LAKE CHARLES, LA - McNeese football's Cowboy Stadium has been ranked as the No. 1 football venue in the Southland Conference by Stadium Journey, Paul Donaldson of Stadium Journey announced on Wednesday.
Stadium Journey visited all 11 conference home venues this past season and used the "FANFARE" system to provide an overall fan experience rating based on different categories, including F – Food & Beverage (concessions), A – Atmosphere, N – Neighborhood, F – Fans, A – Access, R – Return on Investment, and E – Extras. The combined average score is based on a five star system, where five is the highest rating possible.
Stadium Journey issued five stars to Cowboy Stadium in the Extras category for its tailgating, McNeese Parapokes, the Lake Charles Buccaneers and Touchdown Canons, Mystery Rider, the concourse pillars recognizing past McNeese football greats, and many others.
Four stars were awarded in the R (return on investment), A (access), F (fans), and A (atmosphere) categories while three stars were given in the F (food and beverage) and N (neighborhood) categories.
Said Donaldson of Cowboy Stadium: "Cowboy Stadium is one of the premier venues in all of NCAA DI-FCS. While other stadiums may be bigger and feature more cutting edge amenities, 'The Hole' offers a great family friendly atmosphere and regularly features a dominant on-field product. McNeese has several great game day traditions which make the overall atmosphere something really special for fans.
"If you're a fan of FCS level football or looking for family friendly sports entertainment, Cowboy Stadium is the place to be in Southwest Louisiana."
Following the Cowboys in the rankings are Lamar's Provost Umphrey Stadium, Homer Bryce Stadium (SFA), Bowers Stadium (SHSU), Turpin Stadium (Northwestern State), Estes Stadium (UCA), Strawberry Stadium (SLU), Guidry Stadium (Nicholls), Shotwell Stadium (ACU), Benson Stadium (UIW), and Husky Stadium (HBU).
Stadium Journey will release its top stadiums of the FCS in the coming days and Cowboy Stadium is expected to be among the top 10.
Stadium Journey's full Southland rankings can be found here.