Sept 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks fans above the north end zone of CenturyLink Field unfurl a banner before kickoff against the Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Sport Science explains why Seahawks' CenturyLink Field is so loud (Video)

If you’re going off Guinness World Records and multiple incidents of seismic activity, there’s likely no louder, more intimidating place to play in the NFL than CenturyLink Field – home to the Seattle Seahawks.

But why exactly does the venue rock so hard?

Sure – the fans play a large part in it, but other stadiums across the NFL have rowdy fans as well. Is there something special about CenturyLink Field? Actually – yes. ESPN’s Sport Science explains why in the below video:

Essentially, 70 percent of the stadium’s seats are under the ‘clam shell’ roof of CenturyLink Field. Because of that, the roof directs sound back down to the field causing the massive noise level opposing players find such difficulty in.

In addition to the ‘clam’ roof, the ‘Hawks Net’ (that oddly shaped area at the north end of the field) is built with 40 rows of aluminum bleachers. And anybody who has ever stomped their feet on those know just how loud they can become, especially when a few thousand people bang on them all at once.

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