Patrick Mettle and Makenzie Ross cheer as Blue Jackets take the ice at Nationwide Arena April 30, 2019.[Eric Albrecht/Dispatch]
Decible meter during Blue Jackets first goal at Nationwide Arena April 30, 2019.[Eric Albrecht/Dispatch]
Blue Jackets usher Gabe Gabriel crosses his heart for the National Anthem at Nationwide Arena April 30, 2019.[Eric Albrecht/Dispatch]
Audrey Gauthier cheers for the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena April 30, 2019.[Eric Albrecht/Dispatch]

Mitch Kahn never thought he'd hear a louder sporting event.

When Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel scored the game-winning touchdown during the 2016 double-overtime game against Michigan, Kahn screamed and cheered alongside his fellow Buckeyes.

That was, of course, until the Columbus Blue Jackets swept the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"You would've thought we won the Stanley Cup," Kahn, 23, of Worthington, said.

Kahn, a member of the Nationwide Arena Cannon Crew, said the entire game was electric and louder than he'd ever heard Blue Jackets fans get.

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So exactly how loud can hockey fans get during the Stanley Cup playoffs?

The answer? Very.

Sound is measured in decibels. The louder the sound, the higher the decibels.

For context, a normal conversation measures about 60 decibels. A vacuum cleaner clocks in around 70 and Broad Street during the evening commute measures about 80 decibels.

According to the Noise Navigator Sound Level database, an average hockey game usually ranges from about 99 to 103 decibels.

Wandering around the main concourse before the game even began, the chattering of fans and merchants measured 98 decibels, about the sound of a snowmobile.

As the Blue Jackets skated out onto the ice Tuesday during the third playoff game against the Boston Bruins, Nationwide Arena was as loud as a chorus of chainsaws — about 111 decibels.

When Columbus kept the puck in Bruins' territory during a first-period power play, fans cheered as loud as a drumline at 109 decibels.

The crowd booed at around 103 decibels when the Bruins scored a contested goal with only 39.9 seconds left in the second period, close to the sound of a helicopter.

And when Boone Jenner scored the Blue Jackets' first goal of the night with an assist from Riley Nash, Columbus fans roared on par with ambulance sirens at a roaring 117 decibels. It was second only to the 118 decibels when Game 3 ended and Columbus had won 2-1 over Boston to take a 2-1 series lead.

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Jeremy Dodgion, 47, of Hilliard, has sat in Section 112 at Nationwide Arena for the past three years, but had never heard a crowd as loud as the one during the Blue Jackets' fourth game against Tampa Bay. He guessed it was about as loud as a Nascar race (about 115 decibels) or his wife (no such data exists).

The loudest recorded crowd roar at a sports stadium took place on Sept. 29, 2014, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. During the last 8 seconds of the first quarter, Kansas City Chiefs' fans roared a record-breaking 142 decibels, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The Chiefs went on to beat the New England Patriots 41-14.

Dodgion and his buddy Brett Annetts, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky, hoped Nationwide Arena could break 125 decibels, a little bit softer than a jackhammer.

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Though Nationwide didn't quite do that, Kahn felt confident Blue Jackets fans could get louder still.

"They definitely brought it," he said. "You would've thought the city overcame something tonight."