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Florida, LSU, Oregon, and Penn State all have a fair claim over Ohio State as having the best Student sections and loudest stadiums in the US. However, if OSU applies lessons from the brilliantly packed and crazed crowd atmosphere at Duke ( that our Offensively challenged basketball team recently encountered), to its home court and home fields, the Shot would become one of the toughest places and more importantly, the Horseshoe would become THE MOST INTIMIDATING, LOUDEST AND LARGEST home crowd in all of football.
What can OSU do to emulate Duke's legendary, ceaselessly loud, clever, and intimidating Cameron Indoor environment? After having been there for the OSU loss, I can seriously say that it is the best home court advantage in college basketball bar none, and gives Duke overrated or not a 10 point advantage in every game.. yes TEN points! We have the largest and greatest fan base, and a few changes will make our great home environments the GREATEST in all of sports.
For starters, what can Gene Smith do to continue to improve the home court advantage at the Shot? How does he double the alottment of student and young alumni students to effectively complete the circle of Front row seats for the "Nut House", (while fairly compenstating the season ticket holders sitting on their butts all game)? Imitation is the highest form of flattery so just copy the way Duke jam packs its crowd right behind the teams, their jeers, and how they have to camp out for tickets.
Most importantly, we need to apply Dukes success with the Fire Marshall in cramming every vacant spot at the Shoe. Even at a night game there is too much open space in the North, South ends, and the tunnels. At PSU, LSU, and Duke in BBall, you do not see this dead space!
First, Fill the dead space with both teams bands, and give their seats to the students.
Second, add bleachers the length of the playing field butting up right behind the benches of both teams to create an intimidating and loud visiting teams can't hide from. (Worse than Iowa)
Thirdly, and most importantly, make the seats vacated by bands and the new bleacher creature seats first come first serve, and award them to students who camp out in "Buckeyeville", or "Urban Landscape".
Fourth, end 12:00 games and make the band play the whole game, and lead incessant cheers and chants over the loudspeakers like they do at Cameron to some extent PSU "Whiteouts".
These changes would IMMEDIATLEY make Ohio Stadium the loudest rowdiest and most intimidating stadium in all of sport!
It just might also deliver the NCAAs largest crowds and pass that toilet bowl up North for largest stadium in North America!
So Gene, Make me and the Fire Martial proud, and like our sponsors at Nike say, "Just do it"!
Penn State was lucky to get 80% capacity this year.
First you need to get more students to show up for BB games.
The horseshoe is just fine. Schedule 3:30 or night games and you will have that environment.
Bball at the schot will never get that loud and it has nothing to do with the crowd. The arena is far to big and caverness to simulate duke hostility. They need to pump the sound system as much as possible, but i dont think that is allowed.
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The key to making the shoe louder is to get a policy (obviously not going to happen) that if you are not going to stand up and cheer, you cannot sit in AA behind the visitor bench. Being a student in the south stands, there is nothing more annoying than seeing all of AA behind the visitors sitting on their cans on a 3rd and goal for the visiting team.
The point was in their "white outs", and night games in general at PSU, there is no empty space around the field, because its packed with people! We need that visual in the Shoe as well. It will create so much more energy with those 5,000- to 9,000 extra students at or near field level. It will create a much louder and more intimidating atmosphere with students (who have camped out for those tickets like they do at Duke and PSU) right on their backs shouting in their ears. It also might get us some NCAA record crowds.
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How on earth does Oregon have a fair claim over us? The Swamp is questionable as well.
They are low acreage high wall stadiums, I have been in Ben Hill Griffin for a Gator game and it has a 20-30 deg slope, it was hella loud.
I have been to the Swamp, Alabama's stadium, Death Valley (Clemson), Between the hedges (Georgia) and Texas. Alabama and Florida were impressive as far as noise created. Death Valley was too. I could easily see why a person would think those places are some of the loudest in the country.
On my future tour will be Camp Randell, PSU and Oregon. So I am not completely qualified on all stadiums yet.
I brought a bunch of friends to the Texas game. My Texas friend told me he had been to Kyle field (Texas A&M) which is considered to be the loudest in the former B12, he told me that the Shoe was by far and away the loudest place he had ever been to. I brought some more friends to the USC game. Same thing.
I truly believe the Shoe is the loudest stadium IF a game starts at 3:30pm or later. Noon games are a crap shoot. I am sure they could do some more things to pump up the crowd. I for one would pipe "hang on sloopy" through the speakers. But be rested assured it is loud.
But no matter how loud it is, the noise doesn't tackle, cover on kicks, make routine catches, etc. A team playing very well adds about 40 decibels to any home crowd.
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