An interesting, heated debate evolved this week after Roker Report reader, Tom Albrighton, suggested in his fan letter that a drum might be a decent idea to enhance the atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light.
The debate about drums is one that has been broached and discussed many times before. However, in his letter to Roker Report, Tom noted:
I think it’s about time it gets considered, or tried, to stimulate an atmosphere that all too easily dissipates when the going gets tough & the lads need a boost. You never know, we might just end up nailing it.
Fans on social media weren’t so sure, though, as many strongly stated their opposition to the proposed idea.
How would you feel about a drum being introduced in the SoL? Let us know your thoughts on social media, or in the comments section at the bottom of the article! We’ll write a follow-up article in the next few days highlighting a variety of opinions.
This is causing a bit of debate - what do you think? Is it worth introducing a drum in a bid to improve atmosphere/encourage singing?— Roker Report (@RokerReport) April 15, 2019
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As the debate roared on, we created a poll on Twitter to gauge opinion. Perhaps rather unsurprisingly, the majority of Sunderland fans (59%) oppose the idea of a drum being used to generate atmosphere inside our ground.
The issue itself seems to stem from fans disliking the notion of a contrived means of generating atmosphere, that using an instrument to increase or improve our spirit is something ‘beneath’ a vibrant fanbase like our own. Others suggested that a drum would simply be a nuisance, that the atmosphere in the ground would continue to steadily improve in line with performances on the pitch.
In support of experimenting with percussion, though, there were some who suggested that drums are used throughout Europe - and indeed the world - by incredibly vocal, passionate, and impressive fans. From Borussia Dortmund to Celtic and Rangers, Ajax to Boca Juniors and River Plate - renowned fanbases across the globe embrace what many of us might label a ‘maufactured’ means of generating an atmosphere.
I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed to see sections of fans resort to being unnecessarily abusive and unpleasant when a topic they didn’t agree with was raised by a fellow fan.
As such, it would be interesting to hear some genuine reasons as to why fans aren’t keen on introducing a drum to the SoL.
Personally, I’ve never been a massive proponent of instruments being introduced, but I do think that certain fanbases seem to ‘get it right’ in their attempts at ratcheting up the atmosphere via added elements - indeed, the Red and White Army did a brilliant job with their flag display at the weekend, for example.
Megaphones and drum lines might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it would be interesting to hear reasoned responses as to why we don’t need them.
Let us know your thoughts on the matter!