Chief Concerns: Susie Hodson
The following is a press release received by the administrators of the Facebook group TERRORHEAD RETURNS:
“Terrorhead Returns grassroots fan unity movement officially announces; Kansas City Chiefs fans will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for Loudest Crowd Roar at a Sports Stadium, on Sunday, October 13th, 2013, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, during their division rival game against the Oakland Raiders. The Terrorhead Returns grassroots fan unity movement’s ultimate goal is to re-establish and retain the admirable title of Arrowhead being known for more than twenty years, as the “Loudest Stadium in the National Football League.” The Guinness World Record attempt is intended to be a fan motivator towards the goal for Kansas City Chiefs fans to restore the home field advantage at every home game played at Arrowhead Stadium. It is an honorary and admirable title to be brought about by the fans, belonging to the fans and for the fans.
The Terrorhead Returns team includes its founders and administrators: Tim VanderPol, Charlie Edrington, Connie Jo Gillespie, Ty Rowton, Joshua Boothe and Mark Powell. The team also includes many contributing assistants and thousands of members.
“As loyal and passionate Chiefs fans, we’ve each contributed to making the Guinness World Record attempt possible. Whether we’re a fan at the game, in the parking lot, or watching from a television unable to be at the stadium, we will each be LOUD and PROUD doing our part near and from a far…to claim the Guinness World Record title, and establish Arrowhead Stadium, the home of Kansas City Chiefs’ fans Red Sea, as being the loudest fans in the world.”
As most of you know, we’re competing for this title against former AFC West rival – now in the NFC West – Seattle Seahawks. Their game to compete for the title is this Sunday, September 15th against divisional rival San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks have claimed that the crowd’s roar at CenturyLink Field can reach a decibel level of 112, which makes their stadium the loudest stadium in the National Football League.
Chiefs Kingdom, you’ve seen pictures of CenturyLink. It holds 67,000 fans (which can be expandable if needed to 72,000). The roof, at 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2), covers 70 percent of the seats but leaves the field open. Due to recent renovations, the capacity at Arrowhead Stadium is 76,416 people.
Well no wonder Seattle’s stadium is louder. It was specifically designed that way!
Arrowhead Stadium is considered by many to be the loudest venue in the National Football League, but that’s just a portion of what makes a Chiefs game-day experience arguably better than any other. Start with the unmatched tailgating scene. In both quantity and quality, there isn’t a pre-game eating and drinking landscape like Arrowhead’s. Affectionately dubbed “The Asphalt Jungle,” the huge parking lot surrounding the stadium is filled with food, grills and booze hours before kick-off. Anything goes here, too. You will find everything from T-Bone Steaks to Shrimp Cocktails as a pre-game meal. No matter what you crave to quench your pre-game appetite, you’ll find it at One Arrowhead Drive.
Once inside Arrowhead, the fun continues. Fans spontaneously start the “Tomahawk Chop” prior to kick-off and during time-outs. At the end of the national anthem, the entire stadium proudly shouts, “…home of the CHIEFS!” For touchdowns, the crowd gives the familiar touchdown song a unique and intimidating twist, yelling “WE’RE GONNA BEAT THE **** OUT OF YOU!“ while pointing at the opposition. The field gets deafening noise from all sides when Kansas City is on defense; however fans erupt out of their seats on third downs with unrivaled intensity.
Throughout the game, Arrowhead buzzes to the brim. There’s a certain magic felt at all times, the type that is immediately recognizable as rare and especially noteworthy. Perhaps no town loves their team more than Kansas City does the Chiefs, and Arrowhead’s excited, unique, and fervent atmosphere indicates as much. It’s tough to beat, whether professional, college, or anywhere else.
My Two Cents:
Chiefs Kingdom, we’ve got this. At times, I have seen the decibel level at Arrowhead reach nearly 140 decibels. I have come home with no voice (sometimes for weeks at a time) and my ears ringing. I have tickets to this game as a dear friend of the Oakland Raiders will be visiting. She will be representing her team; I wouldn’t have it any other way. To any fans of the Oakland Raiders that may be reading this, I wouldn’t count on a sweep of the Kansas City Chiefs this year. This is our year, this is our time and we’re going to romp all over your team on Sunday, October 13. Wear your ear plugs and be loud and proud! GO CHIEFS!!