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Seahawks notebook: CenturyLink sets noise record

By Brady Henderson

CenturyLink Field was already considered the noisiest stadium in the NFL. It can now stake a claim to the loudest crowd in the world.

At least it was for a few moments during the Seahawks’ 29-3 win over the 49ers Sunday night when the decibel level was high enough to establish a new Guinness world record for “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium.”

Officials from Guinness World Records measured the decibel level at CenturyLink Field Sunday night as high as 136.6, easily breaking the previous record of 131.7 that was set at a Turkish soccer stadium in 2011. (AP) | More photos

It actually happened more that once Sunday, with the record first being broken following a first-quarter sack of quarterback Colin Kaepernick when the decibel level reached 131.9, according to the Facebook page of the Seahawks fan group that organized the effort. The group, Volume 12, says the decibel level later reached 136.6. That shattered the original record of 131.7, which was set at a Turkish soccer stadium in 2011.

“What an amazing night for the 12th Man,” coach Pete Carroll said to open his postgame press conference. “Unbelievable … I’ve never heard a crowd like that. That was so cool to see them elevate for the night and really sustain in all night long. To me, that’s the first thing to talk about. What a freakin’ night for those guys. It was so much fun to be in the stadium.”

A photo posted on the group’s Facebook page shows Joe Tafoya, a former Seahawks defensive end who worked with Volume 12 on the attempt, posing with an oversized Guinness World Record certificate commemorating the accomplishment.

Delay of game

What does an NFL team do when inclement weather delays the game during the first quarter? A little bit of everything, apparently.

A lightning storm sent both teams to the locker room at 6:05 p.m. Once there, quarterback Russell Wilson took a shower, defensive end Cliff Avril studied, and cornerback Richard Sherman did what you might expect him to do – he had some fun.

“I partied with the D-line a little bit; we did some dance moves,” Sherman said. “I had a good time.”

Play resumed after a one-hour delay.


• Seattle’s first punt of the game was blocked, something Carroll attributed to confusion over a whistle that came from the stands. “Our guys stood up and looked around,” Carroll said. “They thought the whistle was on the field.”

The blocked punt was the first against Seattle since 2008.

• LT Russell Okung left the game in the first half and didn’t return due to what Carroll said was a toe injury.

• The 68,338 tickets distributed established a new CenturyLink Field record.

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