While the Rain or Shine Guides team was technically born and raised in the Midwest, we consider ourselves Seattleites, and that means our love for the Seahawks runs deep. Having held season tickets for the last 10 years, we have been with the team for many highs, a few lows and that time Marshawn Lynch ran so hard and far he caused a minor earthquake. With the season in full swing, we thought we would give you all the information you need to make a day at Century Link Field a success. Face paint optional.
Know Before You Go
Century Link Field is located in south downtown and is easily accessible by public transportation. The light rail and multiple bus options stops at Stadium Station Tunnel and the Sounder train heads up from Tacoma stopping at the stadium as well. If you want to park, there are plenty of options, but expect to pay anywhere from $35 - $50.
You’ll be required to go through security and bags are not allowed in the stadium unless they are 100% clear. You can buy clear bags online here, but we like to travel light! Stick your cell phone and wallet in your pocket, and now you can have a beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other!
On game day, Utah Avenue becomes “Hawk Alley” and is filled with fans tailgating. If you are visiting (or just don’t want the hassle), it’s still fun to walk down and see all the crazy costumes, feel the spirit, and hope that someone throws a burger your way.
Inside The Stadium
Come hungry because there are some amazing food options! We recommend Rain Shadow Meats, Stadium Signature Nachos, Beecher’s, or Kraken Congee. You might be lured in by Ezel’s chicken and waffles, but we tried it and the waffles were hard as rock. You’ve been warned.
It’s best to come a half hour before the game because the pre-game show is awesome! The Sea Gals perform, a Seattle celebrity raises the 12th Man flag, an actual seahawk flies through the stadium, the starting defense or offense runs through a tunnel lit up by fireworks, and there is enthusiasm, excitement, and heckling of the other team.
Seattle is known for rain and chances are there will be games where it is, in fact, raining. Only part of the stadium is covered (the 300 section mostly), so make sure you check your seat location and the weather beforehand and dress appropriately.
Century Link Field is the second loudest stadium in the NFL (darn you Kansas City for taking the title from us), but we DO hold the record for causing the most number of false starts! Come prepared to YELL and CHEER, but never, ever while the Seahawks offense is on the field at the beginning of a play. This is cheering 101. If you are under the age of 5, might we recommend investing in these.
We’ll be at the stadium cheering the team on all year, and hopefully we’ll see you there! GO HAWKS!