I CAN’T HEAR YOU! The Art of Turning UP the Stadium

Go ahead and chant…

Whoah oh oh oh oh, oh

Whoah oh oh oh oh oh oh

Whoah oh, ah oh

Zombie Nation’s Kernkraft 400 and other iconic upbeat music has forever changed the atmosphere of sporting events. The use of music at sporting events isn’t just something we can came up decades ago, in fact, the ancient Greeks insisted on the use of music in their Olympic games to express their culture. This practice of playing music at different intervals of a game has been done for centuries, but now we noticed the impact it plays on sports. The way music is presented on the PA systems has built the energy and emotions of fans and players alike. It’s the reason why stadiums and arenas remixed versions of Kernkraft 400 for their teams’ montages and why boxers ponder which song will be blasted while they enter the canvas.

Think of the last time you went to your hometown team’s game. You can bet your life you heard the iconic sounds effects of the organ theme at the start of a baseball game or during a fast break in an NBA game with crowds chanting “CHARGE!” Sports fans come together to sing ‘’Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in the middle of the 7th or mock the away team’s fouled out player with a rendition of Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack”. The presentation that the sporting events deliver make being in a stadium a much more enjoyable and memorable experience, as well as bringing fans closer together when they express the same heart-felt emotions.

Hear fans and even the commentator chime in on the taunt

Cheerleading and band performances entertain fans during time-outs and halftimes raising the fans’ cheerful spirits, especially when they perform familiar musical pieces. Cheerleaders usually have a routine coupled with original pieces from marching bands or whatever is at the top of the Billboards, and marching bands just as well play to their audience’s’ excitement when they play compositions like the Star Wars Theme. Some stadium-goers don’t even come to support the teams, but rather dwell in the performances that make the whole experience at sporting events special.

Hear how nostalgic fans get when the marching band plays iconic movie themes

If you’re a Bayern Munich fan, you probably are well acquainted with The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”, as it rings in the Allianz Arena after a scored goal. Or if you’re a Heat fan during the Lebron Era, you remember the hype videos played before games, with the fans chanting that famous riff of the song as a battle cry. After the popularization of the song by the Heat, other NBA teams quickly caught on and brought those chants home, making the Seven Nation Army NBA’s unofficial battle song. Songs like Seven Nation Army, pump the blood and breakout goosebumps of both fans and players, as adrenaline and the thrill of a sports spectacle is about to take place. The music played at sporting events help create the atmosphere favorable for the home teams, as the crowds chant in favor of their home teams to rev up their defense or execute the game winning play. Hits like Queen’s “We Will Rock You” or Dj Khaled’s “All I Do is Win” invokes the dominating and winning mentality that wins championships.

Seven Nation Army chant in Euro 2016 final

Imagine if there was no use of music in sporting events. Sure crowds will come together to bring some sort of noise in the arena, but the presence of music completely changes the idea of going to a sporting event. You’re not just watching men and women sweating around, playing ball, but rather you’re viewing an entertainment show in which you, the fan, are a part of. Keeping the energy up of fans and athletes is the reason why the usage of music in stadiums and arenas will surely continue in our practices of sports presentation.

So if you’re were going to walk up to home plate to hit a home run, or walk into the boxing ring ready to knock someone out, what song would you like to walk out to?

If you could choose your walk-out song, what would it be?

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