Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/7/12
12th Man Pros & Cons

If you have read my bio you know that I originally got my Seattle Seahawks season tickets when I moved to Seattle in 2006. Since then I have witnessed some of the greatest moments in the new stadium.

I do wish I had been able to attend the NFC Championship game but instead I watched it with my family at my parents house and we made our own memories that we will cherish as we age.
Love ‘em
I love driving to the stadium at 8:30 AM (for Sunday afternoon games)

As I drive over the West Seattle bridge I can see CenturyLink Field sitting there in the morning light thinking to myself,  “She’s quiet now, but in a few hours she will erupt with the cheers from the 12th man”.  I take the first avenue exit and drive down 1st avenue towards the stadiums. As I get closer I can see fans walking around and people waving flags trying to get you to park in their lots.

By this time Bittersweet Symphony is playing in my car and I am getting pumped up. I pull into the lot where I tailgate and meet up with my friends, most of whom have been there since 7:00 AM or earlier. I may try a new beer they have brewed or just drink some water but either way it is a great time.

I love the game day experience (in the future I will fully explore this topic)

Before the game you can tailgate in private lots around the stadium, remember to put your adult beverages in a plastic cup for police sake.

They wont hassle you for drinking in public as long as it’s not in the bottle or can.

If tailgating is not you thing than you can go into the CenturyLink Event Center before the game. They have different booths set up where you can play games for prizes, 710 AM hosts a radio show and both the Sea Gals and Blue Thunder (Seahawks Marching Band) make an appearance.

I love the game

Since you are reading this it is pretty safe to assume you do as well. If you have ever been to a game and felt the electricity in the stadium from the moment the 12th Man flag is raised until the final snap then you know exactly what I am referring to. The best way that I can describe it is as the most fun a person can legally have with their clothes on. 

Hate ‘em

I hate having to pay for preseason games as part of the season tickets package

Seahawks season tickets: Love em & Hate em

If they are going to make me pay for tickets that I can’t even give away it should at least be half the price. I started attending the preseason games when I started writing I because I want to see as much as I can in person but before then the tickets went to waste. Not only does a ticket holder have to pay full price for the tickets it still costs up to another $40 to park, if you want a beer and a hot dog thats another $20.

Of course I will also need a couple waters and a half time lemonade to repair my throat from all the yelling. So by the end of the day you can drop close to a hundred dollars after the price of a ticket without getting any souvenirs.

I have never gone down to Peoria to watch the Mariners during Spring Training but I’m guessing it’s much cheaper than the regular season games and I doubt season ticket holders are forced to buy those tickets.

Sure I am comparing apples to oranges but it is still ridiculous to me to charge full price for a preseason game.

I hate the fact that if you get a seat by a bone headed fan your are stuck next to them all season

A few years ago there was a fan five or six rows down from me who always wore a Steelers Championship jacket with the Super Bowl XL (the year they were handed the trophy by the officials) patch glaring at me. Generally I’m not a violent person but it took everything I had not to punch the guy in the face and tell him to get the f#$% out of our stadium.

I hate the fact that the magical feeling of attending the game has worn away

It used to be exhilarating just to walk into the stadium for me. The hair on my arm would literally stand up and chills would run down my spine. I’m not sure at what point that went away but the feeling is gone.

I still enjoy going but it is a little bit like when you find out Santa Clause doesn’t exist. Sure Christmas is still great but it’s not quite the same.

All thing taken into consideration I would have to say if you are a Seahawks fan within driving distance and have enough money in your budget for entertainment I strongly suggest looking into getting them, there isn’t a bad seat in the house and each section has its own advantage. 

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