Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium is perhaps the most popular destination by visitors to Baton Rouge. The stadium has a long history of some of the greatest games in college football. The stadium is known as Death Valley to opposing teams whose coaches voted it one of the 10 stadiums they most dreaded playing in. This assessment has been backed-up by many surveys and quotes from such legendary coaches as Bear Bryant. Conversely, The Sporting News once named Tiger Stadium one of the 10 best places to watch a college game. The electric atmosphere intensifies before the game. When the band takes the field to play the National Anthem and the LSU Tigers fight song, some fans break down and cry as they sing both songs loudly and proudly. As the players burst through the gate 90,000 emotionally charged fans are on their feet, stomping and screaming at the tops of their voices. The screaming doesn’t stop until their voices give out or the game ends.
Many other fans refer to Tiger Stadium as Deaf Valley because of the continuous noise level generated by the fans during the length of the game. Tiger Stadium is huge, averaging over 90,000 fanatical fans per game for three straight seasons. The stadium has a seating capacity of 90,600 and has been known to cater to overflow crowds. It is the fifth largest college stadium that is located on campus and is the sixteenth largest outdoor stadium in the world: It is definitely one of the loudest stadiums on record.
On August 8th, 1988, in what was later called the “Earthquake Game” against Auburn, the crowd reacted to winning touchdown with such a sudden earsplitting noise burst that an earth tremor was registered on a seismograph meter in LSU’s Geology Department.