Posted January 10, 2014

CenturyLink Field set to record fan-induced earthquakes with seismometers

NFL Playoffs, Seattle Seahawks
If the Seahawks come up big against the Saints, seismometers are set to record the fan-induced quake.

If the Seahawks come up big against the Saints, seismometers are set to chart the fan-induced earthquakes. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The last time the New Orleans Saints visited Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, the 12th Man made enough commotion to register a 1-to-2-magnitude earthquake. That number could intensify for the playoffs Saturday, and the Seahawks will have the equipment in place to record it. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is placing two seismometers inside the downtown stadium.

Now we’ll see just how unhinged the 12th Man can get.

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The reputation of CenturyLink’s noise took off in 2011 when fan reaction to a Marshawn Lynch 67-yard playoff touchdown run registered on the University of Washington’s seismic network. That run, dubbed the “Beast Quake” in Seattle, set a standard for fans, matched only this year when Seahawks faithful set the Guinness World Record for noise at an outdoor stadium twice — first in September and again in December after the Kansas City Chiefs crowd stole it from them.

Then, to top off the noise-making ability in Seattle, fan exuberance registered on the seismic charts once again on Dec. 2 while the Seahawks beat the Saints 34-7. The seismic network recorded five events during the game, the strongest coming after Michael Bennett returned a fumble 22 yards for a score.

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But placing two seismometers inside CenturyLink — one on the field, another in the stands — plus a third outside the building for the playoffs isn’t all purely scientific study. Bill Steele of the seismic network tells local media he wants to have fun with the whole thing too. Still, scientists can learn a little bit about how seismic waves travel in downtown Seattle.

After all, the seismic team is fully expecting another few earthquakes. And so are 67,000 unrestrained 12th Man fans.

Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

55 comments
gralstin
gralstin

What a bunch of sour grapes poor sports here on this thread. If you don't like that the Seattle fans are loudest, then prove it by helping make your team's stadium louder. Put up or shut up!

Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago

A fan base who cannot come up with their own original name. Had to copy it from a college (TexasA&M). No surprise; Paul Allen, an owner of this team, built his company by copying the originality of Steve Jobs and Apple.

neill_sackett
neill_sackett

I remember not to long ago it was a penalty for fans to scream when the opposing team had the ball. If they continue to let this happen all stadiums should be built like Seattle's. For a team to be so good at home with very little star talent is amazing. At least there will NEVER be a super bowl in Seattle.....

Oh by the way Seattle the Super Bowl is an away game which means you LOSE!!

Argounat
Argounat

Time to change the rules and create penalties for the home teams which are responsible for the deafening noise.

allowmetopost
allowmetopost

Must be screaming about ticket prices and game time changes? Or the criminals that are fNFL recruited football players?

dmdurdan
dmdurdan

Does the sun ever shine in Seattle?  

Supernaut
Supernaut

Eehhh, no biggie. When the Seahawks go to New Jersey to face the Broncos, they'll not have that "advantage".


Broncos - 26

Seahawks - 24

dmdurdan
dmdurdan

Maybe they can set a record for whining about calls.  They are real good at that.

kevin.bullard
kevin.bullard

WCW Wrestling used the same loudspeaker stunt in the late 1990's for the Goldberg run with the belt...fake, Fake, FAKE!

RussellCunningham
RussellCunningham

Not surprising given the decline in stadium attendance.

Nothing more than a publicity stunt...

Al-Gorzeera
Al-Gorzeera

Piping in noise over loud speakers is nothing new.

BrianEs
BrianEs

Look at all the crybabies whining because their teams suck, their stadiums are dull, and their fans are BORING.



Distillerman
Distillerman

What a distinguished record.  They will also set the book of records for:


!.  The largest assembly of people wearing Birkenstocks

2. The most number of people chewing on granola snacks at once

3. The most women ever assembled with unshaven armpits and legs

4. The highest level of noxious fumes off-gassing from men not wearing deodorant

5. Largest gathering of human beings with zero melanin in their skin

6. Most automobiles parked in one lot with "Coexist" bumper stickers on them


Plenty more subjects of great distinction available to those rusted out folks.

MCSquared
MCSquared

I don't understand the obsession with being LOUD.....

FredMertz1
FredMertz1

BFD.  That stadium was designed to create noise for home team advantage.  

The NFL is way too full of itself anyway.  People are getting sick and tired of Roger Goodell, the stupid rules, the obscene salaries, lousy officiating, the ticket, food, drink, and parking prices, and the time outs for commercials. Then there's the drug users, criminals, gamblers, wife beaters, gang bangers, cheaters, loudmouths, perverts, money grubbing owners, point shavers, out of control fans, and dirty players.  Professional Wrestling on steroids.  

DonutWars
DonutWars

Sick of hearing about the Seattle fans. They're almost as annoying as Steelers fans.

jb-mclean
jb-mclean

Seatle players are not good enough to win on their own. They need the fans to impair the other team at a neutral place they lose.

bstflyguy
bstflyguy

New Orleans 42

Seattle 28

No earthquake reported.


crazydog
crazydog

The only earthquake will be that from the fans stomping out of the stadium after a Seahawk loss!

RobertStafford
RobertStafford

If they aren't careful, they might set off THE BIG ONE ..LOL

JustinLauderdale
JustinLauderdale

Kc is just as loud and there are no earthquakes there from the stadium. the seattle fans are pretty dumb to believe that they are causing earthquakes. there loud but eathquakes sounds like bs to me

joe6647
joe6647

Im sure if any new stadiums are built they will be built like Seattle's.  That stadium is built to capture noise and give the home team a huge advantage

Phllip
Phllip

i don't know where there's so much hate against Seattle and their fans..Seattle has pretty awesome fans and this 12th man stuff doesn't only apply to the Seahawks. Check out their MLS team the Seattle Sounders..the fans there are crazy and sell out every single game. If i ever go to Seattle i'd love to be apart of the crowd and feel that excitement. It's better than going to San Fran and possibly getting stabbed because u have the opposing team's jersey on. How ever, that comment down below that says "when you don't have any league championship trophies you have to find something to focus on...hilarious stuff bro.

riley8
riley8

Fan noise is beaten each week by a small piece of plastic in each ear.  Next story please.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Also, they will try to break the record of limp wristed fan chants previously held bi the G(B)ay Puckers.

BargainTuesday
BargainTuesday

Well, when you don't have any league championship trophies you have to find something to focus on.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Does anyone else remember that story from the 1970's that said if every person in China jumped off a six foot ladder at the same time it would cause massive earthquakes and tidal waves world wide? I'm not making that up. 

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I'm sorry but the foundation on that place must be a joke.  

Joe R2
Joe R2

Inducing an "earthquake" in the 2010 playoffs is the Seahawks biggest accomplishment as a franchise

SteveBerger
SteveBerger

@SupernautBroncos aren't going to the Superbowl. Have you seen Gomer Pyle's playoff record? I mean Manning's playoff record. Meltdown coming!

Supernaut
Supernaut

@dmdurdan Negatron, Batman. J'ever watch Tom Brady when he fails? THAT dude is a real good whiner.

Argounat
Argounat

@BrianEs You losers never see the frigging sun, are all depressed, wet and cold. Doom on you & The Sea Skanks

Albert8184
Albert8184

@Distillerman 


So what you're saying implicitly is that this is the largest gathering of Libtards, ultraLeftists, Europhile statists and Eco-radicals of every stripe in the country?

bstflyguy
bstflyguy

@CrystalMartinezSo, if I read you correctly...you're saying is that the Book of Mark says that New Orleans needs to get ahead early, because Seattle isn't a team built to make comebacks. I agree. If New Orleans can put 34 or 42 pts on the board...then make Seattle's time-consuming run game try to play catch-up, the Saints will win.


Yeah, I know...there's plenty of Biblical prophesy about Jimmy Graham...but that's Old Testament stuff. I think you REALLY need to look at what both Paul AND Corinthians said about Drew Brees to Marques Colston in big games.


No kidding. It's in the Bible.

BargainTuesday
BargainTuesday

@Phllip Seattle used to have pretty good fans up until about a year ago.  Now they're easily one of the most obnoxious fanbases.  Right up there with the Eagles and Cowboys.