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Seahawks fans set crowd noise record, then break it

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Lost in the various reasons the 49ers lost on Sunday night is the reality that they likely felt lost at times in a sea of raw loudness.

Seahawks fans (led by former defensive lineman Joe Tafoya) set out to set a record for crowd noise, and they apparently did.  Twice.

Via the team’s official website, the record came in the first half, with a decibel level of 131.9.  Then, in the third quarter, the 12th Man saw the 131.9 — and raised it to 136.6.

It supposedly qualifies for the Guinness Book of World Records, a title that is missing words like “Obscure” and/or “Contrived.”

Regardless, those are some high readings.  If they’re legitimate.

I added that last part because the temperate on the field at Mile High Stadium for the first game of the season was supposedly 122 degrees.  I was on the field.  It wasn’t 122 degrees.

Regardless of the decibel generated last night, it clearly was loud in Seattle.  And the Seahawks will be difficult if not impossible to beat there when the fans make that kind of noise.

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57 Responses to “Seahawks fans set crowd noise record, then break it”
  1. faulkn22 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:17 AM

    Well hey, you guys finally have something to be proud of.

  2. cardsfann1 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:18 AM

    Because of Sherman, I get everything about Seattle…

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 16, 2013 8:20 AM

    The battle of the RGIIIWannabes was so boring. Fell asleep at the end of the half. Please don’t put the NFC West on my television at night again. #AfanwhoKNOWSfootball

  4. skinsfolife says: Sep 16, 2013 8:20 AM

    Pretty sure they pump crowd noise in. No question about it.

  5. wtfchiefs says: Sep 16, 2013 8:21 AM

    Do not believe.

  6. humbleminded85 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:23 AM

    Congrats hawks fans on the record. But if anyone in their right mind thinks that that the great architectural design is not solely responsible for this is just delusional. You can’t tell me that one set of 67,000 passionate fans have a larger vocal box than other groups of 67,000 passionate fans. Think about it.

  7. clownsfan says: Sep 16, 2013 8:32 AM

    Great game last night. Love the whuppin’ SEA put on SF!

  8. reed20fence says: Sep 16, 2013 8:32 AM

    Nice work 12th Man!

    — Raven Nation

  9. hartleechung says: Sep 16, 2013 8:36 AM

    And now the fans will have hearing loss.

  10. christophershearin says: Sep 16, 2013 8:36 AM

    I think a rule is in order to limit how loud the crowd can get, to avoid damage to the players ear drums…. Come on NFL, dont you care about safety?

  11. eaglesw00t says: Sep 16, 2013 8:39 AM

    Ive been there. 3 times. Yes, the fans are loud, but not louder than any other stadium by any large margin.

    The stadium is designed such that it encloses noise.

    Most other stadiums are designed to be open, and allow noise and scenery in. Qwest/CenturyLink is partially designed that way, but having the opposing sides on top of the field is what creates the impression of it being loud.

    Ive been to 19 NFL stadiums. And granted, while each game dictates the specific noise levels, some fans are just louder than others. Seattles are loud, but not as loud as several others.

  12. pens5829 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:40 AM

    67,000 fans still screaming about a Super Bowl loss.

  13. kdgwolfpack says: Sep 16, 2013 9:02 AM

    Considering the loudest stadium in the NFL was 116 decibels and the loudest it has ever been there is 112, I call BS. Either way it will only stand until October 13th when GBWR will be at KC and the Chiefs will maintain their Loudest Stadium in the NFL record.

  14. chiefdt58 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:13 AM

    Enjoy it while it lasts!

    -Chiefs fans at Arrowhead, Oct.13 2013

  15. natijim235 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    good luck talking today!

  16. kcflake says: Sep 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    Pretty easy to accomplish with a domed stadium.

  17. trollhammer20 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:19 AM

    As one who was at the game, I find it mildly hilarious that the Washington fan accuses us of pumping in crowd noise. Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Blog received several reports from Washington fans who reported that fake crowd noise was being pumped into FedEx field during last January’s playoff game – they could hear it being played at less-than-appropriate times.

  18. scmems07 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:23 AM

    Nice work 12th Man!

    – Raven Nation

    They played the aggies last night?

  19. spicymudbugs says: Sep 16, 2013 9:26 AM

    The design of the stadium enhances the crowd noise
    Nothing to see here, please move on

  20. thejuddstir says: Sep 16, 2013 9:34 AM

    The Shehawks are this year’s version of the 2009,2010,2011, Jets. Get back to us when you have actually won something……besides loudest fans.

  21. ringwormsherm says: Sep 16, 2013 9:36 AM

    Skins fans talking smack!? Haha your team is SORRY! HTTR? Good luck on maybe getting 6 wins this year.

  22. watermelon1 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:37 AM

    Fake, speaker induced… Just like they so in Indianapolis.

  23. nananatman says: Sep 16, 2013 9:38 AM

    Guinness gives records for anything these days. Who was on site making sure the Seahawks didn’t amplify the noise like they used to over the loud speakers?

  24. slick50ks says: Sep 16, 2013 10:03 AM

    Phony half roof says phony record. Play games OUTSIDE and come talk.

    #therealarrowhead

  25. stabbymike says: Sep 16, 2013 10:09 AM

    I hate how Seahawks fans, some not all, proclaim themselves as the loudest, most faithful fans in the NFL when in fact the stadium was designed to enhance sound. Also quit with the 12th man. Anyone who isn’t ignorant to football knows that that belongs to Texas A&M.

  26. briank1ne says: Sep 16, 2013 10:33 AM

    as a niners fan i hate going to seattle. everyone knows it. admit it or not. Yesterday seattles defense looked stellar. as of now seattle is the best team in the nfc west. good job guys. this is going to be one hell of a rivalry. cant wait to see what happens in candlestick when these two meet.

  27. ken49ers says: Sep 16, 2013 10:38 AM

    The only record they have to be proud of. They come to our house later in the year, so if they want to crown themselves in week 2 that’s laughable.

  28. nonoose says: Sep 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    The difference is that a much higher percentage of the crowd yells in the northwest. The Sounders, Huskies, Seahawks, Timbers, and Ducks all have a reputation for having loud games.

  29. nonoose says: Sep 16, 2013 10:44 AM

    Oh and according to Wikipedia, the Seahawks licensed the rights to use the 12th man.

  30. thebirdofprey says: Sep 16, 2013 10:51 AM

    That is amazing for the 12th man. Listen to all the bitter fans talking about our stadium. You mean it is designed with dome concepts? You guys think that makes us the loudest in NFL. Its because our fans all 65,000 give it their all every game. Its an experience unlike any sporting event, Arrow Head by the looks/sound of it is the only thing close. Since I started watching football we had the best home-field advantage in sport and caused the most false starts by far.

  31. daysend564 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:55 AM

    Good job guys, at least 70% of that noise was human made.

  32. mathomp3 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    Nobody is denying that the stadium was designed with acoustics in mind. But every person in that stadium (minus the few opposing teams fans) is there with the intention to be loud and to give the team a home field advantage. The entire time the Niners had the ball last night the stadium was screaming, even through commercial breaks. I get that other stadiums might seem to be just as loud but they definitely ease off after the first series. The 12th man doesn’t take breaks. My ears are still ringing.

  33. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:11 AM

    Niners are middleweights, whereas Seattle are heavyweights. It was not a fair fight.

  34. bdnnbd says: Sep 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    You’re a pessimistic turd.

  35. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    Denver is in the high desert. It’s a dry heat. Stay hydrated, you’ll be fine.

  36. scmems07 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:12 PM

    seahawks won thier sb last night, they have been preparing for this game all summer, now they can go back to being mediocre on the road.

  37. pdway says: Sep 16, 2013 12:16 PM

    who cares about whether the decibels record is legit or not? the undeniable fact is that the crowd noise was a significant factor against the Niners offense. what else can you ask for in a homefield advantage? that’s how it’s supposed to work.

  38. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 12:59 PM

    This just gives the kids on the forum something to post about.

    I find the reading(s) suspect.

  39. dirk504 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    Guess its easy when they’re pumping in noise through speakers.

  40. chicagotomahawk says: Sep 16, 2013 1:31 PM

    So many bitter losers on this article lol. Actually pretty pathetic. CLink isn’t domed and doesn’t keep sound in. Seahawk fans at kingdome – loudest fans. Seahawk fans at Husky stadium – loudest fans. Sea fans are just loud, get over it.

  41. forever272012 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:43 PM

    And the inevitable march to super bowl 48 continues.

    Denver 18-0
    Seattle 18-0

    Seattle 24
    Denver 20

    The 72 Dolphins can only wait to weep.

  42. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    ken49ers says: Sep 16, 2013 10:38 AM

    The only record they have to be proud of. They come to our house later in the year, so if they want to crown themselves in week 2 that’s laughable.
    ***************************
    Hopefully the 9ers can score more than 19 points since that’s the most they’ve scored against seattle during the precious 4 meetings including last night.

  43. anygivensundayfan says: Sep 16, 2013 2:30 PM

    Uh, there’s nothing “supposed” about the readings or the record setting. The Guiness folks were here over the weekend verifying the measuring equipment and have certified the decibel level and record. Sorry, haters, your personal disbelief or your false claims of speaker noise have no basis in reality. Seahawks fans are loud and proud!

  44. fwbrodie says: Sep 16, 2013 2:49 PM

    As a Seahawk fan, I’d have preferred this record never was recorded. It takes focus away from the task at hand, never, ever losing a home game. It’s less about how load, and more about when we’re loud and for how long.

    The Seahawks and 12th Man are unbeatable.

  45. hammertoe11 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:35 PM

    Best thing happen in the game when lightening and rain halted the noise level for an hour. Plus who had that whistle and blew it needs to have his or her butt kicked. NOT COOL Seahawks fans.

  46. shlort says: Sep 16, 2013 3:45 PM

    The way I understand it, the Stadium has a system to pipe noise in to make it even louder. Hardly a record unless it can be proven that all the crowd noise is fan volume and not loud speakers.

  47. mf1849 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:18 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Sep 16, 2013 8:20 AM

    The battle of the RGIIIWannabes was so boring. Fell asleep at the end of the half. Please don’t put the NFC West on my television at night again. #AfanwhoKNOWSfootball
    __________________________________

    I know! Neither guy limped or even bothered to wear a leg brace. Hey logical, I thought you were going to watch baseball? If I were you, I’d ask that they stop showing the Redskins on your television at night. Of course, since they are 0-2 that little problem might just take care of itself.

  48. stellarperformance says: Sep 16, 2013 5:00 PM

    mathomp3 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 11:03 AM
    Nobody is denying that the stadium was designed with acoustics in mind. But every person in that stadium (minus the few opposing teams fans) is there with the intention to be loud and to give the team a home field advantage. The entire time the Niners had the ball last night the stadium was screaming, even through commercial breaks. I get that other stadiums might seem to be just as loud but they definitely ease off after the first series. The 12th man doesn’t take breaks. My ears are still ringing
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Is the noise pumped in artificially ike Minnesota, or is it legit?

  49. screechdaddy says: Sep 16, 2013 6:19 PM

    FACT CHECK for ignorant morons:

    1. Century Link Field is not a dome, and its north end is open. The partial roof only covers fans sitting on home/visitor sides in the middle and upper sections, allowing rain, snow, and possibly even lightning to fall on exposed fans and players in the lower section, the south bowl, the Hawk’s Nest bleachers, and the playing field. It is true the stadium acoustics were designed to amplify the NATURAL fan-produced noise onto the field, but completely false that additional noise is added electronically. If that were true, it would be impossible to hide the immense speakers necessary to reach such high decibel readings.

    2. The record is not NFL-specific. The official Guinness title of the record is “Loudest Crowd Roar,” and the previous champion was a group of Turkish soccer fans at a stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. The monitoring gear and judge were stationed just 2 meters from one sideline of the stadium, and the crowd was given three “attempts” to break the record, which they set at 131.76 dbA.

    3. The monitoring equipment and technician for last night’s attempt were set up behind the south end zone.

    4. According to the Seattle Times, Phil Robertson, the official judge for Guinness, confirmed the record was broken with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter, when Kaepernick was sacked by Michael Bennett, peaking the meter at precisely 131.9 dbA.

    5. Midway through Q3, however, the 12th Man broke their own record during a goal-line stand occurring at the north end zone, the opposite end of the field from where the equipment was, demolishing the earlier attempt with a final new world record of 136.6 dbA for Loudest Crowd Roar.

    Clearly, the record is determined by PEAK readings on certified and calibrated equipment during an event, and does not measure a “sustained” roar. I am one of the also-record-breaking 68K-plus fans in attendance last night, and have never witnessed the 12th Man as loud before. And we can get pretty darn loud!

    Quoting the Seattle Times: “Robertson, the Guinness judge, is more familiar with soccer, and said of the Hawks fans’ roar: ‘It’s a far louder, tribal kind of passion and the sound is more continuous. There’s passionate people in soccer, but here you see veins bulging out of necks.’”

    I was screaming/screeching more than I had ever before at a Hawks game, partly to help break the record, but also simply because I knew it was helping much to rattle the Whiners’ offense. And I saw lots of other fans working hard to pump up their rows and sections to make constant noise whenever our D was on the field, the result being that way more fans joined in than usual. God help the team who plays here on the day when EVERY 12th Man is screeching their lungs out, because what you saw last night was maybe 75-80% of us.

    The 12th Man IS the Official World Record holder for Loudest Crowd Roar. I’m sorry you are jealous and don’t like it, but really, did you expect any less from fans who cause EARTHQUAKES?!

    GO HAWKS!!

  50. seahawksbmx says: Sep 16, 2013 7:19 PM

    Great stuff, screechdaddy. The “piped in noise” claim has been debunked so many times, but people just can’t accept the fact that we can actually be louder than TRUE domes up here. I don’t believe this record is limited to outdoor stadia and if that’s true, you’d think one of the dome teams should hold the title. The NFL briefly had an excessive crowd noise penalty in the ’80s because the Seahawks’ former home (the Kingdome) made Boomer Esiason cry. As was mentioned, Husky stadium in Seattle and Autzen Stadium in Eugene are also incredibly loud. Must just be a Northwest thing.
    And once again, A&M (1922) stole the 12th Man thing from Iowa (1912), but they gladly accepted Paul Allen’s “licensing fee” in 2006. The Seahawks retired #12 for the fans in 1984. Some of you should do a few minutes of research and inform yourselves before making baseless accusations.

  51. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 16, 2013 9:45 PM

    skinsfolife says: Sep 16, 2013 8:20 AM

    Pretty sure they pump crowd noise in. No question about it.
    ————————————–

    Only thing that has no doubt about it is the fact the Skins season is over.

  52. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 17, 2013 2:25 AM

    Congratulations 12th Man, you brought the heat. Amazing noise level. Huge advantage to the Seahawks. How many offsides penalties were there last night? Impressive

  53. rustygrizzwald says: Sep 17, 2013 2:53 AM

    Wow. The drunkest fans in the league, in a special stadium, with pumped up fan noise win a stupid record. I can’t wait until some dome team decides to be the second group of fans in the nfl to try this.
    I live in montana and I’ve travelled to several games in Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, and Atlanta. Mostly Seattle.

    Seattle is by far the rudest fan base. The noise is way overhyped too. Atlanta is way louder for nfl games.

    The Seattle fan base is a joke. These are the same people who haven’t been to a Mariner game in 10 years,and ran Kevin Durant out of town.

    The whole 12th man garbage was stolen from Texas a&m.

    Fakers.

  54. faiteschier says: Sep 17, 2013 1:42 PM

    rustygrizzwald says: Sep 17, 2013 2:56 AM

    Wow. The drunkest fans in the league, in a special stadium, with pumped up fan noise win a stupid record. I can’t wait until some dome team decides to be the second group of fans in the nfl to try this.
    I live in montana and I’ve travelled to several games in Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, and Atlanta. Mostly Seattle.

    Seattle is by far the rudest fan base. The noise is way overhyped too. Atlanta is way louder for nfl games.

    The Seattle fan base is a joke. These are the same people who haven’t been to a Mariner game in 10 years,and ran Kevin Durant out of town.

    The whole 12th man garbage was stolen from Texas a&m.

    Fakers.
    _________________________________
    So when you’re travelling which Greyhound route is the most scenic?

  55. seahawksforever27 says: Sep 17, 2013 3:49 PM

    All this is, is jealousy of the Seahawks. We are the loudest, most faithful fans. 60% of serial killers come from Washington state. Go Seahawks!

  56. chawk12thman says: Sep 17, 2013 6:05 PM

    eaglesw00t says:Sep 16, 2013 8:39 AM

    ……………
    Ive been to 19 NFL stadiums. And granted, while each game dictates the specific noise levels, some fans are just louder than others. Seattles are loud, but not as loud as several others.

    ===============================
    Actually, Eagleswoot……Seattle fans are certified as breaking the noise record for a sporting event during the SF Game. Granted, there are times when they have been quite, but this year isn’t one of them.

  57. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 19, 2013 6:36 PM

    The replacement refs helped break the record.

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