The Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs, is now officially the loudest Stadium in the world.
That’s according to Guinness World Records who recorded a massive 137.5 decibels towards the end of their 24-7 win over Oakland yesterday.
A Guinness World Records official told the AP that the Chiefs beat the previous record, held by the Seahawks, of 136.6 decibels. That is the equivalent to the noise given off by jet engine at about 100 feet.
Clark Hunt, Chiefs’ chairman, spoke to reporters about the new world record: “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,”‘ adding, “it’s very difficult to play in that.”
Of course, the new record was set with some advance planning. the Chiefs fans association paid $7,500 to have a Guinness World Records adjudicator flown in for the occasion to oversee the record attempt.
The adjudicator, Philip Robertson, said the noise at the stadium was “extraordinary”: “They destroyed any Premier League hopes of attaining this record, I can tell you that, and I’m a Brit that loves the Premier League,” he said.
He added that the noise he heard from fans yesterday was more than at the CenturyLink field where Seattle set the previous record. But they almost didn’t manage to beat the record. Robertson said:
“In the fourth quarter, they got to 135.4, and that’s where we thought they were going to finish. Heads dropped, but then the fans really started working together.”
The result of the fans’ added enthusiasm was a massive record breaking noise which shook the reporters in the press office. Chiefs coach Andy Reid added: “I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like that. That was pretty special.”
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