Most intimidating fans in sports
When the Tigers charge down the hill touching Howard’s Rock, the fireworks go off, the balloons go up, and the fans lose their minds.Brent Musberger referred to the entrance as “the most dramatic 25 seconds in college football.” This “Death Valley” may be a bit smaller than the one in Baton Rouge, but it’s certainly just as menacing.
The popular “OH, IO” chant still makes its way around the stadium and as my good friend once said, “You can yell ‘OH’ anywhere in the world and you’re guaranteed to get an ‘IO’ back from somebody.” The NCAA’s own version of The 12th Man fills Kyle Field to the brim every Saturday.Any football player can tell you home field advantage is no lie.The travel is a headache, the away locker room is uncomfortable and the atmosphere is unfamiliar.The purple and yellow end zones are an iconic symbol in college sports and LSU football is consistently ranked in the Top 25.Night games are known to get so ear-splitting, many fans have begun to call it “Deaf Valley.” Nicknamed “The Horseshoe” because of its unique shape, The Shoe is one of college football’s largest stadiums.
Based on what I have seen and what players have indicated, I’d have to say Maryland. When times are good in Champaign, Illinois is close. *** About Tom Dienhart: senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for and BTN TV.