Friday, August 29th, 2014

So I Was About To Whine About Mike Bianchi Rating Doak Campbell 3rd


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When I realized, he’s probably right if we’re talking about Doak Campbell Stadium in regards to football games.

Bianchi’s Rankings:

1. The Swamp
2. Raymond James Stadium
3. Doak Campbell Stadium
4. Bright House Networks Stadium
5. (Tie) Dolphins Stadium, Jaguars Stadium (or whatever they call it)
6. Orange Bowl
7. Raymond James Stadium for USF games

I was a little offended at first, because I think it’s tough to make an argument against Doak Campbell Stadium as the prettiest stadium, or the most useful stadium on a daily basis. But, when it comes to games, maybe Bianchi is right. I think the only thing I’d really love to argue is that Orange Bowl is still worse than a USF game with two people at Raymond James Stadium. And I’d rank Alltel, er, Jagu, er Jacksonville Municipal Stadium easily above Dolphins Stadium, because the site lines are superior.

What do the readers think? Leave some comments, let me know why Doak is a better venue than The Swamp, or why you think Bright House Networks Stadium (someone should call it The Dungeon or something) is overrated just because it is brand new.


7 Responses to “So I Was About To Whine About Mike Bianchi Rating Doak Campbell 3rd”
  1. NickNo Gravatar says:

    I think that in use, structure, and aesthetics, Doak is the preeminent stadium in Florida, if not the south and possibly the nation. FSU has done a fantastic job making it more than just a football stadium. In football atmosphere, I would agree with the Swamp being on top. I’ve been to Ray-J, but not for a Bucs game, so that’s hard to say. I really enjoyed my visit to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (probably because the Noles beat VT in the first ACC Championship Game), and thought it was a really nice venue for football. My rankings for football would go like this:
    1. The Swamp
    2. Doak Campbell
    3. Raymond James (from what I’ve seen on TV and heard about it)
    4. Jacksonville Municipal
    5. Bright House Networks Stadium (opening game against Texas, of course it would be a great atmosphere…lets see if they can sustain it)
    6. Dolphin Stadium
    7. Raymond James for USF
    8. Orange Bowl…unless they are playing FSU or VT and then it would be higher.

  2. NoleCCNo Gravatar says:

    Funny that you’d rank the OB higher when FSU or VT is there, I’d still have it at the bottom of the heap. I went once, and vowed never to return. I was thankful to hear that Miami is moving up the road to Dolphin Stadium, since I’d actually go there. At least it has parking and they are doing renovations.

  3. NickNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve actually never been to the OB, but thought that the atmosphere would be pretty good for those two games since those are the only ones people show up for. Miami fans I know tend to love the OB on the whole (b/c its old and has had a lot of historic games played there) and visiting fans tend to hate it. I’ve heard mixed reviews over Dolphin Stadium.

  4. NoleCCNo Gravatar says:

    Ah… yeah… I don’t care what the atmosphere is there, the stadium itself is so bad, and they run out of everything, and it’s basically held together with chickenwire, that I can’t rate it any higher than last.

    It’s THAT bad. :)

  5. SeminoleBuc says:

    I believe that RJS is a great place to watch NFL games, USF tries but they don’t know how to properly get a CFB game on… The Bucs are great to watch there, but it doesn’t come close to the atmosphere at Doak or the swamp, Doak #2 RJS (bucs) #3… Watching a USF game there is lik watching a Bucs game people there are too used to watching the pro game. There’s noplace else I’d rather watch a pro game though, as RJS and the ship is awesome on gameday…

  6. NoleCCNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I’d love to see the ship in person, it’s looks like a lot of fun on TV.

  7. ClemNo Gravatar says:

    Never been to another stadium in Fla other than Doak but I have to say that Doak is a beautiful stadium architectually speaking. Of course, I was three sheets to the wind at the time I was there but I remember thinking that I wished that Clemson had a stadium that looked that damn good. I guess that’s what happens when you have a legend coaching there and that much success over the years. $$$$$.