(AP) Arrowhead Stadium breaks record for noise level
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo.
Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest stadium in the NFL.
This time, it’s official.
The Kansas City Chiefs broke the world record for an outdoor sports stadium in their 24-7 win over Oakland on Sunday when they reached 137.5 decibels in the closing minutes.
An official from Guinness World Records told The Associated Press confirmed that Chiefs fans broke the record of 136.6 set by Seahawks fans during a game against San Francisco earlier this year.
To put that in perspective, a jet engine at 100 feet is about 140 decibels.
That may be an understatement.
The Raiders struggled with the reverberating sound all afternoon, and where whistled for 11 penalties _ several of them were false starts and for delay of game, simply because nobody in the visiting huddle could hear each other talking.
The record-setting attempt was planned by Chiefs fans but had support of the organization, which paid $7,500 to fly an adjudicator from Guinness to Kansas City to document the effort. It turned out to be Philip Robertson, who also was on hand when the Seahawks set their mark.
Robertson said that the sustained level of noise inside Arrowhead Stadium was greater than at CenturyLink Field, when Seattle set the record. But all that matters for the record books is the peak volume, and it appeared as if the Chiefs were going to come up short as the game wound down.
The result was a record-setting din that shook the stadium’s press box.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he felt the ground shaking, and quarterback Alex Smith said he had a hard time communicating with teammates on the sideline when the crowd was at its peak.
Always when the Raiders had the ball, of course.
Did he feel just a little sorry for Pryor trying to make his calls?