Beaver Stadium Rated Toughest Place to Play by Big Ten Players

Beaver Stadium has been ranked by opposing Big Ten players as the toughest place to play in the country

Penn State's Beaver Stadium has long been known for its raucous atmosphere and deafening student section. 

In a recent ESPN poll of 13 Big Ten players, six named Beaver Stadium as the toughest place to play in.

Nebraska's Memorial Stadium followed up with five votes, while Ohio State and Wisconsin received a vote apiece.

"I remember I had my hand in the dirt when we were near the student section, and I could feel the ground shaking," said an unnamed player when talking about Beaver Stadium, according to ESPN. Another player said, "We played them in a day game, and it was real electric. I can't imagine a night game there."

Night games are what Beaver Stadium is best known for. With the annual White Out and Stripe Out games typically scheduled for prime time, the energy built up throughout the day builds. The noise that is generated from the 107,000-strong Beaver Stadium crowd has been recorded at over 111 decibels, which is louder than a chainsaw from within three feet. At 125dB, pain begins to set in. (The loudest sound possible is 194dB.)

The players rush onto the field to the tune of "Zombie Nation" and fans chanting "We are Penn State." Opening kickoff is built up thanks to Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle," and the opening theme of "The Lion King." The song "Crazy Train" then takes over, causing the stadium to rock under the spectator's feet.


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