Fans around the country itching for a real game-day atmosphere envy how the fans have it made in Seattle. CenturyLink Field has been specially designed to amplify the already-rowdy Seattle fan base that swarms the stands in the fall for Seahawks games. Once fans have secured their CenturyLink Field parking, it’s into the stadium to lose their voice. Volume at Seahawks games has become deafening to the point that teams accuse Qwest Field of pumping in artificial noise through loudspeakers.
The booming crowd noise at CenturyLink is part of arguably the NFL’s greatest home-field advantage. Shortly after the the team, its raucous fans and Seahawks parking moved from the Kingdome to CenturyLink, Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke raised a blue flag beyond an end zone with the number “12,” a tribute to the team’s fans, or the 12th man on the field. Seahawks fans take unprecedented pride in causing false starts on the offense; five-yard penalties and real drive disrupters for the offense.
The fan volume will be the takeaway for any first-timer, but other features help make this place one of the best game-day experiences out there. A city notorious for rain has seat-specific roofs covering the stands, but not the field, to keep fans dry but retain the outdoor feel. The open end of the stadium faces directly downtown, so if you’re in the right seat, you’ll have a spectacular view of the Emerald City skyline.
Seahawks parking isn’t the only thing Seattle fans look for as they head over for a game. The Sounders also call CenturyLink Stadium their own, and the fans have made the Sounders the most popular MLS team in the country by an incredible margin. In 2013 the Sounders pulled in over 40,000 fans per game, nearly 19,000 more than the second-place Los Angeles Galaxy. This makes Sounders parking a hassle as well. For that, and Seahawks parking, fans can book in advance on ParkWhiz. This way there’s no need to worry about where to park, and all energy can be driven toward screaming violently for your team.