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Six nights after the Saints heard 137.6 decibels of noise at an open-air stadium they were visiting, they could hear nearly as much at home.

The Saints have announced that the Superdome faithful will be making a run on Sunday night at the record for the loudest roar at an indoor sports stadium.  The Saints host the Panthers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

“We, as an organization, take tremendous pride in the great home field advantage that our fans provide for us each and every home game,” Saints owner Tom Benson said.  “This is a unique opportunity to enter the Guinness Book of Records and we’re confident that our fans will help us achieve the goal.  It’s a testament to their passion that we’re hosting a representative from Guinness Book of Records and it speaks to the anticipation that they have for how loud our crowd will be.  We were part of history last week in Seattle and we are confident that our fans can make history, too.”

The record, set last month in Sacramento for a Kings game (really?), is a mere 126 decibels.

It’s the latest in a stream of noise records pursued by sports teams.  Which is great news for the folks who maintain the Guinness Book of World Records, which many (including me) forgot existed.

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79 Responses to “Saints aim for record indoor crowd noise”
  1. gd2483 says: Dec 6, 2013 6:56 PM

    Can we go one week without an NFL team trying to break a noise record?

  2. RedRuffensor says: Dec 6, 2013 6:57 PM

    I’m completely against allowing crowds to influence games by making it impossible for opposing offenses to hear signals, in all stadiums. Opposing offenses should be allowed to have headphones and microphones in their helmets, until the ball is snapped.

  3. JSpicoli says: Dec 6, 2013 7:01 PM

    OK. this is getting really annoying. For something that used to be something they delayed the game for and threatened the home team with a penalty, they now encourage fan interference?

    Next up, hand held mirrors reflecting into the QB’s face.

  4. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 6, 2013 7:06 PM

    A lot of people think that because the Superdome is a closed roof stadium that would make it easier to be louder than an open roof stadium however this is not the case.

    The superdome has acoustical structures built into it to reduce echo and deaden sound because it’s used for multitudes of other purposes besides just Saints games.

    There are live music concerts and Carnival parade balls that take place in the dome, these things don’t happen in most other outdoor stadiums.

  5. thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 7:07 PM

    Just do what the 12th woman did and use horns and cheat to get the record

    #itsthatsimple

  6. djwooley69 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:08 PM

    And people like JSpicoli and RedRuffensor are why the NFL will continually turn into the No Fun League.

  7. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:09 PM

    Oh really? Well in that case, I hope the Saints sent out an email to their fans letting them know when to cheer and when to be quiet. Because apparently not all teams fans know how to create a home field advantage.

  8. wfederal says: Dec 6, 2013 7:09 PM

    @RedRuffensor. Seriously dude? You don’t think people should be allowed to make noise? I guess to be “fair” fans shouldn’t be allowed to attend games to ensure the stadium is quiet enough for everyone… Get real dude. I’m a panther fan and even I’m not complaining about this. This game is going to be great because the Saints are a great team and they have great fans. Home field advantage and the ability to enjoy the game and get rowdy should motivate fans to attend games. I wish more of our fans here in Charlotte would get the memo. I say bring it on Saints fans. It should be a great game between two great teams. Here’s hoping the panthers can pull this one off and our fans can match your intensity when you boys come to visit

  9. chawk12thman says: Dec 6, 2013 7:11 PM

    Good Luck getting that record. Hope you set it by a lot…….

  10. realitypolice says: Dec 6, 2013 7:11 PM

    When did this become a thing and when will it stop being a thing?

    Can we please leave the sideshow gimmicks for the minor league baseball stadiums?

  11. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:15 PM

    10 years from now… NFL fans file class action lawsuit against NFL for hearing damage.

  12. bennyb82 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:16 PM

    The team that brings in Guinness for a playoff game will be the smartest…

  13. gb4mn0 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:18 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Dec 6, 2013 7:11 PM

    When did this become a thing and when will it stop being a thing?

    Can we please leave the sideshow gimmicks for the minor league baseball stadiums?
    —————————————————
    In MN you need the lavender Larry freak show to get enough toads to buy tickets.

  14. slugbaitspace says: Dec 6, 2013 7:21 PM

    The real story here is that Guinness Records employees are getting paid to go to football games, and given primo on-the-field seating arrangements. Probably free parking, too.

    Lucky btards…

  15. lingsun54 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:21 PM

    Eventually there will be lawsuits against teams with loud stadiums by the people who have to work the games. I have no desire to go deaf.

  16. thestillcity says: Dec 6, 2013 7:23 PM

    And does anybody really believe that football crowds act so differently from city to city that one team’s fans will be inherently “louder” than others? Louder from season to season?

    I’m calling BS.

    This crowd noise in far too many stadiums is being artificially supplemented by the public address systems and I wish the NFL would regulate it. I understand that you often need to inform thousands of yuppies staring at their cell phones to actually watch the game and cheer, but blasting crowd noise through the PA is bush league.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 6, 2013 7:25 PM

    This is why watching at home is more enjoyable.

    These loudness records remind me of pole sitting, dance marathons, and yo-yo competitions.

  18. blacknole08 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:25 PM

    Bring on the crowd noise! Panthers show this weekend they we are a great team.

    We swept them and the Saints are limping from that beatdown last Monday.

    I like our chances Sunday.

  19. blacknole08 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:25 PM

    Swept them last year of course

  20. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 6, 2013 7:28 PM

    When I was a kid… I always enjoyed beating those annoying ‘Hey, Batter… Swing’ teams.

    We were undefeated against annoying those “Hey, Batter’ teams.

  21. JSpicoli says: Dec 6, 2013 7:28 PM

    All you women (my guess) on here cheerleading the effort to have a non-sport related item determine games need to change your panties.

    In this argument, the only thing worse than you debating in favor of adulterating the sport and allowing fan interference in a sporting event are the mouthbreathing fans that this sort of idiocy attracts.

    Is it fun to make the noise djwooley? Is that what you like to do, yell really loud like a banshee? And do you feel important because you are part of this lap around stupid island?

    Name another sport where fan interference is encouraged. WWE doesn’t count, but it is the closest thing.

  22. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 6, 2013 7:31 PM

    Uh, good luck with that.

  23. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 6, 2013 7:33 PM

    Put CenturyLink Field in Pittsburgh and a new record would be set just about every week.

  24. tommyinquincy says: Dec 6, 2013 7:37 PM

    The Saints are still in denial over what happened to them on Monday Night, so they decided that they would leave Seattle with SOMETHING.

  25. 1phd says: Dec 6, 2013 7:44 PM

    I have to agree that it’s not right that fake, canned, piped in noise should be allowed. It’s only a matter of time until the NFL steps in to put the kibosh on this nonsense.

  26. gritzblitz66 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:46 PM

    Saints fans are unoriginal and all bandwagon jumpers.

  27. slbasegame257 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:49 PM

    Can’t they just let Seattle have it already and be done with it? This is getting really annoying.

  28. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 6, 2013 7:54 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    “Put CenturyLink Field in Pittsburgh and a new record would be set just about every week”

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    Except for the post-season weeks…. when the steelers and their fans will be watching the playoffs at home.

  29. FinFan68 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:55 PM

    wfederal says:
    Dec 6, 2013 7:09 PM
    @RedRuffensor. Seriously dude? You don’t think people should be allowed to make noise? I guess to be “fair” fans shouldn’t be allowed to attend games to ensure the stadium is quiet enough for everyone… Get real dude.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Just curious, how much should fans be allowed to influence the game? Gimmicks like this are dumb IMHO. Should fans be allowed to influence the game in other ways too? Where is the line drawn? The NFL could fix this easily, like they have tried in the past. Once the fans see the opposing team move down the field in 15 yard increments without taking a snap, they will wise up. It is one thing to cheer for your team, it is another thing entirely when a team encourages fans to influence the game.

  30. contract says: Dec 6, 2013 7:58 PM

    Can’t wait for the lawsuits by event staff for hearing loss.

  31. mcmccii says: Dec 6, 2013 7:58 PM

    I’m a Saints fan, but these noise records are stupid.

  32. realitypolice says: Dec 6, 2013 8:00 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Dec 6, 2013 7:18 PM
    realitypolice says:
    Dec 6, 2013 7:11 PM

    When did this become a thing and when will it stop being a thing?

    Can we please leave the sideshow gimmicks for the minor league baseball stadiums?
    —————————————————
    In MN you need the lavender Larry freak show to get enough toads to buy tickets.

    ======

    Are you mistaking me for a Vikings fan? I don’t even know who lavender larry is.

  33. 87hollywoodhorn says: Dec 6, 2013 8:03 PM

    As a saints this really grinds my gears. I think the whole record thing, or even clocking noise figures for bragging rights, is LAME. Saints and Tigers fans have a certain joie de vivre that lends itself to next level football homefield advantage. We know it and I dont care whether anybody else acknowledges it or chalks it up against anybody else.
    More importantly, we just got OWNED and don’t need to be tooting our horns over nothing. This game is likely the difference between 2 seed and 5. Saints need to shut up, show up, and dominate.
    But since were doing this dumbstuff we had better win it, ya heard me all u whodats? Setting the record and returning the favor, YES sweeping these cats #how u love DAT!

  34. drock36 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:11 PM

    Wow, the Seahawks in every teams’ head!

  35. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:14 PM

    My guess is that it’ll be the Colts after that. After all they like to pump crowd noise into the stadium anyways

  36. coolherc says: Dec 6, 2013 8:16 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Dec 6, 2013 7:28 PM

    All you women (my guess) on here cheerleading the effort to have a non-sport related item determine games need to change your panties.

    In this argument, the only thing worse than you debating in favor of adulterating the sport and allowing fan interference in a sporting event are the mouthbreathing fans that this sort of idiocy attracts.

    Is it fun to make the noise djwooley? Is that what you like to do, yell really loud like a banshee? And do you feel important because you are part of this lap around stupid island?

    Name another sport where fan interference is encouraged. WWE doesn’t count, but it is the closest thing.

    ___________________________________

    Fan interference….LOL. Good one!

  37. smcgaels1997 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:24 PM

    Superdome holds 73k. Even at 50k it’s not a remotely fair comparison to Sacramento’s 17k let alone for a spirt that should be played outside in the first place

  38. coolherc says: Dec 6, 2013 8:26 PM

    slbasegame257 says:
    Dec 6, 2013 7:49 PM

    Can’t they just let Seattle have it already and be done with it? This is getting really annoying.
    ____________________________________

    One has absolutely nothing to do with the other. The Saints (as most know) play at an indoor stadium while Seattle’s is an outdoor facility.

  39. djwooley69 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:30 PM

    Is it fun to make the noise djwooley? Is that what you like to do, yell really loud like a banshee? And do you feel important because you are part of this lap around stupid island?

    Name another sport where fan interference is encouraged. WWE doesn’t count, but it is the closest thing.

    Uh, how about basketball with fans waving behind the basket? How about Hockey where slamming the glass is encouraged? How about baseball where fans try to make the batter swing? What do you do at the game? Sit on your hands? Yes, I go to the game to get rowdy and loud. It is a fun atmosphere and we as fans like to think we affect the game. Do we? Probably not, but “lap around stupid island”? Really…that’s your comparison?

  40. tv426 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:42 PM

    To the Steelers fan on here, I’ve lived in NO and in Pitts. Heinz field is a tomb compared to the Dome! Not even close! The Dome is deafening!

  41. theeperspective says: Dec 6, 2013 8:43 PM

    In 10 years from now there will be a study revealing hearing loss of multiple retired quarterbacks due to loud noise. A new rule will be implemented stating that opposing teams may cheer when only using “inside voices.” The refs won’t know what exactly constitutes an “inside voice” and will drop penalty flags (not throw; new rule aimed at decreasing referee arm injuries) in the 3rd and final quarter (4th quarter was removed because studies showed most injuries occurred in the 4th quarter) ruining numerous games.

  42. osoviejo says: Dec 6, 2013 8:46 PM

    What do you knuckleheads think “home field advantage” means?

    If you whined like this at your own games, you could set a record too.

  43. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 6, 2013 8:47 PM

    Question: How many teams with the best record in the last 10 years in the NFL won the superbowl??

    Answer: Only two teams in the last ten years went on to win the Superbowl with the #1 Seed.

    The 2003 New England Patriots
    &
    The 2009 New Orleans Saints

    So honestly, I wouldn’t want to be where Seattle is sitting right now, they will be too overconfident when it’s one and done time.

  44. nobodycaresaboutyourancientrings says: Dec 6, 2013 8:55 PM

    Anything to make them feel better after the beatdown they just got in Seattle…

  45. leeshrink says: Dec 6, 2013 8:55 PM

    The Panthers will shut the noise down
    Lee Hersh

  46. nawlinsmitty says: Dec 6, 2013 8:57 PM

    Gritzblitz66

    Saints fans are unoriginal and all bandwagon jumpers.

    You obviously have no clue about Saints fans. Sometimes when you open your mouth, you expose your ignorance. Saints fans are some of the most loyal you will find.

  47. hustlelikerussell says: Dec 6, 2013 8:59 PM

    How is it any different than fans behind the basket shouting and waving their arms trying to get the opposing player to miss a free throw???

    It’s what makes attending games more fun to attend. Feeling you are PART of the experience. Something the wine and cheese crowd at Candlestick will never get.

    Good luck Saints!

  48. trollsetter says: Dec 6, 2013 9:05 PM

    They can’t beat the hawks so they might as well try to beat their crowd noise.

  49. cascadehawk says: Dec 6, 2013 9:22 PM

    wine and cheese at Candlestick? More like piss spritz’s and crap sandwiches.

  50. staffordsyear says: Dec 6, 2013 9:24 PM

    I have been to louisana and i know first hand that the saints fans down there love there team, i think they have a great chance of doing it.

  51. bricktop02 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:27 PM

    Who cares?

  52. thundastormz says: Dec 6, 2013 9:31 PM

    They can put it on the shelf next to the award for worst defense in NFL history.

  53. chawkup says: Dec 6, 2013 9:40 PM

    Meanwhile, at Candlestick, fans will set the record for collective whimpering together.

  54. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:52 PM

    The record is when Kent hrbek hit a grand slam in game six of the World Series in 1987 in the metrodome, and they crowd broke the meter.

  55. d0minate says: Dec 6, 2013 10:12 PM

    Only difference is that the “Seahawks” organization had nothing to do with these initiatives in Seattle.

  56. skooter519 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:17 PM

    It’s a stupid move on behalf of the Saints BRAINCHILDS, 1 it’s hard to beat a world record on the 1st try and 2, it’s going to psych out the team into thinking that they can beat the Seahawks at anything. Goodluck though

  57. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 6, 2013 10:24 PM

    These teams should just design stadiums that maximize advantages too. Why try to get an edge if you are going to take the easy edge and just custom build it in from the get go? Think in advance before building billion dollar structures!

  58. charger383 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:26 PM

    I hate loud noises

  59. wrdtoyrmama says: Dec 6, 2013 10:46 PM

    Ya know, I can remember when the NFL was just about football.

    Now I’ve got goofballs plastered across my screen with “look at me” costumes, teams getting all hissy over fan noise records, and the ballplayers airing their gripes out on Twitter like mean girls in high school.

    Its getting boring….

  60. cannonballdookie says: Dec 6, 2013 11:08 PM

    Maybe they should aim to win a game on the road. Mike Mitchell was right, this team is soft as a pillow, let by Mr Softee himself Drew Brees. They better win the division if they want any shot at making a deep run.

  61. colv says: Dec 6, 2013 11:48 PM

    I hope young kids are not there. Noise in that range does damage. 30 years in the AF flying airplanes, with ear protection, I have ringing in my ears that will never go away. It’s getting worst with age.
    If you leave a game like this and your hearing is different even only for a few hours you are damaging your ears and it will accumulate the damage from each event until your ears ring all the time.
    I say kids shouldn’t go because adults should know better and if they want to ruin their hearing then so be it. This whole my stadium is louder then yours is stupid and over time a fan receiving multiple exposures losses out.

  62. citynative says: Dec 7, 2013 2:32 AM

    Please attend the game on Sunday at Candlestick and observe if its still the wine and cheese crowd. There is a reason the SFPD was the first team to wear opponents jerseys at games.

  63. bnwpnw says: Dec 7, 2013 3:29 AM

    Is this really such a great idea? Could spark some team PTSD after that beatdown in Seattle.

  64. genericuser8888 says: Dec 7, 2013 3:32 AM

    I’m a Saints fan.

    Setting noise records is dumb.

    But hey, the dome is gonna be crazy loud either way. If they wanna measure it for a record, then go for it.

    I really would like to see how loud the dome is. So, at least there will be that.

  65. diehardcatz says: Dec 7, 2013 3:41 AM

    We’re still gonna win. Goooooo Panthers!!!

  66. hawkstradamus says: Dec 7, 2013 5:02 AM

    Anything that adds to the fan experience is good. Winning is the best followed by tailgating and the eating drinking and in seattle blazing that comes with it.

  67. dexterismyhero says: Dec 7, 2013 8:25 AM

    I could care less how much noise there is, but to measure it to see who may be louder is just stupid. Hell, I bet there were some houses is Auburn last week with 5-10 people that were louder than any NFL stadium after that run back of the missed FG.

  68. truthfactory says: Dec 7, 2013 9:12 AM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Dec 6, 2013 7:06 PM
    A lot of people think that because the Superdome is a closed roof stadium that would make it easier to be louder than an open roof stadium however this is not the case.

    The superdome has acoustical structures built into it to reduce echo and deaden sound because it’s used for multitudes of other purposes besides just Saints games.

    There are live music concerts and Carnival parade balls that take place in the dome, these things don’t happen in most other outdoor stadiums.
    ————-

    As opposed to all those “other” stadiums that are used exclusively for football games…

    This is a moot point as all stadiums are used for concerts and events outside of football. This is not unique to New Orleans

  69. rando74 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:47 AM

    First off I’m from Sacramento and keep your little digs to yourself. We’re happy to just have a team so we’ll cheer as loud as we like. Second it was dumb when Seattle did it. It was dumb when we did it here and it’s dumb now. It’s not a record worth having if it gets broken every week

  70. RedRuffensor says: Dec 7, 2013 10:02 AM

    @wfederal

    I have no problem with the fans making as much noise as they want (although I believe that the yahoos screaming at the top of their lungs need to get a life and detract from the enjoyment of being at the game). I’m saying that the NFL should let opposing offenses wear headphones and microphones in their helmets (to be switched off when the ball is snapped).

    What I object to is allowing fan noise to interfere with the play-calling on the field. How sportsmanlike is it to create so much noise that the opposing team can’t hear snap counts and audibles? Not very. The talents and performance of the players on the field should decide the outcome of the game, not yahoos screaming at the top of their lungs.

  71. coolherc says: Dec 7, 2013 10:32 AM

    wrdtoyrmama says:
    Dec 6, 2013 10:46 PM

    Ya know, I can remember when the NFL was just about football.

    Now I’ve got goofballs plastered across my screen with “look at me” costumes, teams getting all hissy over fan noise records, and the ballplayers airing their gripes out on Twitter like mean girls in high school.

    Its getting boring….
    ___________________________________

    Sounds like whichever team you root for isn’t a winning one. Just a guess.

  72. slick50ks says: Dec 7, 2013 10:39 AM

    I’m guessing the fans won’t have much to cheer for in this game.

    #breesisaPOS

  73. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:40 AM

    This thread had done a good job of exposing who those crybaby 49er fans were that sent in the letter saying that it wasn’t fair that Seattle’s fans were so loud and the team should be punished for it. What a bunch of pathetic crybabies. It’s called home field advantage.

  74. doubleogator says: Dec 7, 2013 11:21 AM

    Let it all hang out!!

  75. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 7, 2013 11:27 AM

    Why don’t fans cheer for their team and if it gets loud enough to set a record, then yay! Good for them. Getting loud for a reason other than supporting the team is lame. It’s like making hot, spicy food insanely hot just for the sake of being hot. Stupid.

    This is a BIG game in the Big Easy. Stay focused, Saints fans. Carolina can kick your ass.

  76. saintsfan87 says: Dec 7, 2013 12:25 PM

    Swept us last year without our head coach….and still nothing to show for it. How’d that work out? Oh, Ryan Kalil predicted Super Bowl. Oops. Good luck Sunday night, lol.

  77. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 7, 2013 2:40 PM

    If it keeps on raining, levee’s going to break…

  78. thundastormz says: Dec 7, 2013 5:56 PM

    Kalil was right just a year or two early. One guarantee I will make is that the Panthers will win a Superbowl before the Saints.

  79. kingfish4242 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:00 PM

    thundastormz says:
    Dec 7, 2013 5:56 PM
    Kalil was right just a year or two early. One guarantee I will make is that the Panthers will win a Superbowl before the Saints.

    ==================================

    Huh? Were you born in 2010? The Panthers did play in a Super Bowl before the Saints,but a Kick Off blunder by John Kasey in the games final minutes set up the Pats for a game winning FG. It should be a great game tommorrow night. The key for a Saints victory Imo is to prevent Cam from running for a first down on obvious passing downs. Those plays demoralize a defense and change momentum. Saints fans should know.Steve Young used to kill us doing that back when the Niners and Saints were in the old NFC West.

    I’m also a Saints fan and I believe these noise records are dumb. Seattles record should stand until some team moves into a new stadium with better acoustical designs.

    Seattle fans are very loud and boisterous. They love their team. I remember the Washington Bullets having a lot of difficulty dealing with the noise in the 78 and 79 NBA playoffs. That said,you can’t compare the Superdome to Qwest field. The Seahawks home stadium was designed to funnel crowd noise onto the field. Popular Mechanics explanation below

    Contributing greatly to the cacophony is the partial roof that covers 70 percent of the fans from the elements and reflects sound back to the field. Also, with the smallest footprint in the NFL, Qwest Field has a tight seating arrangement that puts fans really close to the field and concentrates their noise.

    I would like to know one thing and sadly I’ll never know the answer. I wonder what the decibel level was the moment Steve Gleason blocked the punt the night the dome re-opened in 2006.

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