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2014 College Facility Playoff: Semifinals

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Voting in this round is now closed. Click here to vote in the championship round.

After more than 35,000 votes were cast in the quarterfinal round, our search for our readers' favorite stadium in college football is down to just four.

In the last round, Clemson's top-seeded Death Valley narrowly escaped an early death at the hands of Washington's Husky Stadium. It was the closest contest in the tournament thus far, but a late surge from the Husky faithful was not enough.

"Between the Hedges" (Georgia) was no match for "Along the Brazos" (Baylor). Texas A&M's Kyle Field was too much for The Big House. Meanwhile, Tennessee's Neyland Stadium looks to be the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing. Neyland is the leading vote-getter through two rounds dispensing SEC rivals LSU and Alabama along the way.

Update: Athletic Business' Committee on Voter Compliance has issued a statement regarding Kyle Field's eligibility in the 2014 College Facility Playoff.

Voting in the semifinal round is open until 11:59 p.m. central time on Thursday. We'll announce the championship match-up on Friday morning.

New to the College Facility Playoff? Here's a refresher on our criteria.

Capacity 100,000+ Region:

(8) Tennessee's Neyland Stadium vs. (3) Texas A&M's Kyle Field

It's yet another SEC showdown for Tennessee's Neyland Stadium. Can Neyland defeat its third straight venue from the SEC West? With the country's largest video board, a nearly equal capacity and a whopping $450 million being invested into the stadium (the stadium's West side will be imploded this weekend and rebuilt), Kyle Field may be the toughest opponent yet.

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Neyland Stadium
Opened: 1921
Last Renovated: 2004-2010 (three phases)
Renovation Cost: $136.4 million
Capacity: 102,455
Thoughts from the Committee: One of college football's most iconic venues has received some major upgrades in recent years, most notably to its aging infrastructure, but no amount of money can change one of the stadium's best features, its location. The stadium sits along the banks of the Tennessee River where the "Vol Navy" tailgates via boat before games.

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Kyle Field
Opened: 1927
Last Renovated: 2013-2015
Renovation Cost: $450 million
Capacity: 102,512
Thoughts from the Committee: To put Kyle Field's current $450 million renovation and expansion in context, consider this: Two of the newest and nicest stadiums in college football, Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium (opened in 2009) and Baylor's McLane Stadium (opened this year and in our playoff field), combined only cost about $100 million more than Kyle Field's renovation. That's a long way of saying Kyle Field, already considered one of the best venues in college football before the reno, is now off the charts.

Kyle Field has been ruled ineligible.

Sub-100,000 Capacity Region:

(1) Clemson's Memorial Stadium vs. (3) Baylor's McLane Stadium

After edging out Washington's Husky Stadium by fewer than 200 votes, Memorial Stadium squares off with Baylor's McLane Stadium. It's a preference of taste in this match-up. Do voters prefer the tradition, size and history of Death Valley? Or is the sparkle of Baylor's brand new stadium the standard?

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Memorial Stadium
Opened: 1942
Last Renovated: Currently
Renovation Cost: N/A
Capacity: 81,500
Thoughts from the Committee:  Clemson's "Death Valley" has the tradition and game day atmosphere to rival any in college football. "When Clemson players rub that rock and run down the hill, it's the most exciting 25 seconds in college football," says Brent Musberger. But the stadium itself is impressive too with plans to get even better. The school is currently improving the stadium's "WestZone," adding a new tower with a glass window embellished with a tiger paw. The north side's suites and club seats will also be revamped.

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McLane Stadium
Opened: 2014
Last Renovated: N/A
Construction Cost: $266 million
Capacity: 45,140
Thoughts from the Committee: Baylor's sparkling new home which sits along the banks of the Brazos River has several unique distinctions among stadiums in our field. It's the newest, the most technologically advanced, but also the smallest. The pedestrian access, especially the footbridge connecting it to campus (featured in this Athletic Business article) is another great touch. The Bears went undefeated at home and hosted ESPN's College GameDay for the first time in their first season in the stadium.

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Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. central time on Thursday.

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