Seahawks fans looking to break Guinness Record for loudest stadium

Marshawn Lynch carries the '12th man' flag before a game last season. (USATSI)
There are plenty of storylines heading into the Week 2 matchup between the 49ers and the Seahawks, most of them having to do with Seattle players having it in for San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh. But amid all that, the CenturyLink Field fans will be trying to break the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd in sports history.

Volume 12, a Seahawks fan group, explains on Facebook that the fine folks at Guinness have accepted an application to give the 12th man -- what Seahawks fans call themselves -- the opportunity to break the record currently held by fans of the Turkish soccer club, Galatasaray S.K. That record, in which the decibel level reached 131.76, took place on March 18, 2011 at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena.

According to, the highest decibel-level ever recorded at CenturyLink Field was 112.

So that's something else to look forward to when the 49ers and Seahawks get together, although we suspect comedian Bill Burr, who also happens to be a Patriots fan, remains unimpressed. Last October, after Seattle upset New England (and led to Richard Sherman's "U Mad Bro" Twitter meme), Burr went off on the myth that Seahawks fans are louder than everybody else.

"Seattle, their fans annoy the f--- outta me, they really do," Burr said on his podcast (you can listen here, around the 6:10 mark, but almost all of it is NSFW). "I am so sick of them getting all this f------ credit for being this loud crowd, the 12th man. You know who the 12th man should be? Your 12th man every week should be the architect that built that stadium because they knew you guys were just average f------ fans so they had to design a symphony hall to enhance how loud your cheers are."

In case you're wondering, Ellerbe Beckett, LMN Architects and Streeter & Associates are the architects responsible for CenturyLink Field.

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