Could crowd noise affect a game’s outcome?

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics licensed under CC BY 2.0

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

We have written a number of blog posts about football stadium noise, in both the professional and college game. Last weekend there were concerns that crowd noise at the Baltimore Raven’s home stadium could affect the outcome of the game.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had a throat contusion, and there was concern that he might not have been able to call his plays loudly enough above the roar of the Baltimore crowd.

Good thing I didn’t predict the winner based on these concerns. Cincinnati crushed the Ravens 41-17, moving into first place in the AFC North.

But seriously, athletic ability should enable the team to win the game, not home field advantage conferred by noise.

Fortunately for both Cincinnati and the game of football, that’s what appears to have happened.

Share this article:

Article Categories

Search Articles