Sidelines to Seats: David Bennett Galloway III scores up five of the best college football stadiums
David Bennett Galloway III has incredible vision.
In fact, his ability to see the field is just one attribute that made him one of the state’s most decorated recruits. The South Carolina running back accumulated countless yards and awards while at Chapin High School. This included all-state honors, offensive player of the year, and a three-star ranking from 247Sports. But, most importantly, it earned him a spot with a college team. This season, he will lace up for the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
It’s challenging to be a freshman walk-on. But at least David Bennett Galloway III can enjoy the view.
The running back’s spot on the roster has already afforded him front-row seats at some of the nation’s premier football venues. There are stadiums that litter college towns and campuses across the country. Yet only a few transcend football into something more. Some aren’t just stadiums. They are monoliths overflowing with history and atmosphere. Not all stadiums are created equal.
With this in mind, David Bennett Galloway III rushes through five of his favorite college football stadiums.
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Everything is bigger in Texas. And when it comes to football, this is more than a cliche. The Longhorns home welcomes 100,000-plus, burnt orange-clad diehard fans each Saturday. Built in 1924, the facility has become iconic. When David Bennett Galloway III emerged from its tunnels in Week 1, he could feel the excitement and goosebumps.
Ohio Stadium is instantly recognizable and sits among college football’s elite venues. It’s a blend of unmistakable architecture and atmospheric absurdity. The Buckeye’s home turf is easily one of the loudest environments. Don’t believe it? Just listen to the 103,000-plus screaming ticket holders as the band dots the “I” before each home game.
The SEC and football have become synonymous in recent years. Specifically, the Crimson Tide is the country’s winningest program. Named after the school’s legendary coach, Bryant-Denny Stadium is now also the nation’s fifth-largest venue. Alabama fans take both of these distinctions seriously. That’s why it’s one of the most challenging places to play. David Bennett Galloway III and his fellow Warhawks found this out the hard way, losing 63-7 when they traveled there earlier this season.
When Louisiana-Monroe steps foot on Army’s campus later this season, it will take in more than just football. Located in West Point, Michie Stadium is nestled nearly 300 feet above the Hudson River. This provides stunning views of the military academy and the river itself.
Don’t let its seemingly innocuous name fool you. Clemson’s Memorial Stadium is nicknamed “Death Valley.” And it lives up to this moniker. It is physically positioned in a valley, and the school’s cemetery is on a nearby hill overlooking the stadium. Memorial Stadium is steeped in tradition. The pre-game Tiger Walk with a pat of Howard’s Rock is just the start. Clemson once held the record for the loudest football game. It’s a must-visit for any fan.