NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints are looking to accomplish a lengthy list of goals Sunday night when they take on the Carolina Panthers in primetime at home inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints want to establish playoff position in the NFC South, redeem themselves from the embarrassment of Monday night's debacle in Seattle and prove that Who Dat fans are the loudest in the sporting world in an indoor stadium.
Representatives from Guinness World Records will be on hand to measure the crowd noise.
"We, as an organization, take tremendous pride in the great home field advantage that our fans provide for us each and every home game," Saints Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson said. "This is a unique opportunity to enter the Guinness Book of Records, and we're confident that our fans will help us achieve the goal."
The official record that the Saints and their fans will attempt to break will be "The loudest crowd roar at an indoor sports stadium." The current record is 126 dBA, which was set by fans of the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Nov. 15, 2013.
On Monday, fans of the Black and Gold watched the Seahawks dismantle their team, and couldn't help but wonder how much the vocal Seattle crowd factored into the loss. The fact that the Seahawks fan base set a new Guinness Book of Records mark for a crowd roar at an outdoor stadium only added fuel to the fire. Hawks' fans came in at 137.6 dBA.
Now, it's the Who Dat Nation's turn.
"It's a testament to their passion that we're hosting a representative from Guinness Book of Records, and it speaks to the anticipation that they have for how loud our crowd will be," Benson said. "We were part of history last week in Seattle, and we are confident that our fans can make history, too."
Measurements will be recorded beginning with the "Who Dat!" chant prior to the start of the game and will be measured throughout the contest, including after scoring plays and when the Panthers are in possession of the football.
The Saints will issue prompts at opportune times throughout the contest and notify fans before the conclusion of the game if the record is broken.
The Saints are on a short week after that Monday night game and the extra day lost to travel delays after the team plane broke down in Seattle. Some are concerned about whether the team will be prepared and ready to rebound by Sunday night. It's a safe bet though that the Black and Gold faithful will bring their lungs and their A game.