Most intimidating fans in sports
Be it a baseball diamond, a soccer pitch, a hockey rink or a basketball court, every sport has its share of venues that create a formidable advantage for the home team.Whether it’s Estadio Azteca, Fenway Park, Lambeau Field or Cameron Indoor Stadium, some stadiums present a downright scary environment for their visitors.It comes from intimidating fans, stands that feel as thought they’re right on top of the field, frigid temperatures or even just a large wall in left field.With Halloween coming this weekend, we look at the Top 10 Scariest Places to Play.Canadians are passionate about sports, and fortunately we have quite a few professional teams for which to cheer.But which fan bases are the loudest, most loyal and craziest? The Argos have struggled to fill BMO Field after moving over from Rogers Centre last year, although those who do show up remain among the heartiest fans in the game.Colorado Springs, Colo.; 41,000 Like the other schools in the Rockies, a game at Air Force comes with an enjoyable mountain view and a colorful atmosphere.
Sports Illustrated outlined its case for most hated starting with Santa Claus and including the time Eagles fans cheered as Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin lay on the turf with an apparent neck injury: It all started in December 1968, when those disenchanted fans of the Eagles sitting at Franklin Field decided that the best way to unleash their invective was to hurl snowballs at Frank Olivo, a 19-year-old man who stepped onto the field in a Santa Claus suit.
It's an uphill slog for the oldest franchise in Canada, but the move back to the Exhibition Grounds could help with the atmosphere.
When the Senators came into the NHL in the early '90s, Ottawa was a city split between two other teams in the league.
And who doesn't like a fan base that includes a family of ex-San Diego Chargers fans?
Blue Bombers fans were even judged to be louder than their rivals from Saskatchewan, which has to count for something.And in 1999, several of Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin's teammates were understandably distressed when they thought Eagles fans were booing the future Hall-of-Famer as he lay on the field with the neck injury that ended his career.In truth, the fans were booing Deion Sanders, but the fact that they cheered as Irvin lay on the field motionless tells you all you need to know.Although stadiums around the country are taking steps to become more modern, in college football, preserving the character and tradition of a venue is more important than luxury. With a few exceptions -- Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park -- pro teams are constantly in need of newer places to play, which is how a place like the Georgia Dome is declared out of date after only 25 years.