1. The Rose Bowl
“If they play football in heaven, it's in a setting like Pasadena,” says McGee.
Three of our four sports writers ranked the Rose Bowl number one, and the other ranked it third. Granted, UCLA doesn’t exactly sell out every game. Heck, they don’t exactly half-fill every game. But yowza, what a sight to behold when the sun sets below the San Gabriel Mountains that surround the stadium, creating a perfect canyon for sports. Likewise, the eucalyptus and palm trees that stick out from the top of the stadium are quintessentially Cali. So are the 75-degree November tailgates on the golf course, where alumni grill right on the fairway as students throw footballs into sand traps.
No surprise this building has held 100+ Rose Bowl games, two national championships, and five Super Bowls. It doesn’t have extensive luxury seating, or giant scoreboards, or even multiple concourses. But it is without question the most historic and important stadium in the sport. Even if the Bruins never dominate college football, their home stadium always will.