Fans of the Seattle Seahawks made waves last week at CenturyLink Field when they helped set the Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium, reaching a level of 136. 6 decibels.
But such competitions measuring the clamoring and passion of fans have been around for a long time in sports. And on this day 60 years ago, Wolfpack fans gathered at Reynolds Coliseum took on UNC fans, who were rallying in Chapel Hill, in the epic State-Carolina cheer battle of 1953.
WPTF Radio aided in the contest, providing the hook-up between schools and recording the competition for a broadcast to an estimated 50,000 people. Each fan base was allotted two seven-minute periods in which their yelps, barks, shouts and screams were broadcast to the other group.
Though billed as a contest — we could find no actual claimed victor –the event was primarily used as a way to celebrate Consolidated University Day and to introduce Carey Bostian, the newly elected chancellor of NC State.