the Cotton Bowl is the "House that Doak Built." SMU briefly returned from 1995-00 before finishing Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
But there's more to the Cotton Bowl than Walker and SMU. Each year, the Cotton Bowl hosts the Red River Rivalry game between Texas and Oklahoma. There, fans can see the stadium split in half between the Sooner Crimson and the Longhorn Burnt Orange.
Plus, there's the Cotton Bowl Classic, one of the most prestigious bowl games outside of the BCS; between 1937 and 2009, the bowl game was played at the stadium it was named for. Now, it is played at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Heart of Dallas Bowl is now played annually at the Cotton Bowl stadium.
More on Jordan-Hare Stadium
Construction completed in 1939
While Auburn's nickname is the Tigers, Auburn fans aren't known for primarily saying "Go Tigers." Instead, they yell "War Eagle!" That's because before every game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, an eagle soars over the crowd as the fans cry, "War Eagle!" There's several legends about where this tradition started, according to Auburn's traditions website. One story claims that the first War Eagle belonged to a Civil War veteran. The veteran brought his pet eagle to the game, and it broke free and soared around the stadium just as Auburn was driving down the field against Georgia. The fans chanted "War Eagle!" as it flew. Then after the game, the eagle reportedly dived to its death.
Regardless of exactly how this tradition started, Jordan-Hare Stadium is worth a visit just to see the majestic flight of the War Eagle before every game.
More on Camp Randall Stadium
Construction completed in 1917
Camp Randall Stadium's history predates football itself. The site used to be a Civil War camp named after Wisconsin Governor Alexander Randall. Later in the 1800s and early 1900s, the University of Wisconsin used that same area for its sporting events, including football. Wisconsin built a small wooden stadium, and war veterans insisted on keeping the name Camp Randall. On Nov. 20, 1915, a large section of the stands collapsed. That led to the construction of the stadium that still stands today.
It's a good thing that Camp Randall Stadium is much more sturdy than its predecessor. That's because the student section loves to jump around to "Jump Around" by the House of Pain before the start of the fourth quarter of every game.
More on Memorial Stadium
Construction completed in 1942
Clemson isn't the only stadium to claim the title of "Death Valley" (LSU also calls Tigers Stadium "Death Valley"). Memorial Stadium is the one and only home to the most exciting 25 seconds in college football. A central part of that tradition is Howard's Rock. It started off as a simple rock in Death Valley, Calif., when Clemson alumni Samuel C. Jones picked it up and decided to give it to his friend, Clemson head coach Frank Howard. Howard didn't think much of the rock and reportedly even used it as a doorstop. He even went as far to tell Clemson booster Gene Willimon to just get rid of it.
Willimon responded by placing the rock on a pedestal at Memorial Stadium, and it sat there before Clemson's 1966 season opener against Virginia. Howard, seeing the rock as an opportunity to motivate his players, told them, "Give me 110 percent or keep your filthy hands off of my rock." Clemson won that game, 40-35, and the Tigers have been rubbing that rock before running down the hill ever since.
More on Husky Stadium, Washington
Construction completed in 1920
Having trouble deciding between a day at the lake and going to the big game? You don't have to make that choice at Washington's Husky Stadium, and it's an even nicer place to watch a football game after its recent renovations. It's also one of the few places where you can go "sailgating" instead of tailgating.
The biggest change at Husky Stadium was the removal of the track that used to encircle the field. This one change allowed fans to be closer to the field and the action.
More on Kyle Field
Construction completed in 1927
The "Home of the 12th Man" is home to one of the most dedicated fan bases in college athletics. After all, what other team holds a Midnight Yell Practice before every game? According to the Texas A&M website, the tradition fo the 12th Man started with E. King Gill. Gill was a former football player, and in 1922 he was working in the press box when head coach Dana Bible noticed that he was running out of men to put onto the field. He had Gill dress for football, and at the end of the game he was the only player left on the sidelines. While Gill didn't play that day, his willingness to support his team became a symbol for the millions of Aggie fans that would come to Kyle Field since then.
Kyle Field has also recently gone under a major renovation. The new capacity of Kyle Field is now 102,733 according to the university.
More on Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Construction completed in 1930
If you have to face the Gators, you don't want to do so in The Swamp. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Steve Spurrier first gave Ben Hill Griffin Stadium that nickname when he famously remarked, "The Swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous." Lou Holtz, who used to be head coach at South Carolina after leaving Notre Dame, had his own opinions about playing at The Swamp. According to ESPN, he said, "It's just sheer numbers. Your offense is driving late in the game, and you hit this wall of sound."
More on Beaver Stadium
Construction completed in 1960
If you want to see a real white-out, you have to go to Penn State. Just look at any White Out at Beaver Stadium. All of the fans are decked out in white, and they've got white pom-poms to go along with their outfits. The student section in particular waves them in perfect unison.
It's an incredible sight.
Plus, there's the sheer number of people at the stadium. More than 106,000 can pack into the Nittany Lions' home, making it the second-largest stadium in the country. According to the Penn State athletics website, the top six crowds in school history were over 110,000 (that includes people in the press box and suites; bands; ushers and other stadium personnel, according to the school).