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Feel the Stadium Shake
Tiger Stadium has witnessed some of the greatest games in the history of the Southeastern Conference, and the atmosphere in ‘Death Valley’ may be the loudest and wildest anywhere. That crowd noise is probably the most famous attribute of Tiger Stadium, and fans swear it’s so intense it makes the ground shake. On at least one Saturday they were apparently right.
In a story that has gone down in LSU lore, the explosive reaction of the crowd to a late LSU touchdown against Auburn on Oct. 8, 1988, was detected by a seismograph located on campus. The crowd of 79,431 went nuts when, with Auburn leading 6-0 and less than two minutes to play, LSU’s Tommy Hodson threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to Tiger receiver Eddie Fuller. It has since become known as the “Earthquake Game.”
“It’s like we were in the Coliseum in Rome and we were the Christians,” Bobby Dodd of Georgia Tech once said after a trip to Tiger Stadium. Despite being 14-2 at Tiger Stadium, legendary Alabama head coach Bear Bryant once remarked that, “Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It’s like being inside a drum.”
And it’s no easier on opponents’ eardrums, or psyches, today. Since that Earthquake Game, LSU has added an additional 13,000 seats and the stadium now holds 92,400. It’s the seventh largest on-campus college football stadium in the nation and third largest stadium in the SEC. It’s something that needs to be seen, heard and felt to be believed.
Your sense of smell gets a workout at Tiger Stadium as well, with the potent smell of jambalaya wafting up from the concourse. While concessions at most college games don’t go much beyond hot dogs and popcorn, at LSU there’s spicy Manda sausage po-boys or alligator jambalaya at the Jambalaya Shoppe’s many booths. If reptile isn’t quite your dish, just try the sausage and chicken jambalaya. One bite of that stuff and you will be saying, "C'est si bon!"