Bring on da noise


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. f/2.8 w Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200)

The University of the Pacific men’s basketball team played UC Berkeley in a game at the Stockton Arena in a game billed as the Stockton Showcase. It’s first home game outside of UOP’s own Spanos Center since 1981, it was an effort on the part of the University of the Pacific to forge a connection with the city that surrounds it.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. f/2.8 w Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200)

It was far from a great game for the Tigers — Cal won easily 79-54– but you couldn’t tell that from the 8,704 fans (the biggest crowd ever for Pacific). From their cheering to the music from the pep band the noise that created in the 230,000 square-foot arena was deafening. I could barely hear my own thoughts let alone a word spoken from anyone else.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. f/2.8 w Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200)

I’ve been to enough games at Pacific to know the pep band’s rĂ©pertoire and I often find myself whistling along with them as they play. At the arena I might as well have been blowing silently because I couldn’t even hear myself whistle.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. f/2.8 w Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200)

I was so loud that I couldn’t even talk to the person seated next to me as I shot from the floor near the Pacific basket, Even though the sound level decreased a bit after Pacific fell behind in double digits, it was still loud enough for me to yell to hold a conversation.

At the end of the night my ears were ringing. Fortunately it only lasted for a little while after the crowd had left the arena. If the noise was any indication of the ties that bind Pacific to Stockton, then the connection between the two is a strong one.

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