Football (soccer) fans are known worldwide for being loud and having some of the best displays of fandom you’ll ever see, but when it comes to noise there’s a new king — the fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Everyone has known for a while that it was loud at Seahawks games, but no one knew how loud until recently.
During their dominating win over the 49ers a few weeks ago, they broke the record for decibel level set by fans of Turkish club Galatasaray S.K., which is no easy feat. Here’s what the Turk Telekom Arena looked like before their match against the Manchester United:
The Turkish club beat a much more talented Manchester United club that day, and it goes to show how much fans and a good homefield advantage can affect the game. The day the 12th Man in CenturyLink Field broke the decibel record, the Seahawks manhandled a 49ers team that had just reached the Super Bowl in February. Last season, Seattle won home games with scores of 27-7, 28-7, 42-13 and 58-0. The rest of the NFC was lucky that the Seahawks didn’t have homefield in the playoffs.
It’s not just football in Seattle, the city has become known for having the best support nationwide for their Major League Soccer team, the Seattle Sounders. The games are sold out, and the chanting, tifos and crowd noise is unparalleled in U.S. soccer. It’s no surprise a lot of the same people are at Seahawks games every Sunday. Seattle soccer fans were rewarded for their passion by getting to host a U.S. World Cup Qualifying game in June at CenturyLink Field, their first since 1976 in the city. The fans, media and players all left Seattle after a 2-0 win over Panama thinking the same thing, ‘Can we just make Seattle our home city in the U.S.?” I was at that game along with the rest of the U.S. World Cup Qualifiers this year, and it was definitely the loudest soccer game I’ve ever been to. Seattle is winning the day in both football and soccer, and it looks like it won’t be long before they get an NHL franchise, or even their Sonics back.
In a time where the NFL is raking in revenues of over $10 billion a year and the fan feels like the little guy more than ever, here’s a place where you can make a difference. You can be at the game and be part of the reason the Seahawks (or whoever your team is) are untouchable at home. The parity in the NFL is tremendous when compared to college football, so when you add in that college-football type passion to an NFL game it can definitely make the difference between a win and a loss.