I’d say my February (2012) visit to Seattle was successful.
There was much food, in between stuffing my cakehole with beautifully cured meats at Salumi, some of the best fish and chips in town at Pacific Inn Pub, watching UEFA Champions League football in Shultzy’s, great dim sum at Jade Garden in the International District, and a steady diet of lattés throughout town.
Over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, I managed to stop eating long enough to take a guided tour of the football-and-soccer stadium near Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle.
I’ve watched the Seattle Seahawks since their inception and inclusion into the National Football League in 1976. As the concept of a multi-purpose stadium was all the rage in the late-70s and 80s, the Seahawks and Mariners (joining Major League Baseball in 1977) played in the King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium, better known as the Kingdome. Recently, the course has had teams going their separate ways and building their own stadia. The Kingdome was demolished by implosion in 2000 to make way for a new football stadium.
The new stadium opened in 2002, and is now called CenturyLink Field. The primary tenants are the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC (MLS).
I have very fond Seahawk memories watching quarterback Jim Zorn throwing long balls to favorite wide receiver Steve Largent. Seeing Largent’s retired number 80 up as a banner in the stadium was a big thrill.
Every helmet represents a high-school football team in the state of Washington.
Foreground: solar panels for CenturyLink Field. Background: Safeco Field.
View of the field from Section 326.
North tower, Hawks Nest, and downtown Seattle skyline.
East seating, Ring of Honor, retired numbers.
Welcome to CenturyLink Field
Waterfront view from on high
The suite level
Inside the press area : Gary Wright Press Box
View of the field from press box
Hawks Nest at north end, from press box
Press schedule, last home-game of 2011 season: 49ers at Seahawks, 2011 Dec 24.
Mike Holmgren’s final play-call on offense as head coach, 2008 season.
“Rooting” for a team is a North American expression of support
12th Man Flag (2005): adjacent to Seahawks dressing room.
Field Club level southwest, to the north end
Field Club level southwest, to the east stand
Retired numbers: 80 Steve Largent (WR), 12 Fan (Twelfth Man), 71 Walter Jones (LT).
I made the photos during a stadium-tour on 18 February 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
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