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Did Flyers fans make more noise than Blackhawks fans?

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Happy Philadelphia Flyers fans leave the Wachovia Center after the Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals on Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Philadelphia. The Blackhawks lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


We’ve been monitoring the ear-splitting decibel levels of the games in Chicago (Game 2 was slightly louder than Game 1) so I thought it would be wise to see if the crowd in Philadelphia could top them. As it turns out, the Flyers fans were just a little less loud according to’s numbers

The highest level the Chicago crowd hit was 122 dB in Game 2 and 121 dB in Game 1; Philadelphia’s biggest roar came during Claude Giroux’s overtime game-winner. Apparently the cheesesteak-chomping bunch hit the 114 dB level at that moment, which according to’s numbers matches the level of a “loud rock concert.”

Flyers fans - and the sports city itself - take pride in being hardcore (and sometimes, genuinely brutal). One must wonder if the fact that the United Center crowd hit higher decibel levels will stoke the competitive fires of the rowdy bunch at the Wachovia Center. I mean, are Flyers fans really going to allow themselves to be defeated by Blackhawks fans?

To be fair, points out that noise at the 90-95 dB level may result in hearing loss, so I guess Flyers fans shouldn’t feel too ashamed of their output. Most people would probably have trouble hearing the difference ... or hearing much of anything.