If you can turn your ground into a bear pit, it not only galvanizes the home players but will go a long way to unsettling the visiting side as well. With two stands now redeveloped, the stadium has lost none of its edge.
Leicester Tigers are renowned for their hard-nosed approach to the game, from the days of the ABC club in the front row to tales of training-ground brawls all designed to produce rough, tough forwards who will never take a backward step on the field. In 2009, to open their new Caterpillar Stand, they hosted the Springboks and beat them on a cold midweek night that reminded everyone of the value of midweek tour matches and the kind of atmosphere they can generate.
At the time of writing, Clermont Auvergne have won 76 matches at their Massif Central home.
It has almost reached the point where visiting teams are resigned to their fate before they set foot off the bus.
It can only hold just over 18,000 souls, yet it’s banked stands somehow encase the racket made by the garish yellow-clad supporters to make it feel as though there are 70,000 bearing down on the playing surface. Allez ASM.” When the going gets tough, no crowd gets going like this one. In his absence, they had taken the game by the scruff of the neck, Morgan Parra had clipped over a penalty and the will and the colour seemed to have drained from Toulon.
Over the next few minutes the noise levels grew and grew, far louder even than in the opening quarter when they had raced into a 13-0 lead, to a crescendo of urgency and exhortation. In the final minute, Parra kicked another penalty for a 22-16 victory.
Itimidating would be understatement of the old den was a scary place to go to other ones where the old st james park always found luton fans to be very hostile wolves could be a bit bad no wonder they had the no mans land part on the terraces and the police in the west midlands dont start me off:)The old Den without a doubt.
“It is not a case of warning my team-mates but I have told them of the tremendous atmosphere. It is a special game for Liverpool because they have been five years out of the Champions League. “The Anfield atmosphere will be working against us.Most intimidating though would have to be Ibrox for Old Firm game when Mo Johnson had just signed for the Ger's.Both sets of fans clamouring to rip his and anyone else's head off.The “cottage” itself, on one corner of the pitch, was added by Leitch because he’d forgotten to have changing rooms in the original design.Technically, its real name is the Pavilion and, with its ornate balcony, it does indeed look like something more usually found at a cricket ground.