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Guide to CenturyLink Field for the visiting Seattle Seahawks fan
The Seattle Seahawks are a truly regional team. Their fanbase goes north to Alaska, south through Oregon, and east across Idaho. While most of the fans of course live in Seattle, many come to a game once a year, or even less. This is a guide for the many fans who aren't regulars at CenturyLink Field who have rounded up some tickets are are heading to the best stadium in the NFL.
I lived in the Seattle area back in the Kingdome days. Needless to say, things have changed since then. Now I live down near Portland, Oregon, and find making at least one trip up a season a necessity.
Getting to the game
The hands-down best approach is to take mass transit . The light rail runs to the stadium, as do many bus routes. For the out-of-town visitor, the best bet is the Sounder Train. The commuter rail runs game routes specific to game day. Coming from Everett on the north and Tacoma and Puyallup from the south, the fares are reasonable. If you are staying over night or just driving in for the game, there is ample parking near the outlying stops. If you drive, parking is expensive and traffic can snarl.
Food - before, during or after?
I don't like to eat at games, I like to have a nice pub style lunch before hand. That said, there are so many options for food inside CenturyLink Stadium that I've eaten there as well. It's a little pricey, but in line with what you would expect. Pyramid Alehouse, Hawk's Nest Bar & Grill and Sluggers Sports Bar are good options for a bite before the game and are all a short walk away.
Inside the stadium
The phrase "not a bad seat in the house" might be cliche, but it's true for CenturyLink Field. Sure, some are better than others. If I can get them, I like the lower part of the 300 level. I like being up a bit, but not too far. I haven't yet sit in the Hawks Nest at the end zone on the north side, but that looks intriguing too.
The design of the stadium lends itself to noise enhancement. That's a nice way to say it's very loud. Also, many of the seats will be out of the rain, but wind can still blow it around. While I'm a true Northwestern guy who abhors rain gear most of the time, if you're stuck in seat for the duration of a game, it's not a bad idea if rain is in the forecast.
If you're going to a Seattle Seahawks game, use mass transit, get there early to take in the atmosphere, and enjoy a great experience.
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