Love a loud crowd. Love a loud game. My cowbell and horn attest to that.
However, in the stands where we sat, we brought out a decibel meter on our phones to determine the volume from the speakers playing music.
98 decibels - Section 202.
Danger zone for hearing if it's sustained.
I get what we were doing by playing the sound loud when the Als had the ball and then cutting back as they got into formation BUT we also played it that loud through most of the rest of the game and - if you were there - heard that the stadium announcer couldn't talk because of the constant barrage of music.
Teething pains? Perhaps.
Strategy for the playoff game? Play it loud all the time so the league can't complain that we were really aiming the noise at the Als? Perhaps.
I just know that if this is regular then we will sadly give up our season seats. Haven't renewed yet and am trying to figure out if we should chance it as this was the first game we could sit in our section.
What I'm suggesting is NOT to can the music but that somebody give the sound man a few lessons in nuance, timing, and duration.
It was a GREAT experience today but - to be honest - over 6 hrs. later my ears have still not recovered. (Caution: Medical/biological comments follow - Sound remains flat and there's a heaviness in the cochlea (part of the ear) and I can tell that the hairs in the ears have not yet returned to place.) The hearing of my wife, my son, and I, is still impaired.
Let's keep up the barrage of sound at our opponents (!!!) but play it a bit smarter overall.
My two cents anyway. Perhaps it differs in other sections.