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How loud is it? Game 1 decibel readings @NHLdotcom
How loud is it inside United Center for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final? aims to find out. We have a decibel meter packed alongside all the laptops, notebooks, cameras and pens, so we will provide some level of the noise and excitement inside the building at key parts of Game 1. Pre-game and 1st period will be taken from the press box. 2nd period will be taken from the 200 level. 3rd period will be taken from the 300 level.

And the decibel meter will be making the trek to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4 of the Final to see if Flyers fans can raise the roof at Wachovia Center.

Organist practicing Pre-game
91dB Truck traffic
Hawks come out on ice
Pre-game 107dB Power mower at 3ft
Let's Go Hawks! chat
Pre-game 105dB Snowmobile
Hawks in-arena video
Pre-game 112dB Power saw at 3ft
Hawks enter ice
Pre-game 115dB Loud rock concert
National Anthem
Pre-game 115-121dB Sandblasting
Hawks forecheck (2 solid hits)
3:21 of 1st period 104dB Snowmobile
Whistling fan in Sec. 310
4:35 of 1st period 101dB Motorcycle
Kane shown on video screen
5:55 of 1st period 104dB Snowmobile
Brouwer tying goal
7:14 of 1st period 116dB Loud rock concert
Bolland breakaway SH goal
11:50 of 1st period 118dB Loud rock concert
Leigh-ton, Leigh-ton chant
13:35 of 1st period 99dB Subway train at 200ft
Let's go Hawks cheer after PHI 4th goal
8:00 of 2nd period 108dB Loud rock concert
Versteeg's tying goal
9:31 of 2nd period 112dB Power saw at 3ft
Brouwer scores again, Hawks' 5th
15:18 of 2nd period 110dB Power saw at 3ft
Extended song celebration
15:18 of 2nd period 108dB Loud rock concert
PA announcement on Flyers goalie switch
15:18 of 2nd period 109dB Loud rock concert
Hawks legends shown of video screen
16:15 of 2nd period 110dB Loud rock concert
Kopecky scores Hawks' 6th goal
8:25 of 3rd period 114dB Sandblasting
Niemi makes glove save on Briere
17:54 of 3rd period 108dB Loud rock concert
Final buzzer goes off
End of game 113dB Sandblasting
Hawks give stick salute to fans
Postgame 110dB Loud rock concert


Level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss:      90 - 95dB
Pain begins:     
Loudest recommended exposure WITH hearing protection:      
Loudest sound possible:      

Statistics for the Decibel Comparison Chart were taken from a study by Marshall Chasin , M.Sc., Aud(C), FAAA, Centre for Human Performance & Health, Ontario, Canada.

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