If you’re planning to watch the Blue Jackets playoff game against the Penguins tonight, you might want to turn your television’s sound down. If you’re actually going to the game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, then you may want to opt for a pair of tarmac-grade ear plugs because there’s a very good chance the arena will get as loud as a jet engine.
And that’s not an exaggeration. Listen to the crowd reaction from last Wednesday’s game after Nick Foligno scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Penguins:
And that may not even have been the loudest from this arena full of fans who congregate online under the hashtag #WeAreThe5thLine. Some say the decibel level at last Monday night’s game surpassed that, exceeding 160 decibels, which, yes, means the arena got louder than an airport tarmac, Blue Jackets Xtra reports. Kurt Dieckmann, the fan who monitored the noise level in the arena, says:
“(The meter) was spiked the entire time I ran it… Monday was the loudest I’d ever heard it in the 100-plus games I’ve been to.”
The audience was so turned up that they, allegedly, blew five speakers of what was supposed to be an unbreakable sound system. Blue Jacket Xtra writes:
“There are limiters that automatically protect the system from (blowing out),” said Jonathan Parker, sales director for Danley, the company that makes Nationwide’s speakers. “That shouldn’t be able to happen.”
Blue Jackets players were also stunned, writes Xtra:
“Even the buzzer at the end of periods, we don’t hear,” said defenseman David Savard. “You just kind of keep going until everybody stops.”
Blue Jackets fans hope the team does not stop tonight, when the team will face the Penguins at 7 p.m.