“It’s loud,” running back Mark Ingram said. “Their fans are great, the environment’s great. As a competitor, you’d like to be able to thrive in that environment. It’s a challenge to communicate, but I don’t recall having issues with communication.”
That’s not far off from the Superdome’s ear-splitting best. Saints fans set the Superdome’s mark at 122.6 decibels in 2013.
All of those factors combine to make U.S. Bank Stadium one of the loudest venues in the league. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the decibel level hit 119.8 in the stadium against the Los Angeles Rams in November.
“That is an extremely loud environment, probably one of the louder ones in the league,” Brees said. “So yes, we have a plan on how we are going to handle that.”
Minnesota built U.S. Bank Stadium with crowd noise in mind. According to Fox Sports report, the see-through panels in the roof are made with a material that reflects noise, and the seats are closer to the field than any other stadium in the NFL, some as close as 25 feet away. The way the tiles are tilted in the roof of U.S. Bank have also been touted as part of the stadium’s acoustical advantage.
New Orleans has a few assets of its own to combat the noise.
New Orleans also has a pretty good idea what’s coming.
As loud as it gets in U.S. Bank Stadium, though, the Superdome might be the best preparation the Saints can get for the cacophony of noise that will fall on them on Sunday, even if it’s the offense that will be trying to communicate under the “Skol” roar instead of the defense taking on Matt Ryan or Cam Newton.
Either way, both the Vikings and Saints play in front of some of the loudest crowds in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs set the Guinness World Record by reaching an unbelievable 142.4 decibels in September of 2014, nearly five decibels louder than Seattle’s audio assault of 137.5 decibels, coincidentally set in 2013 against the Saints.