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CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

My Seattle: inside CenturyLink Field

Above: “Welcome to CenturyLink Field.” (HL)

18 February 2012.

As the beginning to my year-long around the world journey, I’d say my 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.

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.

Eventually, the Seahawks and Mariners went their separate ways to build 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).

The 12th Man is an important part of the Seahawks’ fan-base and culture to the extent that one 12th Man Executive Suite is reserved for fans.


CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Every helmet represents a high-school football team in the state of Washington.

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Stadium concourse

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Foreground: solar panels for CenturyLink Field. Background: Safeco Field.

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

View of the field from Section 326.

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

North tower, Hawks Nest, and downtown Seattle skyline.

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

West-side seating.

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

East seating, Ring of Honor, retired numbers (as of Feb 2012)

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Waterfront view north along Alaskan Way

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

The suite level

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Inside the press area : Gary Wright Press Box

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

View of the field from press box

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Hawks Nest at north end, from press box

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Press schedule, last home-game of 2011 season: 49ers at Seahawks, 2011 Dec 24.

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Mike Holmgren’s final play-call on offense as head coach, 2008 season.

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

“Rooting” for a team is a North American expression of support

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Twelfth Man Suite: one Executive Suite reserved for fans

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Field Club level southwest, to the north end

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Field Club level southwest, to the east stand

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

Retired (Feb 2012): 80 Steve Largent (WR), 12 Fan (Twelfth Man), 71 Walter Jones (LT).

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

12th Man

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

12th Man Flag (2005): adjacent to Seahawks dressing room.


No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL, the Seattle Sounders, MLS, or the city of Seattle. I made the photos during a stadium-tour on 18 February 2012. This post appears on fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-1uc.

One Response to “My Seattle: inside CenturyLink Field”

  1. Number 11: Inside the Seahawks’ nest | Fotoeins WIDE

    […] I was fortunate to have (re)visited Seattle as part of my 2012 around-the-world journey, and even more so to have taken part in a tour of the Seahawks’ home venue, CenturyLink Field. The photo above is the view from Section 326 on the upper level. With the downtown skyline in the background, the view includes the stadium’s north end, North tower, and the seating section called the “Hawks Nest”. I wrote about my tour of the stadium here. […]

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