ESPN The Magazine named Allen Fieldhouse the loudest arena in the country in it Nov. 15, 2010 issue.
The publication first polled a numerous ESPN experts and created a top 10 list of “most boisterous arenas”. It then turned to the Penn State University acoustic program which did research with each universities facility departments. From the article -- PSU's team perused construction data provided by the schools and contractors, then assumed the following to create their models: 1) a capacity crowd of yelling spectators; 2) student fans yelling twice as loudly as others; 3) fan bodies absorbing sound equally at all venues.
The story describes Allen Fieldhouse as “the perfect combo of dimension, students-to-court proximity and low-absorption materials.”
Kansas was one of three Big 12 schools in the top 10 with Kansas State’s Bramlage Coliseum coming in at No. 7 and Oklahoma State’s Gallagher-Iba Arena at No. 9.
A link to the story is at http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/preview2010/insider/news/story?id=5761254
ESPN The Magazine’s Loudest Arenas
1. ALLEN FIELDHOUSE, KANSAS
2. Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke
3. Rupp Arena, Kentucky
4. UNM Arena, New Mexico
5. O’Connell Center, Florida
6. Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh
7. Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State
8. Assembly Hall, Illinois
9. Gallagher-Iba Arena, Oklahoma State
10. Matthew Knight Arena, Oregon