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12th Man sets new noise record

Take that, Arrowhead.

The ping-pong of noise records continues, with the Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field setting a new high water mark for sound during Monday night’s game against the Saints.

As evidenced by a photo posted by the Seahawks at the team’s Twitter page, the 12th Man has cranked up a peak noise level of 137.6 decibels.

That’s 0.03 decibels higher than the maximum level generated in October by Chiefs fans, who had beaten the record of 136.6 set in Seattle during a Week Two game against the 49ers.

With only 12.4 more decibels, ear drums will begin to rupture.


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70 Responses to “12th Man sets new noise record”
  1. hendeeze says: Dec 2, 2013 10:06 PM

    Finally! The Seahawks have something to place in their dusty trophy case! Come on Seattle, this is your queue to excessively celebrate

  2. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:06 PM

    I give more credit to KS, their stadium isn’t as artificially designed like the Seattle’s stadium to funnel in the noise. It’s a BS record any way.

  3. FlyFromTheInside says: Dec 2, 2013 10:08 PM

    Amazing what piped in sound will do

  4. thepftpoet says: Dec 2, 2013 10:14 PM

    The Seahawks fans also blowed horns in the stadium to increase the noise level.

    ….the Cheating even rubs off on the fans

  5. eaglesfan036 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:16 PM

    While the stadium design does play a large role in this, I’m sure the fans are pretty loud too.

  6. slbasegame257 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:18 PM

    Lol, the Saints thought that they were good! That’s so adorable. Reminds me of the 49ers. GO HAWKS

  7. realitycheckbaby says: Dec 2, 2013 10:21 PM

    Can we plz quit comparing Seahawks and the Chiefs?

    They have some work to do.

  8. sincityhawk says: Dec 2, 2013 10:26 PM

    I can’t tell if the 12th Man was louder or all the Whiner fans crying.

  9. phinfan says: Dec 2, 2013 10:28 PM

    Five bucks says 50% of that is audio overheads fed sound

  10. journeyman36 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:30 PM

    Lamest. Competition. Ever.

  11. vikescry1 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:38 PM


  12. dodohead418 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:44 PM

    Until they do this in an open air stadium I won’t be impress!

  13. kd75 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:46 PM

    Pop some eardrums Seattle. I want to see half the stadium stampeding out of there with blood running out of their ears…

  14. kd75 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:48 PM

    This stadium goes to eleven…Most stadiums only go to ten, but this one goes to eleven.

  15. fourthand20 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:52 PM

    “With only 12.4 more decibels…” A 10 decibel rise means twice the sound energy.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 2, 2013 10:55 PM

    Good thing it’s a rout, that memory needs to be really swell to make up for a permanent louse of hearing. Oh well computers will serve as better ears in the future, you won’t need natural hearing for that much longer.

  17. i10east says: Dec 2, 2013 10:56 PM

    The Texas A&M Aggies fans set a new crowd noise record? Isn’t this CFT?….oh wait….

  18. kd75 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:57 PM

    And I get noise complaints from neighbors when I play Led Zeppelin too loud.

  19. blackhawks2010 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:58 PM

    hilarious ^

  20. jrazz22 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:59 PM

    All those division banners hanging up in the rafters are cute.

  21. allidoiswin55 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:00 PM

    Their are Jo speakers and that’s been checked many times . The stadium is built to keep fans dry not just to amplify noise , does it uses bit doesn’t as much as any dim team so why they can’t set the record shows you something .

    Also let’s not forget KC fans had 10,000 more people and barely beat the record .. 10,000 makes up for any potential stadium design .

    Let’s stop reining on everything Seattle does well by being haters .

  22. jjackwagon says: Dec 2, 2013 11:02 PM

    Texas A&M fans are still the real 12th man.

  23. sincityhawk says: Dec 2, 2013 11:03 PM

    Here is a little poem to the PFT Poet
    Seahawks are going to be 11-1, we all know it
    You like to call us cheaters, that’s all you got
    And sometimes our boys like to smoke pot
    You even hate us for setting the record of outdoor noise
    But you can’t knock us for Russell’s poise
    I’ve got one last thing to point out PFT Poet
    Someone needs to shave your back or just plain mow it.

    Go Seahawks!

  24. vbe2 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:04 PM

    I was at the game, it damaged my ears. I’m suing the Seahawks.

  25. kd75 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:05 PM

    Anybody know of a hearing aid manufacturer in Seattle I can invest in?

  26. borisbulldog says: Dec 2, 2013 11:14 PM

    Wisconsin 77 wrote-

    It’s a BS record any way.


    I agree, the Chiefs should be 6-6

  27. flyeredup says: Dec 2, 2013 11:17 PM

    The same fans that sent 2,500 max to Super Bowl XL. Total bandwagoners

  28. pgilbert2013 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:37 PM

    This 49er fan congratulates you on your victory and winning the division. nice job.

    That being said, I only pray that you strap it on next week, and don’t go to the resting your starter business. Will be a huge bush league move and show your true neon colors.

    That being said, the two best times at this point will be knocking the business out of each other next week.

    One last thing (non-whining), I just live the guys the celebrate big time before the game is over and they end up losing the game. You all have a lot to be proud of, but its not over until you are awarded the Lombardi Trophy in February. We won the division last year, and that does not cut it.

    See ya next week.

  29. z561 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:44 PM

    Didn’t this team try to load up the moving vans and head to LA in the 90s? #bandwagon

  30. reed20fence says: Dec 2, 2013 11:45 PM

    I don’t care about noise. As long as Cheat Carroll is the coach, every player should be tested every hour for PEDs. Don’t trust that guy.

  31. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:55 PM

    eaglesfan036 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:16 PM
    While the stadium design does play a large role in this, I’m sure the fans are pretty loud too.

    Point is that they think this record proves that they cheer louder/harder then other NFL fans which is complete BS.

  32. patriotwayspygate says: Dec 3, 2013 12:00 AM

    They had to pump fake crowd noise into the stadium to simulate the noise.

    A team that cheats with PEDs shouldn’t surprise anyone that they have to cheat to get a noise record too.


  33. johninthewest says: Dec 3, 2013 12:05 AM

    Wow 2nd loss handed to the KC in 2 days!

  34. goodknave says: Dec 3, 2013 12:06 AM

    Aside from a roster full of cheaters, the stadium design is also causing fraudulent results.

    The next new stadium should just have an eight story speaker system that blasts the sound of a jet engine when the visiting team has the ball.

    It would be just about as fair as what Seadderall has now.

  35. thetechnocrat says: Dec 3, 2013 12:11 AM

    lol with those earpieces the artificial 13th man had no effect.
    The Seahawks defense, on the other hand, had a major one.
    The announcers even said the noise wasn’t affecting the Saints. Just playing outdoors on the road and ineffectiveness.

  36. jshawaii22 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:26 AM

    amature fans. Humans know where sound comes from. If you sit in the upper deck and the sound comes from above you, it’s from the house PA… since it is obvious, everyone from the Press Box and up in the upper decks would know instantly when that happens. It would have to be louder than the ambient level of the audience to be effective in adding to the noise.

    Large PA’s like one in a stadium, also have audio mixing consoles, system processing and power amps and would easily be monitored both by a computer or simply by looking at the LED indicators that are on the front of 99% of the power amps.

    “Fake Sound” may work in the WWE, but not in this stadium.

  37. dannyreneau says: Dec 3, 2013 12:30 AM

    I was at the KC game when the record was set. Arrow head hold 12,000 more people the the Clink. Seattle fans deserve this one. I’ve been to both stadiums and there is no doubt that they are two of the loudest places on earth.

  38. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 3, 2013 12:42 AM

    I’m sure it was enhanced by illicit means. Like everything else with the Seahawks.

  39. stonyhands says: Dec 3, 2013 1:11 AM

    fourthand20 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 10:52 PM
    “With only 12.4 more decibels…” A 10 decibel rise means twice the sound energy.

    Actually a 10 dB increase means 10x the sound energy. A 3 dB rise means twice the sound energy. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

  40. MasMacho says: Dec 3, 2013 1:11 AM

    “this is your queue ”
    ” Seahawks fans also blowed horns in the stadium to ”
    “Amazing what piped in sound will do”
    ” I won’t be impress!”

    The caliber of commenter here is pretty low, but FROM SOMEBODY WHO WAS ACTUALLY AT THE GAME, let me tell you that horns didn’t make a difference, you certainly couldn’t hear them in the crowd. And you’re claiming that Seattle’s sound system can pump in noise at 136db? I think you’re high, there is no sound system capable of producing that level of noise. And I got rained on in my seat, so I’m pretty sure that makes the CLink an open air stadium.

    KC’s (not KS, btw), stadium seats 76,000, the Clink seats 68,000. Per capita, the competition isn’t even close.

    But the guy who said this is kind of a lame competition is right. I’d rather have a record home win streak than the noise record… wait… we have that too. 🙂

  41. ptownbearsfan420 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:18 AM

    Dude. Im not even a hawks fan but you guys gotta quit using their stadium as an excuse. Those freaks up there are loud. Period

  42. themiamidolphins says: Dec 3, 2013 1:20 AM

    Seattle has a loud crowd. Haven’t heard that one before!

    Seriously, who cares?

  43. jirgyhawks says: Dec 3, 2013 1:27 AM

    Seahawks Century Link stadium holds 9,000 LESS people than Arrowhead!!! And we are still louder!!!! Person for person Seahawks fans are louder than any fans out there!

  44. cchicinfan says: Dec 3, 2013 1:34 AM

    Hey we have an NFC Conference banner there too!

  45. beastmode5150 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:38 AM

    Nobody in Seattle cares. At least not in my section of long time season ticket holders

  46. cchicinfan says: Dec 3, 2013 1:40 AM

    Oh, and by the way, if you knew anything about Seattle you would know that the western Washington inversion layer makes the air in Seattle totally dead in the cooler months-just ask any Mariner player. Just like balls don’t “jump” out of Safeco Field, noise doesn’t carry at all in the moist air, making the accomplishment that much more impressive to anyone who cares (which admittedly is only 12th fans, Seahawk players and any team having to come to Seattle).

  47. seahawksbmx says: Dec 3, 2013 1:42 AM

    1. The noise competition is pretty lame, but whatever, the title is ours again.
    2. The noise isn’t “pumped in.” That’s been investigated by the NFL and presumably Guinness, wouldn’t ya think? Stop with that lie. And speaking of lies…
    3. The “12th Man” thing originated at the U of Iowa in 1912 and not A&M in 1922, who stole it & trademarked it.
    4. Continuing your denial of numbers 2 and 3 is detrimental to your credibility.

  48. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Dec 3, 2013 1:58 AM

    Nascar drivers and golfers consider this a sport.

  49. savilo831 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:30 AM

    Once again, the stadium is designed to contain the noise. Arrowhead is open. I give chiefs fans props for what they did!!!

  50. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:10 AM

    in 1987, kent hrbek of the minnesota twins hit a grand slam in the world series at the metrodome, and the crowd reaction broke the decibal meter…this is a fact.

  51. icdogg says: Dec 3, 2013 3:13 AM

    Decibels are logarithmic units. To increase by 12 decibels would require the crowd to produce about 16 times the amount of noise. That’s why these records are generally only small fractions above previous decibel levels.

  52. normswifevera says: Dec 3, 2013 4:32 AM

    This entire thing is nothing but a scam.

    For starters, the measurement isn’t taken at the 50 yard line measuring the collective sound in the stadium. So what does it even matter? The fact that the particular area of the stadium where they’re measuring the sound being so many decibels doesn’t mean the entire collective stadium is that loud.

    And do you know teams have to pay Guinness for this? It costs thousands of dollars to get the Guinness people there to measure it. You would think Guinness would just be happy with the publicity, but nope. The three new records this season – Seattle, KC, and Seattle again – have made Guinness over $20,000.

    So Guinness has every reason to milk this as long as they can. When the Chiefs set the record, it didn’t even make sense. It was late in a blowout over the Raiders. Why would the sound have gotten so loud at that moment?

    And now Seattle beats it by only 0.03? It’s like Guinness is begging Kansas City (or anyone else) to try breaking it again.

    And then when that one is 0.02 higher than Seattle’s, Seattle can try again. And so on and so on and so on. And all the while Guinness keeps raking in the coin.

    The NFL should put a stop to the whole thing.

  53. stubbyjones says: Dec 3, 2013 4:53 AM

    only 12.4 decibels? you have to understand that dBs are not linear but logarithmic, therefore the “only” comment is not as trivial as it seems. it doesn’t rise like temperature.

  54. mpoles says: Dec 3, 2013 4:53 AM

    This is such a meaningless, pointless record. I can see some bragging rights if this noise level was spontaneously generated, but it’s all in response to the scoreboard telling people to be loud.

    I mean well done. When someone tells you to, you can make a loud noise. Most of us stopped being impressed by that when we finished kindergarten.

  55. rklc says: Dec 3, 2013 5:37 AM

    The Seahawks fans also blowed horns in the stadium to increase the noise level.

    ….the Cheating even rubs off on the fans


    I was at the game and didn’t see a single person with a horn. Not sure where you’re getting this. Maybe you saw a couple people on tv or something. It’s a dumb record anyways. Not sure why you care anyways. You’re wrong though.

  56. skytzo425 says: Dec 3, 2013 6:03 AM

    Wow, I’ve never seen so many haters on one place at one time! Any reason to hate on Seattle I guess.

    We have this record fair and square. KC’s stadium fits 12,000 more fans than Clink, nothing they can do to the stadium to funnel in the noise is would be more effective than having 12,000 more fans.

    Get over the Seattle hate, it’s just getting hilariously sad at this point.

  57. jrebar88 says: Dec 3, 2013 6:15 AM

    Not a Seahawks fan, but I’m tired of seeing people say that their stadium isn’t an open air stadium. Are you serious??? What stadium are you looking at? I guess thats artificial rain, the roof is painted like the sky ( with some advanced technology to change between day and night) and they turned the a/c all the way down.

  58. dbcooker57 says: Dec 3, 2013 6:56 AM

    Every 3 db’s is a doubling of the sound, so 12 db is a long way to go.

  59. damnskins703 says: Dec 3, 2013 6:59 AM

    Arrowhead has nothing on Seattle, I have been to both Seattle crushes it, great fans in Seattle

  60. darrelb says: Dec 3, 2013 7:05 AM

    How enjoyable, let’s watch a football game sitting on an airport runway. These ridiculous Seattle fans and their little noise pit are the most nauseating story in sports.

  61. golfnutt67 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:10 AM

    jrazz22 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 10:59 PM
    All those division banners hanging up in the rafters are cute.

    They sure are if we did that nobody i the top deck could see the field….oh well if thats all you gotnI guess you have to celebrate a division or conf. Championship priceless

  62. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2013 8:03 AM

    Lets talk about something that matters, got rings?

  63. rcali says: Dec 3, 2013 9:02 AM

    Wait, isn’t this a form of bullying against the other team? NFL should investigate!

  64. bobfalfa25 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:32 AM

    Also as someone pointed out, KC broke the record late in a blowout game against the Raiders thanks in large part to a “screaming contest” by fans.

    If we are talking about fan noise records they should probably be cheering for something related to the game; such as the mid game defensive touchdown that set the record in Seattle against the Saints.

  65. bucket0323 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:39 AM

    Wow, whats up with all the haters?…just give the hawks credit.where credits due. Arrowhead has 10k more seats then century link. All you non believers out there. We whoop the next best team in the NFC and yet you still doubt us. See ya in Feb in New York……..GO HAWKS!!!!!

  66. josch0001 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:30 PM

    “Seattle has a loud crowd. Haven’t heard that one before!

    Seriously, who cares?”

    You and 65 others.

    What I find most disturbing about the commenters here, beyond the hypocrisy and crying, is the awful spelling. Seattle may be the most literate city (thanks Mike Tirico) but that doesn’t mean you troglodytes shouldn’t at least try.

  67. snyper25 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:56 PM

    Guiness should have been there to determine the world record for best football team to play the game. Sorry KC. Soon your Chiefs will be sold to a multi-Walmart owner in your area and re-named the Waltoneers. That’s about all that’s going on over there. Take a step back and think, would you really want your Chiefs to play the Seahawks?? Sometimes you have to know when to walk away. Try to have a good day guys, I’m sorry if reality is hard. GO HAWKS!!

  68. reesew1123 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:14 PM

    The Seahawks have not even won a Super Bowl and they still won’t win won this year. They will find a way to choke it in the playoffs.

  69. Savage Lizard says: Dec 4, 2013 11:19 AM

    Is there any fanbase more in love with themselves than Seahawk fans? They wear number 12 jerseys with FAN on the back instead of a player’s name, they raise their little 12 flag, it’s really pretty sad. You guys have a great team, maybe make that your focal point rather than how loud you can scream.

  70. jbo5112 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:10 PM

    137.6 dB? That’s nice. The Kansas City paper had a picture of this (137.7 dB).

    Kansas City did this without covering their “open air” stadium.

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