The attendance at last night's game at the new Soldier Field is given as 14,610. That is about the same as at last Sunday's game against the Metros at Gillette Stadium. My question is: why did it seem so much louder, with a much livelier atmosphere at Soldier Field? I'm sure Fire fans will just say they are that much louder. Granted, it seems like they have a higher percentage of really loud fans. But how much of it has to do with the stadium? We've discussed how Gillette Stadium has no atmosphere in the thread "Where Have All of the Revolution Fans Gone?" Even Patriots fans that fill the place have complained that the new place doesn't hold the noise or carry the atmosphere like the old dump did. If you put last night's Fire crowd in Gillette, they'd probably sound no different than a Revos crowd of the same size. What is different about Soldier Field? Why does it hold noise (and atmosphere) and Gillette does not? Did the seating configuration there have all of the fans on one side? The Philadelphia Eagles new stadium is similar to Gillette, except that it has a roof that was designed to hold in the noise as much (or more than) it was to keep the upper tier dry. What Gillette gained in creature comforts it lost in atmosphere.