Fortunately I had ear plugs in my bag from last year. Unfortunately, I was not able to talk to anyone around me to find out that they had done over the winter or make any conversation about the team. I couldn't talk to my wife sitting beside me. it was pointless.
Being a season ticket holder for 40 years, we now go to the games as more of a social event because if we had to rely on being entertained by the team, we would have packed it in years ago. With the current sound level, I could sit at home, watch it on TV and have the same social interaction as I can possibly have at the games, so what's the point of going?
One positive was that they did seem to have more silent times between plays which was nice but when the crowd doesn't seem to be making enough (?) noise (we were losing?) they started playing music all the time. Strangely, the PA announcer didn't seem too loud, only the music and the girl doing the stuff on the sidelines.
If they don't do something about this in the new stadium I will not be renewing. I've sent comments and e-mails about this to management before to no avail. I did get a reply in 2010 from Gerry Fonzo (Director of Ticket Sales and Service).He said "there are area's in the stadium that the speakers aren't loud enough and others like your section, are a bit to loud." I believe thay all sit in the press box above the speakers so they don't appreciate the volume. 92 decibels is not a "bit loud". He also said it would something that they would have to work out with the City because it is owned and operated by them. Does this mean we should be contacting our councillors?
I guess I'll have to get better ear plugs to make it through the year.
And for you guys who say to stop complaining, how long have you been supporting this team by being a season ticket holder?