Talk about a unique stadium – Ryan Field is historic and its architecture is one of a kind. The home stands tower over the away and end zone stands and have a distinct curve to them. Under the home stands is a maze of columns, concession stands, and apparel kiosks that twist and turn. There are no steps nor elevators to get to the upper deck, only a winding ramp to each level. The structure itself is ancient, and additions to the south end zone are made from movable bleachers.
We travelled to Chicago to watch our Falcons play Northwestern, but didn’t get to see much of a game. The Wildcats ran all over the Falcons and made quick work of them, winning a handily 49-7. The only Falcon touchdown did happen right in front of us to make the score 7-7, but Northwestern kicked it into gear after that.
The student section, which sits in the southeast corner, looks massive, as it spans multiple sections, but the stands themselves only sit about 20 rows high. A majority of the 47,000 sit in the home stands and the noise is really directional from there. The stadium itself resides in a quiet neighborhood and comes out of absolute nowhere.
Stadium Grade: B-