Seahawks aim for another new noise record

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In addition to securing the top seed in the NFC playoff field, the Seahawks have another objective on Monday night.

The Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar at an open-air stadium.

The Seahawks fans set the record on September 15, with 136.6 decibels of eardrum-bursting noise.  But the Chiefs broke the record the following month, pushing the number to 137.57.

(The next Saturday, the crowd at Clemson tried — key word, tried — to set a new mark.)

According to Nick Eaton of seattlepi.com, the 12th Man will aim for another new record on Monday night against the Saints.  The effort continues to be led by former Seahawk Joe Tafoya.  On Wednesday, Tafoya and audio engineers went to the stadium to determine the best spot for the sound equipment.

“The energy and excitement in the stands is what I really hope to see coming out and being projected down to the field,” Tafoya said. “What I’m envisioning is a situation where Drew Brees has to cover his ear holes or huddle closer or make adjustments because he can’t hear. When that happens, we’re affecting the game.”

The noise will be coming not just from the stadium, but from beyond it.  Tafoya said he expects fans who don’t have tickets to the game to be screaming from the parking lot.

Hopefully, the cops dressed as Saints fans will join in the effort, too.

60 responses to “Seahawks aim for another new noise record

  1. Although they’re not my favorite team, I like the Seahawks. However, I don’t care for the NFL’s policy of allowing loud fans to interfere with what happens on the field. I know why the NFL does it — to foster more parity — but, it’s completely unsportsmanlike. (What’s next? Allowing fans to shine powerful lights in the eyes of opposing QBs, WRs and DBs to blind them?) So, IMHO, the NFL should allow the non-home team to use microphones and headphones in their helmets until the ball is snapped.

  2. When you have to manufacture “noise records”, it just doesn’t mean the same. I guess when you are playing the best road team (with Sean as coach) in the last few years (go look it up), you have to do these sort of things.

    I was at LSU vs Auburn when the crowd noise registered on the richter scale after a late score. That means more than some gimmick.

  3. Funny they try to set these records anytime a contender plays em there. of course last time the excuse was that they chose it simply because it was the home opener… So now let me guess… first game of December?

  4. As a Seahawks fan I appreciate the passion, but I’m kind of on the fence and kind of hoped this world record stuff would go away when KC got the record. I’m not gonna lie but a part of me thinks it’s a little lame to puff our chest and proclaim we’re the world’s best at screaming.

  5. This is the same franchise that tried to become the Los Angeles Seachickens in 1996, right? We get it. You built a stadium to enhance acoustics and now you are the “loudest and best” fans in the NFL. Until you suck again.

  6. This might be the only way Seattle wins and I would be ashamed if that’s was the only way to survive my Saints

  7. This is just Sad that this is the only thing this Sorry franchise has going for them selfs. Wow what an accomplishment.!!!

  8. This is a distraction. Who cares about the record? It’s not about decibels, it’s about timing, intensity, and relentlessness. Let’s quit screwing around and focus on what is important, getting W’s.

  9. Wow – how proud you all must be. This really thrills the peripheral fan to no end. Moms and nerds around the world must be just giddy.

    What is next? Are you all going to fit in a phone booth or a Volkswagen?

  10. Until they put microphones next to the speakers, I’ll never believe one of these “records”. There are soccer stadiums around the world that hold 100,000+ and those people are CRAZYYY!! Sorry Seattle, Kansas City, et al. I’m not buying your pumped in crowd noise.

  11. Contrived noise records…whohoo.
    How about just cheering for on field success?
    Very lame Seattle, very lame.

  12. “In the fourth quarter, as the Chiefs fans were celebrating their victory, all of the sudden it peaked at 137.5 decibels,” Guinness World Record adjudicator Philip Robertson said. “They screamed for an incredibly long time, probably longer than what I heard in Seattle.”

    This is such a joke, if the chiefs really broke the record they did it when most of the crowd had already left. I highly doubt that’s the truth. As lame as this record is it’s also very sketchy.

  13. Looking at my fantasy line up before today’s games I noticed an interesting thing. Seattle’s D is ranked 3rd this week vs the mighty Brees. And that “vaunted” Saints D, you ask? A distant 16th.

    Kinda makes you go hmmmm…

  14. Every one outside of Seattle is very excited for this. A franchise that has never won anything with fans screaming the loudest for players that can’t keep pee clean. I’m pumped.

  15. Russell Wilson is going to have a HUGE game. He loves facing elite competition on the other side of the field…thrives on it. Undefeated at home in his entire career and by the end of the year will have the most wins of any QB in his first two seasons in the history of the game.

    Overcome THAT obstacle Aints fans.

  16. Seahawks PLAYERS say noise is a DRUG. while the saints are on OFFENSE, the crowd can INJECT a little PERFORMANCE ENHANCING energy into our TEAM.

  17. Wow! even when it’s just a story about some corny record for noise, all the usual suspects have to come running in to tell Seattle fans they’ve never won anything, and make drug references!

    Ya’ll are starting to look a little obsessed.

  18. Specifically aiming for the record creates artificial passion……Saints fans may never actually “possess” this record, but our passion is 100% unbreakable. Not saying other fans aren’t…..

  19. assuredmutualdestruction says:
    Nov 28, 2013 10:47 AM
    Russell Wilson is going to have a HUGE game. He loves facing elite competition on the other side of the field…thrives on it. Undefeated at home in his entire career and by the end of the year will have the most wins of any QB in his first two seasons in the history of the game.

    Overcome THAT obstacle Aints fans.
    *********************************************
    You mean the same Russell Wilson that’s averaging just under 215 yards a game passing, THAT Russell Wilson?

    SMH.

  20. The only championship that Junkietown will ever win! #Lombardilessforeternity! Good luck go get that record Hag fans!

  21. All you Seattle haters are pathetic… I find it interesting that you expend so much energy hating on another franchise. Don’t be upset with is because your fan base is weak and listless. 🙂

  22. Who cares about loudest – I just love this game, love great players.
    I have been a Seahawks fan since age 5, win, lose, tie – doesn’t matter.
    They want to scream loud, awesome. Drew Brees is a great competitor, even Wilson said so. Why hate on Wilson, he’s a competitor as well.
    I hope Seattle wins this game but it’s football….
    Great game with lots of twists and turns.
    Go Hawks!!!!

  23. Not that I don’t like brees but guess who is second in points scored?? My friends that’s the seahawks… So all this vaunted Saints offense remarks are silly..
    The seahawks were the missing nearly 4 of 5 offensive linemen. And are still second and they and Percy just returned last game…

    Seahawks are an extremely balanced team but don’t throw the whole game is and have pulled starters early in games and. Now I healthy they are about to explode on offense. Get your popcorn ready, your in for a treat!!!

  24. Numbers and stats do not lie my Seahawks peeps!!!! They are doing well and are respected amongst this whole league.
    I’ve been watching them struggle for a long time. It would be awesome to see them get to the bowl again and take it this time!!!! Go hawks!

  25. Seattle Seahawks have had the loudest fans in NFL since their inception dating back to 1976. Does anyone remember the fabled Kingdome? No franchise is better deserving of championship than the Emeralds city Seahawks.

  26. Back in the 70’s, the refs penalized the hawks in a game against Denver for excessive crowd noise. They did it 3 times in a row, fans still didn’t quiet down so the refs gave up and and told Denver to play. Crowd noise has been part of the Seahawks games from the beginning.

  27. How is a home field advantage cheating? There’s nothing in the rule book that deters a structurally superior stadium from being built. We just have the right idea, and the rest of you guys are scared and confused of our nationally spotlit success/of coming to this house. So cry foul, no ones going to hear you. Bow down to the number one seed, plebeians

  28. Although I think the fans should be able to yell all they want, yelling just to break a decibal record is bogus. That said, several commenters here, and I’ve also seen it on other blogs, are making claims that the Seahawks are piping in artificial crowd noise through the speaker system.

    That’s Bunk! The NFL does have a policy against that. Those rumors are just another of many attempts by haters to discredit success.

  29. As a Seahawks fan, this loudest stadium stuff is getting ridiculous. Getting the WIN is far, far more important.

  30. I hear that!!! Let’s get the next win hawks!!!
    What’s funny is, I’m sure the ayers could care less.
    I wrote this quote down from The great Dirk Newinski:
    ” scoring a lot of points are meaningless if you don’t win”
    So, break the loud record, let’s just hope there’s a W at the end of the game!

  31. codycaillet says:
    Nov 28, 2013 7:41 AM
    When you have to manufacture “noise records”, it just doesn’t mean the same. I guess when you are playing the best road team (with Sean as coach) in the last few years (go look it up), you have to do these sort of things.

    I was at LSU vs Auburn when the crowd noise registered on the richter scale after a late score. That means more than some gimmick.
    ************
    Good for you. BTW, look up The Beast Quake. That was not a gimmick either.

  32. Seattle has a stadium designed to amplify crowd noise.

    Seattle has had more PED problems than any team in the league since Pete Carroll took over.

    That’s why people call them cheaters.

    Crowd noise is one thing, but your stadium shouldn’t be designed with amplifying noise in mind.

    PEDs are a problem, so why didn’t Pete Carroll put a stop to them years ago?

    All Pete Carroll cares about is winning, and he doesn’t care how loose of a ship he’s running. That attitude burned USC after he left, and it’s only a matter of time (I hope) before it catches up to him in Seattle.

    I’m hoping the Saints beat those guys down – crowd noise, PEDs, and all.

    All things aside, Russell Wilson is a good guy and I hope he plays for a decent coach one day.

  33. 87hollywoodhorn says:
    Nov 30, 2013 6:39 PM
    The loudest football stadium in the country is Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, FACT.
    **********
    If you’re going to make statement, and declare it a fact, you need to substantiate it with data. Otherwise, is hearsay. FACT.

  34. I thought the record was cool at first, I don’t really care anymore though I will be screaming tmrw night for our Hawks. We are loud and proud of this team and can’t wait to cheer them on. GO HAWKS!!

  35. Bring on the noise boys…..I have seen and been a part of a noisy stadium when the offence could not get a play off in time and the refs called a time out till it got quiet. As soon as the offence broke the huddle it started again. This went on for 15-20 minutes until the refs threatened a 15 yard Unsportsmanlike penalty and that was all it took. It went quiet after that so let her rip Sea Chickens.

  36. Just sounds like a bunch of hype to me. Too much talk about this crap. Saints have played in many loud stadium’s before (including their own) and done just fine. It is the weather that should be more of an issue.

    On a side note, the Superdome is closed in, where the noise has no where to go. It is ridiculously loud and intense. We are SEC fans from the South and know/care more about football than anyone (regional stats will back that up). I don’t believe Seattle is the loudest, as they would rather be drinking coffee and hugging a tree.

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