“Can you even imagine what it’s going to be like in game three—the atmosphere in that building?” asked NBC4 sports director Jerod Smalley after the Columbus Blue Jackets win Saturday in Boston.
“I can,” CBJ forward Brandon Dubinsky responded. “I can tell you it’s going to be a hell of a lot louder than it was here in Boston.”
“We’ll found out, won’t we?” Smalley responded.
“We will,” said Dubinsky emphatically.
That call to action was delivered upon.
Columbus Dispatch reporter Sheridan Hendrix recorded 118 decibels Tuesday night inside Nationwide Arena at the Columbus Blue Jackets secured the 2-1 series lead in round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins.
That is nearly as loud as your average rock concert.
To put 118 dB into perspective, a normal conversation usually happens at 60 dB, according to the CDC. A lawnmower or leaf blower is 80 db.
Dubinsky wasn’t available for comment after CBJ practice Wednesday, but his teammates are pleased with the result of his call to action to fans.
“That was good. I like that. He’s speaking the truth,” said Nick Foligno. “I’m sure to be just as loud if not louder [Thursday].”
“They’ve been great. We see the people outside the rink before and after the games and during the games as well. It’s cool, and it definitely helps. We thrive off of that. It definitely gives an extra boost for sure,” said Scott Harrington.
“It’s awesome. We know every single night in here, it’s going to be deafening noise and it was again last night,” Seth Jones added. “It’s a special place to play in. All the fans are having a blast. We’re having a blast listening to them. It’s definitely an advantage point in here, and tomorrow is going to be just as fun.”