Very cool story from Gizmodo. Thanks to an enterprising Penn State student, Beaver Stadium will relocate the student section to behind the Southern End Zone, and make the stadium even louder.
PSU’s not achieving the increase by adding more seats or handing out more thundersticks. In fact, they’re just going to relocate the 20,000 seats in the student section to the southern end zone.
When the stadium was empty, he searched for the best spots for an audible assault by carrying a noisy speaker around to 45 different seats and measuring how loud it sounded on the field… For seats on the sidelines, closer was better. Students sitting in the highest rows contributed very little to the overall sound. But the situation was reversed behind the end zone. Higher seats could be heard better than field-level seats because of a trick of the stadium’s architecture, said Barnard.
If you have ever been to a night game at Penn State, you will be amazed how loud it is. I can’t imagine the volume with this new configuration. I look forward to many more false starts and forced timeouts. Win.