Autzen Stadium: The HOUSE of LOUD

Top 10 Stadium Lists

The "list of the overall top 10 most intimidating stadiums in the nation... For the overall top 10, it's back to the basics - the 10 most intimidating stadiums for one game and one game only."

  1. Autzen Stadium, Oregon
  2. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida
  3. Kyle Field, Texas A&M
  4. Tiger Stadium, LSU
  5. Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State
  6. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
  7. Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech
  8. Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
  9. Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
  10. Memorial Stadium, Nebraska
(list from The Sporting News)

More below on why Autzen Stadium is possibly the loudest stadium in college football...

"Sitting in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Oregon's Autzen Stadium is one of college football's hidden jewels. Before kickoff, Autzen is as peaceful as the Willamette River, which runs through Eugene just a few minutes from the stadium. After kickoff, the fans - even the alumni - forget who they are, where they come from and what their degree is in. The audience adopts a new collective identity for the next three-and-a-half hours: the 12th, 13th and 14th man. Autzen's 59,000 strong make the Big House collectively sound like a pathetic whimper. It's louder than any place I've ever been, and that includes "The Swamp" at Florida, "The Shoe" in Columbus and "Death Valley" at Louisiana State. Autzen Stadium is where great teams go to die."
- J. Brady McCullough, The Michigan Daily.

"Trust me on Autzen. Just go to the place and soak it all in. Before they throw dirt on you, take a trip to Eugene one fall Saturday. - Autzen Stadium is a zoo; there's no other way to say it. Get inside your own 20 in a tight game, and you can forget about A.) hearing; B.) avoiding false starts and C.) success."
- Matt Hayes, SportingNews.

"Top 10 College Football Stadiums. - 10. Autzen Stadium. - You can have your cookie cutter Midwest stadiums and the beauty and pageantry of Southern traditions. We'll take the most hostile atmosphere this side of Gainesville any day, anyway."

"Top Five most-underrated College football atmospheres: - 5. Autzen Stadium. It's not so much the atmosphere as the noise. Wow. Just 54,000-plus fans, but the noise rattles all over the place. Night games are similar to LSU's Tiger Stadium."
- Houston Chronicle.

The Noise

"Per square yard, the loudest stadium in the history of the planet."
- Keith Jackson, ABC Sports.

"The Autzen Bounce causes deafness in laboratory rats."
- Dennis Dodd, CBSSportsline.

"Q: What would you say the loudest stadiums are? Corso: I think Autzen Stadium. Per person, the Oregon stadium is the loudest stadium I've ever been in. The fact that it's so low to the ground doesn't allow the sound to escape."
- Lee Corso, ESPN GameDay.

"If you've never been to a game at Autzen Stadium do yourself a favor and get there soon. One word for the experience. Loud. Hurt your ears loud. Make them bleed loud. The Big Ten has nothing as loud as Autzen."

"Per capita, Autzen is the loudest venue in all of college football."
J. Brady McCollough, The Michigan Daily.

"It's very tough. The crowd there is unbelievably educated on when to be loud and when to calm down when they have the ball. It's just a very tough environment with the noise and just trying to communicate."
- Jeff Tedford, Cal HC

"They are very difficult to beat at home. The crowd is, from every report I get, from every coach I've spoken with, a real factor. You have to learn to communicate without talking, because talking doesn't do you any good."
- Lloyd Carr, Michigan HC (before playing at Autzen).

"That's the loudest stadium I've ever been in."
- Lloyd Carr, Michigan HC (after playing at Autzen).

"Crowd noise is almost an unfair advantage. You can't check plays, you seemingly have less time on the play clock and everything starts to feel really rushed."
- Troy Taylor, Cal QB

"They're going to be loud from the first snap until the last snap. They are right on top of you and they're just relentless."
- Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin HC.

"You can hear a pin drop when their offense is on the field, and when our offense is out there, it's like being in a thunderstorm."
- Thomas DeCloud, Cal Safety.

Something we came across...

"People, come on. science has spoken, and so has experience. There are plenty of of loud stadiums around, but autzen is just different. If you haven't been there you can't understand. the midwest doesn't know what football is, the big 10 and big 12 are both pathetic. autzen is louder and more intense than any other place on this country. I've been to plenty of the big football stadiums, it's just not the same. even cameron indoor at duke during the duke-unc game, which is absolutely nuts, just isn't the same."

"I've been to many many college games in my life, from the big house to the swamp in Florida. I flew in to Eugene Oregon in 2003 to see Michigan and was laughing at the 56k in attendance. I was like, "This place is going to be a push over." Soon the crowd started piling in, they were running the warm-up reels on the big screen, and I knew, after kick off that Autzen was a freakin nuthouse. That place was the craziest, loudest most unforgiving stadium I've ever seen. I could not believe how loud it was, I couldn't hear the guy next to me. The energy there, the anger, the hate, the noise for Michigan... it was mind blowing. People make the assumption that just because places like the Big House has 95k+ that its automatically louder. Bull Sh*t. What good is 95k if only 20k are screaming? Not one Mo Fo in Autzen was quiet."
- Author Unknown, discovered here.