Football fans have always been one of the most important aspects of the game. In fact, the supporters have been labelled as their teams’ 12th players on numerous occasions, as their backing and support not only encourages their players to fight harder, but also gives them extra energy and spurs them on to go on and win games. Naturally, the more supportive the fans, the better the atmosphere in the stadium, and more the encouragement the players receive.
Football stadiums are known to consist of some of the loudest and most interactive fans when it comes to worldwide sports, as they cheer, boo, sing, and chant non-stop for 90 minutes and beyond. And when one speaks of loud fans, it is impossible not to think about Galatasaray’s home ground, The Turk Telecom Arena.
The stadium, which has a capacity of 52,652, is believed to be the loudest football stadium on the planet, where each and every opposition team is rightly shown the “Welcome to Hell” banner upon arrival. The supporters are also known to stoke up the atmosphere by burning flares to give the arena a hellish look.
This ground is known to reach deafening levels of noise every time their team plays on the pitch, with the highest noise level being recorded in Galatasaray’s match against Fenerbahce on March 18, 2011 – a staggering 131.76 decibels (that’s much louder than a rock concert, or a fighter jet taking off!). This noise level was, at the time, entered in the Guinness World Records as the ‘loudest crowd roar in a sports stadium’.
The Galatasaray fans are definitely up there with the loudest, fiercest, and the most passionate fans in the world.
Other football stadiums that come close to the Turk Telecom Arena in terms of noise and intensity are: The Ataturk Olympic Stadium (Besiktas), Red Star Stadium (Red Star Belgrade), Westfalenstadion (Borussia Dortmund), Toumba Stadium (PAOK), Celtic Park (Celtic), La Bombonera (Boca Juniors), De Kuip (Feyenoord), and Anfield (Liverpool), amongst others.