When they first joined the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks played their home games in the Kingdome from 1976 to 1999 and the Husky Stadium in 1994 and then from 2000 to 2001. The temporary move in 1994 was necessitated by urgent repairs at the Kingdome after its ceiling collapsed. In 2002, the franchise moved to the newly constructed CenturyLink Field. The stadium has been the Seahawks’ home venue since then.
Originally, the stadium was called Seahawks Stadium until June 23, 2004 when it was changed to Qwest Field after Qwest (the communication carrier) acquired the stadium’s naming rights. In June of 2011, CenturyLink acquired Qwest and renamed the stadium to CenturyLink Field.
The stadium takes a U-shape design so that the north end is open to offer a great view of downtown Seattle and the north plaza while Mount Rainier and the roof of Safeco Field are clearly visible from the south end. One of its most amazing features is its 13 storey tower that is located at the north end. It features a vertical scoreboard at the top and a “Hawks’ Nest” (a bleacher seating with a capacity of 3,000) at the base. The tower complements Seattle’s skyline in breath-taking perfection.
The Seahawks played at the CenturyLink Field for the very first time in the 2002 NFL season. The first game was played on August 11, 2002; a preseason match against the Indianapolis Colts. The Seahawks lost 28–10 and then went ahead to finish their debut season at the stadium with a 7–9 record.
Location and Facilities
The CenturyLink Field is located within a mile of Seattle’s CBD. It is accessible by various forms of transit; including multiple freeways. The venue is not only great for field events like football and soccer but is also friendly for other events such as trade shows, concerts and consumer shows. That is because it has a variety of facilities that aid the uses.
The stadium has a whopping 48 concession stands alongside multiple lounges and restaurants. They are famed for offering some of the best Dungeness crab cakes, Pacific salmon sandwiches and a variety of local and typical snacks and dishes. It also features a complex that holds a theater, public plaza and a parking garage.