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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:11 PM

Top 15 Loudest and Toughest College Football Stadiums


In the world of college football, anything and everything is debated. The loudest/ most intimidating stadium to visit is no different.


This list is based on my: visits to several stadiums, internet prowling, and general opinion of fans who frequent these scenic venues.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:12 PM

Tiger Stadium, LSU

LSU’s Tiger Stadium aka "Deaf Valley", capacity 92,400- It can be debated, but the scariest venue in all of college football has to be Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.


The Tiger fans registered on richer scale when they scored a touchdown against Auburn in 1988. Also (from legitimate sources unlike other decibel claims: see Clemson) numerous times, LSU registered extremely high on decibel meters.


In 2003 against Auburn, they registered 117 several times during the game, and against Florida, in 2007, they registered 115 when it was announced USC lost and also they registered 130 later on during the game.


Ask any visiting fan, LSU fans can be intimidating, and they get extremely loud. Most games are scheduled for night time which allows the crazy Cajuns to tailgate and wait in anticipation for the Tigers game making them extra crazy come game time.


The way fans are stacked on top of each other and the stands being straight up allows for maximum crowd noise.


Numerous stories of: team's bus windows getting smashed, opposing fans getting rattled with insults (to put it nicely), and fans chanting “tiger bait” at anything with opposing colors make Tiger Stadium the loudest stadium in all of college football.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:12 PM

Beaver Stadium, Penn State

2. Penn State’s Beaver Stadium aka "Happy Valley", capacity 107,282


It’s not just the Nittany Lions you play at Beaver stadium, you play a united student section, Linebacker U, and Joe Pa. Penn State has the best student section in all of college football.


The white-out began in 2005 against Ohio State, and there is something about 107,282 fans decked out in white that just sends chills up one’s spine.


The students are constantly chanting and waving towels or shaking shakers to distract the opponent. Also, Penn State is home to a student body that is obnoxious as any when visitors visit Happy Valley, especially Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame.


The fans definitely know how to unify for a Lions win, and the students will dress as stupid as possible if they think it distracts the opponent not to mention the sweet “S” the students make out in the stands.


As long Joe Pa hangs around, the Lions will be rocking Happy Valley for years to come.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:14 PM

Kyle Field, Texas A&M

Texas A&M Kyle Field, aka “Home of the 12th Man”, capacity 85,200


The 12th Man says it all. An entire sideline of seats, including three levels, holds the raucous Aggie students.


Students always stand in case the team needs an extra player, and a non-chanting student receives the title of a “2 per-center”.


When the War Hymn is stricken up by the band, hold on as all Aggies in the stands lock arms and sway while singing “saw varsity’s horns off.”


Many announcers claim the both shakes when it gets rocking at Kyle field, and students never quit chanting no matter the score.


The students also distract as the opponent as they constantly wave white towels for an eye distraction, and they NEVER GIVE UP OR SHUT UP! Wining or losing, the Aggies always create an insane environment for visitors.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:15 PM

Ben Hill-Griffin Stadium, Florida

Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, aka “The Swamp”, capacity 88, 548


“Only Gators get out alive” when this comes on over the intercom, visitors know they are in for a long night if they did not already from the constant gator chomp and chants of “blue…orange” before the gam.


The Swamp is filled with rowdy Gator fans, but the design of the stadium allows the fans to be stacked on top of each other, right on top of the field making no scream go unheard.


Mr. Two Bits gets the fun started with his famous chant, and from then on, the chomp clap and “Gator Bait” is all to be heard by visitors.


Florida also, like Texas A&M, has the advantage of having a large student body that are always ready to stand and cheer their Gators to a win.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:16 PM

Autzen Stadium, Oregon

Oregon’s Autzen Stadium, aka “The House of Loud”, capacity 54,000


“The loudest stadium I ever coached in”- Lloyd Carr (former head coach at Michigan). That about sums it up for the Eugene bunch that produce decibels of up to 127 during games.


Despite a small stadium, unlike the others in the top ten, Oregon’s has a great structure that holds all the quacks in the stadium.


Oregon also has an extremely young fan base that loves to stand the whole game and make noise. When ESPN Gameday comes to town, the Ducks’ fans stand out the cold and dark just to chant for their beloved Ducks on TV.


They also are the champs of exceeding capacity as they regularly play in front of 60k but the stadium officially seats 54k.


When the Trojans or Beavers come to town, it is a crazy sight, especially when the Ducks pull out a win. Autzen may be small, but just ask Michigan how loud, “The House of Loud” can be.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:17 PM

Ohio Stadium, Ohio State

Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium, aka "The Horseshoe", capacity 102, 329


Make sure all your “I’s” are dotted for this classic venue for college football. The Buckeyes have devoted fans that show up and they consistently go crazy for their team.


The Horseshoe gets very loud every Saturday, but when the Maize in Blue visit, it could be considered a “nut” house.


Buckeye fans show up no matter how many times they lose in championship games to the SEC (had to throw that in, sorry Buckeye fans). Buckeye fans have all the qualities a loud stadium needs: a huge student body, a huge stadium, great tradition, and a power-house Big Ten team. “Fear the Vest”.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:18 PM

Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium, capacity 66,233


When “Enter Sandman” begins to blare over the loudspeaker, a visitor must think, “we’re screwed”, as Hokie fans bounce until the Hokies take the field.


Infamous Beamer-Ball creates highlight after highlight for the Hokie faithful to go crazy over. Since they moved to the ACC, Va Tech faces tougher foes which cause their fans to get even louder than before.


Va Tech has great tradition such as their entrance, which makes Lane Stadium as intimidating for opponents as any venue in college football.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:20 PM

Neyland Stadium, Tennessee

Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium aka “Rocky Top”, capacity 103,037


SEC talent on the field, 100k + orange-clad fans, and hearing “Rocky Top” x 100,000 makes for an intimidating scene in Knoxville on a fall Saturday.


The inside of a pumpkin orange as many call it covers the town of Knoxville on Saturdays as well as Neyland Stadium.


Smokey howls and gets the UT faithful up and singing Rocky Top from the time they enter the stadium until they leave.


With the Lane era under way, UT fans need to crank it up a notch to help Lane back up his talk, but you can bet the Vol fans are up for the challenge.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:21 PM

Camp Randall, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium, capacity 80, 321


Jump around, performed by the Badger students is arguably one of the most unique traditions in all of college football. Also, the famed, “Eat $%*&…..%^$# you!” cheer is also a “special” cheer native to the Wisconsin students.


Badger fans pack Randall and most Big Ten fans would agree that they are arguably the most obnoxious bunch of fans on the planet.


Wisconsin also boasts the No. 1 college town in America to call their home, making a Fall Saturday that much better in Wisconsin.


Camp Randall has seen its share of great wins by a legendary coach, and now looks forward to “jumping” for joy over wins in the years to come.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:22 PM

Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn

Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium, aka “The Jungle”, capacity 87,451


Granted they named it the “Jungle” weeks after Florida dubbed their stadium the Swamp, the Jungle is still a cool nickname (especially since they have two animal mascots).


Battle cry claims try to justify having an eagle named “Tiger” fly to midfield before every game, but face it, Auburn has two mascots and the flight of one of them whips up a frenzy in the stands.


Auburn fans carry orange and blue shakers as most people carry a shirt on their back, and the scene of thousands of shakers going back and forth after a Tiger touchdown creates a crazy sight.


Fans rush to Toomer’s corner to toilet paper it after big wins, but first they scream until their lungs fail them at the game.


Birds taking flight, shakers, and a die-hard fan base make this stadium on “the loveliest village on the plains” a not so friendly venue for visitors.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:23 PM

Sanford Stadium, Georgia

Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, aka “Between the Hedges,” capacity 92,746


“GOOO Dawgs Sic’em” is at least tied for the coolest kick-off cheer in college football (with Arkansas), and once visitors hear that chant, it can be a nightmare.


Georgia divides students into two sections making each end of the stadium very loud, and 65 local bars keep even the older fans “loose.”


Not just noise can scare you, but also tombs for all the dead Uga’s let visitors know, in Georgia: Dawgs football is big. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit deemed UGA the college with the hottest co-eds.


Loud, passionate fans and hot girls makes for a great scene in Athens on a Fall Saturday, and not to mention Athens ranks #2 for the best college campus.


Mike Patrick claimed after the 2006 game against Tennessee, “It was the loudest environment that I have ever called a game in.”


Coach Richt brought Georgia back to title contention, and he energized the fan base with Blackouts and a record of 82-22, making Sanford stadium an intimidating yet beautiful venue for college football.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:24 PM

Memorial Stadium, Nebraska

Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, aka “The Sea of Red”, capacity 81,067


Arguably the most loyal fans in all of college football (South Carolina, I think, wins that one though because they show up and lose, Nebraska wins).


The dominating team of the 90’s looks to rebuild their national power-house status with new coach Bo Pelini, but the “Sea” never left no matter how bad it got.


A passionate student body creates an awesome atmosphere for the Huskers, and the fact that it’s the major college in Nebraska, makes everyone in Husker country, a Husker fan.


The only reason Nebraska is not higher on the list is because, even though their highest attended game was in 2008 with 85k+, they simply do not seat as many as other programs.


Nebraska still can get as loud as anybody, and is definitely a college football landmark, not to mention they have sold out every game since the beginning of time (seriously, they have sold out every game for a LONG time).


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:25 PM

Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State

Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium aka “The Doak”, capacity 82,300 “OOOOOHHOOO”


Not even close to resembling “the war chant” but you get my point. Seminole fans can get as loud and obnoxious as any team in the country, and when Miami, Florida, or Clemson comes, get ready.


The sheer cramped design of the stadium allows no chant to go unheard. When Chief Osceola claims the turf, alumni and students alike get crazy. “The Doak” definitely creates no picnic for visitors.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:26 PM

Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama

Bryant -Denny stadium, capacity 101,000 (pending expansion) ROLL TIDE! This perhaps is the most notable cheer in all of college football. It brings up thoughts of "the Bear", "the Snake", and currently a Mt. Cody. Bama fans have much to get loud about, from their tribute to the Bear before the game, from having a "Million Dollar band", and now having Nick Saban as a coach. With their new expansion set for the 2009 season, Bryant-Denny will hold over 100k crazy Bama fans and will only get louder.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:27 PM

Darrell K. Royal Stadium, Texas

Texas’ Darrell K. Royal Stadium aka “DKR”, capacity 100,013 (pending expansion)


“Get your Horns up”, and its go time in Texas. Longhorn’s fans get rowdy as anyone and love their Horns. With the new expansion it will seat 100k+ and will only get louder.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:28 PM

Honorable Mention

Go ahead and comment on whom I left out but these few are just about interchangeable with any of the last few: *Death Valley, Clemson; Mountaineer Field, West Virginia; Notre Dame; and Washington


* After research on Clemson's decibel claims, I have learned this: Clemson claims they reached 126 decibels against a loss to Miami and that they reached 132 against a loss to Boston College. They claim ESPN reported that the 126 decibels broke the outdoor stadium noise record of LSU which was 121 decibels. I tried to find a non-Clemson source proving this, but no ESPN source backed this up. Also, the record for decibels in a college stadium is 135 by the Washington Huskies in the 1990's against Nebraska, so Clemson would not have broken any record anyway.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:34 PM

As I mentioned in another thread the location of our student section really puts a damper on the crowd noise at times.

Too many blue hairs with headsets sitting on their fucking hands.

We have a top five fan base but unfortunately cater to the lifeless.
"We don't point the finger around here we point the thumb." Bo Pelini responds after another sluggish offensive performance. Not sure which game since our offense is always fucking awful.

"I think we can be real stout against the run, and I think our secondary is going to be really good. I mean, there's potential for us to have our best defense we've had here." Carl Pelini assesses the 2011 defense during spring ball.

"We play to win Championships. If you don't win a Championship it isn't a successful season." Bo's comments during fall camp 2011.

We didn't win a championship but it isn't always about winning championships." Bo Pelini responds after finishing the season 9-3 and a third place finish in the Legends Division.

"We played sloppy." Bo Pelini responds following 2009 TT, 2009 ISU, 2010 SDS, 2010 A&M, 2010 Holiday Bowl, 2011 CHATT, 2011 Fresno ST, 2011 Wisconsin, 2011 Northwestern, and Michigan 2011.




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