Worldwide, many different fan groups will flatter themselves by claiming the title, but last night Seattle’s 12th Man made it official; they’re the loudest fans on the planet.
Phil Robertson, an official for the Guinness Book of World Records, was on hand at CenturyLink Stadium last night to record the decibel levels, which were measured at 131.9 after a sack of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter. That surpassed the previous record of 131.76 set on March 28, 2011 by fans of the Galatasaray S.K soccer team in Istanbul, Turkey.
Later in the game during a goal-line stand in the third quarter, Seattle fans registered an ear-popping 136.6 decibel level -- at the far end zone away from the play. For comparison, the sound of a thunderclap registers at 120 decibels.
Seahawks players and coaches were effusive in their praise of the fans following the game.
“What an amazing night for the 12th Man,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in the opening remarks of his postgame press conference. “Unbelievable...I’ve never heard a crowd like that. That was so cool to see them elevate for the night and really sustain it all night long. To me, that’s the first thing to talk about. What a freaking night for those guys.”
“The crowd was unbelievable tonight,” Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said at his press conference. “Just the energy in that stadium, it makes a huge difference for us. They bring energy to us, the fans, they do a great job of making it tough on the other team’s offense. So it’s a big factor for us.”
The CenturyLink Stadium-record crowd of 68,338 proved to be a factor starting in the first quarter when a 49ers drive was hampered by false start and delay of game penalties caused in part by the deafening noise. And the cacophony forced Kaepernick to use hand signals all night long when calling plays, resulting in three interceptions and Kaepernick's worst game as a pro.
“You could cut the energy in the stadium with a knife,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman told The MMQB’s Peter King after the game. “It was different from a regular game—so loud I could feel it in my chest, and it gave me energy.’’
Sherman will have his next chance to convert the crowd noise into fuel when the Seahawks take on the 0-2 Jacksonville Jaguars at home next Sunday.