Guinness gives Chiefs fan group approval to try for loudest stadium record

07/18/2013 4:29 PM

08/13/2013 2:28 PM

The next step in turning Arrowhead Stadium into the world’s loudest sports facility has been reached.

The Guinness Book of World Records has given official approval to Terrorhead Returns, a group of fervent Chiefs fans, to compete for the record of “Loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium.”

The mark to beat is 131.7 decibels, set at a soccer match in Turkey. Terrorhead Returns now has to determine which home game has the best chance at setting the record. A group in Seattle called Volume 12 — in tribute to the Seahawks’ vaunted 12th Man — has applied to have its decibels measured at its Sept. 15 showdown against NFC West rival San Francisco.

Terrorhead Returns’ original plan was to go for it during the Sept. 15 home opener against Dallas, but the Cowboys bring a lot of their own fans, which could dilute the noise.

“We want noise,” said Tim VanderPol, one of the Terrorhead Returns founders. “The Raiders, Broncos and Chargers have been discussed. I think we should strike while the poker is hot but that’s just my opinion. The Chiefs may have a whole different thing, a game they want to do.

“A few of us are leaning toward the Raiders (on Oct. 13). Even though the Raiders bring fans, Chiefs fans love to scream against the Raiders.”

VanderPol said an event gets three chances at breaking the record.

“There are all kinds of rules and regulations,” VanderPol said. “You have to have specific equipment you can have a judge from London come in, and I think that’s what Seattle is doing, but that’s a hefty fee. As long as you have the correct equipment and recording people to record it correctly, and videos and none of that is a problem. It’s all a matter of having witnesses saying this was the equipment, it was calibrated. We can set up a microphone out in the middle of the football field or the side, and it has to be a specific height, and we start trying to get our record.”

According to previous measurements at Arrowhead Stadium, the crowd noise has reached up to 116 decibels, or 10 more than a Boeing 727 landing overhead.

“After last year, and the total meltdown of the fan base, we think this is something that will really bring the fan base back and get us back to where we were in the ’90s,” VanderPol said. “You want the fans back and excited again.”

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