KANSAS CITY, Mo. – They came as one for a common goal; set a new world record as the loudest outdoor stadium.
The recent crowd noise record of 136.6 decibels was previously established just a month ago by Seattle Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field. While there were nervous moments at Arrowhead Stadium, it finally happened late it in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders.
Move over, Seahawks fans. The loudest fans now reside in Kansas City, according to the Guinness World Records.
“I know we were striving to beat the noise record, the decibel record and we got it up to 137.5,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “That’s pretty incredible and it was loud. I mean real loud. Ground-shaking loud.”
Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman agreed.
“It was nuts,” Sherman said. “When they started doing those videos to get everybody fired up, you could feel the place rocking, shaking and it’s fun to be a part of. It’s definitely fun for the fans to be as passionate and dedicated as they are.”
The crowd noise throughout the game likely played a large role in the Raiders getting flagged 11 times for 68 yards, which included three false starts and three delay of game penalties.
“We had some trouble getting in and out of the huddle with some communication and we had some trouble with the snap count, so obviously it was a factor,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I don’t know if it limited what we could do, but it was a factor in our communication.”
Ultimately, there was a game played at Arrowhead Stadium.
And the 76,394 fans filling the stands had plenty of reasons to get loud as the Chiefs moved to 6-0 following a 24-7 win over their AFC West rival.
There weren’t many opportunities to cheer in recent seasons and the turnaround from last season’s 2-14 disaster has been remarkable.
Chiefs fans are certainly riding an emotional high, but so are the players.
“It feels good to actually go out here and make this state and this city proud and want to play football again and want to watch us,” Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said. “We give all thanks to the fans because they make it worth going out here and playing our hearts out with the yelling and screaming and breaking the (noise) barrier, it just feels real good.”