By Sam Gardner, FOXSports.com
Seattle’s CenturyLink Field already has a reputation for being a loud place to watch a football game, and on Sunday, the home of the Seahawks will look to make that distinction official.
According to the Facebook page for the Seahawks group Volume 12, officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance when the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night. The goal: set a new mark for the loudest crowd cheer.
The current record, set in March 2011 by 53,000 fans at a Turkish soccer match, is 131.76 dBA, which is above the human threshold for ear pain and roughly the volume of someone clapping loudly in your ear:
Breaking the record won’t be easy, though. As you can see in the video above, Galatasaray’s fans were given a prompt to try to set the world record. There will be no such in-stadium help from the Seahawks during Volume 12’s attempt.
“There will be no official 1-2-3 GO cue from stadium officials,” the group wrote on its website. “This is a true organic fan movement for the fans by the fans.”
The Seahawks crowd will get three attempts at the record, and the first will come during the 49ers first offensive possession. The others, if necessary, will be organized on the day of the attempt.
Volume 12 also posted these rules that must be followed to make the record official:
1. The sound level produced should be measured on a Class 1 precision measuring noise
level meter, certified and calibrated. (such as Casella CEL Inc. Sound Level Meters).
2. The microphone should be positioned at between 1.5 and 1.6 metres above the ground. For the purposes of this record, the microphone may be placed on the sidelines, but must be on level ground with the pitch. The microphone may be no closer than 2.5 metres to the nearest participant.
3. The record is measured for the general roar, and thus any external instruments may be used by spectators to assist in generating a louder volume. These include horns, drums, plastic noisemakers (i.e. Thundersticks), vuvuzelas, etc. Please note, however, that there must be no electronic or mechanical noise assistance provided by the stadium/venue.
Thus, any organ music, pre-recorded sound effects, microphoned public address announcers, cannons, or similar may not be used during the time of the recording.
4. Measurements should be made in dBA, with the highest peak reading to be recorded.
5. At least one of the statements provided must be a sound engineer or similarly qualified individual who can verify based on testing that the measuring device is properly calibrated and functioning accurately.
6. Measurements should be made and witnessed by the independent judges using suitably accurate (professional standard) equipment and all relevant dimensions of the stadium must be given.
7. A print out or photograph recording the peak reading should be provided with the evidence.
The Seahawks claim their crowd has produced noise up to 112 decibels, but that still doesn’t put them anywhere near the record.
Without any assistance from the stadium, it’ll be a tough mark to set, but here at Laces Out, we’re big supporters of organic fan movements and rowdy crowds — even if they’re laced with undercover cops — so this is us trying to help spread the word.
Good luck, guys.