Friday 28 July 2017

The noise levels in Croke Park reached fever pitch yesterday - but fell short of world record

Dublin and Mayo supporters during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
Dublin and Mayo supporters during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final

Harry Clarke

The noise in Croke Park reached massive levels yesterday - but fell some way short of a sporting world record.

82,257 fans crammed into the famous Jones' Road venue, there wasn't a spare seat to be seen and Mayo fans even occupied a decent portion of the Hill 16 end.

Fans have since been debating who had more supporters in the ground - Dublin or Mayo.

That debate can never be settled but the GAA have released stats from the game that can give us some insight into who was cheering for who.

When the teams entered the pitch, 105 decibels was recorded, throw in yielded 106 while the loudest roar of the day came when Dublin registered their first score - an own goal by Kevin McLoughlin that hit 114 decibels.

That number is four points higher than what was recorded for Mayo's first score which was a Tom Parsons point into the Hill 16 end.

Accodring to the Guinness Book Of Records, the loudest crowd level ever recorded is 142.2 by fans of the Kansas City Chiefs (USA), at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, on September 29, 2014.

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