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By: Trevor Williams, Sports Radio KJR
Can you hear me now? Well, enjoy it while you can. Chances are if you’re at CenturyLink Field on September 15th you won’t be able to hear ANYTHING.
Seattle is known for a few things. Starbucks, rain, and yes… The 12th Man. The Seattle Seahawks emphatic fan base has registered earthquakes on touchdown runs and forced more false start penalties than any other team in the NFL. That’s a solid day’s work for the sea of blue and green at CenturyLink, but the 12th Man still wants to add to their resume.
They want a designation. They want the official title of the world’s loudest fans.
The organization capable of giving out this title? Guinness World Records.
The loudest fans in the world currently belong to a soccer club in Istanbul, Turkey, but lookout Turkey because a very different football team has the chance to take the title and bring it to the Emerald City.
The number Hawks fans need to eclipse is 131.76 decibels. This would be equivalent to the levels created by a sustained gunshot from close-range.
Joe Tafoya, a former Seahawks defensive end, and a Seahawks fan organization named Volume 12, are spearheading Hawks fans attempt to officially become not only the loudest in the NFL, but the loudest in the world.
Tafoya said, “The idea came to me at three in the morning. I was sorta looking at who was the current world record holder for noise and it occurred to me at three in the morning that I should apply for an application [for a Guinness World Record]. I was a little delirious at the time. I never thought it would turn into what it is.”
The five-page application filed by Tafoya and Volume 12 turned heads throughout the NFL and United States. ESPN called for an interview and NFL teams are becoming awfully defensive as they try to persuade their fan bases that they, not us, have the loudest stadium in the world. For now Tafoya said, “We [Seahawk fans] get the first crack at it.”
On September 15th, the San Francisco 49ers will come to Seattle and play the Seahawks on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Hawks fans don’t really need another reason to get amped for a rivalry game on prime-time TV, however, they’ve got it.
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A very lucky official from the Guinness Book of World Records will get to fly out to Seattle on Volume 12’s dime. They will set up meters and recording devices around CenturyLink Field and be present for the Seahawks home opener, hopefully wearing ear protectors.
This trip for Guinness will take on a lot of national attention and certainly must beat having to travel to North Hampton, UK to measure the loudest purr by a domestic cat. Although, in case you were wondering, that record belongs to Smokey, a domestic cat, who registered a purr at 67.7 decibels. Maybe we can fly Smokey out to Seattle too? He obviously knows what it means to turn up the volume!
Essentially, this record-breaking attempt captures the spirit and enthusiasm that Seahawk fans have for their team and the upcoming season.
Tafoya said, “This certificate would be for the fans.”
As for the noise? That’s for the visitors. When asked about playing in the noise, Tafoya explained, “That [during the 2005 NFC Championship it] was so loud on the field that my ear pads were vibrating. He [Lofa Tatupu] was screaming in my face and I couldn’t hear him. It really does disrupt the game. That’s something to be proud of.”
Guinness gives three official tries for a group or individual to attempt to break or set a record. Tafoya said all of the logistics have not been worked out yet. It is likely that they will not be able to use in-game sound for the record measurements.
Tafoya and Jason Puckett of the Furness Show have suggested that Guinness measure the Hawks fans’ volume during the raising of the 12th Man Flag. Other possibilities will also be discussed.
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Volume 12 is still awaiting approval from the Seattle Seahawks before they move on with their record-breaking attempt. For now, Tafoya said, “We really just need support.” Knowing Hawks fans, this shouldn’t be an issue.
For more information on Volume 12 and their bid to set a Guinness World Record, find “Volume 12” on Facebook or follow “@volume12seattle” on twitter.