Seattle Seahawks: CenturyLink Field is Unapologetically Loud

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The Seattle Seahawks have a distinct home-field advantage. How much of an advantage? Enough that Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers had to resort to hand-signals in order to call out plays. Maybe they should have used hand puppets.

The Seahawks went 8-0 at home in 2012, and if this team can stay healthy, they could very well do it again in 2013.

Apparently this noise is offending some people. Two Niners fans were so upset by the Week 2 game between Seattle and San Francisco that they wrote a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In their letter, the fans argue that stadiums should not be so loud. In fact, if the stadium gets too loud, the visiting team should be able to ask for quiet. The writers of this letter go on to suggest that if the crowd did not comply in multiple games, the home team would have to play their remaining games on the road.

Seriously?

Look, I get it. Teams have to be frustrated when they come to the Clink. If you are a player on offense, it is a little easier to do your job when you can hear the snap-count. Still, the fans have to be quiet? Quiet?

Sorry, Niners fans. This isn’t golf. The NFL is not going to bring in retired volunteers that can hold up a “QUIET” sign when the visiting team is on offense. On a side note, why do golfers get to have quiet? In every other sport, the fans get to yell and scream to their heart’s content. Why is golf so special?

Back to football. It is fair to ask fans to be classy and respectful, particularly when there are supporters of the opposing team in the stadium. Engaging in friendly banter is fine. Drunk and disorderly is not.

Here is the other reality. When Russell Wilson lines up under center in San Francisco, fans there are free to scream as loud as they want. The volume goes both ways. This isn’t college football where the “best” teams in the country get to play eight of their 12 games at home and then try to impress everyone with their “strength of schedule.” This is the NFL. Eight at home. Eight on the road.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming to town in Week 3. Perhaps there will be a letter of complaint to a Jacksonville newspaper next week, but I doubt the NFL is going to ask the competition committee to consider a “decibel rule.”

Sorry, opposing fans. The Clink is loud. It was designed to be loud, and the fans take pride in their volume. In fact, the crowd just set a world record for crowd noise at a sporting event. Or didn’t you “hear” about that?

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.


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  • Robert Yamaguchi

    Okay, but what ever happened to sportsmanship? The Hawks were 3-5 on the road last year, but 8-0 at home. Would the Hawks fans like it if Niner fans brought laser pointers to the game with them to shine in Russell Wilson’s eyes? If we are going to design stadiums to deliberately make it impossible for opposing teams to communicate during critical moments, why don’t we just build hydraulics under the fields so we can tilt the playing field?