NCAA: Camp Randall among nation's loudest stadiums

There’s no doubt Camp Randall Stadium is a wild and loud place. But, is it the Big Ten’s loudest stadium? It is, according to, which ranked Wisconsin’s home No. 4 in its top 5 loudest stadiums feature. Camp Randall was the lone Big Ten venue to make the list.

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Here’s a look at’s top 5:

No. 1: LSU
No. 2: Oregon
No. 3: Texas A&M
No. 4: Wisconsin
No. 5: Virginia Tech

What put Wisconsin on’s list?

“The Wisconsin fans that helped build Camp Randall Stadium can’t sit still. May I give you Exhibit A: Since 1998, the song Jump Around plays between the third and fourth quarters, causing, well, this. Let the craziness ensue. Fans literally jump around for the duration of the song. Let’s hope Camp Randall Stadium has a sturdy foundation.”

It’s tough to argue against Camp Randall as the Big Ten’s loudest stadium. That said, Beaver Stadium, especially for a White Out, and Ohio Stadium aren’t exactly quiet.

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jeff on 9/25/2013 @ 12:17pm EDT Said:

Ya but a lot of opponents say Kinnick is one of the loudest they play in. Its the noise on the field that matters not whats up above! Kinnick is one of the most difficult places to run an audible because of crowd noise.

Badger Fan99 on 9/25/2013 @ 12:26pm EDT Said:

Let the complaints begin…

Brian Schwartz (@bwschwa) on 9/25/2013 @ 1:10pm EDT Said:


Mary Brennan on 9/25/2013 @ 2:15pm EDT Said:

Guess you haven’t been to Lincoln in a while.

Ron on 9/25/2013 @ 2:27pm EDT Said:

The “Jump Around” may be cool, but what does that have to do with loud? Hmmmm

the dean on 9/25/2013 @ 2:28pm EDT Said:

YOu have to have something to cheer about first…

Kyle on 9/25/2013 @ 2:28pm EDT Said:

Nebraska’s stadium has quieted down a lot considering how bad a shape the team’s defense has been in.

Colby on 9/25/2013 @ 2:37pm EDT Said:

Nor has a good team been fielded in Lincoln in a while. When the team gets back to expected levels, the crowd noise will follow.

Michelle on 9/25/2013 @ 2:43pm EDT Said:

I agree fully Mary!!!!

Ashah36 on 9/25/2013 @ 2:44pm EDT Said:

Have you ever been to the Big House????

Ashah36 on 9/25/2013 @ 2:45pm EDT Said:

and I am a MSU fan… but HOW can UM’s Big House not be on the top five list?

Bonnie Sullivan on 9/25/2013 @ 2:55pm EDT Said:

It’s probably
ranked on sheer decibels not just quantity of people. We here in Wisco pride ourselves on being heard not just showing up! On Wisconsin!

Hank The Truth Moody on 9/25/2013 @ 3:05pm EDT Said:

The “Big House” is not loud. I have hard time thinking anyone, even UM fans, would consider it to be a loud stadium.

alex on 9/25/2013 @ 3:07pm EDT Said:

There is no way you are a MSU fan, everyone knows the Big House is really quiet for all of the people packed in there.

Badger24 on 9/25/2013 @ 3:12pm EDT Said:

The Badgers just put in a new sound system this year. Nearly 450,000 watts of power!

Pat02 on 9/25/2013 @ 3:27pm EDT Said:

I find it hard to believe that the Big House (not a Michigan fan) and Beaver Stadium aren’t on this list. 109,000-110,000 fans…i’d like to know how they calculated this and if this is an average or this is Wisconsin’s night game with the most fans they’ve had in history, compared to Penn State’s down years.

doug moore on 9/25/2013 @ 3:28pm EDT Said:

Now remember its the NCAA..the gang who couldn’t ____________ (anything) straight! Its is hard to believe that Oregon, I think their stadium is under 60,000, is louder that UM..but the large bowl works against The Big House. But louder than OSU, ND, bama, Tennessee, most SECs..even Penn State with its attendence down (it will come roaring back)! Remember this is the NCAA! are the most polite fans..which is very good..keep it up! Congrats LIONS..we won’t stop until ALL of the truth comes out! WE ARE….! Remember..this is the NCAA.

snotzzz on 9/25/2013 @ 3:28pm EDT Said:

Michigan Stadium gets loud when we have big games. The two UTL games against ND were two of the loudest I have been to. Two years ago against O$Ucks was really loud as well.

Vanillathunder25 on 9/25/2013 @ 3:48pm EDT Said:

The Big House used to be quiet, but since the renovations the sound gets directed back into the stadium. A friend that is an LSU season ticket holder that came to the ND game this year told me he couldn’t believe how loud it was in there.

Big Red Heff on 9/25/2013 @ 3:57pm EDT Said:

What about Washington? They had the loudest recorded decibel reading for a football game back in 1992 against Nebraska.

Tom on 9/25/2013 @ 4:11pm EDT Said:

UM – you Blue folks are not loud in there. Well, more accurately the loudness of the fans is lost in the wide open diameter of the bowl – as if in a silent flush toilet bowl. Yes, been there 8 times for big / should be loud games from filed level seat to the top of the dirty rim. Randall is loud, but beaver Stadium closely followed by Ohio Stadium are the top two, with Beaver Stadium given the edge – by an OSU team that played there a few years back, feeling the ground shake from the noise …..

Gary Wilson on 9/25/2013 @ 4:22pm EDT Said:

The loudest stadium in the Pac12 is Washington… by a long shot

Mark on 9/25/2013 @ 4:28pm EDT Said:

Guess you haven’t been to Kinnick. Deafening.

Jerry Boose on 9/25/2013 @ 4:39pm EDT Said:

Just have OSU & M play 11 times and the rest of the BIG10 will get ND and start a new conference ! That’s what Delaney wants and the BTN ! Stop this nonsense !

BC on 9/25/2013 @ 5:33pm EDT Said:

I guess Penn State is being ignored about everything…pity.

Jim on 9/25/2013 @ 6:09pm EDT Said:

On Wisconsin! Loudest in Big10…Best tradition (Jump Around) and best college town. Yep.

Jim on 9/25/2013 @ 6:16pm EDT Said:

Oh and Playboy just picked Madison as the #2 party school on the country…

I think they were #1 last year.

Mary Brennan on 9/25/2013 @ 6:31pm EDT Said:

I was at the UCLA game and even during a loss, the stadium was deafening, and full! This crowd cheers for their Huskers no matter what. We are not fair weather fans. And with the 6000 new seats this year, 91,000 passionate fans make a ton of noise! GBR!

Brad on 9/25/2013 @ 6:48pm EDT Said:

Kinnick should be right up there, no question. Ear piercing loud.

Phil Tournor on 9/25/2013 @ 7:50pm EDT Said:

I know we haven’t been relevant for a while but back in our heyday if it was 3rd down against the Blackshirts, Memorial stadium was the loudest most intimidating place to play ever!

Linda Bradbury on 9/25/2013 @ 8:19pm EDT Said:

NEBRASKA “rings my BELL”😉 no matter how they play ! Besides the most Sportsmanship towards other teams . BY FAR !!!!

Kerry Ragsdale on 9/25/2013 @ 8:46pm EDT Said:

I have been to every Big Ten Stadium at least once. Being an Ohio State alum..I am sure that when we play at the opposing stadium it is as loud as it gets. My verdict is Penn State. That giant metal erector set shakes from the energy. Now Ohio Stadium is also deafening. It does depend on who you play. Wisconsin was impressive but no more than Iowa or Nebraska. I take exception to the UW fan bragging about their jumping b.s. as being the “greatest” tradition. I DON’T think so. Script Ohio is amazing to see in person and tops list after list as the greatest tradition. It takes unbelievable skill and precision to march this routine. Watch it some time as the instruments march between each other with instruments raised. I also like the drum major and band entrance at Penn State, the Purdue drum and the chief at U. of Illinois( if they still have him) are also awesome. My least favorite, as a former music major is Michigan’s band entrance…it truly has nothing to do with them being our rival…I JUST HATE THAT ridiculous “jerky leg” entrance they do do where they look like they are running from a burning building. At any rate….love to the Big Ten….WE HAVE the TOP THREE Stadiums in the nation in size….and our traditions are some of the oldest in college football…not to mention our academics …
Go Big Ten! Go Bucks!

Carolyn Todd on 9/25/2013 @ 9:02pm EDT Said:

Seems to me that there is an accurate measurement of decibels that could be used to determine this over an entire season (of course it does require equipment to record at every major stadium over a certain size). But in any case, having been to all the B1G venues, I do think that Wisconsin is a contender for best in the B1G. As are Ohio State and Penn State. But I would want an accurate measurement, not anecdotal discussion.

Ed Crawford on 9/26/2013 @ 12:05am EDT Said:

I am so sick of Michigan and that ohio team. I hope they reach the bottom of their divisions.

D courter on 9/26/2013 @ 10:06am EDT Said:

I remember Dave Brand,the AD at UM hoping that the new luxury suites would help to keep the noise inside the stadium. When the AD knows their stadium is accoustically challenged then you know it is q-u-i-e-t in the big house compared to the rest of the B1G.

David Engel on 9/26/2013 @ 11:20am EDT Said:

I have never heard a stadium as loud as Kinnick when there is a goal line stand during a big game except for Ohio State in 1985 when Chuck Long of #1 ranked Iowa tried to get the officials to quiet the crowd, as the rules called for at that time. They didn’t and Iowa was penalized, keeping them out of the endzone and winning the game. That was so loud, you couldn’t hear the person next to you shouting in your ear.

Dave on 9/26/2013 @ 2:06pm EDT Said:

Wisconsin may be among the loudest in the Big 10, but they are #1 when it comes to being rude and crude.

Kyle on 9/26/2013 @ 11:04pm EDT Said:

Washington should be on this list. There isn’t much difference between TAM, Wisc and Neb in terms of crowd noise. All 3 are about the same and I have been to big games at all 3. To all those claiming Iowa and their rinky-dink stadium to be so loud, I disagree. I’ve sat at field level for an Iowa game and the noise wasn’t anything special. on 9/28/2013 @ 2:25pm EDT Said:

People saying other B1G stadiums should be on this list? Sorry, can’t hear you. (because of the stadium noise)

Curt on 9/29/2013 @ 8:25pm EDT Said:

I have premium club seats at Michigan and it is much louder now with the renovations – it was aMAIZEingly loud during the night games against Notre Dame and the win over ohio two years ago. It depends on the game being played but I would put Michigan Stadium up against any other school in the nation in a key game.