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Tiger Stadium, 'Box' Among Top 100 Sports Venues
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Published: June 21, 2011, 11:06 AM (CT)
by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin), Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU's Tiger Stadium and New Alex Box Stadium have been ranked two of the world's top 100 sports venues by BusinessInsider.com, a professional business website and blog, it was announced earlier this week.

Tiger Stadium was listed 23rd in the world and ranked as the second-best college football venue. New Alex Box Stadium, which opened in 2009, was the only college baseball venue to make the list coming in at No. 85.

Alex Box Stadium ranked higher than seven Major League Baseball ballparks on the list, including San Diego's Petco Park (100), New York's Citi Field (99), Washington's Nationals Park (96), Denver's Coors Field (92), Houston's Minute Maid Park (91) and Pittsburgh's PNC Park (90).

Green Bay's storied Lambeau Field topped the list of rankings.

The rankings were derived from a three-category system by BusinessInsider.com. The first category was architecture, ambiance and aesthetics. It critiques what every stadium brings to the table structurally. Older grounds may have outdated architecture, but they make up for that with an environment that makes watching the sport even better.

The second category was "history." It is an aggregate score of the historical importance of the team, the games played at the stadium and the venue itself. The final category was "passion." How much do the fans care about the team who plays there?

Tiger Stadium will open its gates to LSU football for the 87th year this fall. The eighth-largest on-campus stadium in the nation, "Death Valley" seats 92,400 fans and has ranked in the top 10 in national attendance for 45 consecutive seasons. Since head coach Les Miles' arrival in Baton Rouge, the Tigers are 37-6 overall in "Death Valley" and 29-1 in Saturday night games.

Alex Box Stadium is one of the finest venues in all of baseball, seating a comfortable 10,150 fans and featuring state-of-the-art resources that set Tiger baseball apart from the rest of America. In the New Box, LSU enjoys 6,000 additional square-feet of locker and meeting room space, new batting cages and fan-friendly amenities on the concourse and outside the stadium.

LSU baseball has finished first in the nation in total attendance for 15 straight seasons.

BusinessInsider.com Top 100 Venues in Sports
100. Petco Park
99. Citi Field
98. Edward Jones Dome
97. The Amway Center
96. Nationals Park
95. Yoyogi National Gymnasium
94. Yas Marina Circuit
93. Ford Center
92. Coors Field
91. Minute Maid Park
90. PNC Park
89. University of Phoenix Stadium
88. Kaohsiung National Stadium
87. Ingalls Rink
86. Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena
85. New Alex Box Stadium
84. Miller Park
83. Court Phillippe Chatrier
82. Türk Telekom Arena
81. Raymond James Stadium
80. American Airlines Center
79. Beijing National Stadium
78. Busan Asiad Stadium
77. Bristol Motor Speedway
76. Lucas Oil Stadium
75. Ōita Stadium
74. Invesco Field at Mile High
73. Matthew Knight Arena
72. Safeco Field
71. New Meadowlands Stadium
70. Target Field
69. Lane Stadium
68. Rose Bowl
67. Beijing National Aquatics Center
66. The Pit|
65. Ohio Stadium
64. Oriole Park At Camden Yards
63. Matthews Arena
62. Cape Town Stadium
61. Comerica Park
60. L.A. Memorial Coliseum
59. Beaver Stadium
58. Michigan Stadium
57. Eden Gardens
56. Moses Mabhida Stadium
55. Estádio do Dragão
54. Qwest Field
53. Lincoln Financial Field
52. Sapporo Dome
51. Bukit Jalil National Stadium
50. Wankhede Cricket Stadium
49. Reliant Stadium
48. Busch Stadium
47. Veltins-Arena
46. Notre Dame Stadium
45. Centre Court
44. Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo
43. Autzen Stadium
42. Folsom Field
41. AAMI Park
40. TD Garden
39. Olympiastadion (Munich)
38. Mariucci Arena
37. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
36. Citizens Bank Ballpark
35. The Kia Oval
34. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
33. Staples Center
32. Melbourne Cricket Ground
31. Assembly Hall
30. Madison Square Garden
29. Conseco Fieldhouse
28. AT&T Park
27. International Stadium Yokohama (Nissan Stadium)
26. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
25. Gillette Stadium
24. Azadi Stadium
23. Tiger Stadium (Death Valley)
22. Cowboys Stadium
21. Heinz Field
20. Kyle Field
19. Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Estádio do Maracanã)
18. FNB Stadium (Soccer City)
17. Estadio Centenario
16. Allianz Arena
15. Yankee Stadium
14. Cameron Indoor Stadium
13. Estadio Azteca
12. Phog Allen Field House
11. Wembley Stadium
10. Ibrox Stadium
9. Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera)
8. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)
7. Stade Louis II
6. Stamford Bridge
5. Fenway Park
4. L'Estadi Camp Nou
3. Soldier Field
2. Wrigley Field
1. Lambeau Field

 

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