Saints fans asked to get loud and proud in the Dome
Don Ames Reporting
Saints fans can cheer their way to a world record tonight in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
A Guinness World Records representative will be at the Saints' Sunday night game against the Carolina Panthers, measuring the enthusiasm of the 'Who Dat Nation'.
At stake is the title of "Loudest Crowd Roar at an Indoor Stadium".
The official record that the Saints and their fans will attempt to break is 126 dBA, which was set by fans of the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on November 15, 2013.
Saints' Owner Tom Benson feels his team's fans are up to the challenge.
"We, as an organization, take tremendous pride in the great home field advantage that our fans provide for us each and every home game," said Benson. "This is a unique opportunity to enter the Guinness Book of Records and we're confident that our fans will help us achieve the goal. It's a testament to their passion that we're hosting a representative from Guinness Book of Records and it speaks to the anticipation that they have for how loud our crowd will be."
Last Monday night, the Seahawks dismantled the Saints in Seattle, with the help of very vocal crowd at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks fan base set a new Guinness Book of Records mark for a crowd roar at an outdoor stadium, at 137.6 dBA.
Now, it's the Who Dats turn.
"We were part of history last week in Seattle and we are confident that our fans can make history, too," Benson said.
Measurements will be recorded beginning with the 'Who Dat!' chant prior to the start of the game and will be measured throughout the game, including after scoring plays and when the Panthers are in possession of the football. The Saints will issue prompts to the fans at opportune times during the game.
An announcement will be made before the game's end as to whether the 'Who Dats' are the world's loudest indoor crowd.