This thread cracks me up.
It's odd to me that everyone singles out Seattle for this. The Metrodome is only 5 or 6 false start penalties behind Seattle since 2007 and is very loud. What about Arrowhead Stadium? It's notoriously difficult to play there due to the crowd noise, and the intimidation factor of the complete sea of red.
If something is to be done about the noise, i'd also like to address the environmental factors.
Miami, Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Jacksonville are still awful in September, and they often force the visiting teams to wear their darker colors. This is not only unfair, but could be dangerous for visiting teams playing in the heat and humidity. While the home team is used to these temperatures.
New York, New England, Buffalo, Denver, Chicago, Green Bay, can be horrible places to play in December and January, and it's not fair for the visiting teams who aren't acclimated to the cold weather. Unfair advantage!
Wait a minute! Do you think that that's where the term "home field advantage" came from?
And in response to a few other posters, yes the Seattle fans actually are louder than other fans. I'm not claiming that other fans can't
be as loud as the Seattle fans, I'm saying that they aren't
as loud. Meaning the Seattle fans are ridiculous now with the 12th man thing, but the huge majority of them take it very seriously, and literally scream themselves hoarse at each home game. It was the same back in the Kingdome (which was much louder than the CLink by the way). It's also the same at Husky Stadium when they are playing good (as much as I hate them). The fans in this region just take it to another level. Which has really started to irritate me over the last couple years. It's now morphed into more about the fans than about the team for a lot of them! But I've been to games in San Diego, Dallas, Boston, New York, Baltimore, LA, Chicago, and Denver. So I've gotten to see a fair sampling of other teams stadiums, and none of them come close to the fans in Seattle. Like I said earlier, I'm not saying the they're super fans or anything, they just put a boat load of effort into it.
It's also pretty funny to see how many of you try to completely discredit Seattle as just being an average team with an unfair home field advantage.
Here are some of Seattles home records since Qwest field opened in 2002:
02': 3-5 at home 4-4 on the road.
04': 5-3 at home 4-4 on the road, and went to the playoffs.
06': 5-3 at home 4-4 on the road, and went to the playoffs.
08': 2-6 at home 2-6 on the road.
09': 4-4 at home 1-7 on the road.
10': 5-3 at home 2-6 on the road.
11': 4-4 at home 3-5 on the road, division champions!!! lol
If an average team could win out at home with Seattles unfair home field advantage, why have they been so.......average since the stadium opened? Perhaps the years that they are really tough at home might actually have more to do with the team than the crowd?