Aug 13, 2012

Spartan Stadium In Top 3 Most Difficult Places To Play

By Sean Gagnier

The Sporting News recently released rankings of the toughest stadiums for opponents to play in, both historically and right now. And according to The Sporting News, Michigan State's Spartan Stadium is the third most difficult place to play right now.

The current 14-game home win streak the Spartans have accumulated is one of the things that The Sporting News cited when determining their rankings. During this streak the Spartans have beaten three ranked teams, including Wisconsin twice, with the last time being "The Rocket" hail mary from Kirk Cousins to lift the Spartans over the Badgers.

The last time the Spartans faithful left Spartan Stadium disappointed was on Nov. 21, 2009 when then-No. 13 Penn State beat Michigan State 42-14, with the Nittany Lions scoring 35 points in the second half.

Much of the difficulty of playing in Spartan Stadium comes from the 80,000+ fans who pack into the stadium on a weekly basis as well as the design of the stadium itself, with one University of Wisconsin student journalist to write of the building following the Badgers 2010 loss there, that it looked industrial and cold with a smokestack just beyond the endzone.

Well, the smokestack is gone, but there are three new scoreboards ringing the building and a new sound system to accompany them, so with the stadium looking on-point and the team looking good again this season, it appears as though Spartan Stadium will continue to be one of the most difficult places to play.

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