Listen up: The last time the Indianapolis Colts played the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field was Dec. 24, 2005.
That’s a long time ago.
Over the years, CenturyLink Field has earned the reputation as one of the loudest outdoor stadiums in the NFL. So loud, that Seattle previously held the Guinness World Record title for loudest roar at a sports stadium.
One person worried about the 12th Man’s impact heading into Seattle’s primetime matchup against Indianapolis is Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who knows just how challenging it can be to play in the Seahawks backyard.
“The crowd noise, to try and simulate it. It’s impossible to get close to it, we know how difficult and what a great job that they do,” Pagano said on Monday. “It comes down to execution. It comes down to focus.”
The Colts, however, do have several players to lean on for advice with dealing with the crowd at CenturyLink Field: running backs Frank Gore and Robert Turbin.
Gore, who has been a pest for the Seahawks since his days with the San Francisco 49ers, hasn’t faced Seattle since 2014 when he signed with the Colts during free agency.
In 18 games against the Seahawks–all with the 49ers–the 34-year-old running back rushed for 1,421 rushing yards, his most against any NFL team.
Turbin played for the Seahawks from 2012-14 and could certainly add his perspective as well.
So, how exactly do the Colts emulate the Seahawks venue to prepare for Sunday’s game? According to Colts.com writer Andrew Walker, the Colts have been blaring music at their practice facility all week to mirror the ear-shattering noise in Seattle.
“The crowd has definitely been a huge point of emphasis for Pagano and his staff, so much so that the team received complaints from neighbors around the Colts’ facility about how loud the music has been at practices this week, so they’re obviously trying their best to simulate that kind of atmosphere,” Walker told Seahawks.com.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has never started a game on the road, shared his thoughts on what he expects from the Seattle crowd.
“We’re playing at nighttime, so everybody’s drunk then,” Brissett said jokingly. “I’m guessing it’ll be very loud.”
Nonetheless, the Colts are in for a challenge come Sunday. The kickoff time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT.