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A game at LSU should be on any college football fan's bucket list.
Call it Death Valley. Call it Deaf Valley. It doesn’t matter. Tiger Stadium is loud, and it is one of the most intimidating stadiums in college football, as anyone who has ventured to Baton Rouge to face off with LSU can attest to.
As LSU has become one of college football’s elite programs in the past 15 years, Tiger Stadium has gotten bigger and louder. The stadium’s capacity has increased five times since 1999, going from 79,940 to 102,321 following an $80 million south end zone expansion that was completed in 2014. Last fall, LSU attracted at least 100,338 fans to all seven home games, including three capacity crowds.
It isn't easy attracting quality opponents, either. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva told ESPN Radio 104.5 in Baton Rouge he has trouble making home-and-home series with big-time foes (via The Advocate).
"Teams don't want to come to Tiger Stadium and get their butts beat," he said. "That's just a fact of life. I'm being as blunt as I can be...they don't want to schedule losses."
And LSU’s fans are loud, proud and boisterous. They typically set up hours before home games, fueling up for the hotly anticipated kickoffs. Last fall, LSU was 5-2 at home, losing to Alabama and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide savored those victories. They know how tough wins are to come by in Baton Rouge.