Seahawks - Qwest Field
||800 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
|| Qwest Field
|| Seattle Seahawks
After more than two decades of
playing in a stadium with another tenant, the Seattle Seahawks
moved into their own stadium in the summer of 2002. After spending
more than two decades at the Kingdome; a multipurpose dome facility,
which was also the home of the Seattle Mariners (MLB), the Seahawks
wanted a new facility for themselves along with the Mariners.
In the mid 1990çs voters approved bonds for two new stadiums
to be built.
A new baseball only
stadium, Safeco Field, was constructed adjacent to the Kingdome.
However, the Seahawks new facility was to be constructed on
the same site as the Kingdome. In order for the new stadium
to be built, the Kingdome had to be imploded. While the new
stadium was being constructed, the Seahawks moved to Husky
Stadium, home of the Washington Huskies (NCAA). Construction
began on the Qwest Field in early 2000. The Seahawks christened
their new state of the art facility on September 15, 2002.
The stadium is configured in a horse
shoe shape, with three tiers of 68,000 seats. The north end
of the stadium is open, allowing superb views of the surrounding
Seattle area. A 13-story tower with a scoreboard at the top
and bleacher seats for up to 3,000 fans, known as the "Hawk
Nest" is also located on the north side. Qwest Field is the
first of its kind to have luxury suites on the field directly
behind the north endzone to provide an in-your-face experience.
The stadium has a total of 82 luxury suites and over 7,000
club seats. One of the most unique features of the stadium
is the overhanging roof design and rainbow tri-chord trusses
that rise 260 feet above the field. The roof covers 70 percent
of the seats keeping many fans dry during inclement weather.
The exterior of the stadium consists
of red brick, and brick-accented colored concrete, tan pre-cast
concrete and white painted steel for the roofing supports;
blending in with other surround facilities. Fans attending
games at Qwest Field have some of the best views than at any
other stadium in the NFL. In June 2004, Qwest Communications
International Inc. purchased the naming rights to the stadium,
thus the stadium is know known as Qwest Field.
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