Joe Burrow might be used to playing in full SEC stadiums, but the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals are in for a rude awakening at Arrowhead this weekend.
Give Bengals coach Zac Taylor some credit — he’s doing everything he can to get his young squad ready for the AFC Championship.
Per video outside the Bengals facility, the team has been pumping in crowd noise all week in hopes of adjusting to the sound level at Arrowhead before they even arrive. That’s easier said than done.
Arrowhead has reached 142.2 decibels during a Chiefs home game, which is the world record for loudest crowd roar at a stadium, per Guinness. Sure, Burrow may be used to Tiger Stadium at night, but this is an entirely different category of loud.
Bengals: Joe Burrow flaunts SEC experience with crowd noise
“We knew that they were gonna be jacked up for us to come in, and expecting to beat our ass. But we were ready for it,” Joe Burrow claimed. “Playing in the SEC definitely, definitely helped. Gets way louder in the SEC than in any of these NFL stadiums.”
Tiger Stadium has gotten as loud as 130 decibels, so it’s not far off from Arrowhead. Nonetheless, for now, the Chiefs still hold the record.
“To be fair, Joe has never played at Arrowhead. Having said that, he is in for a rude awakening,” former Chief Lawrence Tynes tweeted. “There is no place louder in sports and it’s not up for debate.”
Burrow will get that experience in full during the AFC Championship. With a win, the Bengals will go to their first Super Bowl since 1989. The Chiefs, meanwhile, are hoping for their third straight AFC title.
Will experience reign supreme?