Former UT guard, Dane Bradshaw, had a few good things to say about Rupp Arena today. In a Yahoo! Sports article, Dan said that Rupp Arena was one of the hardest places he ever had to play. Below is his answer to “As an opposing player, what’s the most hostile arena in the SEC? ”
It’s definitely Rupp. At Florida, they’re going to say anything and everything to you and they’re creative. They might say something about your mom, your sister, whatever, but the students make it personal. Sometimes that gets players distracted. Other times it can get them more ready to play. Teams and players are so friendly with one-another that it’s just not as personal as an old-school rivalry. When the fans bring that out of you, it can be a positive. That’s how it was for us at Florida. But as far as the toughest to overcome, it’s Rupp for sure. You might see a whole section of thousands of people who look like they’ve been retired for 10 years and you’d never think they can get that loud, but they can. It’s unbelievable. You can’t hear each other talking, you can’t hear the coaches calling out the plays, you can’t hear a teammate call out a back pick. He’s mad at you for not hearing him. You’re mad at him for not saying it loud enough. It can become a disaster.