There are really not too many better places to be during Saturdays in the fall than one of the now 16 SEC stadiums. With the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners becoming members this upcoming 2024 season as part of conference expansion, that thought has likely only increased.

Nov 11, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; A detailed view of the SEC logo on a chain marker during the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field.
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Texas and Oklahoma now join a prestigious group of schools that befits their loyal, rabid fanbases. Not only do they now get to welcome their new fellow conference members from the southeast to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, they get to travel to some of college football's greatest atmospheres on a weekly basis during the college football season.

But out of the 16 SEC schools, who ranks as the best from the conference? Who has the best stadium in regards to not just the stadium itself but also the overall atmosphere? Did the Longhorns or the Sooners manage to make their way in? Here, we break down the top five SEC stadiums.

Note that these are based on recent events. Recent success or failure plays a major part in these rankings.

5. Georgia Bulldogs – Sanford Stadium

Sanford Stadium is lit up red at the start of the fourth quarter during an NCAA college football game between South Carolina and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 18, 2021. Georgia won 40-13.

You might think that with as much recent success as the Bulldogs have had, winning two straight national championships, that they would be much higher than this. It's because of the recent, however, that they are at No. 5.

The Bulldogs were heavily criticized back during the 2022 season for their at-home atmosphere. On their way to winning their first national title since 1980, Georgia football played host to Tennessee in a pivotal SEC matchup in a top 10 battle in November of that season. Tennessee came into Sanford as the No. 1 team in the country, and not only were Vols fans touting their top ranking but also their home field of Neyland Stadium. Georgia fans quickly proved they were not so meager and were relentless all evening. Since then, the talent level combined with the recent success has made this one of the toughest places to play in the SEC.

4. Florida Gators – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Two helmets rest on Steve Spurrier-Florida Field before the start of the Orange and Blue game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, April 13, 2024.
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After back-to-back losing seasons and void of a national championship since 2008, you'd think Florida football would cool off. But nothing is of cool temperature in hot and muggy Gainesville, Florida. It's called “The Swamp” for a reason.

Florida fans are extremely passionate about their Gators and don't take lightly to opposing crowds incoming to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on an SEC Saturday. There have been a number of stories of rowdy Gator fans going a little too far with their team's obsession. Nonetheless, it's an electric atmosphere that penetrates through any television screen. But if you don't believe me in how difficult this place is, ask Tennessee fans. The Vols haven't won at “The Swamp” since 2003.

Oh, and last but not least, the more recent tradition of playing Tom Petty's “I Won't Back Down” prior to the fourth quarter is fantastic.

3. Texas A&M Aggies – Kyle Field

Nov 11, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Sam Mathews (12) runs out with the American Flag prior to the game against Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field.
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There may not be a more unique fanbase than that of the Texas A&M faithful in all of college football. Starting with the Midnight Yell — the hype the night before the game — all the way to seeing the “12th Man” on game day is nothing but pure passion, excitement, and even weird if you're not part of Aggieland.

If you're looking for a place that is full of tradition, then you really have to look no further than Texas A&M. They have some sort of tradition or ritual for just about everything. But unless you're a handful of teams — i.e. Texas, Alabama — they're extremely welcoming. Considering that Texas A&M football hasn't won a national championship since just after the start of World War II, hasn't made a single College Football Playoff appearance, or hasn't won double-digit games since 2012, Kyle Field is consistently one of the loudest environments in not just the SEC but in all of college football.

2. Tennessee Volunteers – Neyland Stadium

Sep 23, 2023; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; The Tennessee Volunteers run through the T before the game against the UTSA Roadrunners at Neyland Stadium.
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Whether or not the Vols are winning, Neyland Stadium has always filled a majority of its 100,000 seats when football season arrives. Tennessee football has the luxury of being one of the eight college football stadiums that can hold that many fans on a given Saturday in the fall. And they can get intensely loud.

First and foremost, there may not be a more rabid, passionate fanbase than Tennessee football. Even when they see this list, they'll probably be upset by their No. 2 ranking, believing they should be first. And there's certainly an argument for it. With stadium enhancements over the last couple of years, along with pre-game theatrics like seeing the team “Running through the T” and in-game rowdiness, there's not a greater representative of college football or the SEC than what goes on at Neyland Stadium. And if you need more proof, go back and watch their win over Alabama in 2022, where cigar smoke filled the air and the goal post made its way into the nearby river.

1. LSU Tigers – Tiger Stadium

LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023.

College football analyst Josh Pate has just recently been roasted for saying that Tiger Stadium was the loudest atmosphere that he's experienced in college football to date. But he's right in saying that there's not a more consistent environment than that of experiencing an LSU football game in Tiger Stadium. And by chance, if you were to somehow manage to witness a game against, say, Alabama on a Saturday night in Baton Rouge, you've hit the jackpot.

What makes LSU such a tough environment for opposing teams is that it's surrounded by a crowd that hasn't experienced a ton of losing over the last 20 years. The Tigers have 17 top 25 finishes and have won three national titles in that span, all coming from their previous head coaches. Their extra spiciness probably comes from all the jambalaya and gumbo — which is something truly unique to the culture and tailgate experience. Nonetheless, LSU is the best of the SEC stadium experiences.