LSU, Tiger Stadium
Tiger Stadium or Death Valley is the home field of Louisiana State University's football team. With a seating capacity of 92,400, it is the seventh largest on-campus college football stadium in the nation and third largest stadium in the SEC after Tennessee's Neyland Stadium and Georgia's Sanford Stadium. Tiger Stadium is commonly referred to as "Death Valley," due to its high level of cheering during games. The original nickname of "deaf valley" was applied to the stadium (distinguishing it from Clemson University's Memorial Stadium), but over the years was misunderstood for "death valley." During a nationally televised game against Auburn in 2003, ESPN recorded a noise level of 119 decibels at certain points in the game. During the October 6, 2007 game against the University of Florida, CBS recorded 129.8 decibels. Tiger Stadium was the site of the legendary "Earthquake Game" against Auburn in 1988. LSU won the game, 7-6, when quarterback Tommy Hodson completed a game-winning touchdown pass to running back Eddie Fuller in the waning seconds of the game. The crowd reaction registered as a legitimate earthquake on the seismograph in the Louisiana Geological Survey office on campus.
Virginia Tech, Lane Stadium
Billed as the toughest place in college football for opponents to play by Rivals.com, the Hokies play on not only one of the best playing surfaces in the nation, but with the south end zone and west side additions, the Hokies compete in one of the best stadiums in the nation. The Hokies are 100-29-1 at home during Coach Frank Beamer's tenure at Virginia Tech and more impressively, are 82-15 in Blacksburg during the last 15 seasons. One Hokie tradion is the Cadets fire Skipper, the world’s largest game cannon after the anthem and after every score.
USC, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The fabled history of the Coliseum spans seven decades and is the only facility in the world to have hosted two Olympiads, two Super Bowls, and a World Series. USC has only lost at home once since 2001, an impressive feat given they don't have any tough rivalry games at neutral sites. USC's coach Pete Carroll is excellent, no matter where he plays. The 39-3 (.929) home mark is certainly impressive and is only behind Oklahoma's Bob Stoops’ 53-2 (.963) home record.
Florida, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium may be best known as “The Swamp”. In the early 90s, then-Coach Steve Spurrier noted that "...a swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. Only Gators get out alive." The name has stuck ever since. The Swamp lives up to its nickname. Game-day temperatures at field level have been known to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. Combine the hot conditions with the exuberance of the crowd combined with their proximity and the bowled-in shape of the stadium concentrate the noise at field level, making The Swamp one of the loudest and toughest stadiums in sports.
Penn State, Beaver Stadium
Beaver Stadium has a capacity of 107,282, making it the largest stadium in the United States. It is also the largest stadium in North America, and the third largest stadium in the world. Beaver Stadium is widely known as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams in collegiate athletics. Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN says that Penn State has the best student section in the nation and Gameday at PSU is "The Greatest Show in College Sports". In 2008 Beaver Stadium was recognized as having the best student section in the country for the second consecutive year.
Clemson, Memorial Stadium
Memorial Stadium is nicknamed Death Valley. The term "Death Valley" comes from the fact that the field is physically situated in a valley. But two additional facts also add to the mystique. First, the university cemetery sits on a hill that once overlooked the field before the upper decks were constructed. The other reference comes from the late Lonnie McMillian, the former football coach at Presbyterian College. He told sports writers in 1948 that he had "to take his team up to Clemson and play in death valley" where they rarely scored or gained a victory. "There is no place louder or more picturesque than Death Valley. There, where Clemson folks see magic in a hill and a rock, orange gets more respect than anywhere this side of Gainesville, Florida." - Dave Brown, Former Duke Quarterback.
Neyland Stadium - University of Tennessee
Neyland Stadium now has an official capacity of 102,037 seats. This makes it the largest football stadium in the South, the fourth largest in the United States, and the seventh largest stadium in the world. Neyland Stadium is known for its unique endzone paint scheme, the orange and white checkerboard pattern, derived from the design of the bell tower on Ayers Hall at the top of The Hill. It is one of the loudest stadiums in football with two decks of seats enclosing the playing field. Over the years, the expansions have been worth it as Neyland Stadium was voted as the Best College Football Stadium in a poll by The Sporting News.
Oklahoma, Memorial Stadium
The home of the Sooners is one of America's most recognized college football cathedrals. Since the first game played at the site in 1923, OU has amassed a home record of 341-78-15 (.803) including 58-2 (.966) under Bob Stoops.
Ohio State, Ohio Stadium
Nestled snugly on the banks of the Olentangy River, stately Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of college athletics. From 1951 to 1973, the Buckeyes led the nation in attendance 21 times, including the 14 consecutive years from 1958 to 1971. Since 1949, Ohio State has never been lower than fourth nationally in average home attendance. The crowd attending these home games is known for creating harsh and difficult environments for opponents. University of Iowa coach Hayden Fry complained after a 1985 loss that the fans were too loud for his quarterback, Chuck Long, to call plays and suggested sound meters be used to gauge the noise level, penalizing home teams if there was too much noise.
10. University of Georgia,
Filled on Saturdays to its 92,746 capacity, Sanford Stadium has long been one of the country's most beautiful and electrifying arenas for college football. Georgia's average home attendance consistently ranks in the top five in the country among on-campus stadium venues. Nothing like being "Between the Hedges" at Georgia's Sanford Stadium.