CenturyLink Field vs. Arrowhead Stadium: True open air stadium
This year there have been multiple attempts by different fan bases to claim the title of loudest open air stadium. CenturyLink Field in Seattle set a record of 136.6 decibels in September. The fans at Arrowhead Stadium proceeded to break that record by reaching 137.5 decibels in October. The Tigers of Clemson University attempted to break the record later that month, but were unsuccessful. CenturyLink Field, during a prime time game on a Monday Night in December reclaimed the title by achieving 137.6 decibels. There is no question as to the actual decibel level achieved in each scenario, as an official adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records was present. The factor in question is whether or not CenturyLink Field is a true open air stadium. The design of the stadium includes a covering structure that runs the length of the stadium on both sides. This design creates a semi-enclosed structure that in this particular case, helps retain sound and allows for higher decibel levels to be achieved. Due to this structural reason, CenturyLink Field should not be allowed to compete as an open air stadium for the noise record since it's design is effectively a half dome. This would result in returning the record to Arrowhead Stadium, which does not have any covering type structures. If you agree with this stance, that CenturyLink does not qualify as a true open air stadium, I would ask that you sign this petition and share it with others.