Mike Leach: Arkansas’ War Memorial Stadium is loudest place I’ve ever played

Arkansas may soon no longer be playing at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark. The venue has been the Hogs’ home away from home since 1948.

But regardless of what the future holds for War Memorial, it’ll go down as one of the loudest college football stadiums ever according Washington State coach Mike Leach.

Washington State plays at Oregon’s Autzen Stadium this Saturday. On Wednesday, Leach said Autzen was the loudest venue in the Pac-12, but named several across the country that are louder.

“Little Rock, Arkansas … that’s the loudest I ever played,” said Leach. “Entirely concrete structure. It’s as if you had a football game in the neighbors basement and all the kids were yelling louder than hell. And you could tell when you’re starting out. You’d clap your hands and you’d hear it five times.

“When you figure there’s 45,000 and you multiple that times five that equals approximately 250,000. That’s a lot of people. And there’s no stadiums that hold 250,000 people. So, 250,000 people are louder than 100,000 people.”

Leach was the offensive coordinator at Kentucky 1998 when the Wildcats played Arkansas at War Memorial Stadium. The attendance for that game, a 27-20 Arkansas win, was 55,782. Leach has never played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium in Fayetteville.

Leach also mentioned Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas, Mississippi State, Nebraska, LSU, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee among the loudest stadiums he’s played.

Coincidentally, an Arkansas fan started a petition last month to bring Leach to the Razorbacks as a replacement for Bret Bielema. The petition currently has 556 signatures with the goal of reaching 1,000.

Attendance at games in Little Rock has dwindled in recent years, largely due to the lack of a marque opponent. The Hogs have a contract to play an SEC opponent at War Memorial, likely Vanderbilt, next season. There are no plans to play there beyond 2018.

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