METAIRIE, La. — Sean Payton stood on the sidelines at CenturyLink Field a week ago and a thought hit him.
As great as the experience in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome already is, it could be improved.
So, as sound blared from speakers in the stadium as he watched his team hopelessly falter in Seattle, he made a decision to make changes in New Orleans.
Hence, the gambit to try and set a Guinness World Record for roar in an indoor stadium Sunday night against Carolina.
Hence, his inviting the Ying Yang Twins – the hip hop group who “Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk)” famous - to the pivotal NFC South showdown with the Panthers.
Hence, the white rally towels placed at each of the more than 70,000 seats in the Superdome.
“The environment is extremely difficult to play in and there are a lot of things that have been well thought out,” Payton said in recalling the experience in Seattle. “Your mind starts racing in regards to improving your home field advantage with the speakers on the side lines.”
New NFL rules put in place before the season allow officials in stadiums to flash words of encouragement and play music for fans to get going until 20 seconds remain on the play clock.
The move was made to help make the in-stadium experience stand out.
And while Payton believes the Saints enjoy a home-field advantage already, he’s not OK with standing pat.
“It is just being a little different and unique,” Payton said. “I think we are in a league that is always looking for edges like that, competitive edges. I think our fan base is outstanding and it’s a great atmosphere. I thought last night was fantastic and so having some of those changes, doing some of those things I think helps.”
For those wondering, the Guinness Record wasn’t topped Sunday night. It still resides at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.