The brand-new, fixed-roof stadium that supposedly pushes visiting-team crowd noise back to the visiting team’s sideline also is creating some problems for the home team. For the details, let’s defer to the guy who always calls it like he sees it: Vikings guard Alex Boone.
“It’s loud, for some reason, in the stadium,” Boone said, via ESPN.com. “There’s a lot of times where we can’t hear the center. We could barely hear the snap count today a couple times — a couple false starts, because guys wouldn’t know when the snap was going. I’m not saying it’s the fans’ fault, but I’m just saying, it would be nice if they would shut the f–k up a little bit.”
Savvy football fans usually understand the etiquette, but on the first official game at a new stadium against an arch-rival, it’s likely hard to contain their excitement.
“When the defense was up, it was phenomenal,” Boone said in comments provided by the team (comments that didn’t include his four-letter flavor). “When the offense is up, shut up; just shut up. I can’t say it any simpler than that. It’s starting to screw up a little bit.”
Eventually, the Vikings fans will be loud only when they are supposed to be. If not, Boone will remind them.