SEATTLE — Could CenturyLink Field really be the loudest stadium in the world?
A local group headed by a former Seahawk is hoping to find out on Sept. 15 when the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in what looms as one of the marquee games of the NFL season.
Volume 12, a Seahawks fan group formed in 2009, said it had an application accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records to make an attempt to be certified as the loudest stadium in the world.
The current world record is 131.76 decibels, set on March 18, 2011, during a soccer match at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul.
Filing the application for Volume 12 was Joe Tafoya, who played defensive end in the NFL, including the 2005-06 seasons with the Seahawks.
Tafoya, an Arizona graduate who lives in Woodinville, Wash., has his own company, Jump It Media, which also includes former Seahawk running back Kerry Carter, and helped organize the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday in Tacoma, Wash.
Tafoya was recently hired by Volume 12 to help with its social media.
The former Seahawk said the idea of setting a world record came to him in the middle of the night recently.
“It occurred to me late one night, like at 3 in the morning, that there was an opportunity to do something really cool by breaking the world record,” Tafoya said. “I didn’t even know how to do it so I went online and saw the Guinness site and filled out an application and they responded relatively fast and accepted the application.”
Technically, the rules state that applicants get three attempts at setting a world record. Tafoya said a Guinness representative will be flown to Seattle for the game-paid for by Volume 12 - to set up meters to record the noise level.
Tafoya said he doesn’t want to disrupt the game, so one likely scenario is that shortly before the game, fans will be told to cheer in an attempt to break the record.
“The goal would be to put a noise meter somewhere that is visible for the fans to see and then get an attempt and watch the needle peak past 131.77 decibels,” Tafoya said.
A Seahawks spokesman said Tuesday that the team is aware of the record attempt and is reviewing the opportunity and guidelines.
Volume 12 has trademarks on several slogans, including Legion of Boom-aka the Seattle secondary-and sells various Seahawks-related apparel. While Tafoya acknowledges the company could benefit from any visibility out of the record attempt, he added, “I don’t want anything from this attempt except a certificate that says Seahawks fans are the loudest… . I think it’s just a really cool thing to do.”
The Seahawks have long touted the noise at CenturyLink Field, displaying at every game the number of false-start penalties committed by opponents through the years.
Tafoya noted that fans of other teams-notably those of the 49ers-quickly took to social media to tout the merits of the loudness of their stadiums.
“Other NFL teams are saying they are the noisiest,” Tafoya said. “But they are going to have to wait in line because we have the first application and are going to get the first crack at it.”