Seattle Seahawks fans again set a record for the loudest stadium during Monday night’s win against the New Orleans Saints when the noise level at CenturyLink Field reached a deafening 137.6 decibels.
A Guinness World Records official recorded the record-breaking noise during the second quarter of the Seahawks’ game against the Saints, The Associated Press reported
. Seahawks fans had earlier set the record of 136.6 for an outdoor stadium during a win over San Francisco in September; Kansas City fans topped the mark the following month with a 137.5-decibel level
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How loud is that? A jet engine at 100 feet registers about 140 decibels.
It wasn’t just the noise that was getting noticed Monday night. Fans were so thunderous that the ground around the stadium shook enough to register as minor earthquakes on a nearby seismometer, Reuters reported
. The biggest rumble came after defensive end Michael Bennett returned a New Orleans fumble for a touchdown in the first quarter, according to John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the nearby University of Washington.
“Every time the Seahawks scored a touchdown, there was a (seismic) signal,” Vidale told Reuters.
Seahawks fans have long had a reputation as the loudest in the league, and they’ve had a lot to cheer about this season. Their team is firmly ensconced in first place in the division with an 11-1 record and just a month of the season left to play. Many predicted the team would go on to the Super Bowl, and the Seahawks haven’t done anything to shake that belief, destroying an NFC South-leading Saints team 34-7 Monday night.
As loud as the fans at CenturyLink Field were, the Saints offense didn’t get the full brunt of the roar. Even though he was a target of the Saints' 2009 bounty scandal, the team turned to former quarterback Brett Favre for advice. The future Hall of Famer suggested earplugs.
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The NFL in 2012 liberalized its rules on crowd noise, freeing up stadiums to rile up their fans with video displays while enabling public-address announcers to incite the faithful when opposing offenses face crucial third-down situations.
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