Here are the loudest basketball arenas in the NCAA originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
When it comes to sports, performing in front of a local audience can provide a much-needed jolt that contributes to success. In college basketball, attending an NCAA game is one of the most exhilarating experiences for a fan, and college campuses are where you’re bound to find the loudest basketball arenas.
From cheerleaders and bands, to painted coeds and mascots, college basketball arenas — with the thousands of fans filling the seats — can be one of the loudest places in the country.
Fans are often seen using paint and props to create mad energy in the stands, while bouncing in unison in the same direction or in different directions.
As March Madness approaches, here’s a look at some of the loudest college arenas in the NCAA:
10. McCarthey Sports Center – Gonzaga
The McCarthey Athletic Center is a 6,000-seat indoor arena on the campus of Gonzaga University that is home to the university’s Bulldog basketball program. Opened in November 2004, the “Kennel” is the smallest arena on this list, but its atmosphere has made Gonzaga one of the most successful programs at home.
9. Value City Arena – Ohio State
The Value City Arena is located on the Ohio State University campus and is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes. It is currently the largest arena by seating capacity in the Big Ten Conference, seating 19,049, which is reduced to 18,809 for Ohio State men’s basketball games.
The student section of men’s basketball games, known as the “Buckeye Nuthouse”, sits behind the team bench as well as behind the basket the opponent shoots at during the second half, allowing them to be visible during television broadcasts.
8. Breslin Student Events Center – State of Michigan
The Jack Breslin Student Events Center is a 16,280 capacity venue that is home to the Michigan State Spartans men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The location of the student section, called “The Izzone”, is perfect. Students are given almost all of the sections closest to the pitch, which is an ideal setup for surrounding the opposing team.
7. O’Connell Center – Florida
The Stephen C. O’Connell Center, also known as the O’Dome, is a 10,500-seat arena that houses the sports programs of the Florida Gators.
The stadium’s student section has been nicknamed the “Rowdy Reptiles”. Dick Vitale, on assignment at the 2006 Florida-Kentucky game, said the O’Connell Center is one of the toughest places to play college basketball.
6. Hilton Coliseum – State of Iowa
The Hilton Coliseum is a 14,267 capacity arena that houses the Iowa State University Cyclones men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as wrestling, gymnastics, and volleyball programs.
The Coliseum has been dubbed one of the best facilities for college basketball, and with the student sections set deep behind the two baskets, fans have no choice but to shout, cheer and boo during the entire duration of the game.
5. Meeting Room – Indiana
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall opened as Assembly Hall in the 1971-72 season and is one of basketball’s most notorious arenas. Although the arena hosts much more than sports, it is famous for the Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team.
The indoor basketball venue has 17,222 seats and is also home to the largest student section in the country with 7,800 seats.
Indiana has won five NCAA championships in men’s basketball (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987).
4. Carrier Dome – Syracuse
The Carrier Dome is a domed arena on the campus of Syracuse University, home to the Syracuse Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse teams. The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team drew the highest average home attendance in college basketball in 2015–16, with an average crowd of 26,253.
It is the largest domed structure on a US college campus and can hold 33,000 for basketball games and 56,250 for concerts. When it opened in September 1980, it was nicknamed “The Loud House”.
3. Cameron – Duke Indoor Stadium
Cameron Indoor Stadium, which opened in 1940, is a 9,314-seat arena that is home to the Duke Blue Devils and serves as the home ground for men’s and women’s basketball and Duke women’s volleyball.
Fans of the famous student section, called the “Cameron Crazies”, have been known to paint themselves blue and white and do signature moves, such as reaching out an arm while an opposing player kicks in the ball. While the stadium can hold far less than its competitors, the electric atmosphere puts them at the top of the list.
The Blue Devils are ranked fourth all-time in wins across all NCAA men’s basketball programs and fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium will never let you forget that.
2. Rupp Arena – Kentucky
Kentucky is one of the most successful NCAA basketball programs in the country, and playing in front of fans at Rupp Arena is a plus.
The arena’s main tenant is the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team.
The famous cheers “CATS, Cats, Cats, Cats” and “Go Big Blue” are usually heard in the crowd. Celebrities and athletes are often in attendance at the historic arena which now seats more than 23,500 people, making it the nation’s largest arena for indoor sports.
1. Allen Fieldhouse – Kansas
On February 13, 2017, 16,300 fans in attendance at Allen Fieldhouse stared the guinness world record for the loudest crowd roar at an indoor sporting event (130.4 decibels).
The Allen Fieldhouse, at the University of Kansas, is home to the Kansas Jayhawks men’s and women’s basketball teams. ‘The Phog’ or ‘The Cathedral of Basketball’ as it is affectionately known was opened on March 1, 1955 and today hosts 17,000 people.
From 2005 to 2018, Kansas won every Big 12 regular season title, and while their teams are generally very good, the fans also cultivate an unmanageable environment for opposing teams.