MINNEAPOLIS — The Metrodome was loud. Its successor, shiny new U.S. Bank Stadium, seems to be louder — even with its 95-foot-tall doors behind one end zone opened on a lovely early autumn evening for Monday night’s visit by the Giants.
The din certainly seemed to be a factor in the Giants’ 24-10 loss. Eli Manning struggled to be heard as he gestured to teammates while getting everyone properly aligned at the line of scrimmage — or at least attempting to do so.
“It’s a loud stadium,” Manning said. “We were having to run up and down the line of scrimmage to repeat some calls. It definitely got loud at times. Overall, we did a good job of communicating.”
Receiver Victor Cruz said it was “up there” among the loudest stadiums in which he has played.
“The crowd made a lot of noise, and it’s a packed house and it’s indoors,” he said.
Coach Ben McAdoo downplayed that angle, saying: “I don’t think the crowd noise was an issue. It is loud here, but I thought we handled the crowd noise and we didn’t have any penalties because of the crowd noise. I thought communication was clean for the most part. This is a tough place to play.”