Loudest stadium is a title that many NFL stadiums (and their teams’ respective fans) may want to claim for themselves, but it’s Arrowhead Stadium that has literally reached 137 decibels, breaking sound records everywhere. NBC Sports confirms this Sunday, Oct. 13, that the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs in the stadium may call themselves the loudest, most heard football supporters here in the U.S.
The loudest stadium is now officially Arrowhead stadium, and after breaching the level of over 137 decibels, it’s not that hard to see (hear?) why. Kansas City Chiefs fans put their voices together to break the entire world record in an outdoor sports stadium during a recent game in which the Chiefs beat Oakland this Sunday, hitting the 137.5 decibel point in the final minutes of the game.
According to one official from the Guinness Book of World Records who was present at the game against Oakland, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium became the loudest stadium after the previous record of 136.6, which was established a while back this 2013 from Seahawks supporters.
If you want to understand just how loud 137 decibels really is and how the fans of the chiefs broke literal stadium sound records, a jet engine flying at roughly 100 feet reaches just below 140 decibels, an almost comparable sound range.
"I had people who'd been coming to Chiefs games for decades come up to me and say, `I've never heard it that loud,"' said Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, whose own family franchise has been historically claiming that Arrowhead Stadium is indeed the very loudest in the NFL. "It's very difficult for a team to play in that."
The Raiders had a rather difficult time facing such headache-causing sound records, and were in fact called on a full 11 penalties during the game, quite a few of which seemed to have been caused by football players being unable to hear one another while trying to set up plays.
"It was a tough environment," Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had to admit.
This loudest stadium at Arrowhead was not just luck either; Chiefs fans spent both time and money to get enough fans and support to come together to try and break the decibel record. Although some fans were afraid they wouldn’t reach such high sound levels, the Chiefs fans were able to come together just in time to truly stand as the loudest supporters ever.
"In the fourth quarter, they got to 135.4, and that's where we thought they were going to finish," a source concluded. "Heads dropped, but then the fans really started working together."
Again, even the players took note of the loudest stadium attempt:
"We were really trying hard to get our calls to each other on defense. It was really tough," Chiefs safety Eric Berry said. "I had to actually go up to some of my teammates and yell in their ear what the calls were. But we love it, man. That's a great feeling."