Tiger Stadium, located at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an American Football stadium that belongs to the Louisiana State University. It is very common to hear the stadium being referred by its nickname "Death Valley" in the media and by the fans because of the game day atmosphere which makes it one of the most difficult places for the opposing teams to play.
The stadium was opened in 1924 with a initial seating capacity of just 12,000. After several expansions, the latest of which was done in 2014, its current official capacity is 102,321, which makes the stadium the sixth largest stadium within the United States and seventh largest in the world.
The stadium is primarily used for playing college football games and Louisiana State University Tigers host all their home games in this stadium. Tiger Stadium has reached its maximum official capacity crowd on three separate occasions, all of them during the 2014 season right after the expansion. The 2014, season also recorded 100K+ attendance for four other games.
Tiger Stadium served as a temporary host for the New Orleans Saints home games in 2005 when hurricane Katrina destroyed their Superdome. The Saints played four games in the stadium, for which the field was re-branded to reflect their franchise.
Major Events Held at Tiger Stadium
Here are just some of the major events that have been held at Tiger Stadium:
- 1938: the first National Championship for High School football
- 1974 and 1975: the NCAA Division II Grantland Rice Bowl
Tiger Stadium Trivia
- Night games at Tiger Stadium were first played in 1931
- 1988 "Earthquake Game" where the crowd reaction registered as a legitimate earthquake on the seismograph in the Louisiana Geological Survey office on campus.
- Tiger Stadium marks the yard lines in five-yard intervals, unlike most football fields where the yard markers are in 10-yard increments.
- This stadium is on the list of the top 10 World's Largest Sporting Stadiums.
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