This week, in anticipation for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was asked what his least favorite stadium to coach in is. Caldwell didn’t have a direct answer for that, but he did offer the most difficult place to coach, and his answer will probably surprise you.
“Now, if you want to rephrase that and ask me what I think the toughest stadium is to play in that I’ve ever been around, it’s Syracuse,” Caldwell said. “It’s the hardest one to hear. It’s noisy. It’s a matter of fact, back in my old days when I was in college, I was up in the box, and the windows were open at that particular location, and you literally could not hear the guy sitting next to you talk. It’s so loud.”
Caldwell’s words proved prophetic, because on Friday night, the Syracuse football team completed a huge upset over No. 2 ranked Clemson in the raucous Carrier Dome.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What is the loudest stadium you’ve ever experienced?
My answer: It has to be CenturyLink Field in Seattle. I was there on that fateful Monday day that ended with a K.J. Wright batted ball, and I have never experienced an environment so loud. Not in the Big House, not at Ford Field, nowhere.
I think the stadium that came closest was actually the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota. Things were very loud at the beginning of that Week 4 game, but things considerably died down as the low-scoring game progressed.