Most intimidating arena
The other arenas on the list were Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke), Carrier Dome (Syracuse), Gallagher-Iba Arena (Oklahoma State), and the Pit (New Mexico).
The Jayhawks also made the list for the Best Basketball Traditions for their haunting Rock Chalk Chant.
Kansas is one of the most tradition rich basketball schools in the country.
The inventor of the game, James Naismith was the first KU coach, and Phog Allen was the first famous basketball coach.
Graham Couch, @Graham_Couch, Lansing State Journal: Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Myron Medcalf, @Medcalfby ESPN, ESPN.com: Assembly Hall.
Both Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith both played for Coach Allen at Kansas.
Hopefully, the fans of Kansas, and teams Bill Self puts on the floor, will continue to make life miserable for opponents in Allen Fieldhouse.
It’s not as large as the Olympic Stadium in Greece but it sure can draw a crowd that is unlike any other.
I asked some media members who cover the league, and here’s what I got. I was there for a Minnesota-Indiana game in the dark years that followed the Kelvin Sampson Era.
Bill Landis, @Bill Landis25, Cleveland.com: Maryland. When that place gets going, that wall of students behind the basket has to be very intimidating for opposing teams. Tom Kakert, @Hawkeye Report, Hawkeye Report.com: It’s really close. Shannon Ryan, @sryantribune, Chicago Tribune: Maryland. The Terrapins are unbeaten at the Xfinity Center with wins against Iowa and Purdue. Hoosiers fans fought through an ice storm (officials thought about canceling the game) and rattled that building in support of an Indiana team that wasn’t going anywhere.
Around the world, sports fans can be relentlessly intimidating.
It’s not just all the stadium paraphernalia that visually exhibits their love for their team and the game It’s also the vigor and bottomless passion that you can hear from the earth shattering uproar that they effortlessly create to intimidate the opponent as exemplified by our 25 Most Intimidating Stadiums In The World.
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The school ranks second on the all-time list of wins with 2,108, behind only Kentucky.