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Bills fan wins support for world-record bid for loudest outdoor stadium

You think the fans in the stadium were loud at last Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game?

Brandon “Grippy” Campbell wants them to kick it up a notch – to world-record loud – at this week’s game against the New England Patriots.

Campbell, who says he’s known as “Bills Mafia Grip,” exceeded his $8,000 goal with a gofundme campaign , raising $9,025 to bring a representative of Guinness World Records to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday to record the attempt.

“It all came to me when I went to the Colts game,” said Campbell, whose voice still was raspy Wednesday morning. He said he thought, “Oh my gosh, I’ve never felt this kind of energy in the stadium before.”

Campbell, a 28-year-old car salesman from the Town of Tonawanda, said he wants to bring some recognition to Buffalo’s loud fans.

“Every game I go to, I lose my voice,” he said.

He’s also looking to dethrone fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, who set the record for the loudest outdoor stadium last Sept. 29, in a Monday night game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Patriots. A sound level of 142.2 decibels – louder than a jet airplane flying 100 feet overhead – was recorded by an on-site representative from Guinness.

According to Sports Illustrated, the record was broken as the Chiefs defense stopped a Patriot run for no gain on a second-down play, with eight seconds left in the first quarter.

The Chiefs passed out more than 36,000 earplugs – there were more than 76,000 people in the stands – before the game to protect fans’ hearing, Sports Illustrated reported.

The folks at Guinness had said he needed to raise the money by noon Thursday to have the best chance of a representative making it to Sunday’s game, according to Campbell.

Campbell also is trying to work things out with the Buffalo Bills, but that remains up in the air.

A team spokesman said news of Campbell’s plan had reached the team through the grapevine, but nobody has contacted them.

“There would have to be some planning done in advance ... if some type of equipment or device needs to be brought into the stadium to measure the sound,” said Scott Berchtold, senior vice president of communications. “Obviously, there are restrictions on what can be brought into the stadium on game days, so if any fan is hoping to do something of this nature, there would need to be a discussion.”

Campbell referred to the “One Buffalo” campaign launched to foster a deeper connection between Buffalo sports teams, fans and the community.

“That’s what we’re trying to do,” he said.

email: jhabuda@buffnews.com

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