10 Mind-Blowing Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Sports

The fans and their culture are more fun than you might expect. Check out these unbelievable fan stats, and put the fun back in sports. FOX Sports 1 launches on August 17th!

1. The loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium was 131.76 dbA, almost as loud as a jet engine taking off.


It was achieved by Galatasaray Spor Kulubu (Turkey) at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena, in Istanbul, Turkey, on 3/18/2011, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. A Jet Engine taking off is approximately 140.

2. Americans are expected to eat over a billion hot wings during the weekend of football’s biggest game every year.


That’s according to speculation. The number of chickens used to meet demand for hot wings during football’s largest game is rumored to be the size of the population of New York City.

3. There’s a stadium that can (almost) accommodate the entire population of the city in which it’s located (and it’s not in Alaska).

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“The Big House” at U Michigan is one of the largest stadiums in the world. Its official capacity is less than 110,000 but has hosted over 114,00. In 2012 the city of Ann Arbor was estimated to contain 116,121 people, according to the US Census Bureau. If we’re going by official 2010 numbers, the entire town could conceivably fit, and they already have tried.

4. Pittsburgh is the only city in the US where all of their professional sports teams currently share the same colors.

Black and gold. It wasn’t always true, but it is now.

5. In 2012 over 800 people showed up to shovel snow at Lambeau Field so they could have a game two days later.


So many people showed up, they had to start turning them away.

6. In 1999, a collector paid $8,000 at auction for a famous baseball player’s dentures, showing just how far a fan will go to own a piece of history.

The player was Ty Cobb, and the collector was Karen Shemonsky.

7. A soccer fan once walked 600 miles to celebrate his favorite team’s championship victory.


A die-hard fan named Vahid Čehaja came up with a crazy idea as he sat down to watch his favorite team Bayern Munich play in the Champions League Final. He vowed if they won for a fifth time, he’d walk from his native Bosnia to Munich, through five countries — one for each title. They won, and he did.

8. There’s a sports tradition that actually involves throwing an octopus into the rink.


The Detroit Red Wings have been doing it since 1952. Wonder how the octopus feels about it.

9. Usually the only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games are the day before and the day after the Baseball All-Star Game.


That includes major league baseball, basketball, hockey, and football. Widely believed by the Internet to be always true, although it doesn’t account for painful lockouts and messed up schedules.

10. The first most popular sport in the world is soccer, but the second most popular sport is reportedly … cricket!

Michelle Tribe / Via Flickr: greencolander

Americans would be mindful that Cricket is, by some metrics, the second most popular sport in the world. That is, of course, mostly due to its tremendous following in the Indian sub-continent.

Get ready for world domination.

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