Home Field Advantage

You can add another accolade to the list for Tiger Stadium as LSU's Death Valley has been rated by Rivals.com as the nation's second-best stadium when it comes to home field advantage.

The Rivals.com poll took into account the following factors for determining its top 10 home field advantages in college football: How often do games sell out? How hard is it for opponents to infiltrate your stadium in mass? And, how loud does the crowd get for season-openers?


Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium earned top billing from Rivals.com with LSU's Tiger Stadium following at No. 2 and Ohio State's Ohio Stadium at No. 3.


Of Tiger Stadium, Rivals.com said, "boasting some of the most hardcore tailgaters in the nation, Baton Rouge is filled with tens of thousands of purple and gold-clad fans by Friday afternoon…. Once inside the stadium, LSU fans don't sit on their hands. With the seats wrapping completely around the field, Death Valley is arguably the loudest venue in college football."


Rivals.com also called the tradition of playing night games in Tiger Stadium LSU's "X-factor" saying, "with its home games often firing up around 7 p.m., LSUs' fans have all day to get themselves marinated for the big game. By the time kickoff comes, they're ready to roar."


In recent years, Tiger Stadium has been ranked among the top venues in college football. In 2001, The Sporting News ranked Tiger Stadium as the sixth-best stadium in college football, while in 1998 Sport Magazine called Tiger Stadium the "most feared road playing site in America."


LSU, winners of 10 straight games in Tiger Stadium, opens its first season under Les Miles on Sept. 3 when the fifth-ranked Tigers host North Texas at 7 p.m.


Rivals.com Top 10 Stadiums For Home Field Advantage

School                               Stadium                                   X-Factor                                                Capacity

1. Virginia Tech             Lane Stadium                         Beamer Ball                                         66,233

2. LSU                               Tiger Stadium                         Night Games                                      92,400

3. Ohio State                    Ohio Stadium                         The Pride of the Buckeyes               102,329

4. Florida                          Ben Hill Griffin Stadium     Stadium dimensions                        88,548

5. Penn State                   Beaver Stadium                      Joe Paterno                                          107,282

6. Oregon                         Autzen Stadium                    Exceeding capacity                           54,000

7. Texas A&M                 Kyle Field                                 Tradition                                              82,600

8. Wisconsin                   Camp Randall Stadium      The Fifth Quarter                               82,368

9. Florida State               Doak Campbell Stadium     Chief Osceola                                     82,300

10. Auburn                      Jordan-Hare Stadium           City-sized crowd                               87,541

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