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Make Some Noise: Seahawks Considering Adding Seats To CenturyLink Field For '14

The Seahawks are "considering adding 2,000 to 3,000 seats to CenturyLink Field before next season to bring the capacity of the '12th Man' to roughly 70,000 fans," according to a source cited by Mike Garafalo of FOXSPORTS.com. The source said that the addition would "be in the south end zone, where the '12th Man' flag is raised before each game." There currently is a "break in the seating on the 300 level behind the flag that would be filled in." One of the proposals is for the seats "to be metal bleachers, like those already in place in the 'Hawks' Nest' on the opposite end of the stadium." Fans in that end zone "stomp on the bleachers to create more noise, particularly when the opposing team is backed up near its own goal line." The Seahawks' "Blue Pride" season-ticket waiting list "is 12,000 people long" (FOXSPORTS.com, 10/3). In Seattle, Bob Condotta notes the Seahawks' media guide "lists capacity at 67,000 fixed seats -- 21st of 32 NFL teams," but attendance is "routinely higher -- a crowd of 68,338 attended" 49ers-Seahawks on Sept. 15. Adding seats has "always been considered an option -- the team’s media guide notes that the number of fixed seats could be expanded to 72,000" (SEATTLE TIMES, 10/4).
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