The Pit: Cincinnati
The Pit was started in the 1930s by student and parent volunteers, but due to World War II was not completed until 1947. It seats 10,000.
Located on the west side of Cincinnati at Elder (Cincinnati)
, the Pit is horseshoe-shaped and was dug into Price Hill. The concrete stadium has the closeness of a basketball court with the sidelines resting a mere 5 yards from the stands. That creates a very intimate - and intimidating - atmosphere that greatly favors the home team.
Elder's rabid fan base could be compared to Chicago Cubs' fans at Wrigley Field because some have built decks on their homes to watch games from a distance. Experience a day at Elder in this photo gallery
It's in the middle of a neighborhood, surrounded by trees. The field itself contains a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which contains the names of 11 Elder graduates who died in the war - the most in Ohio.
Game festivities include cookouts, raffles and once, a soldier brought in the game ball via helicopter.