Apr 092012

This season the University of Massachusetts will be joining the Mid-American Conference on their way to becoming a full FBS member. But the UMass campus in Amherst will be quiet on Saturdays, because the Minutemen will be playing their home games at Gillette Stadium, 68 miles away in Foxborough, MA.

UMass is currently renovating their on-campus venue, Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The renovations won’t be complete until the 2014 season, and they are obligated to play the majority of their homes games at Gillette Stadium through the 2016 season.

Whether UMass can be successful playing so far away from their campus remains to be seen. Connecticut has been successful playing in an out-of-town stadium, but their campus in Storrs is only 19 miles away from their stadium in East Hartford.

Of the 124 schools that will be competing on the FBS level this season, 25 (20%) play the majority of their home games at an off-campus stadium. But those schools tend to play near their campus, with an average distance of eight miles between their campus and home stadium. Take UMass out of the equation and that average drops to six miles.

List of FBS Stadiums Sorted by Distance from Campus

Note: The distance between a school’s campus and their home stadium was calculated by an Excel formula developed by BlueMM, which finds the distance between two locations using great-circle distance. Campus and stadium coordinates were retrieved from GeoHack.

The size and sparseness of college campuses vary. Whether a school plays its home games on or off-campus is arbitrary in a few cases. If a school’s home stadium showed up on a campus map provided by the college and was within a few blocks of academic and/or residency buildings I considered it an on-campus stadium.

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.

SchoolCampus LocationStateHome Games Played AtDistance (mi)
MassachusettsAmherstMAOff-Campus Stadium (Foxborough, MA)68
ConnecticutStorrsCTOff-Campus Stadium (East Hartford, CT)19
Miami (FL)Coral GablesFLOff-Campus Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)17
UCLALos AngelesCAOff-Campus Stadium (Pasadena, CA)17
Texas-San AntonioSan AntonioTXOff-Campus Stadium (San Antonio, TX)15
HawaiiHonoluluHIOff-Campus Stadium (Honolulu, HI)9
South FloridaTampaFLOff-Campus Stadium (Tampa, FL)8
UNLVParadiseNVOff-Campus Stadium (Las Vegas, NV)7
South AlabamaMobileALOff-Campus Stadium (Mobile, AL)6
TemplePhiladelphiaPAOff-Campus Stadium (Philadelphia, PA)5
Washington ¹SeattleWAOff-Campus Stadium (Seattle, WA)4
Colorado StateFort CollinsCOOff-Campus Stadium (Fort Collins, CO)3
North Carolina StateRaleighNCOff-Campus Stadium (Raleigh, NC)3
PittsburghPittsburghPAOff-Campus Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA)3
San Diego StateSan DiegoCAOff-Campus Stadium (San Diego, CA)3
TulaneNew OrleansLAOff-Campus Stadium (New Orleans, LA)3
Alabama-BirminghamBirminghamALOff-Campus Stadium (Birmingham, AL)2
BaylorWacoTXOff-Campus Stadium (Waco, TX)2
Kent StateKentOHOff-Campus Stadium (Kent, OH)2
MemphisMemphisTNOff-Campus Stadium (Memphis, TN)2
South CarolinaColumbiaSCOff-Campus Stadium (Columbia, SC)2
NavyAnnapolisMDOff-Campus Stadium (Annapolis, MD)1
NorthwesternEvanstonILOff-Campus Stadium (Evanston, IL)1
OregonEugeneOROff-Campus Stadium (Eugene, OR)1
San Jose StateSan JoseCAOff-Campus Stadium (San Jose, CA)1
Air ForceColorado SpringsCOOn-Campus Stadium0
AkronAkronOHOn-Campus Stadium0
AlabamaTuscaloosaALOn-Campus Stadium0
ArizonaTucsonAZOn-Campus Stadium0
Arizona StateTempeAZOn-Campus Stadium0
ArkansasFayettevilleAROn-Campus Stadium0
Arkansas StateJonesboroAROn-Campus Stadium0
ArmyWest PointNYOn-Campus Stadium0
AuburnAuburnALOn-Campus Stadium0
Ball StateMuncieINOn-Campus Stadium0
Boise StateBoiseIDOn-Campus Stadium0
Boston CollegeChestnut HillMAOn-Campus Stadium0
Bowling GreenBowling GreenOHOn-Campus Stadium0
Brigham YoungProvoUTOn-Campus Stadium0
BuffaloAmherst & BuffaloNYOn-Campus Stadium (Amherst, NY)0
CaliforniaBerkeleyCAOn-Campus Stadium0
Central FloridaOrlandoFLOn-Campus Stadium0
Central MichiganMount PleasantMIOn-Campus Stadium0
CincinnatiCincinnatiOHOn-Campus Stadium0
ClemsonClemsonSCOn-Campus Stadium0
ColoradoBoulderCOOn-Campus Stadium0
DukeDurhamNCOn-Campus Stadium0
East CarolinaGreenvilleNCOn-Campus Stadium0
Eastern MichiganYpsilantiMIOn-Campus Stadium0
FloridaGainesvilleFLOn-Campus Stadium0
Florida AtlanticBoca RatonFLOn-Campus Stadium0
Florida InternationalUniversity ParkFLOn-Campus Stadium0
Florida StateTallahasseeFLOn-Campus Stadium0
Fresno StateFresnoCAOn-Campus Stadium0
GeorgiaAthensGAOn-Campus Stadium0
Georgia TechAtlantaGAOn-Campus Stadium0
HoustonHoustonTXOn-Campus Stadium0
IdahoMoscowIDOn-Campus Stadium0
IllinoisUrbana & ChampaignILOn-Campus Stadium (Champaign, IL)0
IndianaBloomingtonINOn-Campus Stadium0
IowaIowa CityIAOn-Campus Stadium0
Iowa StateAmesIAOn-Campus Stadium0
KansasLawrenceKSOn-Campus Stadium0
Kansas StateManhattanKSOn-Campus Stadium0
KentuckyLexingtonKYOn-Campus Stadium0
Louisiana StateBaton RougeLAOn-Campus Stadium0
Louisiana TechRustonLAOn-Campus Stadium0
Louisiana-LafayetteLafayetteLAOn-Campus Stadium0
Louisiana-MonroeMonroeLAOn-Campus Stadium0
LouisvilleLouisvilleKYOn-Campus Stadium0
MarshallHuntingtonWVOn-Campus Stadium0
MarylandCollege ParkMDOn-Campus Stadium0
Miami (OH)OxfordOHOn-Campus Stadium0
MichiganAnn ArborMIOn-Campus Stadium0
Michigan StateEast LansingMIOn-Campus Stadium0
Middle TennesseeMurfreesboroTNOn-Campus Stadium0
MinnesotaMinneapolisMNOn-Campus Stadium0
MississippiOxfordMSOn-Campus Stadium0
Mississippi StateStarkvilleMSOn-Campus Stadium0
MissouriColumbiaMOOn-Campus Stadium0
NebraskaLincolnNEOn-Campus Stadium0
NevadaRenoNVOn-Campus Stadium0
New MexicoAlbuquerqueNMOn-Campus Stadium0
New Mexico StateLas CrucesNMOn-Campus Stadium0
North CarolinaChapel HillNCOn-Campus Stadium0
North TexasDentonTXOn-Campus Stadium0
Northern IllinoisDeKalbILOn-Campus Stadium0
Notre DameNotre DameINOn-Campus Stadium0
OhioAthensOHOn-Campus Stadium0
Ohio StateColumbusOHOn-Campus Stadium0
OklahomaNormanOKOn-Campus Stadium0
Oklahoma StateStillwaterOKOn-Campus Stadium0
Oregon StateCorvallisOROn-Campus Stadium0
Penn StateUniversity ParkPAOn-Campus Stadium0
PurdueWest LafayetteINOn-Campus Stadium0
RiceHoustonTXOn-Campus Stadium0
RutgersNew Brunswick & PiscatawayNJOn-Campus Stadium (Piscataway, NJ)0
Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCAOn-Campus Stadium0
Southern MethodistUniversity ParkTXOn-Campus Stadium0
Southern MississippiHattiesburgMSOn-Campus Stadium0
StanfordStanfordCAOn-Campus Stadium0
SyracuseSyracuseNYOn-Campus Stadium0
TennesseeKnoxvilleTNOn-Campus Stadium0
TexasAustinTXOn-Campus Stadium0
Texas A&MCollege StationTXOn-Campus Stadium0
Texas ChristianFort WorthTXOn-Campus Stadium0
Texas StateSan MarcosTXOn-Campus Stadium0
Texas TechLubbockTXOn-Campus Stadium0
Texas-El PasoEl PasoTXOn-Campus Stadium0
ToledoToledoOHOn-Campus Stadium0
TroyTroyALOn-Campus Stadium0
TulsaTulsaOKOn-Campus Stadium0
UtahSalt Lake CityUTOn-Campus Stadium0
Utah StateLoganUTOn-Campus Stadium0
VanderbiltNashvilleTNOn-Campus Stadium0
VirginiaCharlottesvilleVAOn-Campus Stadium0
Virginia TechBlacksburgVAOn-Campus Stadium0
Wake ForestWinston-SalemNCOn-Campus Stadium0
Washington StatePullmanWAOn-Campus Stadium0
West VirginiaMorgantownWVOn-Campus Stadium0
Western KentuckyBowling GreenKYOn-Campus Stadium0
Western MichiganKalamazooMIOn-Campus Stadium0
WisconsinMadisonWIOn-Campus Stadium0
WyomingLaramieWYOn-Campus Stadium0

¹ In 2012, the Washington Huskies will play their homes games at CenturyLink Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks. The move is only temporary. Washington will be moving back to their on-campus venue, Husky Stadium, when its renovations are completed in 2013.


Additional Info

  • Of the 87 teams that have won an AP and/or Coaches’ Poll, only six played the majority of their home games at an off-campus stadium. Miami (FL): 1983, ’87, ’89, ’91, 2001, and UCLA: 1954.
  • The Big 12 (Baylor), Big Ten (Northwestern), SEC (South Carolina), and Sun Belt (South Alabama) conferences only have one school playing the majority of their home games at an off-campus stadium.
  • The Big East has four schools (Connecticut, Pittsburgh, South Florida, and Temple) playing the majority of their home games at an off-campus stadium. It’s the highest percentage (50%) of off-campus home stadiums in one conference.

  2 Responses to “List of FBS Stadiums Sorted by Distance from Campus”

  1. UCLA to the Rose Bowl is 27 miles, not 17.

  2. Are you talking about driving distance? If so, your’re probably correct. As noted in the post, I calculated mileage by great-circle distance, which is basically a straight line to one location to another.

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