The 2023 regular season has come to a close and we saw some incredible games throughout the country. The Big 12 was made up of 14 schools for the first time and there were plenty of exciting matchups to tune in for throughout the year.
But how did the conference’s fans show up? 247Sports compiled a list of the top ten stadium environments from the 2023 season, and two teams from the Big 12 made the list. However, they won’t be for much longer, as the bowl season will be the final time that either squad will represent the league.
The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns both made an appearance on the list, coming in at No. 5 and No. 3. respectively.
Here’s what 247Sports’ Cody Nagel had to say about the environments at each of the SEC-bound stadiums’ environments.
GAYLORD FAMILY-OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL STADIUM
Is Oklahoma ready for the SEC? The Sooners closed out their final year as a member of the Big 12 with an average capacity of 104.51%, which is third-most among all FBS stadiums this season. Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium witnessed victories in all six of the home games in 2023, although none of those were against ranked opponents. Still, Oklahoma averaged 83,741 fans in attendance this season ahead of their move to the SEC.
DARRELL K. ROYAL-TEXAS MEMORIAL STADIUM
Is Texas back? The environment inside Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium sure is with the Longhorns packing more than 101,600 fans on average for the six home games in Austin. That is just above capacity. Texas won each of its home games this season en route to a Big 12 championship and trip to the College Football Playoff. The Longhorns are also preparing for a move to the SEC alongside Red River rival Oklahoma.
Are the Sooners and Longhorns ready for the SEC? They don’t have long to find out, but at least their home environments won’t disappoint when hosting SEC Conference games for the first time in history.