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Stadium Noise Saturday Was Within Guidelines

Stadium Noise Saturday Was Within Guidelines

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- University of Utah officials concerned about neighborhood complaints of the noise from Rice-Eccles Stadium took decibel readings during Saturday night's game with BYU and found the levels were within Salt Lake Valley guidelines.

"It appears the levels we have looked at (Saturday night) were within what's considered acceptable," said Jeff Throckmorton, a senior industrial hygienist in the university's environmental health division.

At 11th Avenue, the stadium announcer could be heard with the naked ear and the sound meter recorded 46.6 decibels.

In the parking lot just west of the stadium, the level hit 67.9 decibels and the crowd's noise was easily heard.

To exceed the noise level guidelines, the decibel levels outside the stadium would have to be 90 or above, university officials said.

Complaints from neighbors increased last year after a new integrated video scoreboard was installed. It has a cluster of speakers that point toward the farthest seats at the top of the stadium.

The result is the speaker sounds also can be heard outside the stadium.

Michael Halligan, associate director for university health and safety, said that in response to the complaints, the volume has been lowered on commercials played over system.

"The university takes neighbors' complaints serious," said Halligan. "We have listened to what they have said. ... We have responded in making volume adjustments and monitored noise levels."

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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