Wigan Warriors Energy partner, npower, has been conducting an experiment with our Cherry and White supporters to investigate the link between ‘fan energy’ and player performance.
Here we bring you the results of the most recent match monitored – against Castleford Tigers at the DW stadium.
The Super Powers Experiment
As part of the experiment, we have been able to use the data to pin-point moments in a game when fan energy and player energy combine to produce the most powerful force for the club –the “npower high-energy point” of the match.
50 Wigan fans have been monitoring their heart rates using a Fitbit at our home games against Huddersfield Giants, Hull Kingston Rovers and Castleford Tigers.
At these games, npower also measured crowd noise to be able to provide a unique insight into the role fan support plays on their team’s performance.
Each individual’s heart rate was collected every second to obtain detailed data.
All fans’ data was combined to provide an average heartbeat for the group. This is called the collective ‘Fan heartbeat.’
- After the match, data was mapped against match action to correlate heart rate fluctuations.
- A commercial sound level monitor (Larson Davis Model 831) was positioned at the back of the stand in the DW Stadium to measure noise levels throughout the match, with data points taken at 10 second and 1-minute intervals.
Data Analysis - Wigan v Castleford 28-12, 20 April
Watch the video below to see the results unfold.
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Against Castleford Tigers, the data revealed the “npower high energy point” of the match to be George Williams’ try mid-way through the second half.
The collective Fan heartrate reached 83.6 beats per minute and stadium noise levels spiked at 120.9 dBA (decibels suited to the human ear) as home fans released some nervous energy after an edgy opening half. The wait for the TMO to award the try wouldn’t have helped ease the nerves! Noise from the tannoy also increased levels as fans became restless waiting for the decision.
At the break, only two points had separated the two sides - one of the tighter encounters seen so far this season at the DW stadium. Joe Burgess’ break and offload for Gildart’s second try had nudged Wigan ahead at 18-12, but it was George Williams’ clinical finishing that gave the Cherry and Whites some real breathing space, with Tomkins’ conversion establishing a 24-12 lead and releasing the pressure valve.
The match began with a surge of energy, however this was from an early Castleford Tigers penalty which they converted for two points.
- This penalty early in the game saw the collective heartrate rise to 98 beats per minute and sound levels reach 101.6 dBA, with fans angry at the decision and venting their frustration early on as they got behind their team to help drive them on.
The peak for the collective fan heart rate was 98 beats per minute after this early Castleford Tigers penalty.
A significant increase also occurred in the build-up to Liam Farrell’s try which saw an extended period of pressure by Wigan on the Castleford try line.
This was one of the most notable moments in the match which saw two Wigan penalties and players held up on the line, before the try.
A peak of 92.3 was recorded at the point of the penalty leading to the try.
The peak individual heartrate was 124, which was recorded when Sam Tomkins chipped the ball through the Castleford defence, which just fails to come off.
The game started slowly in terms of Wigan points, but the heartrate stayed high throughout the first half, with penalties being awarded frequently.
With Wigan only leading by two at half-time, the match was the closest seen in the three games recorded during the Super Powers experiment.
- A spike is seen early in the second half as Joe Burgess breaks and Oliver Gildart runs over for his second try, the collective heartrate at this point was 85, with fans enjoying the early burst from the players.
Crowd Noise Levels
Crowd noise levels peaked at 120.9 dBA for George Williams’ second half try requiring a video ref decision.
The sound peak was followed closely by a contentious Wigan penalty at which away-fans were unhappy with the decision, while the Wigan fans cheered.
Farrell’s try saw noise levels hitting 117 decibels and significant rises in levels were also seen during Joe Burgess’s breaks to create two tries for Oliver Gildart, and also near the end of the first half when Wigan lost possession and Castleford went on to score.
Another peak was noticed at the end of the game, while Castleford pushed for a try. Liam Marshall intercepted and kicked the ball through and was only just tackled. Sound levels reached 112.4 dBA at this point of the match.
- During the game, sound levels ranged from 98.1 dBA to 120.9 dBA - the equivalent of being in the front row of a rock concert, with an average of 106 dBA across the match.
While there were moments of individual peaks, Wigan Warriors’ combined energy force was at its greatest midway through the second half, as players and fans united to help Williams power over the line following a penalty to Wigan.
Over the next few days, we will also be bringing you the results of our Super Powers matches against Huddersfield and Hull, so please keep an eye out on Wigan Warriors social media channels.
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