Evaluation of crowd noise in Beaver Stadium during a 2009 Penn State football game

Andrew Barnard, Stephen Hambric, Steve Porter

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Abstract

Sound pressure level measurements were made at Penn State (PSU) football games at Beaver Stadium, on the PSU campus, in fall 2009. Twelve sound level meters were positioned around the field, above the press box, near the luxury suites, and outside the stadium to capture the characteristics of the crowd noise. The loudest portion of the sideline area (near the student area) was determined along with the maximum equivalent A-weighted sound pressure level (SPL), 105 dBA. Additionally, a day prior to the game, a HEAD Visor acoustic array was utilized in conjunction with a portable white noise generator in order to determine which portions of the student section were generating the majority of the sound pressure on the field level. The results indicate that sections of students close to the field are able to most effectively project their voices onto the field and sections of students further from the field do not significantly contribute to on-field SPLs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 10, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Pages352-363
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 2010, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Apr 19 2010Apr 21 2010

Publication series

Name24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 10, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume1

Other

Other24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 2010, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD
Period4/19/104/21/10

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  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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Barnard, A., Hambric, S., & Porter, S. (2010). Evaluation of crowd noise in Beaver Stadium during a 2009 Penn State football game. In 24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 10, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (pp. 352-363). (24th National Conference on Noise Control Engineering 2010, Noise-Con 10, Held Jointly with the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America; Vol. 1).