Jayne W. Di Vincenzo AIF ®, CEP ®, President, Lions Bridge Financial Advisors
Anyone who doubts the popularity of college football need only consider the size of the nation’s largest football stadiums.
The 15 largest football stadiums are college stadiums. The largest NFL stadium – MetLife Stadium, shared by the New York Giants and the New York Jets -- is the 16th largest football stadium, with a capacity of 82,566.
Eight football stadiums have capacities that exceed 100,000. The top five are (source: Wikipedia):
- Michigan Stadium (University of Michigan), 107,601;
- Beaver Stadium (Pennsylvania State), 106,572;
- Ohio Stadium (Ohio State University), 104,944;
- Kyle Field (Texas A&M University), 102,733; and
- Neyland Stadium (University of Tennessee), 102,455.
Capacities don’t tell the whole story. Just about every football stadium can sell standing-room only tickets, and some sell a lot of them.
The largest attendance in a football stadium was 115,109 in Michigan Stadium on Sept.7, 2013, when the University of Michigan beat Notre Dame.
But that wasn’t the largest attendance at a college football game. On Sept. 10, 2016, 156,990 people went to Bristol Motor Speedway to watch the “Battle at Bristol,” which pitted the University of Tennessee versus Virginia Tech. The score – Tennessee 45, Virginia Tech 24 – was secondary to the attendance record, but there was some discrepancy with that.
The Guinness World Records recognized the turnout as a record, but it lists the attendance at 130,045 – the bar-coded ticketed attendance. Not counted by Guinness was players, coaches, staff, media, VIPs, sponsors and speedway employees. The speedway – and most of the rest of the world – uses the 156,990 figure.
Another interesting note: The game wasn’t even a sell-out. The speedway’s capacity is 162,000, making it the fourth largest venue in the country and the eighth largest in the world.
Jayne enjoys supporting most all sports including football, basketball, field hockey, soccer, golf, baseball….and helping to educate young athletes and their families, coaches, trainers and agents from high school, college to semi-pro and professional players on all matters financial to help address protecting and building wealth for them and their families.
Jayne earned her B.A. in Business at North Carolina State University and has 20-years of experience in banking and financial services. She holds a 24 General Securities Principal, 53 Municipal Principal Registration, Series 7, 63, 65, 31 registrations held with LPL Financial & life and health insurance licenses. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, A Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), member FINRA/SIPC. Lions Bridge Financial Advisors, 2110 William Styron Square, Newport News, VA 23606 (757)599-9111 www.LionsBridgeFA.comJayne@LionsBridgeFA.com.
Source: Wikipedia, 11/2017