|Address||800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA, USA|
|Club||Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)|
|Build Date||July 28, 2002|
|Architect||Ellerbe Becket, LMN Architects, Streeter & Associates|
|Average Attendance||Football: 69,001 (in 2018)
Soccer: 40,641 (in 2018)
|Record Attendance||Football: 69,067 (December 23, 2018)
Soccer: 67,385 (August 25, 2013)
|Stadium Cost||$430 million including the exhibition center ($599 million in 2018 U.S. dollars)|
|Roof||Roof covering 70 percent of the seating area|
|Who is the owner of CenturyLink Field?||Washington State Public Stadium Authority|
|Pitch Size||American football: 120 yd × 53.3 yd
Soccer: 116 yd × 75 yd
|Where is CenturyLink Field located?||47.5952°N 122.3316°W|
Former names: Seahawks Stadium (2002–2004); Qwest Field (2004–2011)
|Surface||FieldTurf Revolution 360|
This modern multipurpose stadium located in the Pacific Northwest’s main city has a number of conveniences for event attendees. They include 112 suites on three different levels, 11,500 parking lots onsite and near the venue, 15,000 parking lots in Seattle Downtown, wide concourses, plenty of concession areas, wheelchair-accessible infrastructure, and the roof completely covering and protecting from rain and sun roughly over half of the seating area. A public plaza, the Washington Music Theater (the WAMU), and an impressive Event Center are also part of this beautiful facility. The stunning views of the Downtown Seattle skyline add up to its greatness.
From the very beginning, the sponsors agreed that the project should have an open-air design. Despite this fact, they wanted to create the loudest possible atmosphere to contribute the home teams’ successes. This worked great and the Clink has twice broken the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar at an outdoor stadium in 2013 and 2014.
Let’s head to the categories of seats at CenturyLink Field. Here they are listed from the ground level and all the way up:
- 100s Level – field level seats which mostly don’t provide weather protection;
- 200s Level – intermediate club level seats which provide idyllic views;
- Club Lounge;
- Suite Level – premium tickets;
- 300s Level – front rows are recommended among these upper-level seats.
High-profile European and American clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chivas de Guadalajara, and Club América had played exhibition games at CenturyLink Field. The attendance was extremely high proving the growing popularity of soccer in Emerald City. The matches of 2005, 2009, and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2009 MLS Cup took place at the Clink as well.
Speaking about the Seahawks football games, the ground in Seattle is considered one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL and it already hosted a huge number of important fixtures.
The 12th man is a powerful helper to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC. This means that the tickets for the important events held at CenturyLink Field often sell out. The resource that can help to fix this is StubHub. I can recommend this web platform from my own experience. They do deliver the tickets to any place in the world but be ready to overpay a little bit.
Despite the popularity of CenturyLink Field, the other ways to get tickets are often available. If you need to purchase the tickets to the matches of Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, WaMu Theater, or other things happening at CenturyLink Field or Event Center, please consider the following:
- Go to the official CenturyLink Field website’s ticket section;
- Set the alert on the official Seattle Seahawks website to get the message whenever single game tickets are available;
- Call 1-888-NFL-HAWK to purchase the Seattle Seahawks football matches tickets;
- Call 1-877-MLS-GOAL to purchase the Seattle Sounders FC soccer matches tickets;
- Visit CenturyLink Field Northwest Box near the venue.
The ticket prices at the Clink vary based on the event and typically range from $29 to $150.
If you want to find your ideal hotel in Seattle quickly, Booking.com is everything you need. They provide the largest number of excellent deals and have the best reputation among travelers. I also have got my own top picks in Seattle, so you may want to consider the options listed below.
- Hotel Seattle – is only 1 mile away from Emerald City’s main sports ground. The Downtown district where it’s located is perfect for shopping, sightseeing, and chilling. The night costs $114. They have free WIFI, 24-hour desk and all the necessary amenities for a pleasant stay.
- Ace Hotel Seattle – $139 per night is a good price for such a nice boutique hotel in Seattle. The excellent breakfast is included in this price. If you don’t mind walking 30 minutes in the Downtown area, you may even get to CenturyLink Field by feet.
- Pensione Nichols – this hotel costs $149 per night including a great breakfast. The rooms are amazing and so are the mountain and sea views from the patio and balcony. The distance to the marvelous sports venue is 1.2 miles and it’s a pleasure to walk there if the weather is good.
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown – a real pearl of Seattle with some of the most wonderful views you can imagine for $290 per night. It’s located only a few steps away from the stadium.
- Silver Cloud Hotel – is a great hotel with rooms starting at $369. The drawback of staying just in front of the stadium’s entrance is that you’ll have to get yourself to Downtown whenever you want to go out. Luckily, it’s only 1 mile away and this hotel provides a free shuttle to the central area of Seattle.
- Kimpton Alexis Hotel – at $444 it’s the most expensive accommodation on the list. The cleanliness and comfort of this luxurious boutique style place are beyond any compliments. If you want to walk to the stadium, it will take you about 15 minutes of time.
- Hotel Best Western Plus Pioneer Square Hotel – this location is great because it’s both close to CenturyLink Field and Downtown of Seattle. The price for the night is $381 and it certainly worth every penny. The amenities and the view from the balcony are stunning.
- Courtyard Seattle Downtown – $429 per night is the price you’ll have to pay for the accommodations of the world-class in Seattle. The rooms are fairly big and they are tastefully and smartly furnished. This hotel is situated 2.5 miles away from the Clink with a wide choice of sightseeing and dining around it.
How to get to
Seattle is a modern city with perfectly organized traffic and there are several ways how you can get to the Clink. Undoubtedly, some of the transport options are more convenient than the others. Below you will find the tips that will help you get to the stadium in the most efficient way.
By Light Rail – International District/Chinatown Station – Bay is located just 0.3 miles away from CenturyLink Field.
By Bus – the city has numerous bus routes. Some of them stop quite close to the venue, for example, 1, 13, 14, 24, 29, 33, 40, 41, 62, 70, and so on.
By Train – Amtrak Passengers arriving in Seattle drop off at King Street Station, which is an excellent location for the football and soccer fans. The stadium is just a couple hundred steps away from that station.
By Boltbus – if you are coming to Seattle from another big city in Washington State, Vancouver, or Oregon, chances you are arriving on Boltbus. It stops on 5th Avenue and S King Street which is less than half a mile away from the city’s main sports facility.
By Greyhound – if this is your bus company and you have just arrived in Seattle, you should find yourself at Greyhound Station. The distance from there to CenturyLink Field is 0.6 miles which is a perfect distance for a short walk in a beautiful neighborhood.
By Car – although most of the other stadiums I’ve been to are often not convenient for a driver, the trip to CenturyLink Field by car is quite doable. The stadium is situated at the junction of I-5 and I-90. It’s pretty easy to reach it from any direction. Parking lots are limited though and are mostly occupied by the season ticket holders. If you a lucky to get the parking spot onsite costing about $20-40, some of them are equipped with electric vehicle chargers.
By Bike – NW and NE corners of the stadium are equipped with plenty of bike parking spaces. PedalAnywhere is a great bike rental service in Seattle.
By Monorail – this exotic transport connects Westlake Center and Seattle Center with multiple stops in Downtown on its way. The distance from the closest station, Seattle Center to CenturyLink Field is 2.3 miles. If you are coming from Westlake Center area, it should be fun to go half of your way on a monorail and then catch one of the buses or switch to the light rail.
By Plane – the distance from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to CenturyLink Field is 12.4 miles. The airport is conveniently linked with the stadium by the light rail. The ride to International District/Chinatown Station – Bay will take 31 minutes and you’ll have to walk for only 0.3 miles. The ticket price is only $2.75.
Parking is not the most convenient feature of CenturyLink Field. If you are planning to visit this stadium, you need to think about this aspect in advance. However, there is always a solution. The approximate matchday paid parking price near the sports venue in Seattle is $10.
Eating out nearby
Seattle’s food traditions are quite famous. Almost every native misses the things like artisanal chocolate, geoduck, and tons of organic fruits and veggies, while they are out of their home state. There are so many great restaurants and cafes in Emerald City that it’s really hard to pick the best of them. However, below I’ll give you a few hints to start with.
Pubs, bars & cafes
- Henry’s Tavern – an 8-minute walking distance to the stadium is the first good thing about this gastropub. Secondly, they have an incredible collection of beers. Thirdly, the homemade pizza, delicious burgers, and wok-inspired dishes are really great there.
- Paseo Caribbean Food – makes some of the best sandwiches in the Pacific Northwest. But look at the other delicious things with Caribbean flavor they have on their menu. Among them are red sauce plato, rice-bean trio, and famous roasted corn. This café also has parking and it’s only about half a mile from the stadium.
- Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant – another excellent pre-match location with a terrific friendly atmosphere and great beer. CenturyLink Field is only half a mile away from this spot.
- Derby at the Shop – can be found 1 mile southwards from Seattle’s main event venue. The Shop is a former 36,500-square-foot warehouse which has been transformed into an extravagant facility especially loved by luxury cars and classic motorcycle enthusiasts. Their delicious food and cocktails can satisfy every client.
- Casco Antiguo – is a nice Mexican restaurant with incredible food. It is a perfect pre-game spot to have a drink or two around some great people. It is located 0.7 miles away from the Clink. The list of their drinks is truly impressive.
- Quality Athletics – is situated 0.5 miles away from CenturyLink Field. It’s a festive and lively place for every sports lover with lots of TV screens and an impressive menu. They also have a wonderful rooftop garden, outdoor fire pits and lots of other great surprises for every visitor.
Things to see at the stadium
The twelfth man is always an important participant of every home game played by the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC. But are there some fun things to do at the stadium before and after the matchday? Find out below and come to visit Seattle! It’s worth it.
CenturyLink Field is undoubtedly one of the brightest sports and events venues in the USA and they offer very exciting tours which often sell out. The price is very reasonable: $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for kids from 4 years old and up. NW Box Office, the Renton Pro Shop, and Downtown Pro Shop in Seattle are the only places to purchase the tour tickets since they are not available online. It lasts about 90 minutes and during the tour, you’ll see cool things like the field, the locker rooms, the press box, an incredible suite 12 and the lounge, the glorious helmet wall and much more. Check out their schedule here.
The stadium has no museum of its own. However, the Museum of Pop Culture located 2.7 miles away from CenturyLink Field exhibits some of the most memorable artifacts of the Seattle Seahawks team and their supporters which are known as the 12s. Prepare for some interactive experience such as interviews, summaries, and the videos of the most unforgettable moments of the football club’s history. Keep in mind that the museum’s main focus is on pop culture, music, and similar things, so it’s not exclusively about the city’s football traditions.
The Seahawks Pro Shop is a real heaven for every football fan in Seattle. There are four locations selling the team’s official merchandise in the city. They can be found at the Clink, in Downtown, at University Village, and in Bellevue Square.
Seattle Sounders FC Pro Shop welcomes fans as well. They also have four stores at Renton Landing, at Alderwood Mall, in Downtown, and definitely at the sports venue itself.
Things to do in Seattle, WA
Seattle is a great travel destination with hundreds of facilities which you’ll love to see. Explore Downtown taking a monorail, visit the city’s bright museums such as family-friendly Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Then enjoy Elliott Bay and the Cascade Mountains views from several inimitable viewpoints and rooftop restaurants. Washington State Ferries, whale tours, sailing adventures, and harbor cruises are also among must-do things in Seattle.
If you are looking for a comprehensive introduction to vibrant Emerald City, consider taking one of the numerous tours available there. The tours normally cost from $40 to $65 depending on the format. One of the alternatives is the hop-off bus tour. Among the most thrilling hop-off attractions are Space Needle, Chinatown, and Pike Place Market. Don’t forget to reserve some time for a harbor tour. The city’s coastline looks different from that angle and you’ll surely love to see the inhabitants of the ocean.
Top 3 places to visit
Sky View Observatory – this iconic construction provides an exclusive aerial view of Seattle which is especially inspiring during the sunset and at night. Enjoy the view on the nest of the Seahawks and the panoramic city views. You really can’t miss this sky deck on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center being the highest public observatory on the West coast.
Pike Place Market – is a well-known fish throwing market with its unique traditions and atmosphere that won’t leave you indifferent. Hundreds of local artists sell their wares. Street performers play music and organize bright shows at every corner. The comforting views of Elliott Bay add up to the overall festive spirit.
Seattle Whale Watching Tours – see the minkes, humpback whales, and incredible orcas and enjoy the magnificent nature of San Juan Islands. The amazing half-day tour is provided by cozy speedboats of Puget Sound Express. They start at Port of Edmonds. It is 19 miles to the north from CenturyLink Field and you can easily get there using public transport, Uber, or Lyft. Every ocean tour is unique and you are also likely to discover sea lions, seals, porpoises, dolphins, otters, and thousands of rare shorebirds.