The Atlanta Falcons are being investigated by the NFL for creating artificial noise in their stadium for home games. The team confirmed the investigation’s existence Sunday after the league started looking into the noise level of the games the past two seasons.
The Falcons are accused of piping in noise while the opposing teams huddled to discuss plays.
Excessive noise, such as a rowdy crowd, can make it difficult for a team to run their offensive line, and thereby theoretically damaged their plays. Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs have broken the record for being the loudest stadiums. Natural crowd noise is not considered a violation of the rules, but creating noise could be considered a competitive advantage…
The tactic, if used, did not help the Falcons. They were only 6-10 at home over the last two seasons and 4-12 away.
If the Falcons are found guilty, the punishment will be steep and could lead to losing a draft pick.
Um, OK. Home field advantage and crowd noise is even more distinctive in proper football. What Americans call “soccer”.
Supporters of visiting teams are often limited to a very small percentage of seats. Often as low as 5%. Tie that in with the global tradition of supporter songs and chants – louder than many Americans may ever experience – and you have serious supportage.
In most countries the only amplification ever allowed is for cheerleaders. Not the crowd. Cripes, I’d hate to imagine what it would be like in a tight noisy stadium like Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium. Supporters often reach 83db – though Liverpool’s Anfield has been measured recently at 97db.
That’s equivalent to modern “quieter” jetliners taking off.