October 13, 2013 - The Day The Earth Shook
On September 15, 2013, the Seattle Seahawks set the World Record for Loudest Crowd Roar in an open air stadium. They hit 136.6 db. That is extremely loud, and can cause permanent hearing loss. It's close to the sound of a jet engine. Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, has been proud of the fact that it was the loudest stadium in the NFL. When Seattle took that title, the fans of Kansas City took it upon themselves to take that record back. The Chiefs organization helped out by getting the word out, and by flying the representative from Guinness to the game.
I went to the game with my parents and a good friend, and we were all pumped up. I knew it was going to be tough to beat the record. However, if anyone was going to do it, it would be the Arrowhead Faithful. The weather was beautiful, with it being around 70 at kickoff. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and there was a soft breeze. It was perfect fall football weather in the Midwest.
To get things started, there was a World Record flyover of the largest formation ever for a flyover. 49 planes in all. It was awesome, and they did a pretty good job.
The game was underway and the stadium was rocking. I don't know how the Raiders were able to get anything done, because the stadium was extremely loud. I had to put in ear plugs because it was so loud. Each time the Raiders got the ball, the crowd of over 76,000 stood and screamed. They stomped, they clapped, they roared and they did whatever else they could do to make noise. It wasn't just a noise that you could hear, you could feel the stadium shaking. It was simply amazing.
The only problem? We weren't quite getting to that magic number of 136.6 db. We kept getting close though. For the longest time, we were stuck at 132.6 db. It wasn't until the 4th quarter that we really started making progress. Near the very end of the game, we got up to 135 db, but again it wasn't enough. It was starting to look like we would get close, but just not quite get over the edge. With 42 seconds to go in the game, Derrick Johnson sacked the Raiders' Terrelle Pryor. The stadium erupted. This was the 10th sack on the day for the Chiefs, and the crowd was already cheering loud. That did it. The board flashed 137.7 db. That was the unofficial reading. The official reading by the guys at Guinness was 137.5 db. WOW!!!!!! Great job Chiefs fans! I'm glad that I was able to be there and scream my head off. I was hoarse for the rest of the day into Monday.
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