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    Quote Originally Posted by A_Slab_of_Bacon View Post
    6 is pretty generous if they're counting atmosphere and attendance.


    I think they're right that TCF does feel intimate... and can feel big too. It's a nice design that way.
    I think that this just shows how nice the amenities and overall feel of our stadium is that we are that high despite smaller crowds and a sometimes disinterested fanbase.

    But I do think it rings true and I am friends with a lot of Badger and Hawkeye fans and they have both said the same thing in the past that has caught my attention. They said that while they will much rather watch a big game with a lot on the line at their respective stadium because of the atmosphere and crowds, the viewing experience and stadium amenities of TCF make a regular non-conference game or Illinois or Purdue type game preferable at TCF.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodburyTim View Post
    I think that this just shows how nice the amenities and overall feel of our stadium is that we are that high despite smaller crowds and a sometimes disinterested fanbase.

    But I do think it rings true and I am friends with a lot of Badger and Hawkeye fans and they have both said the same thing in the past that has caught my attention. They said that while they will much rather watch a big game with a lot on the line at their respective stadium because of the atmosphere and crowds, the viewing experience and stadium amenities of TCF make a regular non-conference game or Illinois or Purdue type game preferable at TCF.
    Yeah the visitors who end up sitting around me always note how nice TCF is. It still feels like a college stadium.... without being decrepit, and seems very nice... without being a sterile NFL stadium...

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    I was just reading a Fresno St fan's review of his visit, and his first compliment was of the stadium.

    Thought it was great and not a bad seat in the house. Which is true.
    I suppose we get spoiled by these new stadiums popping up everywhere, meanwhile when you compare TCF to other Big Ten stadiums, it shows all the advantages of open concourses and good space, not to mention a decent location in the midst of people.


    Can someone elaborate why NW'ern is so bad?


    I would think it would have a good neighborhood / tailgating vibe to it.
    Is it just small crowds and bad stadium?
    Go Gophers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Face The Facts View Post
    I would think it would have a good neighborhood / tailgating vibe to it.
    Is it just small crowds and bad stadium?
    Yes and Yes. It's in a residential neighborhood, bar area is 1.7 miles away (although it is only one stop away on the train) . Bars near stadium are not selling alchohol prior to 11am on a Saturday due to local liquor laws, so no pregame excitement at that bar area for 11 am starts (which almost all are due to no one caring about Northwestern football). It's a one hour train ride from Chicago to the stadium, that's a long way to bring a ton of tailgate gear that you can't bring into the game. The fan base is anemic, for those that say winning will fill the stadium, that might be the missing ingredient here, but northwestern has had some pretty good years and attendance is still in the toilet in a smaller stadium near to a big city.

    Stadium feels like a High school stadium complete with sub par aluminum construction on most of the sections. Poor lighting and the prerequisite disgusting bathrooms.

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    As others have said, if we're just ranking the stadiums, TCF is the best in the conference by a pretty good margin. When you add in the overall experience -- atmosphere, tailgating, campus, etc. -- Minnesota is probably middle of the pack. Which, it seems, is what this writer is doing. In which case, Wisconsin and Michigan are completely overrated and Penn State and Indiana are underrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jike Spingleton View Post
    As others have said, if we're just ranking the stadiums, TCF is the best in the conference by a pretty good margin. When you add in the overall experience -- atmosphere, tailgating, campus, etc. -- Minnesota is probably middle of the pack. Which, it seems, is what this writer is doing. In which case, Wisconsin and Michigan are completely overrated and Penn State and Indiana are underrated.
    Just seeing the whiteout at Penn State on TV makes me want to try to get there eventually.

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    Would like to go to Madison one day to watch the Gophers play, if they somehow win, all the better.

    As a U of Minn fan there ... do you legit have to worry about people trying to fight you/throw bottles at you/etc?? OR just giving you s___. The latter I can understand and live with. I won't deal with the former.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers_4life View Post
    Would like to go to Madison one day to watch the Gophers play, if they somehow win, all the better.

    As a U of Minn fan there ... do you legit have to worry about people trying to fight you/throw bottles at you/etc?? OR just giving you s___. The latter I can understand and live with. I won't deal with the former.
    It's not Philly, fans there can be assholes but if your in control of yourself no reason to assume an altercation. If you roll with people who are looking for fights, they will find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LakerFan View Post
    It's a one hour train ride from Chicago to the stadium
    You can practically ride from Chicago to Evanston and back to Chicago in less than an hour.

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    It should be noted that I'm sure we'd go up in rankings if not for:

    - That stupid grey shack on the roof of the visitor's side near the open end ... just plain grey, it is a pefect spot for a big M or something... but no it's just grey.

    - The flags poles on the same roof that no longer hold all the B1G team flags... put the B1G flags back up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Face The Facts View Post
    I was just reading a Fresno St fan's review of his visit, and his first compliment was of the stadium.

    Thought it was great and not a bad seat in the house. Which is true.
    I suppose we get spoiled by these new stadiums popping up everywhere, meanwhile when you compare TCF to other Big Ten stadiums, it shows all the advantages of open concourses and good space, not to mention a decent location in the midst of people.


    Can someone elaborate why NW'ern is so bad?


    I would think it would have a good neighborhood / tailgating vibe to it.
    Is it just small crowds and bad stadium?
    Because it's right on the lake, there can be a hellish cold wind all game. If it is raining, like the last game I attended there (Crofts debut) it can be brutal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers_4life View Post
    Would like to go to Madison one day to watch the Gophers play, if they somehow win, all the better.

    As a U of Minn fan there ... do you legit have to worry about people trying to fight you/throw bottles at you/etc?? OR just giving you s___. The latter I can understand and live with. I won't deal with the former.
    No, they razz you but in fun. Plus they are happy drunks. Was there for Gophs last victory (1994) and they were generally very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers_4life View Post
    Would like to go to Madison one day to watch the Gophers play, if they somehow win, all the better.

    As a U of Minn fan there ... do you legit have to worry about people trying to fight you/throw bottles at you/etc?? OR just giving you s___. The latter I can understand and live with. I won't deal with the former.
    Our group in 2014 actually got kind of loud when cobb was running all over their defense and still had no problems. Actually had pretty good conversations with the wisconsin fans around us. There can always be that bad apple but if you are respectful they usually are too. Have been to a lot of away games for different MN teams, NFL fans are by far the worst. As far as wisconsin fans go, I think it's been so long since we beat them the rivalry on their end has really cooled down...

    Edit: I'll also add: as sh!tty as their stadium is the atmosphere in and around the stadium on game day is what I wish we had at the U... well maybe a little less alcohol but I think you get the point.
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    Who hates iowa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers_4life View Post
    Would like to go to Madison one day to watch the Gophers play, if they somehow win, all the better.

    As a U of Minn fan there ... do you legit have to worry about people trying to fight you/throw bottles at you/etc?? OR just giving you s___. The latter I can understand and live with. I won't deal with the former.
    I had an experience with the former on one of my trips. Walking the mile and change back to the car. Beer cans thrown at us, aggressive drunk fans. That was 15 years ago and I suppose they saw guys in their early 20's and though they could goad into a fight. Don't know how old you are, but guessing it wouldn't be as bad for middle aged fans.

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    Thank you for the input guys!

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