Tens of thousands of people came to Lumen Field to watch the Seahawks’ long-awaited home opener.
SEATTLE – Tens of thousands of people descended on Lumen Field on Sunday afternoon for the Seahawks’ long-awaited season opener.
A sea of Hawks fans flocked to Lumen Field. Bring back the thunder on Sundays for the next few months.
Mark Stevens said: “First home game, it’s a big moment as you can tell. This place is just crushed. It’s going to be loud.”
Thanks in part to the 12th Man, who are known to have the most passionate fans in the NFL.
Stevens was just one of nearly 70,000 fans who showed up to watch the Seahawks’ season opener.
“I’ve been a fan since the day they opened 76′,” Stevens said. “I’ve had a season ticket since the 5th. Haven’t missed a game, haven’t missed a game.”
That passion for the Seahawks has made many people want to join the team, including some four-legged friends.
“This is O’Ryan. He’s an Alaskan Malamute (and) he’s definitely the 12th Man for the Seahawks,” said Sarah Nam, a lifelong Seahawks fan.
Nam said her favorite aspect of the franchise is its commitment to “Giving back to the community, and I believe they truly empower people.”
And help give a boost to nearby businesses.
“Sundays at Pioneer Square when the Seahawks play, the neighborhood absolutely comes alive, the restaurants are absolutely packed,” said Jonathan Fleming, owner of Pioneer Square D&E.
Match days offer scoring opportunities that cannot be overlooked.
“One Seahawks game can give us the same amount of revenue as what we can do all week,” Fleming said.
Sunday marks the first game of a long season and fans are optimistic that there will be great things ahead.
“I’ve said for years that you have to go through pain to achieve glory,” Stevens said. I have lived through pain. Now we will seek glory.”