There’s a whole host of stadiums and arenas that I’d like to set my feet in for a professional sporting event before my life’s clock ticks its final seconds. One such place is CenturyLink Stadium, home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the 12th man.
To have a seat among some of the loudest fans in sports would be an experience in and of itself, but now I’d get to say that I was literally sitting in the loudest stadium in the world.
Over the summer the Seahawks announced that they would be using their Week 2 matchup against division rival San Francisco to attempt to break the record for the loudest stadium in sports history—a record that was held by fans of the Turkish soccer club, Galatasaray S.K. That record, in which the decibel level reached 131.76, took place on March 18, 2011 at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena.
Helped by the fact that their team absolutely dominated the 49ers throughout their rain-delayed game, Seattle fans completed the feat, recording a decibel level of 136.6 during a third-quarter goal line stand, absolutely shattering the previous record of 131.9, which the 12th man set during the first quarter of the same game.
Prior to the record-setting performance, the highest recorded decibel level at CenturyLink was an unofficial 112, which I’m guessing came on this play:
On that play, during a Wild Card Weekend matchup against the New Orleans Saints, Marshawn Lynch broke about 24 tackles en route to a game-clinching 67-yard TD run for the 7-9 Seahawks. Reports after the game came in that the raucous crowd got so loud that a local earthquake center recorded seismic activity around the time the run occurred.
Phil Robertson, a judge from Guinness who’s more familiar with soccer stadiums, said he was impressed with Seattle’s fans.
“It’s a far louder, tribal kind of passion,” and “the sound is more continuous,” he said. “There’s passionate people in soccer, but here you see veins bulging out of necks.”
Love me some rage watching. Can only imagine what it would’ve been like if the Seahawks had been losing…