Last night was spectacular, and the home crowd definitely stepped it up. Posters have asked whether it was loud, and it was!
However, I'm sorry to say that there are many casual fans who do not contribute to that environment, and some who actively work to suppress it.
For example, during the game, just prior to each play where the Cowboys had the ball, I used an empty beer bottle against the glass wall behind me in the club section. It makes a tremendous sound - I can hear people doing that from across the stadium, so I know it carries onto the field. It is something I regularly do on third down, and last night, I was doing it on every down. Well, some folks behind me complained to the usher that it was making too much noise. TOO MUCH NOISE! And these were Redskin fans! The usher very apologetically asked me to stop.
Redskin fans that would complain about making too much noise. You know the fans I'm talking about. These are the fans that complain when you stand up in front of them to cheer a play. They are the ones that never stand up themselves, or yell or cheer, they come late, leave early, spend half the game inside the stadium, and are always giving their tickets away to opposing fans.
The problem is much worse in the club section, but I have seen it in every section of the stadium. Now that the team is successful, casual fans are coming out of the woodwork to use their season tickets. Great, welcome to party! But let's understand what makes a team more successful when they play at home. Seattle is 8-0 at home, and 3-5 on the road. There is a reason for that. We are 5-3 at home, and 5-3 on the road. Seattle may have a stadium designed for crowd noise, but our fans have the potential to create an even more hostile environment. We just need the un-silent minority of rabid fans to change the way things work in our stadium during the playoffs.
If you are privileged enough to sit in front of or behind something that is metal or glass, you have a duty to use it to make as much noise as possible. If you are not, an aluminum beer bottle on the back of a seat works pretty well too.
Stadium personnel and team management - we are now in the playoffs. You're job of providing a great fan experience has been successfully completed. Good job - we had a marvelous time in the stadium this year. Now that we are in the play-offs, it isn't about fan experience any more. Nobody needs to be comfortable. Nobody needs to be catered to. The best way to increase demand for tickets is to allow an environment that will help us win in the playoffs.
To our die hard fans - Thank you for creating a hostile environment for our opponents, and contributing to our victory over Dallas! We need to double our efforts for Seattle!
To our casual fans, if someone stands to cheer in front of you and you can't see, the solution is to stand up yourself. Heck, as long as you're standing, go ahead and cheer! If you are too uncomfortable standing to watch a football game during the playoffs, that's what couches are for.
To fake fans who would complain about too much noise in the stadium, my sentiments are summarized best on the back of a T-shirt I purchased on the way out of the stadium last night: If you don't bleed burgundy and gold, take your b!tch ass home.