During the same period, varsity sports for both genders experienced enormous growth in popularity, both on and off campuses. The professionalism of the athletes, the expanded competition, and the revenue-generation opportunities—all of these factors contributed to the need for new and larger facilities.
Today, the largest sporting venues in the U.S., in terms of spectator capacity, are college stadia, with four of the top five able to accommodate more than 100,000 visitors. For comparison’s sake, the five largest professional football stadia in the U.S. average fewer than 78,000 seats.
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