Kinnick Stadium was featured last week on a website called stadiumjourney.com, which basically is a handful of ordinary guys who travel around the country doing reviews on sports venues ranging from independent league baseball parks to the biggest stadiums in the country. Its stated goal is “to become a world-class community resource for sports fans, built around optimizing the experience of traveling to and attending live sporting events.’’
So, how did Kinnick fare in the site’s review? Pretty well. It received an average score of 4.0 on a 5.0 scale in seven categories. It got perfect 5s for Atmosphere and Neighborhood; 4s for Fans, Access and Return on Investment; and 3s for Food and Beverage and Extras.
“The atmosphere at Kinnick is one of the best in college football,’’ reviewer Nick Kappel wrote. “The team is introduced from the tunnel to AC/DC’ s ‘Back in Black,’ firing up the already rowdy crowd.’’
Of the 20 or so college stadiums that have been reviewed this fall, only Alabama (4.7), Ohio State (4.6), Notre Dame (4.6) and Central Florida (4.1) received higher scores. Almost all the college stadi-ums received scores between 3 and 4 with the worst grades going to Ball State (2.1) and Colorado State (2.3).