November 30, 2016

What Goes Into Engineering the World’s Loudest Fan Cheer


What instruments could we use to make the world’s loudest cheer? YouTuber Mark Rober decided to look at the sound science to rank stadium cheering tactics.

Loud stadium cheers are a commonly used tactic, especially in American football. If the fans’ cheers can outweigh the sound of the snap count and mess up the other team, they’ve succeeded. Hence the reasons a number of stadiums look for high fan participation and crazy noise-making.

Rober’s study assumes every fan in a filled stadium contributes an equal amount of sound, so Rober’s obviously working under ideal circumstances. Which object wins? Is booing the most effective? What about cupping your hands when you yell? Do those noisemakers really annoy people as much as we think?

Via Mark Rober

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