Who needs a cocktail reception when you can have a tailgate? College stadiums and arenas are a classic choice for large groups, and few places have the energy of a Big 10 football stadium. Whether or not your attendees are diehard sports fans, planners can harness this energy and vigor by renting out 102,329-seat Ohio Stadium or another big-name sports facility.

John Bugner, assistant director of event management for Ohio State Athletics says that most groups are eager to walk on the field and visit the press box, which can be incorporated into their event as part of a guided tour. For true school spirit, marching band, cheerleader and mascot appearances can also be arranged.