New NFL Stadium Might Be Dangerously Loud

The roof at US Bank Stadium is made of 'acoustically reflective' material
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2016 9:44 AM CDT
US Bank Stadium, new home of the Minnesota Vikings, is seen before a soccer match between Chelsea and AC Milan in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)
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(Newser) – The NFL may have a new loudest stadium, but how loud is too loud? Good Morning America reports the noise at the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is already making news, and it hasn't even hosted a Minnesota Vikings game yet. At a recent soccer match—a soccer match!—the noise in US Bank Stadium was measured at 105 decibels, according to WCCO. That's 10 times louder than some other NFL stadiums. And attendees at a Metallica concert held last weekend at the stadium took to social media to talk about the noise level (possibly because they couldn't hear each other speak). "I think I've suffered long-term hearing damage," GMA quotes one fan.

The stadium boasts the "largest, transparent ethylene-tetraflouroethylene roof in the nation." The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says that "should make the stadium louder" because the material is "more acoustically reflective." A hearing specialist notes the level of noise in the Vikings' new stadium could be dangerous, especially to people who make a habit of attending games or concerts there. The Vikings will be handing out earplugs before their first preseason game at US Bank Stadium on Sunday. (Read more Minnesota Vikings stories.)

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