College Stadium Review: Doyt Perry Stadium

The Bowling Green Falcons play their home collegiate football games in Doyt L. Perry Stadium. Fittingly enough, the venue is located in Bowling Green, Ohio. Opened in 1966, the stadium is an intimate outdoor venue that only seats 23,724 fans when filled to capacity. Bowling Green University is a member of the Mid American Conference, and the Stadium itself is located right off Interstate 75 in Northern Ohio, so it is quite convenient. The stadium is nicknamed the ‘Doyt’, and has turned into quite an exciting place to watch football on Saturdays in the fall. The team itself, while certainly not a powerhouse, is known for being high scoring, so spectators are usually entertained to more than fair share of touchdowns over the 60 minutes of action.

Compared to other stadiums at this level, the food and beverage selection at The Doyt is less that stellar. They do, of course, have the usual fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza, but they are all on the pricey side. There is not really any regional or specialized food on offer, but Bowling Green’s stadium is located off campus, so alcohol is for sale. One can purchase a minimum selection of plastic bottle of Bud or Bud Light for around $6. Sales do stop at the 10 minute mark of the third quarter, so make sure to get there for last call if drinking is your thing.

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For a small stadium, and a relatively mid-level football team, the atmosphere at the game is surprisingly upbeat. They have a great marching band that brings a lot of energy to the game, year after year. The band stays active throughout the game, helping the crowd to stay energized and involved through a wide range of football based marching beats. Much of the seating in the stadium is of the standard metal bleacher variety, although the leg room is rated to be much better than most stadium in this class. Rows 13-18 do have seat backs, so that could be more comfortable for many fans. The main concourse itself is basically a paved road that runs underneath the stand. As you cross under the south end zone, you actually come extremely close to the field and many a fan will opt to stand there to be closer to the action. This seems to be allowed as long as you do not walk onto the field itself. The design of the stadium does not actually allow you to walk completely around the stadium, so that is a bit of a design flaw.

The student section at Bowling Green is decent and they are usually heavily involved in the game. They sit in the northwest corner of the stadium, and the marching band is on the north end. This makes that area a bit intimidating for the opposing team, which of course is the likely intent. It does seem, however, that the alumni and other fans in the stadium are not nearly as enthusiastic, so that drags down the environment somewhat. All in all, this is an average stadium. You could certainly do a lot worse. The stadium is easy to access, easy to get around in, and the action is high powered. If you are in the area, it would be a great place to enjoy a Saturday game.  

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