How loud is it? Game 1 decibel readings

How loud is it inside United Center for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final?

NHL.com aims to find out. We have a decibel meter packed alongside all the laptops, notebooks, cameras and pens, so we will provide some level of the noise and excitement inside the building at key parts of Game 1 from the press box.

And the decibel meter will be making the trek to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4 of the Final to see if Flyers fans can raise the roof at Wachovia Center.

EVENT/OCCURRENCE

TIME OF PERIOD/TIME OF NIGHT

DECIBEL READING

COMPARISON Organist practicing Pre-game (5:40pm CT) 91dB Subway train at 200ft Hawks come out on ice

Pre-game (6:40pm CT) 107dB Power mower at 3ft Let's Go Hawks! chat

Pre-game (7:05pm CT) 105dB Snowmobile Hawks in-arena video

Pre-game (7:12pm CT) 112dB Power saw at 3ft Hawks enter ice

Pre-game (7:14pm CT) 115dB Loud rock concert

National Anthem

Pre-game (7:17pm CT) 115-121dB Sandblasting

NOTES:

Level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss:      90 - 95dB

Pain begins:      125dB

Loudest recommended exposure WITH hearing protection:       140dB

Loudest sound possible:       194dB

Statistics for the Decibel Comparison Chart were taken from a study by Marshall Chasin , M.Sc., Aud(C), FAAA, Centre for Human Performance & Health, Ontario, Canada.