Yesterday Justin and I, along with our friends Skip and Jen, drove in to Seattle to watch the Seahawks take on the 49ers for Sunday Night Football. It was one of those days with my husband that I will never forget, as we experienced energy and celebration amongst fans that, before today, was literally unheard of.
One of the most anticipated games of the NFL season, and quoted by some as the best/biggest rivalry in the NFL, this game was to set the stage for both teams – only one winner, only one loser – and everyone would know it moving forward in the season.
We arrived in downtown Seattle around 11:30am, parked at our hotel (which was swarming with 49er fans) and headed out to explore the city and find a place for lunch.
Given the atmosphere, we settled on Pike Place Brewery where we could watch the morning and afternoon games, mingle amongst fans, and have something good to eat and drink. Justin and I shared a pulled pork sandwich and I had an IPA alongside my Starbucks from earlier.
Once we were finished at the brewery, we headed back to the hotel with hopes of checking in. Unfortunately, the Red Lion was unable to ready our rooms and we had to wait until after the game to check in. We gathered our game day gear and belongings and started walking toward the stadium.
*Extra Layer of Clothing
All of which fit into our new NFL regulation size clear bag, which is now a requirement as traditional backpacks are no longer allowed inside the stadiums.
Upon arrival to the stadium we were taken aback by the energy and life exuding from all the fans. It was absolutely fascinating to witness. Jerseys and Seahawks gear covering every body – wigs, hats, capes, mohawks, paint, signs, tattoos, glasses, and masks to accessorize. People sure got creative.
Our first stop was Pyramid Alehouse, which hosts a huge outdoor beer garden and social scene before every home game, complete with tents, games, loud music, and plenty of beer. We spent an hour socializing and watching entertaining fans circulate amongst the crowds.
After roaming around for a few minutes, we enjoyed a snack and cold beverage while conversing with a few other fans. We met a really nice couple from Canada who had flown down for the game. It sounds like the Seahawks have quite a few Canadian followers.
The atmosphere inside the stadium was indescribable. People were filling seats early, introductions were made between neighbors – front, back, and side. Voice getting geared up for 3 ½ hours of yelling → time to break a WORLD RECORD!
The first quarter of the game was nerve wracking due to the close 2-0 score, the result of an early safety. Seahawks are the first the score!!! The stadium was loud and not one person around us was sitting in their seat… it was intense.
Then, down came the rain as the sky lit up with lightning and the sound of thunder. Even God wanted to play a part and add to the noise. It also meant that the game would be postponed until further notice. Justin and I hung out in our ponchos as the players exited field and people fled their seats to seek shelter from the rain.
After a while, Justin and I exited as well to get a snack, use the restroom, and dry off. Once the storm passed, an hour later, the stadium filled quickly, louder than before, and the game resumed.
The Seahawks dominated the rest of the game. It was in no way a flawless game, as there were plenty of penalties and a few errors primarily on offense, but that is to be expected when two good teams battle it out for a victory.
Being a part of that crowd, which is affectionately referred to as the 12th Man, was an incredible (priceless) experience. I have never yelled so loud and felt that kind of disarray of my senses – hearing, voice, and feeling – all were “off” (notably after the game). The fans were able to unite and set a Guinness world record for the loudest stadium crowd in the world. 136.6 decibels. YES! Part of history!!
THE FINAL SCORE = Seahawks – 29 and 49ers – 3
Following the game we made our way back to the hotel, amongst a sea of screaming, happy fans roaming the streets of downtown Seattle. The “epicness” of this game will always be remembered.
Do you have a memorable sporting event experience?