welcome to our world. That's not a defense/justification - it's just the reality of attending sports events these days. B.C. has the same crap at their games. Frankly, if the frigging team could be coached to win an occasional frigging FO, they can bring on all the sound they want.
in college hockey I have ever been in approaches the CFIA when it comes to an assault on the senses. Munn, Yost, Taffy Abel, whatever they call the place in Oxford that Miami plays in. Nothing like at Notre Dame. The two Frozen Fours in NHL arenas were nothing like this. Even Lawson Ice Arena is nothing like this, and that used to be the loudest building I had ever seen a hockey game in, college or pro.
Put it this way, I am an aging head banger. Listened to heavy metal music all of my life and will still find my way to a show if it's near and cheap. I mentioned to the bro-in-law yesterday that when the two of us took in an Anthrax-Death Angel show a couple of years back it wasn't as loud as the CFIA gets when they blast the music or encourage the kids to shriek, or play that ridiculously tedious opening montage before the 12 minutes of player introductions. I can assure anyone I am not exaggerating.