The question struck Joe Tafoya in the middle of the night in early July. The Seahawks stadium is famously loud. Could it be world-record loud?
So at 3 a.m., the former Seahawks defensive end hopped on the Internet, found the site for Guinness World Records and fired off an application.
On Sunday evening, he and a legion of Seahawks backers will get their answer when their team takes on the hated San Francisco 49ers. A monitor from Guinness will be on hand at CenturyLink Stadium to see if the din can reach 131.77 decibels, making it the loudest crowd ever recorded. The current record holders, the fans of Galatasary, a Turkish soccer team, reached 131.76 decibels during a match against rival Fenerbahce on March 18, 2011.
Tafoya noted that the Turkish fans set the record with the aid of vuvuzelas and other noise-making devices. Those aren't permitted in NFL venues, meaning the Seattle fans will have to do it by clapping their hands, stomping their feet and exhausting their vocal chords. "That's similar to a jet engine," he said of the noise level. "In order for us to break the record, it's going to have to be extremely loud."
3M is passing out earplugs before the game.