When Arrowhead Stadium is packed, there is no place louder in the NFL. Even when the Kansas City Chiefs are able to get in the neighborhood of a sellout, visiting teams can have trouble communicating at the line of scrimmage.
For a team like the Baltimore Ravens that likes to run their offense in no-huddle mode, a rocking Arrowhead can cause a plenty of problems. Ravens center Matt Birk talked to the team’s official site about just how loud Chiefs fans were in the 2010 wild-card playoff game at Arrowhead.
“You just feel the vibration of [QB Joe Flacco’s] voice, that’s how loud it is,” the All Pro center said.
Does he think it’s the loudest outdoor stadium in the league?
“Seriously, it could be,” Birk said. “It’s not the most recently architecturally-engineered stadium out there, but it’s loud.”
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh made it clear how he feels about Arrowhead.
“It’s one of the greatest venues in the NFL,” Harbaugh told reporters. “It’s a beautiful setting, it’s traditional, and it’s really, really loud. It’s a sea of red. Our guys will have to be ready for that.”
Judging by how many fans booked out of the stadium early last week and the amount of empty seats the Chiefs have played in front of over the last few seasons, the Ravens might end up renaming the “sea of red” the “seats of red”.