College

And The Crowd Goes Wild

kentuckystudentsectionWith college football coming up there is a lot of talk about preseason awards.  Florida may be the team to beat on the field but a much more interesting argument is what school is best up in the stands.

ESPN’s golden god of the gridiron, Kirk Herbstreit, just put out his 9th Annual Herbie Awards and picked the best student section in America.  While it’s hard to argue with his list (especially #3), it’s begs the question: where is the best places to watch a game of lacrosse?

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Source: Ninth Annual Herbie Awards

Some of these places are legendary for how teeth rattling loud they get (LSU, Oregon) and others for how steeped in tradition they are (Ohio State, Notre Dame) and some for the unique home field advantage that they provide (Boise State). But the overall end result is that every single stadium has it’s own quirks and eccentricities both on the field and off that makes them one-of-a-kind places to watch a sporting event.

The Carrier Dome

The Carrier Dome

Case in point: The University of Oregon lacrosse field uses an older generation of field turf that previously was used in Autzen Stadium back when Joey Harrington ran the show.  It’s too thin for screw-in cleats and acts like an ice skating rink for anyone daring to wear tennis shoes.  So unless they bring the perfect turf shoe or molded cleat, opposing teams generally end up sliding all over the place like it was greased with canola oil. It’s called home field advantage for a reason, folks.

When it comes to lacrosse the first big time stadium experience that comes to mind is Syracuse and the sea of orange that comes out to watch games in the Carrier Dome.  Out West I’ve personally dealt with the raucous student section out at Sonoma State’s Rohnert Park.  (Classy might not be the right word but they get bonus points for extreme creativity).  Another notable MCLA stadium experience is Michigan’s Oosterbaan Fieldhouse which give’s the players an impression of what it might be like to play lacrosse in a bubble on the moon.

What fans do you feel deserve recognition? Did your school get left off the Herbie awards and you want to air your gripe? What’s the ultimate stadium experience?

Make your own nominations in the comments.

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8 Comments

  • If we are going to talk MCLA, Claremont has to be included. School sponsored parties with bikini clad coeds everywhere. Against UCSB & LMU there was a giant water slide on the endline. The entire campus puts on a swimsuit and heads to the party/lax game.

    • I've never seen a game at Claremont but add that to the list of must see places for a lacrosse game.

      There are definitely a few other schools in California where you are pretty much playing right on the beach too. Probably not the loudest place because the fans are are sunbathing but a different kind of distraction all together.

  • I couldn't imagine playing a game with bikin clad co-eds heckling me! Talk about distraction. One of the coolest venues I've played in would be Klockner stadium at UVa. When we got crushed by them it was under the lights with a full moon. Pretty sweet set up they've got going. As for being heckled, the best story I've ever heard of was from one of my buddies who was heckling so bad the cops were called!

  • There are a lot of really good venues out there and a few come to mind immediately like Hopkins' Homewood field or the previously mentioned Carrier Dome. Both are pretty amazing places to watch games.
    Games between Salisbury and WAC aka the War on the Shore are intense no matter where they are played. By the time visiting players make it to the field, they are covered in beer and have been heckled by some of the most creative and inebriated hecklers this side of Canada.
    The Phily Wings' fans (being Philly sports fans) are obnoxious and rude. I wouldn't have it any other way!
    In the NESCAC I always thought my Wesleyan fans were some of the best hecklers and the inflatable pool by the side of the field always resulted in some pretty good stuff. The kids at Bates were always pretty boisterous too although the Bobcats are generally awful at sports so no one takes much heed to what their second string DE was yelling.
    I always thought Harvard-Yale games would get better stuff. I mean those kids are smart AND like to have a good time but I think they just spent too much time comparing gold button blazers or something to come up with anything really good.
    If you want to see some heckling though, I would suggest that you go to upstate NY and check out a Cortland State vs. Ithaca tilt. private vs. public. red vs. blue. 20 minutes away from each other? truly can't be beat and the kids just let each other have it so you not only see a top notch lax game but you also get to hear some offensive and truly outrageous heckling.

  • There are a lot of really good venues out there and a few come to mind immediately like Hopkins' Homewood field or the previously mentioned Carrier Dome. Both are pretty amazing places to watch games.
    Games between Salisbury and WAC aka the War on the Shore are intense no matter where they are played. By the time visiting players make it to the field, they are covered in beer and have been heckled by some of the most creative and inebriated hecklers this side of Canada.
    The Phily Wings' fans (being Philly sports fans) are obnoxious and rude. I wouldn't have it any other way!
    In the NESCAC I always thought my Wesleyan fans were some of the best hecklers and the inflatable pool by the side of the field always resulted in some pretty good stuff. The kids at Bates were always pretty boisterous too although the Bobcats are generally awful at sports so no one takes much heed to what their second string DE was yelling.
    I always thought Harvard-Yale games would get better stuff. I mean those kids are smart AND like to have a good time but I think they just spent too much time comparing gold button blazers or something to come up with anything really good.
    If you want to see some heckling though, I would suggest that you go to upstate NY and check out a Cortland State vs. Ithaca tilt. private vs. public. red vs. blue. 20 minutes away from each other? truly can't be beat and the kids just let each other have it so you not only see a top notch lax game but you also get to hear some offensive and truly outrageous heckling.

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