LSU's Tiger Stadium, new Alex Box among top 100 sports venues

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LSU mascot Mike the Tiger leads the Golden Girls and the band onto the field.

BATON ROUGE - LSU's Tiger Stadium and new Alex Box Stadium have been ranked two of the world's top 100 sports venues by BusinessInsider.com, a professional business website and blog, it was announced earlier this week.

Tiger Stadium was listed 23rd in the world and ranked as the second-best college football venue. New Alex Box Stadium, which opened in 2009, was the only college baseball venue to make the list coming in at No. 85.

Alex Box Stadium ranked higher than seven Major League Baseball ballparks on the list, including San Diego's Petco Park (100), New York's Citi Field (99), Washington's Nationals Park (96), Denver's Coors Field (92), Houston's Minute Maid Park (91) and Pittsburgh's PNC Park (90).

Green Bay's storied Lambeau Field topped the list of rankings.

The rankings were derived from a three-category system by BusinessInsider.com. The first category was architecture, ambiance and aesthetics. It critiques what every stadium brings to the table structurally. Older grounds may have outdated architecture, but they make up for that with an environment that makes watching the sport even better.

The second category was "history." It is an aggregate score of the historical importance of the team, the games played at the stadium and the venue itself. The final category was "passion." How much do the fans care about the team who plays there?

Tiger Stadium will open its gates to LSU football for the 87th year this fall. The eighth-largest on-campus stadium in the nation, "Death Valley" seats 92,400 fans and has ranked in the top 10 in national attendance for 45 consecutive seasons. Since head coach Les Miles' arrival in Baton Rouge, the Tigers are 37-6 overall in "Death Valley" and 29-1 in Saturday night games.

Alex Box Stadium is one of the finest venues in all of baseball, seating a comfortable 10,150 fans and featuring state-of-the-art resources that set Tiger baseball apart from the rest of America. In the New Box, LSU enjoys 6,000 additional square-feet of locker and meeting room space, new batting cages and fan-friendly amenities on the concourse and outside the stadium.

LSU baseball has finished first in the nation in total attendance for 15 straight seasons.

BusinessInsider.com Top 100 Venues in Sports

100. Petco Park

99. Citi Field

98. Edward Jones Dome

97. The Amway Center

96. Nationals Park

95. Yoyogi National Gymnasium

94. Yas Marina Circuit

93. Ford Center

92. Coors Field

91. Minute Maid Park

90. PNC Park

89. University of Phoenix Stadium

88. Kaohsiung National Stadium

87. Ingalls Rink

86. Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena

85. New Alex Box Stadium

84. Miller Park

83. Court Phillippe Chatrier

82. Türk Telekom Arena

81. Raymond James Stadium

80. American Airlines Center

79. Beijing National Stadium

78. Busan Asiad Stadium

77. Bristol Motor Speedway

76. Lucas Oil Stadium

75. Oita Stadium

74. Invesco Field at Mile High

73. Matthew Knight Arena

72. Safeco Field

71. New Meadowlands Stadium

70. Target Field

69. Lane Stadium

68. Rose Bowl

67. Beijing National Aquatics Center

66. The Pit|

65. Ohio Stadium

64. Oriole Park At Camden Yards

63. Matthews Arena

62. Cape Town Stadium

61. Comerica Park

60. L.A. Memorial Coliseum

59. Beaver Stadium

58. Michigan Stadium

57. Eden Gardens

56. Moses Mabhida Stadium

55. Estádio do Dragão

54. Qwest Field

53. Lincoln Financial Field

52. Sapporo Dome

51. Bukit Jalil National Stadium

50. Wankhede Cricket Stadium

49. Reliant Stadium

48. Busch Stadium

47. Veltins-Arena

46. Notre Dame Stadium

45. Centre Court

44. Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo

43. Autzen Stadium

42. Folsom Field

41. AAMI Park

40. TD Garden

39. Olympiastadion (Munich)

38. Mariucci Arena

37. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

36. Citizens Bank Ballpark

35. The Kia Oval

34. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

33. Staples Center

32. Melbourne Cricket Ground

31. Assembly Hall

30. Madison Square Garden

29. Conseco Fieldhouse

28. AT&T Park

27. International Stadium Yokohama (Nissan Stadium)

26. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

25. Gillette Stadium

24. Azadi Stadium

23. Tiger Stadium (Death Valley)

22. Cowboys Stadium

21. Heinz Field

20. Kyle Field

19. Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Estádio do Maracanã)

18. FNB Stadium (Soccer City)

17. Estadio Centenario

16. Allianz Arena

15. Yankee Stadium

14. Cameron Indoor Stadium

13. Estadio Azteca

12. Phog Allen Field House

11. Wembley Stadium

10. Ibrox Stadium

9. Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera)

8. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)

7. Stade Louis II

6. Stamford Bridge

5. Fenway Park

4. L'Estadi Camp Nou

3. Soldier Field

2. Wrigley Field

1. Lambeau Field