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September 21, 2015

Makeover Monday: SEC Football Claims Some of the World's Largest Stadiums

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Saturday Down South, which focuses almost exclusively on Southeastern Conference (SEC) football, posted an article back in January about the size of SEC football stadiums. In the article, they have a great line:
The conference’s stadiums are some of the biggest in the world, representing four of the top 10 and seven of the Top 25, many in towns that more than double in population on game days.
They wrap up the article with this basic table:

WORLD’S LARGEST STADIUMS RANKED BY CAPACITY

1. Rungrado May Day Stadium (Pyongyang, North Korea): 150,000
2. Salt Lake Stadium (Kolkata, India): 120,000
3. Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.): 109,901
4. Beaver Stadium (State College, Pa.): 107,282
5. Kyle Field (College Station, Texas): 106,511*
6. Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico): 105,000
7. Ohio Stadium (Columbus, Ohio): 104,944
8. Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.): 102,455
9. Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, La.): 102,321
10. Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.): 101,821
11. Bukit Jalil National Stadium (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): 100,411
12. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (Austin, Texas): 100,119
13. Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne, Australia): 100,024
14. Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain): 99,786
15. Soccer City (Johannesburg, South Africa): 94,713
16. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, Calif.): 93,607
17. Sanford Stadium (Athens, Ga.): 92,746
18. Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.): 92,542
19. Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Texas): 92,100
20. Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.): 91,471
21. Wembley Stadium (London, England): 90,000
22. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.): 88,548 23. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Jakarta, Indonesia): 88,306
24. Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn, Ala.): 87,451
25. Borg El Arab Stadium (Alexandria, Egypt): 86,000

Simple enough, right? The focus of the article is on SEC football stadiums, but their method of emphasising (via bold text) is easy to overlook and comparisons to other stadiums is difficult.

For my makeover, I’ve:

  1. Changed the view into a bar chart, which helps see the size variances between the stadiums
  2. Used colour to group the stadiums as to whether they are in the SEC, another college football stadium, or something else
  3. Used the SEC’s official yellow for the background and blue for the bars of the SEC stadiums
  4. Used the News Gothic font, which is the closest I can get to Benton Sans, the font the SEC uses on their website
  5. Included a map for the locations of the college football stadiums (this was also my first time creating a custom Mapbox map)


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