When it comes to playing college football where you play can have a significant impact on the outcome of the game. Many places are known for having large and loud crowds but none are known more for their fans than the teams of the SEC. We will highlight some of the toughest SEC environments for opponents to play in. Some of the things considered were capacity, stadium setup, and fan loyalty.
5.) Kyle Field – Texas A&M
Starting at number five is Texas A&M. With one of the top recruiting classes for the 2022 season A&M has the potential to win the SEC West. This only helps their case with having one of the toughest places to play. With Kyle Feild having a capacity of 102,733 and having been renovated back in 2015 it is one of the top 5 largest college stadiums in college football and the largest in the SEC. Aggie fans always show their support even when their team has not been the best but with such high hopes this year, A&M will be one of the toughest places to play in all of college football.
4.) Bryant-Denny Stadium – Alabama
Having a capacity of just under Kyle Feild at 101,821 Bryant-Denny Stadium is another one that packs in fans and students to make sure the ground shakes. The stadium recently went under renovations back in 2010 to give us the size it is today and since then the tide has lost only four games at home; 2011 LSU, 2012 Texas A&M, 2015 Ole Miss and 2019 LSU. Alabama being one of the best teams every year helps them drive fans into the stadium to bolster them and give them an even bigger advantage than what they already have on the field.
3.) Neyland Stadium – Tennessee
Being able to witness the Checker Neyland Stadium where sections of the stadium alternate white and orange can be a site to see for fans and visitors but for opposing teams playing the Volunteers it can be quite daunting and intimidating. Having a capacity of 102,455 and a stadium bowl that keeps the sound inside and not letting it escape Neyland Stadium makes it hard for opposing teams.
5.) Tiger Stadium – LSU
LSU prides itself on the hostility they bring to game day. Tiger stadium is also known as Death Valley is “where opponents come to die,” and they are not wrong. LSU continually impresses when it comes to the crowds they are able to pump out not only for their big prime-time games but even for the ones where they are favorites. LSU fans are die-hard and loyal and there are not many other fan basses that can beat them or come close.
1.) Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Florida
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium also known as The Swamp is one of the most unique and loudest places to play in all of football. While only having 88,548 seats in the stadium it makes up for it by almost putting fans on top of players. The Swamp has one of the most unique layouts putting fans almost at ground level and then having them be on top of one another all the way to the top of the stadium. This along with the concrete base makes it so any sound that hits it gets redirected back onto the field. All these things combined with the loyal fans and intense Florida heat and humidity make The Swamp a daunting place to play for visitors.