Originally posted by fryet:
It seems like Seattle fan's defense is that other teams should do the same thing. It then becomes a competition of who has the loudest fans (or better designed loud stadiums). So let's say that the other NFL teams take this advice. Every stadium is as loud as Century Link. Home team wins 80% of the games. Visiting offense is regressive. Attending a game means you must yell the entire game so that your team wins. Fans suffer hearing loss.
I don't see how this benefits the NFL or the fan experience. The NFL wants close games. They want effective offenses and defenses competing against each other. They want the best football in the world to be found in the NFL. But if offenses just regress on the road, then you risk becoming a weaker league. Arena Football might even end up providing better football.
I don't think anyone wants the refs telling fans to be quiet. Fans should be able to cheer for their team. However, putting speakers in all of the helmets or putting sound dampening technology in a stadium doesn't prevent fans from cheering. Once fans realize they can't disrupt the offense, then they will cheer only when they are excited about a play, not all game long because they are expected to as a fan.
As much as I dislike the Niners and how silly that "HFA initiative" thing was for the Hawks game. It obviously was a good move. That was one of the first games at the Stick where it really seemed like a field that had a HFA (i'm not saying that made us lose the game, I'm just saying it was actually nice to see at the Stick). If the Niner org and fanbase can keep that up, I really have a feeling the few (49% according to the poll on this forum) Niner fans who have an issue with crowd noise at stadiums will stop caring because they'll realize they have just as much HFA as any other team. As for decibel records, it's a gimmick, it's fun to say you have it. But honestly if a stadium is loud at 115 dB vs 120 dB (which is significantly louder), I don't think the louder stadium is going to suddenly have a higher HFA vs than the slightly less loud one. If it's loud and fans are screaming (during ALL FOUR downs) that's what matters most. The niner fanbase at the Stick had a great showing, and if it continues I think the few fans worried about noise at other stadiums will stop caring.
The GBOWR stated earlier this year that KC had a louder sustained dB level than CLINK. So it's not like the architecture of Clink is suddenly going to make Clink much louder than KC (and no one complains about their HFA) and they are open air just like Stick and I think Levis stadium is. The key is just getting the fans (or changing stadium policy to allow the fans) at the stadium to get loud on every down (not just third). If you listed to a Clink broadcast on TV vs another team. Honestly third down sounds about the same. Its 1st and 2nd down that's different, Clink 1/2/3rd all same level of noise, other stadium 1st down quiet, 2nd down a little louder, 3rd down finally loud. It's not the stadium, it's not even the fans (fans are all pasionate about their teams). It's just getting that habit going in your stadium to make ppl scream all 3-4 downs. That's it. lol should I repeat the same thing for the 4th time ;).
Anyway I'm just glad at least half the people here are complaining about something so silly.