Cheering Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field reached 136.6 decibels during the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, officially making The CLink the Guinness World Record holder for loudest stadium. An earlier measurement showed the noise at 131.9 decibels.
Both readings were louder than the previous record of 131.76 decibels, set two years ago during a soccer game in Istanbul, Turkey. An initial reading at CenturyLink was just short of the mark, at 130.1.
“That’s huge,” said Bill Stewart, a sound engineer and partner at SSA Acoustics in Seattle who measured the record attempts. “That’s going to be really tough for someone else to beat.”
Fans throughout the stadium knew the attempt was underway and many of them strained a vocal cord or more to break it, following an hourlong delay caused by a thunderstorm.
“I knew we could do it! We impact every defensive play,” said Shawn Burns of Marysville, a longtime season ticket holder standing at the base of the Hawks Nest, over the north end zone.
Visiting fan Felix Katich, wearing a red 49ers jersey, said he traveled from the Bay Area for the game, and he loves the fervor of Seattle fans.
“We’ve got a new stadium coming in the next year. I’ve been in NASCAR infields, and this is … nauseating. It’s great,” he said.
“Congratulations Seahawks 12th man & Centurylink field! We are officially the loudest stadium in the world!,” tweeted former Hawks defensive end Joe Tafoya, whose company coordinated the effort.