Recording American Football Sound Effects in Orange County
I actually don’t know why it took me so long to publish this fantastic soundscape that I recorded last year while living in Orange County. I remember coming home from a night recording and I passed a high school and couldn’t believe what I saw. From far away, first I thought that must be a big toilet paper prank but after I came closer I saw the school was completely covered in fan poster. Not only the walls, just everything. Each window, the floors, streets, cars the fences and I guess the classrooms and hallways of course. In other words, it was insane.
It was past midnight and people still decorating. I walked up to one of the teachers and asked what’s going on here?
She told me about “The Battle Of The Bell” what is a yearly football match between different high schools in Orange County. The Chargers play against Fountain Valley and everybody is super excited for that match.
I told her that I would love to join and if tickets are still available? If I come early enough, sure.
I went back on turned the PC on to find out where this stadium is and the game took places at the Lebard stadium what is n the campus of Orange Coast College on Fairview Road in Costa Mesa.
We lived right next to the back bay in Costa Mesa and it’s just a 10-minute drive from our house and I decided to join this match.
I remember she said to come early so I went there 1.5 hours before the match and the parking spot was already filled with fans and cars.
I was already blown away and thought, “Yeah this is not “just” another high-school match.
These are at least 5000 visitors and I think on its peak the stadium reached its capacity of 7600 people. But it is hard to tell.
Here is the link to the Stadium with a map. I recorded the sound in Blog 5 and right from the goal in the south concourse by the wheelchair ramp later on.
I got my tickets went in the stadium and no it was time to find a good spot for sound recording without disturbing the fans having a Blimp in the face. So I went all the way down to the east wing where the Charger fans are and took place at down below at Block 5 and recorded from this position for about one hour and then I changed the location and walked to the South right behind the goal where the wheelchair ramp was just to get another perspective of the sound.
Of course, I already got attention and people looked at me like “Who his this guy”?. Walking around with video or sound equipment in Los Angeles or Orange County can be a little bit different because many people think you work for film and if so you need a permission.
An older lady came up to me and she worked for the high-school where the Chargers are situated and asked me what I am recording for?
We had a nice conversation and I told her that we travel around the world, living for the next 3 months in Orange County and I love recording sounds. I showed her our YouTube channel “Libby and Marcel” and my website “Free To Use Sounds” and now she was blown away :).
She told me that I am more than welcome to record the sounds at then she asked me to wait a few moments, left and came back with two Chargers t-shirts for me and my girlfriend as a reminder of the Game!
That was so cool!
About The American Football Sound Effects
I recorded about 5 GB of sounds and used 1.3 GB for the album. I created 37 unique soundtracks that are filled with fan sounds, touchdowns, referee whistles, fouls, the halftime marching bands, drummers and many many more. I guess you will have a lot of fun with these stadium fan sound effects.
While I was editing the sounds I remember one of my favorite tv shows I watched was “Friday Night Lights” and I loved it. I overall love a lot of sports movies especially if it’s a drama about American Football.
I think if you are a filmmaker or you work in post-production and you looking for American Football sound effects or fan atmosphere sounds, I promise this soundscape has you covered and I hope you enjoy the sounds! Track 34 is one of my favorite one! Enjoy 🙂
Where I Recorded The American Football Sound Effects
Field Recording Equipment I used
Zoom H6 (369 USD) Rode NTG 4+ (399 USD) Rycote NTG Super Blimp (279 USD)
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