The first certified “Neretva mandarins” from now on in Croatian stores

first_imgYesterday, at the Frigo Bonsai purchase station in Opuzen, a presentation of the Croatian autochthonous brand was held, with certified Neretva mandarins, which Tommy doo was the first to introduce in the offer.The beginning of the story begins when on July 1, 2017, the European Commission protected the Neretva mandarin at the European level, thus recognizing its uniqueness in relation to mandarins produced in other countries. Until 2015, until recently, no Croatian mandarin producer was certified and therefore there was a possibility that this status would be lost. On November 13, 2017, two mandarin producers (Nino Šešelj and Nikola Ujdur) managed to obtain a certificate with the help of Frigo Bonsai, the Regional Development Agency DUNEA and BIOTEHNICON. Consequently, an agreement was reached with the company Tommy doo on the introduction of a certified “Neretva mandarin” in the offer of the store.President of the Neretva Association of Fruit Growers “Mandarina Opuzen”, Mr. Alenko Šešelj said that the company Frigo Bonsai had made a good and useful step and that it would certainly encourage other purchasing centers to get involved in the same story. “We were very persistent and “pushed” this process to the end. Now it is up to all of us, who are engaged in this business, production and sale of mandarins, to get a little more concrete in this story and try to nurture our product, because this is our future.”The representative of Biotehnicon, Ms. Ana Marušić Lisac, explained the sequence and importance of the whole procedure: “The label “Neretva Mandarin” was registered in 2015. Mandarin found itself in this small circle of truly special products in the European Union but also around the world, because these labels are recognized elsewhere. During the development of the specification, comparisons were made with similar products and the specificity of the Neretva mandarin was shown and proven. It is up to us, as the control body, to really follow everything that is stated in the specification from the technical point of view in the whole sequence and that in the end, by issuing the certificate we actually confirm and guarantee that such a product fully complies with all requirements of the specification.. “”Neretva Mandarin” is the first certified original product in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The protection of geographical indications of mandarin as an indigenous Croatian product is significant because it will make the Neretva Mandarin a recognizable export brand. The end customer gets a guarantee of buying a quality product from controlled breeding, and the manufacturer gets the security of product placement and the ability to achieve a better price. With this certificate, the Neretva mandarin joins the impressive list of Croatian products that are entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications. Some of them are: Slavonian kulen, Ogulin sauerkraut, Lika potatoes and Istrian extra virgin olive oil, Poljički soparnik…”Tommy is extremely honored to be the first to support this project of placing certified Neretva mandarins on the Croatian market. We are pleased to have achieved this through exclusive distribution, so all our customers, through the sales network, will be able to reach this commendable product. This project fits perfectly into the story of Tommy through the project “Our home” where we try to arrange with as many suppliers as possible the placement of indigenous, original, certified products and thus provide our customers with the highest quality food. We are witnessing trends in the world that quality food is trying to produce a maximum of 250 km from the placement. That’s how it used to be with us and we believe that this project will be like that again. We are honored and sure that this is just an overture to future projects on this topic.”Said Aljoša Bašić, Marketing Director of Tommy doo, and added that for Tommy doo this cooperation is extremely important because in this way the company gains the opportunity to offer proven quality products, and encourages the local eco product which is one of the components of the company’s strategy. .Producer Nikola Ujdur pointed out that the protection of the geographical indication is important, because in addition to the Neretva mandarin becoming a recognizable export brand, the end customer receives a guarantee of buying a quality product from controlled cultivation, and the producer gets security of product placement and the possibility of achieving better prices.It is primarily a higher level of mandarin processing that she deserves and that we need to nurture. The certificate is a demanding category, it is a proof of quality that will be recognizable in our stores”, Said Ujdur.last_img read more

Boys SEI Tourney Semi-Final Results

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th grade boys basketball team defeated the South Ripley Raiders tonight in the second round of the SEI tournament by a score of 42-31.The Cardinals will now face the Sunman Dearborn Trojans on Saturday morning at 9:00am at the Sunman Dearborn Middle School in the SEI Championship Game.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.The 8th Grade Bulldogs came up a little short in the 2nd round of the SEI tournament 51-40 against a solid Greendale team.Eli Pierson led Batesville with 16. Ean Loichinger, and Travis Lecher had 8 and 7 respectively. Cole Werner added 5 with Ian Powers and Zach wade finishing the scoring with 2.Thanks to all of the Bulldog fans for the continued support throughout the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Pride.last_img read more

Wildcat Harriers Defeated By Trojans

first_imgAlthough the Franklin County Varsity Cross Country team fell to East Central 18-44, they performed very well. Sophomore, Lauren Kelley, was the top performer for Franklin County, placing 3rd place with a time of 22:11. Junior, Kairee Hodapp, and Senior, Taylor Stewart took the 8th and 9th place with only 5 seconds between their times. Junior, Helena Goustis, placed 8th with a time of 24:24. This was a personal best for her. Sophomore, Josie Selm, was the final team member earning a score with her 14th place finish. All team members finished with faster times than their previous meet at Oldenburg.East Central ran a tough race, but Sophomore, Drew Grant, ran a steady race to earn 3rd place, preventing East Central from gaining a sweep win. Junior, Kyle Seibert, ran a time of 20:11 and took the 7th place spot. Junior, Tanner Lainhart, continued to surge forward throughout the entire race to take the 10th place spot. Freshmen, Ben Maze, and Adam Grant continue to run well and finished in 11th place and 13th place respectively. The Franklin County boys continue to improve their times and they pace through the season.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more

Lila June Seevers

first_imgLila June (Taylor) Seevers was born on August 13, 1932 and passed away in her sleep at her longtime home in New Alsace, Indiana on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020.Born in Harrison, Ohio to William and Jessie (Turner) Taylor, she married Leroy Seevers on March 1, 1952. June was blessed with an ear for music, and played piano in worship weekly for nearly sixty-five years. She worked as a secretary for the family-owned business and split her days between their home office and raising their three children. In her retirement years, June regularly cared for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of Tanner Valley United Methodist Church, volunteering her time not only as a pianist but in mission projects, nursing home visits, and the United Methodist Women organization. She loved family gatherings, travelling extensively with Leroy, and spending time around their land.June is preceded in death by her husband of sixty-five years, Leroy, her parents, and her four siblings. She is survived by her three children, Pam (Don) VanDyke, Dan (Kelly) Seevers, and Tim (Cathy) Seevers, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.June’s visitation will be at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home in Dover, Indiana on Saturday, March 7th at 10:00am with a funeral service beginning at 12:30pm. Internment will be at Evangelical Union Cemetery, (better known as Saint John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Hubbell’s Corner) in Sunman, Indiana immediately following the funeral. Donations can be made in June’s name to the music fund at Tanner Valley United Methodist Church or Evangelical Union Cemetery.Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home is located at 25615 State Road #1, Guilford, Indiana 47022. Please visit to sign the online guestbook.last_img read more

Veldmate: Suarez like a child

first_img Henk Veldmate signed the Uruguay international for Groningen from Nacional as a 19-year-old in 2006 and said Suarez’s character was heavily influenced by his South American upbringing. “He’s a grown up person but also, in the way he likes playing football, he sometimes has the mentality of a child,” said the Dutch club’s sporting director. Press Association “That’s the way he enjoys playing. If you compare the mentality and attitude to Dutch players, then in South America it’s dead or alive. “To do the best for your family – it’s a way of life and a way of surviving.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had suggested something similar in relation to Suarez’s background when he spoke last week immediately after the player received a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. Veldmate, speaking in a Radio 5 Live documentary ‘What’s Eating Luis Suarez’ to be broadcast on Wednesday night, added it took him just 15 minutes to decide they had to sign the forward. He had travelled to Uruguay to watch another player but was so taken by Suarez he immediately changed his priority. “He had everything you see today – he scored a goal and did some fantastic dribbles,” Veldmate added. “Sometimes you think he is lucky with his dribbles – he starts something and you think it is impossible but in the end it works and he creates a chance and scores a goal. “He dived to win a penalty, so all the things we see in Luis’ potential we saw in that 15 minutes and most importantly we saw he was a winner.” center_img Liverpool striker Luis Suarez “sometimes has the mentality of a child” when he plays football, according to the man who brought him to Europe.last_img read more

UCF Police Investigating “Anti-Semitic Acts” on Campus

first_imgAnti-Semitic flyers have been plastered all over the University of Central Florida campus in a second case of alleged anti-Semitism UCF officials are investigating over the past month. The flyers, posted in response to a bill aimed at denouncing anti-Semitism in schools, reads, “Florida Jews Attack Campus Free Speech.” It has left some in the UCF Jewish community uncomfortable.The flyer calls out House Bill 741, which was passed in May. The bill denounces anti-Semitism, saying anti-Semitism at schools must be handled the same way racism is. The flyer says the bill restricts “legitimate criticism of Israel and the role of Jews in the United States.”“It’s exactly the sort of anti-Semitic screed that the bill is intended to address,” said the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay.“Anytime you say that we have to have a discussion about the evil impact of Jews in our society, everything you say after that’s absolutely irrelevant. They had no point other than they are bigoted, hateful people,” Fine said.Other anti-Semitic flyers were posted on a Chabad sign near campus last month, concerning Jewish students.The UCF Police Department says it is aware of the flyers and is actively investigating.last_img read more

Veterans Remembrance 4-mile road race will debut Sunday, Nov. 9, in Ellsworth

first_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Robin Clarke and Tony McKim wear the dog tags that will be given out as medals at the first annual “Veteran’s Remembrance 4-mile Road Race,” which will be held Sunday morning, Nov. 9, at the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA. Clarke, a fitness instructor at the YMCA, organized the race, and Tony McKim, President of The First, N.A., agreed to have the bank sponsor the event. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — When Robin Clarke struggled to find a local race to run in honor of veterans, she decided to create one herself.“The running community here is crazy,” the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA fitness instructor said. “Everyone is running. People who have never run before are running.”Road races have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to celebrate holidays or inspirational people. They range in titles from the Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot” or the Christmas “Santa Run” to memorial runs named after local figures like Jerry Kaufman or George Schaefer.Clarke saw an opportunity to do both with her new run: celebrate Veterans Day while honoring local veterans. The first annual “Veterans Remembrance 4-mile Road Race” will take place Sunday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. at the YMCA located on State Street in Ellsworth. Registration will open at 8 a.m. inside the YMCA gymnasium, and walkers are invited to start the course at 8:30 a.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPart of the proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services for veterans injured by military action. Cost to race is $15 per person, but participants with a military ID can race for free.“We really want to get veterans involved,” Clarke said. “Why not base a run on a holiday that means something?”For sponsors, Clarke reached out to Tony McKim, president of the Maine-based banking chain: The First, N.A. The business has agreed to sponsor the event.“Anything that brings a community together to support veterans is something I can get behind,” McKim said. “The bank is extremely honored to take part in this.”The cause struck a chord for McKim, whose relatives have served in wars dating back to World War II. McKim knows first hand the sacrifices veterans make for their country.“Whenever you see a veteran who has been seriously hurt, where just day-to-day existence is challenging,” McKim began. “And you see them do everything they can to get out of their wheelchair to salute the flag.“Whether it’s a commitment to a flag or something else — to me, there is nothing more compelling to support.”Clarke has arranged for a singer to perform the national anthem before the race and for Mortons Moo to offer ice cream samples. Other businesses like Active Life and Eden Athletics will be present, as will two masseuses who have donated their time to give free massages.Clarke has ordered an abundance of T-shirts and dog tags, which will be given out as medals by veterans after the race. Woodland Studios also has donated more than 100 camouflage head wraps for participants. In addition, the race bibs that runners will wear are green and orange to resemble military colors.“Something to hang on your wall and say, ‘I did the first annual Veteran’s Remembrance Run.” Clarke said. “Everyone will get something.”The First has donated two $25 Visa gift cards for first-place overall male and female runners and $20 gift cards for the runner-ups. Winners of their age bracket will also receive a charm sneaker. Clarke said she will award a different charm every year if the run takes off.“I hope this can open peoples’ eyes to the veterans in this community,” Clarke said. “We should honor them and show them that we still appreciate them, whether they fought in World War II or they’ve just gotten back.”For registration forms or more information about this event, visit or contact Robin Clarke at 667-3086. Details can also be found on Facebook at the “1st Annual Veterans Remembrance 4-mile Road Race” event page. Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016last_img read more

West Indies fight despite Yasir’s three-for

first_imgJASON Holder and Shane Dowrich kept West Indies from disintegrating in the last hour of an engrossing but slow-moving day, finishing up at 218 for five, still trailing Pakistan by 158 runs.Things had looked bleak for Holder’s men when their best batsman Roston Chase walked off midway, after being struck on the elbow by a Mohammad Amir bouncer. But the others pulled their weight stoically enough to ensure they could claim a share of the spoils.West Indies didn’t lose any of their grit with Hope’s dismissal at the stroke of tea. For little over an hour after the break, they frustrated Pakistan before Vishal Singh, who has had a torrid first series, probably went a little too deep into his shell, especially against the faster bowlers.Even so, it was admirable to see the rookie fight it out on the pitch under considerable pressure although Misbah-ul-Haq was perhaps guilty of making it a little too easy for him, carrying on with the part-time of Azhar Ali from one end.With the hosts fighting so gamely, the moment that turned the session against them was an exceptionally cruel twist of fate.The new ball was just three overs old When Mohammad Amir hurried Roston Chase into a pull shot, the ball striking him flush on the elbow. After lengthy treatment on the field, the series’ highest run-scorer was forced to retire hurt.For a Pakistan team that had been unable to penetrate in the session up till then, it would have seemed like a wicket. Vishal succumbed two overs later to – predictably enough – pace. Mohammad Abbas swung the new ball in sharply to trap him plumb in front. Suddenly the West Indies looked vulnerable again, trailing as they did by 200 runs.Fortunately for the West Indies, Holder and Dowrich showed the same determination to ensure they didn’t go in to stumps having suffered any other blows in the face of a masterclass in discipline from the Pakistan pacers. Amir, in particular, continued to carry menace with the sort of short delivery that had injured Chase, striking Holder in the chest area once, and cramping both batsmen with the bouncer time and again.West Indies started the day in the sort of sedate fashion that has characterised much of this Test match, meandering along at a scoring rate well below two per over; only one boundary came in the first 25 overs.The day only came to life when Powell decided to take the attack to Yasir, but after shuffling across and sweeping him to the vacant square leg boundary once, he dragged a lofted hit to Azhar Ali at deep midwicket.Shimron Hetmyer came out with the same plan of not allowing Yasir to settle. He drove Yasir for a boundary in the first over he faced, and soon after, dispatched a short delivery for six over deep midwicket. But the wily leg-spinner had the last laugh again, getting one to turn in sharply from the rough, kissing Hetmyer’s gloves with Sarfraz Ahmed taking a sharp catch.Pakistan may not have had the wicket had Sarfraz not confidently signalled for a review almost the moment umpire Bruce Oxenford adjudged not out.Even so, West Indies still looked for scoring opportunities off Yasir, who ended the day having conceded nearly half the runs of the entire innings. It wasn’t that he was bowling poorly – a lot of his balls were perfect leg-spinners with sharp turn – but his consistency deserted him, prompting a rare reprimand from Misbah. Yet, it didn’t seem like he was far away from a wicket either.That duly arrived in the last over before lunch when Brathwaite, who looked fairly comfortable up until then, jabbed at a delivery that spun away sharply to take the edge through to the wicketkeeper. The deadlock of the first hour was well and truly broken by then.As in the first session, it was impossible to ignore the feeling that the game was moving on only while Yasir was bowling. Ironically, it was Azhar Ali who pulled things back for Pakistan during the afternoon, taking the only wicket in the session off its last ball, with Hope slicing to Misbah at short cover.It was a game that could have been snatched away from the West Indies in every session today. That they managed to hold Pakistan off and ensure they go in to day four still able to claim parity must feel like a small win in itself.(ESPNcricinfo)last_img read more

Iheanacho, Ajayi Left out as Eagles Land in Egypt for AFCON…

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeLeicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho and Rotherham United midfielder, Semi Ajayi were left out of Nigeria’s 23-man squad as Super Eagles flew out of Abuja for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt yesterday.Iheanacho, 22, had earned a spot in the initial 25-man provisional squad last month, despite his poor run for both club and country in recent time. The former Manchester City forward has been searching for his first international goal since scoring against Argentina in 2017 friendly and was the subject of strong criticism from Rohr earlier this year.Apart from this duo, Coach Gernot Rohr is going to Egypt with his usual suspects, majority of whom featured for Nigeria at the last 2018 World Cup in Russia where Eagles failed to make it beyond the group stage.Returnee Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi, his assistant, Ahmed Musa, and the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Leon Balogun were all listed in the final squad for the AFCON battle in Egypt.In-form Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze and fellow Under-17 World Cup winner Victor Osimhen are both included and will get a chance to make their first tournament appearances at senior level.The three-time African champions who landed in Ismailia yesterday evening are staying at the Hotel Mercure in the Egyptian city where they will play Senegal’s Lions of Teranga (Africa’s number one-ranked team) in their final pre-AFCON friendly on June 16.Eagles will spend one week there before heading to Alexandria – venue of their Group B matches during the championship.Last Saturday in Asaba, Eagles played out a goalless draw with Zimbabwe before flying out to Abuja to board the chartered flight to Egypt,The three-time champions will play in Group B alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.Nigeria’s opening match will be against Burundi on 22 June at the Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria.Nigeria’s 23-man squad:Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany)Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Middlesbrough, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Who’s No. 1?

first_imgRoss-Ade Stadium — PurdueLet’s face it. Nothing about West Lafayette is sexy. It’s in Indiana, and most people outside of the state couldn’t find it on a map. But it does have a rather devoted bunch of fans, consistently drawing a full house at Ross-Ade that makes it a very hostile environment for opponents at times.”One of the best things about newly-renovated Ross-Ade Stadium is that thefans are extremely close to the field,” said Leroy Bridges, sports editor of the Purdue Exponent. “Sure, 63,000 fans aren’t as many as Michigan, but the proximity of all of the heckling and noise creates a great atmosphere for every home game.”Before the recent $70 million renovation, Ross-Ade Stadium sort of resembled a high school field on steroids, with a simple horseshoe complemented with auxiliary seating in the open end zone. Following the renovation, it suddenly looks an awful lot more impressive, especially with the gigantic press box and luxury boxes dominating one end of the stadium. The playing surface is (gasp!) natural, which is quite the bonus.Spartan Stadium — MichiganSpartan Stadium is often sort of a forgotten stepchild in the ranks of Big Ten stadiums. At about 75,000 seats, it is the fifth-largest stadium in the conference and its fans are loyal, providing a sea of green for most home games.The locale couldn’t be better, in terms of matching the very suburban-feeling campus in East Lansing. The tailgating is solid, the crowds are loud and the overall atmosphere is a good one.So what holds it back? Simply that there is no one aspect of the facility that truly makes it stand out, like the capacity of Michigan, or the atmosphere of Penn State and Wisconsin. Spartan Stadium is probably the clear dividing line between the upper echelon and second tier of Big Ten stadiums.Ryan Field — NorthwesternAs sleepy a stadium as you are ever to find, Ryan Field is usually good for at least one upset if only for the lax atmosphere that can lull opponents into a malaise, which is never good when going up against an offense that routinely lights up the scoreboard like the New York Stock Exchange.”Ryan Field doesn’t have lights, but it does have action,” said Zach Silke of the Daily Northwestern. “It’s small, but it has heart. Just wear some purple and have a ball.”The stadium looks neat on the outside, but once inside, the lack of crowd noise — and often the lack of a crowd — as well as any real collegiate feel makes Ryan Field one of the least exciting spots to watch a game in the Big Ten.The Hill behind the end zone is somewhat ludicrous, reminiscent of Minute Maid Park.Metrodome — MinnesotaA multi-purpose dump built in 1979, the Metrodome is a relic of days past, when inexpensive, highly useful facilities were chic and the idea of having a roof over a field was neato. No more. Today, it is seen as simply the greatest example of why to avoid a jack-of-all-trades structure.It is the only stadium in the Big Ten that really has no affiliation to the school that plays in it, as Minnesota is just simply another tenant in the building. On game days, you are as likely to see Vikings and Twins paraphernalia as you are to see any sign that a college team might play there. Tailgating is nonexistent, the crowds are poor since it’s off campus, and the acoustics are horrendous. Don’t believe me? Feast your eyes on this …”There isn’t a passion for football at the Metrodome like there is at other Big Ten schools,” said Charles Spring, sports editor of the Minnesota Daily. “The Metrodome is not a place to watch college football. Blame it on the stadium or the product on the field or the fans; it doesn’t really matter because they’re all to blame. The Metrodome is simply the worst place for football in the Big Ten.”Memorial Stadium — IllinoisMemorial Stadium is something of a sad story in the whole scheme of Big Ten venues. It can lay claim to having a great history, with Red Grange once running over opponents there.Aesthetically, it still works with a very nice setup — a small lower-bowl horseshoe with upper decks on either sideline — and is decorated with 200 timeless granite columns on which are inscribed the names of Illinois men who died in battle in American wars. Old-school light standards that draw memories of Tiger Stadium in Detroit dot the four corners of Memorial.”Illinois may have the worst football team in the Big Ten, but its stadium ranks middle of the pack,” said Courtney Linehan, who covers football for the Daily Illini.But for all of its beauty, it still is unimpressive. The reason: poor attendance and an even worse fan atmosphere. Much of that is due to the horrendous product the Illini have put on the field, as you can tell the fans are growing weary of not just losses, but blowouts. Continuing on the theme, Illinois is working on a monster renovation that will hopefully reenergize the fan base and make this house great again.”It is not the newest or most technologically impressive stadium in the Big Ten, but look at Wrigley Field,” Linehan said. “Even a non-Cubs fan like me has to admit there’s something fantastic about an old-school stadium.”Memorial Stadium — IndianaThe second and lesser of the two Memorial Stadiums, Indiana’s has been dubbed “The Rock” by second-year head coach Terry Hoeppner, who believed the site was in need of an identity … and boy, was he right.The most notable feature of Memorial Stadium previously was the bizarre, unsymmetrical shape of the main grandstand with the west-side bleachers dwarfing those on the east sideline.In terms of atmosphere, well, it has been said that there are at times more fans tailgating outside the stadium than watching the game within.”‘The Rock’ seats more than 52,000 cream and crimson fans,” said Matt Mattucci of the Indiana Daily Student. “Though it is rarely jam-packed, Memorial Stadium will soon see some renovation, with the addition of a tower in the north end zone and some additional seating. Thousands of fans flock to the Woodlawn Fields across the street to tailgate before games.”A sparkplug coach, Hoeppner has tried instituting a variety of new traditions, including placing a three-ton chunk from the original Memorial Stadium in the North end of the stadium symbolizing ‘The Rock’. Across the country, Big Ten football is held in the highest regard as one of the premiere conferences in college football, because of the history, the tradition and the consistently high level of competition within the league.But one of the biggest reasons that Big Ten football is special is the line-up of venues, which are some of the most diverse, historical, exciting and interesting in all of America. So we at The Badger Herald posed the question: which is the best football stadium in a league chock full of dandy facilities?So we polled our opposite numbers all across the Big Ten, asking other student publications to rank the stadiums throughout the conference in hopes of reaching a conclusion of which stadium stands alone as the unrivaled best facility in the Big Ten.Without further adieu (drum roll, please) …Ohio Stadium — Ohio StateIs there a better overall home-field advantage in the conference than the edge Ohio State enjoys at the Horseshoe? Not likely. The Buckeyes certainly are always tough to beat, and their track record in the past few years shows as much. But throw in 104,000 fans in a stadium built with nothing but football in mind, and most teams would probably rather play on hot coals than march into the ‘Shoe.Built in the classic Horseshoe style, another recently renovated facility in the conference rises high and is completely enclosed, amplifying sound the already-raucous fans to what can be earsplitting levels. It might not be the loudest venue, but it is consistently louder than maybe any place this side of Beaver Stadium in the conference.While Ohio Stadium doesn’t quite hold the mystique that Michigan Stadium does, it has more than its fair share of history, as Woody Hayes used to stomp the sidelines, and many a championship has been won on the Columbus turf. The dotting of the “i” in the Script Ohio is one of the most anticipated traditions in sports and rightfully so.Michigan Stadium — MichiganThe Big House. It is probably the most notable moniker of any structure in the conference and is definitely the most fitting.With capacity officially listed at 107,501, it is far and away the largest football stadium in the country, with attendance regularly exceeding 110k, though you wouldn’t guess it. The design of the structure — a gigantic bowl sprawling outward and not very much upward — leaves many other home fields looking larger to the eye.Michigan Stadium isn’t just home to Michigan football, it is home to everything that defines what Wolverine ideals are. You won’t find so much as a scrap of advertising anywhere, and no seating starts closer to the field.”With just over 20 rows above the ground, walking into the bowl is an experience a Michigan fan will never forget,” said Kevin Wright of the Michigan Daily. There’s nothing like hearing over the loudspeaker, “You are part of the largest crowd watching football in America today.” Still, the Big House gets a bad rap for being too quiet for its capacity. Presently, a debate over a luxury-box addition to the stadium rages, with those in opposition citing the tradition of the bowl over the commercialization of Michigan Stadium.Built in 1927, however, the place is definitely showing its age, and every penny of a $250 million renovation will likely be needed to give the Big House a noticeable makeover. It isn’t particularly fan-friendly with acoustics and the seats move away from the field quickly. While Michigan fans are undeniably rabid, it isn’t represented in the crowd noise, as it can be described truthfully as being the quietest 110,000 people you will ever find.The history and aura surrounding Michigan Stadium, however, make it a must see.Whether it is a must-see twice — that is up for debate. It also doesn’t help to have the landfill known as Crisler Arena dominating the skyline.Camp Randall Stadium — WisconsinCamp Randall Stadium is probably the best blend of a historic venue melded with modern renovations, and in many ways the stadium is a blueprint for how future renovations at schools will be done. The Camp still maintains its feel as an ancient cathedral to football, especially with the UW Field House forming the wall on the south side, overlooking the complex.Formerly a traditional horseshoe, Camp Randall is now a very modern, fully enclosed stadium with an upper deck on the west side. While much of the stadium is new and shiny, the attitude of the fans is decidedly old school. The fans tend to show up early (with the exception of some students doing some last-minute celebrating) and stay late with the Fifth Quarter being one of the most unique traditions in the country.The students set the tone, are some of the rowdiest and most colorful in all of football and can make Camp Randall absolutely intimidating. When revved up, the crowd is arguably the loudest in the Big Ten, but even the most die-hard Badger fans, unfortunately, also seem to care only when they are most needed and thus can be some of the quietest at times, particularly on early downs in nondescript games.Still, the atmosphere is similar to that of one big party, no better epitomized than by the most exciting two minutes in sports: ‘Jump Around,’ which leaves opposing players looking on in awe, the press box shaking like a turbulent airplane and the UW players ready to turn it up another notch.Beaver Stadium — Penn StateIf Yankee Stadium is the house that Ruth built, Beaver Stadium is the house that JoePa built.Nestled in the center of Happy Valley, this giant monstrosity that resembles an erector set is one of the premiere structures in all of college football, having grown with the aura and mystique that surrounds head coach and resident hero Joe Paterno.The place is enormous, holding over 107,000 fans, and unlike the Big House, looks the part, towering over the field in all directions. The student section, which practices the “White Out” technique, was described by ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit last year as the best in the nation.”It might not be the most aesthetically pleasing stadium in college football, but Beaver Stadium is, without a doubt, one of the loudest,” said Justin Kunkel, sports editor of the Daily Collegian in State College. “When the whited-out crowd bounces to ‘Zombie Nation’ after a big defensive play, the world’s largest erector set literally shakes and sways. It also gets props for its sheer size. Sitting on top of a hill to the north of campus, Beaver Stadium is one of the most physically imposing structures in all of football.”Other plusses include possibly the best tailgating scene in the conference, as it takes about 10 days to completely clean up the area surrounding the stadium following a game, and the stadium has, without question, the most welcoming and friendly fans you are ever likely to find.When walking around the perimeter of Beaver Stadium wearing opposing colors, you are likely to be welcomed so often as to feel you might be a celebrity, and picking up a complimentary beer and hoagie from tailgaters is hardly out of the question.Kinnick Stadium — IowaFresh off a renovation, the new and improved Kinnick Stadium will lose its big-game virginity this week when No. 1 Ohio State comes into town for a night game. “Just $89 million later, one must admit Iowa’s two-year renovation project bears impressive results,” said Tyson Wirth of the Daily Iowan. “A statue of Nile Kinnick greets fans on their way into the arched brick south entrance, just a Hail Mary from the new press box. The only negative is students are now forced into the stadium’s corner, as better seats go to contributors.”Kinnick’s fans and atmosphere are right up there with Wisconsin and Penn State as the class of the conference. It also could be in the running as the loudest venue. It’s undeniable that the Hawkeyes perform better there, as they have had something of a renaissance over the past few seasons, much of that fueled by dominance at home. The water tower looming over the stadium is a nice touch and speaks to the blue-collar feel of Kinnick.last_img read more