Intimidating sports venues

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The University of Indiana’s Assembly Hall was once dubbed the “Carnegie Hall of basketball” by sportscaster Gus Johnson, and the Hoosiers have certainly enjoyed playing at the venue since it opened in 1971.

Assembly Hall has been considered to be one of the loudest venues in the sport, and Indiana’s raucous crowds have given the team an incredible home-court advantage.

The stadium was originally commissioned to be a part of Egypt's bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was eventually awarded to South Africa. First opened in 1923 at a cost of 3,000, the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has undergone numerous renovations and expansions with a further 5 million put to good use. Home teams: Mexico national football team and Club América (both soccer).

It also hosts other major events like boxing world title fights, NFL games in London, and music concerts for artists like Foo Fighters, Oasis, and Take That. It has hosted the 1984 Olympic gold medal match in soccer, the 1994 FIFA World Cup final, and five Super Bowl games. It hosted the Summer Olympics in 19 and will also be a host venue for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

The dome itself provides a fantastic home court advantage, as the sound echoes loudly due to the dome’s inflatable roof.

Located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan–at the heart of perhaps the world’s most recognized city–every game played at MSG has a distinct “big game” feel.

NFL franchise Washington Redskins has played its home games at Fed Ex Field since 1997, but the stadium has also hosted concerts for The Rolling Stones, U2, and Taylor Swift. Home teams: New York Giants and the New York Jets (both NFL). The Salt Lake Stadium is the biggest stadium in India by seating capacity and has hosted major youth soccer tournaments like the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Home team: Nebraska Cornhuskers (college football). Known as the "Sellout King," the Memorial Stadium and Cornhuskers have a sellout streak that dates back to 1962. It was also one of the host stadiums for the 1968 Summer Olympics, has welcomed musicians like Paul Mc Cartney and U2, and has been a venue for religious events and funeral services. Home team: Malaysia national football team (soccer). The stadium is named after two influential Auburn University sports figures — Ralph "Shug" Jordan, who has the most wins as head coach, and Cliff Hare, a former Auburn Tigers player. The stadium is built in a shallow sinkhole, below ground level.

It was built by the Egyptian Armed Forces Corps of Engineers. The largest stadium in Mexico, the Estadio Azteca has hosted the 19 FIFA World Cup finals. Nicknamed "The Swamp" as it is home to the Gators, the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium gives its college team a peculiar advantage.

In the 2015-16 season, both of Indiana’s men’s and women’s basketball teams went undefeated at home thanks in part to the crowds in Bloomington.

The University of Kentucky basketball team has been one of the most successful programs in the history of college basketball, winning eight Division I championships.

Perhaps one of the quirkiest college basketball venues in the nation, the University of New Mexico’s home arena, dubbed “The Pit,” was a shoo-in for this list.

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