Creating a bucket list is something that most people do, places they want to travel and things they want to do. Sports fans are no different. Going to see a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field. Watching the Red Sox at Fenway Park, or the Cubs at Wrigley Field. There are so many legendary stadiums and venues in sports to visit, I could write 20 articles just based on that.
When it comes to the ACC, there’s a handful of stadiums, arenas and rivalries that I want go visit someday, and some I’ve already had the privilege of traveling to. In this article, I’ll be mentioning both football and basketball venues that should be on everyone’s bucket list when it comes to the ACC.
Let’s get into it!
- Miami vs FSU
The first bucket list experience I'm mentioning is one that I’ve experienced and watched live many times, seeing the Canes vs the Noles in person. If you’re a fan of college football, then you will love going to this game, whether it’s played at Hard Rock Stadium or Doak Campbell Stadium.
This rivalry is, um, different.— Warchant.com (@Warchant) October 6, 2018
The trash talk is flying pre-game between Miami fans and FSU players. pic.twitter.com/JsNFCOQkgU
While the rivalry may not be what it used to be, it’s still one of the classic matchups in football. These two teams hate each other, the fans hate each other, and being inside the stadium during that game, the intensity is unlike anything you’ve experienced. It’s just different, that’s all I can say. FSU fans have the Tomahawk Chop, and Miami fans have......their version of the chop.
- Doak Campbell Stadium/FSU
I know you’re all going to hate me for posting this, but just hear me out for one second. Having once lived in Tallahassee, I've been to a few FSU games at Doak Campbell Stadium. Yes, I hate the Noles more than any team in sports, and yes, I cringe every time I hear the Tomahawk Chop. That being said, when Chief Osceola takes the field on Renegade (name of his horse) and plants that spear, I think it’s pretty cool, and I'm not ashamed to admit it even as a Miami fan.
The greatest entrance in all of sports pic.twitter.com/yW0RMeetd2— Barstool FSU (@FSU_Barstool) August 5, 2019
- Enter Sandman/Virginia Tech
Again, I'm going to get a lot of backlash for this because the Hokies are Miami’s rival, but come on. Primetime in Blacksburg, Lane Stadium is packed with 60’000 fans going absolutely crazy. Then, you hear that sweet guitar start to play over the speakers, and the crowd erupts, jumping up and down. This is definitely up there for me when it comes to my bucket list.
- Howard’s Rock/Clemson
The entrance for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers is college football at its finest. First, the team heads on a bus minutes before the game actually starts, in full gear and drives to their stadium. Then, each player and coach touches Howard’s Rock before running down a hill and onto the football field.
- Sing Sweet Caroline at Pitt
While you may be under the impression that Sweet Caroline is only sung in Boston during Red Sox games, think again, cause Pitt fans at Heinz Field belt it out too.
- Duke vs UNC
It’s Duke against North Carolina. The Blue Devils against the Tar Heels. It’s not just the greatest rivalry in college basketball, but one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. Separated by only eight miles, this historic game has been played for nearly 100 years, and it features two of the top programs in college basketball history.
- Cameron Indoor Stadium/Duke
Staying with Duke, next on this list is the arena the Blue Devils have called home since 1940. With a seating capacity of just 9,291, Cameron Indoor has earned its reputation as perhaps the best place to watch a college basketball game, and also the loudest. Coolest part about Cameron? The fact that the students, or also known as the “Cameron Crazies,” are situated literally inches away from the actual court.
- Dean Smith Center/UNC
The “Dean Dome,” as it is commonly referred to, may not be as loud as Cameron, but it’s impressive nonetheless. It seats more than most NBA arenas, and when you walk in, you’re just in awe of all the banners and retired jerseys hanging from the rafters. Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Antawn Jamison, among several others, their UNC numbers high above the court.
- Carrier Dome/Syracuse
The Orangemen play both their basketball and football games in the Dome, but I want to see a basketball game here so bad. Main reason being, that Syracuse fits in 33,000 fans, FOR A BASKETBALL GAME. In 2014, the Dome set a new NCAA basketball attendance record, when 35,642 crammed in and witnessed the Orangemen defeat Duke.
Which ACC stadium or venue am I missing? What’s on your sports bucket list?