Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pump up the volume

The past few years, the noise level within Amon G. Carter Stadium has gradually increased along with the attendance numbers. Certainly the contributors of this blog and most of the readers are big proponents of the continuation of both of those trends.

Penn State, who already has one of the loudest stadiums in the country (who wouldn't with 100,000+ fans?) has come up with a way to boost their crowd noise using the research of Andrew Barnard, a PSU grad student. It seems the 'Nard Dog launched a study to map the acoustics of Beaver Stadium during the Nittany Lions' games last fall, then again while the stadium was empty. When he compared the data collected, he hypothesized that the stadium's average decibel-level could increase by an impressive 50% if the student section was moved to another part of the stadium.

Obviously, the easiest way for TCU home games to be louder is for more folks to plant their backsides IN the stadium instead of socializing in the parking lot like a bunch of Dallasites (yes, yes- I do live in Dallas, but rest assured that I make fun of my surroundings a lot). And once the stadium starts to fill up with warm bodies, we've got to get them making noise...something those of us in Section V will be leading the charge on this fall.

But once we start going down that road, perhaps the architects of the stadium renovation can use research like Barnard's to find ways, whether it's structural or the arrangement of the student section within the stadium, to keep noise in and help build on the home-field advantage.

2 comments:

SuperSweet HornedFrog said...

i think the loyal spitblooders alone could take out the typical TCU student section in a noise contest

Sir Wesley Willis said...

The game this year is going to be epic. Their fans are going to be SO overconfident about it. I've been writing the SMU hate that will go up during gameweek for the past month.