Open thread for the Hurricanes tonight, leading the series 3-2. You can see their website by clicking here.
Additionally, you will be interested in this recent post about the noise level in the RBC Center written after last week’s game.
The best way to measure volume is with a sound meter. Nearly 20 years ago I wanted to compare the noise levels of Reynolds Coliseum when UNC came to town, the Smith Center during the UNC/Duke game, and a leaf blower. As suspected Reynolds was the loudest. UNC had to call a timeout in the 1992 game and the noise level reached a sustained 124 decibels (dBs). (a 10dB increase represents a doubling of sound intensity). The UNC-Duke game in 1990 in the Smith Center only reached 118dBs (the loudest crowd I’ve heard in the Smith Center – no I wasn’t there in 2005 when Marvin put back the missed free throw). The loudest RBC Center crowd I’ve measured came in at 121dBs, and that was a measure from the first few rows of Section 125. Oh yeah, the leaf blower? That was 95 dBs from 2 feet away.
Last night’s crowd only clocked in a 110dBs when the Canes took the ice. The photo shows this measurement with the device dialed in to 110. (The meter is at “0” when the dialed level is reached.) When the Canes won it on Jussi Jokinen’s goal, the level reached the night’s peak, 118dBs. Most likely the comparison to the previously measured level of 121dBs is invalid because of the location. Along the sides and at the top of the arena, there is far more cubic space per person than there is down low on the ends where the space is confined like a funnel.