Loud Arrowhead crowd sets record, but it’s this team that gets fans roaring

Updated: 2013-10-14T15:17:25Z


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It was “ground-shaking loud,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, and receiver Dexter McCluster swore he felt his helmet rattling.

Len Dawson, who has been attached to the Chiefs either as their quarterback or broadcaster for most of their 50-year existence, had “never heard it like that before here in Kansas City.” Cornerback Dunta Robinson felt energy unlike he’d ever experienced surge through his body.

That’s what it was like on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, where the resurrected Chiefs improved to 6-0 for just the second time in franchise history by thumping the Oakland Raiders 24-7 before a crowd of 76,394 and … Philip Robertson, the self-described “adjudicator” from Guinness World Records.

Armed with his “attenuation monitor,” Roberton spent the game on the field to measure an attempt to set the world record for “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium.”

And the record came, surely when Husain Abdullah picked off Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor for a 44-yard touchdown to put the final exclamation point on the game with 1 minute, 35 seconds left.

After all, loud as it was all day, safety Kendrick Lewis “didn’t feel anything like that” moment. And fellow safety Eric Berry knew that had to be it.

“The top just blew off of Arrowhead … if there was one,” he said.

Only, oddly enough, it wasn’t then, or even when the flustered Raiders were racking up their three false starts and three delay-of-game penalties.

No, according to Robertson, the landmark reading of 137.5 decibels — to surpass the record of 136.6 set in Seattle several weeks ago — was delivered in the final seconds. This seemed to be a certain curiosity of the science, considering the stadium by then was at best two-thirds full.

“Throughout the game … they were getting close and close, but they really weren’t getting past 132,” said the enthusiastic Robertson, noting how the level soared to 135.4 in the wake of Abdullah’s interception. “And we thought, ‘Well, that’s fantastic, that’s really close.’ ”

Then, as if from nowhere, he said, the decibel reading zoomed to 137.5 with about 30 seconds left.

“I think the fans saw something on the flashboard (scoreboard) and ran over … (They) descended and began cheering and chanting, screaming,” Robertson said. “It was that high-pitched scream that pushed them over the edge. And then we have a Guinness World Record.

“It was just so unexpected, that last 30 seconds. It was almost like a dramatic Hollywood finish to a football game.”

And, shazam, the Chiefs had their certificate for “the loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium,” set at “13 October 2013” at … “Arrowhead Arena.”

“That’s the British in me, I’m afraid,” Robertson said. “So there will be a corrected certificate coming out with the exact measurement displayed as well.”

And though some may scoff at this as gimmickry or hokum, that will be a really nice point of pride for Chiefs fans.

But in the end, no number really illustrates the symbiotic relationship between the Chiefs and their fans the way just being in the stadium did on this frenzied Sunday.

“It’s one of those things when you have to find a way to slow your heart down … and we couldn’t do that today,” Raiders offensive lineman Mike Brisiel said.

This was more about the sustained roar than the peak moment.

“We were just working together — the team and the fans,” Berry said. “Never seen anything like it.”

Echoing the sentiment, tight end Sean McGrath said: “We’re all one big team, baby; it’s ‘Chiefs Kingdom.’ ”

So maybe fans didn’t exactly induce the Raiders to keep taking penalties that reflected lost poise, or cause Pryor to throw his first interception, a crucial one that set up the Chiefs’ go-ahead touchdown with the score 7-7 in the third quarter.

But then again, they obviously had some influence on the build-up to the pivotal moment in what was then a game that could go either way.

One play after Oakland took a delay of game amid the bedlam, Pryor under pressure lobbed a ball over the middle that was picked off by Quintin Demps.

“He was rattled,” Lewis said of Pryor. “Those guys played a major part in our victory. When they can’t go communicate, they can’t hit a snap count, that all plays a major role in our success.”

And vice versa: The crowd needs something to work with, something that was nowhere to be found a year ago, when the Chiefs were 2-14 and their fans were in mutiny against what they cherish.

“Aw, man, it’s totally different,” receiver Dwayne Bowe said. “Last year, with all the stuff that went on, fans weren’t excited about football. Now, we’ve brought new life to the fans and to the city, and they’ve been phenomenal.”

Any way you measure it.

“It was incredible. I had a number of people come up to me who have been coming to Chiefs games for decades and say, ‘I have never heard it like this,’ ” Chiefs CEO and chairman Clark Hunt said. “And they were right. It was deafening no matter where you were, and I can't imagine having been the Raiders' offense today, having to go out there and execute plays.

“It was deafening, and you could see the effect it had on the game.”

And, presumably, on the game here next Sunday against Houston.

Even without Guinness in the arena.

“I’m going to tell the crowd,” McCluster said, “to go drink some tea, get (those) vocal chords ready and bring it again next week.”

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