Top 10 most intimidating college football stadiums

The travel is a headache, the away locker room is uncomfortable and the atmosphere is unfamiliar.Not to mention thousands of screaming fans hoping to watch you fail.

There are plenty of factors to consider when considering which stadium is the most intimidating. When you are standing in the tunnel under those 11 Championship banners, looking out an the eleventy-bajillionth straight sell-out crowd, listening to the chants from the most dedicated student section in the country, you can feel the echoes waking up.

Size, volume, history, relative closeness to the fans, and the sheer awe-inspiring quality of the venue. And while Notre Dame has gotten some flack for not being loud on a week-in, week-out basis, believe me when I say that they really can shake down the thunder like none else.2.

And the higher caliber of opponent, the more crazy the stadium is likely to be. In sports, there is usually one or maybe two stadiums - that tower above all the rest as being truly legendary. The design, a full bowl with the giant upper decks on either side, keeps it all inside where it belongs.

Whether a team is suiting up on a Thursday or getting ready to do battle on a sacred Saturday night, there's an important element of game day that's often overlooked - the stadium itself. The structure - filled with rabid fans with eyes trained on its hallowed field - can have disastrous effects on rival teams.

Now, to be fair, I'm considering each of these stadiums at their best - not the week-in, week-out drudgery of the season. Tiger Stadium - "Death Valley"First of all, with a name like Death Valley, you expect a certain amount of intimidation.

I mean, with the exception of very few places, no fan base is going to be crazy every week. Notre Dame Stadium - "The House that Rock Built"There are certain places where history weighs down like a mantel. And when you load up Death Valley with a bunch of intoxicated Cajuns, this place gets all kinds of loud.

Nicknames such as “Green Hell” and “Le Chaudron” (the Chauldron) should paint the picture.

Hostility is not necessarily the only factor that can be intimidating in a stadium.

Night games are known to get so ear-splitting, many fans have begun to call it “Deaf Valley.” Nicknamed “The Horseshoe” because of its unique shape, The Shoe is one of college football’s largest stadiums.

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