Here’s a run down the fanatical crowds who might even give The Kop a run for its money...
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, fans of the reigning Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks are officially the loudest sports fans on the planet. In a game against the New Orleans Saints, at CenturyLink Field last December, the so-called 12th Man hit 137.6 decibels, to set the record for the loudest crowd roar ever recorded at a sports stadium. It even registered as a small earthquake!
Kansas City Chiefs
That record previously belonged to the raucous Kansas City fans at Arrowhead Park (who took it from, you guessed it, the Seahawks). Last October, the 76,394 reached 136.6 decibels when their beloved Chiefs returned an interception for a touchdown in the closing stages of a win over the Oakland Raiders. Just for reference, 140 decibels is akin to the sound of a jet engine at take-off.
Boston Red Sox
When Liverpool fans took over Fenway Park in 2012, as they will again this summer, one of the world’s most famous arenas experienced the travelling Kop in full voice. However, those who inhabit the stadium on a nightly basis are no strangers to bellowing at the top of their lungs, such as when the World Series came home last October. Oh, and the masse rendition of 'Sweet Caroline' before the bottom of the 8th inning is also something to behold.
Bears fans at Soldier Field, where Liverpool will play Olympiakos on July 27, are so passionate they’ve been accused of being too loud on offensive possessions and thus preventing quarterback Jay Cutler from effectively communicating plays to his teammates. Fans that are too loud? That’s a new one on us.
Oklahoma City Thunder
With arguably the best team in the NBA’s Western Conference, OKC fans have plenty to shout about, but they don’t call the Thunder’s Chesapeake Energy Arena 'Loud City' for nothing. You don’t believe us? According to LA Lakers megastar Kobe Bryant, “they probably have the best crowd in the league. Their crowd is incredible.” Talk about bringing the Thunder…
Across the border in Montreal, Canada, hockey is more like a religion than a sport. The 24-time Stanley Cup winning Canadiens have one of the longest active sell-out streaks in American sports, dating back a decade. They also play in the Bell Centre, the largest hockey arena in the league. Combine the two and there’s only one result: deafening sound.
Golden State Warriors
Those sports fans in the Pacific North West sure know how to get behind their teams and in few places is that more evident than The Oracle Arena in Oakland, California where the Golden State Warriors shoot hoops in the National Basketball Association. Like Kopties, Warriors fans are known for raising the decibel level even when their team is on the losing end and are recognisable for the distinctive, elongated 'Waaaaarrrrriooooors' chant.
Keeping it in the North West is our pick for the most raucous fans in Major League Soccer, the Portland Timbers. The Timbers Army - known for its epic TIFO displays (short for Tifosi and named after Juventus fans) and its match-long chants - is so fanatical they were the subject of their very own documentary.
Phillies fans’ reputation for never reigning in their passion, win or lose, has seen them labelled both the best and the worst fans in Major League Baseball at various times. One thing’s for sure, whether they’re booing or cheering, the inhabitants of the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ sure are boisterous.
Shipping off to Boston again for our final entry, it’s the Bruins fans of the National Hockey League. If you needed any evidence of just how loud supporters of this historic franchise can be, just check out this rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the famous TD Garden, just days after the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013. If you don’t have Goosebumps, then you should probably think about checking whether you do have a pulse.
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