Opened in 1967, Autzen Stadium is widely considered to be one of the loudest college football stadiums in the entire country. While its size, only 54,000, doesn’t seem too imposing, the shape of the stadium’s bowl and the enthusiastic fan base makes it one incredibly difficult on opposing teams.
Washington State head coach Mike Leach agrees that Autzen is the loudest stadium in the Pac-12, but thinks tons of other stadiums in the Big 12 and SEC are louder than Oregon’s home.
And finally, Coach Leach says Auzten is the loudest in the Pac-12. But are there louder stadiums he's ever coached in? Uh, there's a few: pic.twitter.com/nRKjDm8HXq
— Lindsay Joy (@SWXLindsayJoy) October 4, 2017
While Leach is entitled to his opinion, there are plenty of fans in Eugene who would beg to differ. Autzen Stadium is so loud that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration requires Oregon employees who work on the field or within the perimeter of the stadium to sign a waiver that they will not sue the university over the sound coming from the stadium.
“Autzen has been tested for noise exposure, and it was determined that the TWA (time-weighted average sound levels) was exceeded and all university employees who work down on the field and/or within the perimeter of the stadium must be included in the program,” said UO spokesman Craig Pintens in 2014 to Sports Illustrated.
In 2007 against USC, Autzen had a recorded level 127 decibels during a victory over USC. That level falls right between a jackhammer and a jet plane.
Oregon will host No. 11 Washington State at Autzen Stadium on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT on FOX. It is reasonable to expect that Eugene will be pretty loud come Saturday, especially if students get word of Leach’s comments.
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