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Yelling, screaming encouraged at your local NFL stadium

When we saw the item in SportsBusiness Daily touting an item in USA Today regarding changes to the crowd noise procedures at NFL stadiums starting this year, we thought it looked familiar.

So we fired up the surprisingly efficient and accurate search mechanism at PFT and we found that SportsBusiness Journal first reported the news of crowd noise changes way back in March.  The new item breaks no new ground; instead, it merely reiterates what Daniel Kaplan reported four months ago — teams will be permitted once the 40-second clock starts ticking to use video messages to get the crowd to make noise.  The message must stop when 15 seconds remain on the clock.

The goal is to make the in-stadium experience more attractive to fans.  Apparently, it’s far more pleasing to yell and scream as a member of a mob than it is to do so in the comfort of your home.

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22 Responses to “Yelling, screaming encouraged at your local NFL stadium”
  1. Insomniac says: Jul 30, 2010 9:24 AM

    Maybe the Pats fans will actually make noise now.

  2. CT Pats Fan says: Jul 30, 2010 9:34 AM

    Remember when they used to penalize the home team when the crowd made too much noise? THAT was when the crowd used to really make noise.
    Was it a 5 yard or 15 yard penalty, does anyone remember?

  3. Slim Charles says: Jul 30, 2010 9:42 AM

    They have to do this because the only people who can afford to go to NFL games now are rich, doofy morons that have to be told to shout.
    But hey, let’s put a team in England!

  4. jj jones says: Jul 30, 2010 9:59 AM

    Billi Manilli Polian wants to know how much fake crowd noise he can pipe in.

  5. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 30, 2010 10:01 AM

    Just pump in noise. Problem solved.

  6. GGrrrr says: Jul 30, 2010 10:07 AM

    This is funny. At Panthers games security will escort you out if you yell too much and some old rich geyser complains to security.
    This is no shit!!!

  7. jb10 says: Jul 30, 2010 10:09 AM

    # Slim Charles says: July 30, 2010 9:42 AM
    They have to do this because the only people who can afford to go to NFL games now are rich, doofy morons that have to be told to shout.
    But hey, let’s put a team in England!
    _________
    i would like to add that they are not actual fans of the home team but people that were given tickets by a company or business

  8. KILLER FIN says: Jul 30, 2010 10:14 AM

    Concessions has over inflated pricing so bad that it is NOT cost effective, plus the health violations in 90% of the stadiums can’t be good either!!! Thank GOD for Directv!!! Who want’s to mess with a possible virus from too expensive food anyway!!!

  9. jb10 says: Jul 30, 2010 10:17 AM

    # Slim Charles says: July 30, 2010 9:42 AM
    They have to do this because the only people who can afford to go to NFL games now are rich, doofy morons that have to be told to shout.
    But hey, let’s put a team in England!
    _________
    i would like to add that they are not actual fans of the home team but people that were given tickets by a company or business

  10. thirdandgoal says: Jul 30, 2010 10:28 AM

    Really? This has to be regluated? Hilarious.

  11. Howboutdemcowboys says: Jul 30, 2010 10:30 AM

    @Slim Charles good point.
    -Also, can you friggin let people know that when YOUR offense is trying to call a play to STFU!!!!! Please understand when it is helpful to be loud and when it is not!!!!

  12. sweet-jags-o-mine says: Jul 30, 2010 10:38 AM

    This is coming from a low-middle-class jags fan season ticket owner. While I support your ideas about only rich people please remember that without THEIR buying tickets you won’t be able to see the game. People like me (and their are plenty of them at Everbank Field.) know when to cheer and when to shut up.
    Just saying, don’t think all of the people at the stadiums are rich snobs.

  13. Slim Charles says: Jul 30, 2010 10:50 AM

    Obviously, I wasn’t talking about all sports fans, just that the NFL has become too sterilized in an effort to make things more “family friendly.” What they need to do to make things more raucous is add standing room only cheap seats and cut beer prices in half.

  14. robert ethen says: Jul 30, 2010 10:55 AM

    To further enhance the experience, and make patrons feel at home, belching and farting are also encouraged, and rubber “remotes” will be handed out to throw at the players and refs on the field.

  15. sweet-jags-o-mine says: Jul 30, 2010 10:56 AM

    HERE HERE less family friendly. I saw two average Joes got thrown out for cursing Garrard when he threw a pick. THATS WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOUR QB THROWS A PICK NFL. and as for beer prices half them then quarter them.

  16. funi says: Jul 30, 2010 11:14 AM

    Bring on the vuvuzela’s!

  17. bigrig says: Jul 30, 2010 11:26 AM

    What happens when a team is trying to run a two minute drill and wants to snap the ball with more than fifteen seconds on the play clock?

  18. footballnut says: Jul 30, 2010 11:34 AM

    Easy funi don’t give anyone ideas…
    I do have to agree with GGrrr and a few others. You still have to be careful as some lame schmuck can get you thrown out for being to loud.
    I know at Gillette someone just has to send a text message to the security director and that’s that.
    I came close myself as two years ago when the Rams were in town I let a couple of F bombs fly away to Stephen Jackson as he was not suited that game. He was having a great time of it and interactive but some wine and cheese loser was all upset. I get it, F bombs have their place but I would figure this was one of them. I certainly wouldn’t take my 4 and 9 year old to an NFL game…

  19. texasPHINSfan says: Jul 30, 2010 11:57 AM

    You ever been to a soccer match? WAY more entertaining as far as atmosphere. (No, they don’t have Vuvuzelas here, that’s a South African thing).
    Qwest Field, for example, hosts a 36k crowd everytime the Seattle Sounders take the field (pitch). I’m a season ticket holder and the crowd is electric – way more entertaining than the Seahawks games, as far as atmosphere.
    Cheaper, too. :D

  20. GGrrrr says: Jul 30, 2010 12:16 PM

    sweet-jags-o-mine says:
    July 30, 2010 10:38 AM”This is coming from a low-middle-class jags fan season ticket owner. While I support your ideas about only rich people please remember that without THEIR buying tickets you won’t be able to see the game. People like me (and their are plenty of them at Everbank Field.) know when to cheer and when to shut up.
    Just saying, don’t think all of the people at the stadiums are rich snobs.”
    I am in the lower level $125 tickets and I am not rich, but I am Middle Class. But the people that are down in the $200 tickets are the ones that I am talking about. I have never been kicked out, but I have seen it. Basically you can say Go Panthers and must immediately sit down out of fear of being kicked out.

  21. Bob Nelson says: Jul 30, 2010 12:51 PM

    Some places where the audience does not generate enough “noise” the local team plays prerecorded crowd noise.
    The vikings amplify artificial crowd noise in the metrodome.
    There should be a rule against artificial crowd noise coming from the speakers.

  22. Hawkfan50 says: Jul 30, 2010 3:21 PM

    LMFAO .. come to Qwest Field in Seattle , where we don’t need any stupid sign to tell us when to start or stop screaming our brains out , and nothing or no one is going to stop us from doing it !
    Pretty simple … the entire time the opposing team’s offense is on the field , we scream . There’s nothing more satisfying than watching the other team’s QB stand up from under center and start pointing to the ear holes in his helmet , or watching some other team’s O-lineman get 3 false start penalties in a row ! There’s a reason they call us the 12th Man .
    GO HAWKS !!

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