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Exterior of Lumen Field

STADIUM HISTORY

In 1996, Paul G. Allen obtained an option to purchase the Seattle Seahawks and launched a campaign to win public support for a new world-class football/soccer stadium and exhibition center.  Six years later, the dream became reality as the Seahawks opened the 2002 preseason against the Indianapolis Colts in Seahawks Stadium, renamed Qwest Field on June2, 2004. After seven seasons, the stadium was renamed CenturyLink Field on June 23, 2011, and later rebranded to Lumen Field on November 19, 2020. The facility, built atop of the site of the Kingdome, is not only home to theSeahawks and Sounders FC, but the stadium accommodates many levels of soccer competition, including Major League Soccer, amateur, international, World Cup and collegiate soccer.

Lumen Field is designed with a 68,740 seat capacity (37,722 for MLS regular season), with 5,000 additional seats available for special events, and 1,400 seats for fans with disabilities. With a roof covering 70 percent of the seating area, fans will enjoy wide, comfortable seats with sideline seating a mere 52 feet from the playing field and end-zone seats just40 feet from the action. The facility also features a dozen elevators and expansive concourses with an ample provision of concessions stands and restrooms.

In addition to having perfect views of the field and surrounding areas, fans experience elements of diversity and culture in part of the Stadium Art Program. In 1998, a request for qualifications yielded a total of 254 responses from around the United States and Canada. After reviewing the full range of submissions, 12 artists and projects were selected. Today, the stadium includes nearly $2 million worth of art.

The Lumen Field stadium complex includes Lumen Field and the 325,000 sq. ft. Lumen Field Event Center. The versatile Event Center is often converted into an intimate music theater to host a wide array of musical acts from Paul Simon to Snoop Dogg. The Lumen Field event complex, which includes Lumen Field, Lumen Field Event Center and WAMU Theater, manages more than 300 event days that attract more than 2.4 million attendees annually.  In 2011, the stadium served as host to U2 with more than 70,000 fans in attendance, the largest attended event since the stadium opened in 2002.

In 2018, Lumen Field received SAFETY Act Designation and Certification, the highest level of accreditation awarded by the U.S.Department of Homeland Security. Lumen Field was the fifth NFL stadium and second MLS stadium to achieve this certification. In 2020, Lumen Field achieved GBAC STAR Certification, the industry’s gold standard for venue sanitization amid COVID-19. This accomplishment certified that Lumen Field had implemented the industry’s most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

Recent Upgrades

  • Since 2011, the Seahawks have committed more than $90 million in stadium upgrades
  • In 2012, two Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision video displays were installed. The new video displays introduced fans to a new and enhanced viewing experience.
  • In 2013, capital improvements to the stadium included an expanded and re-designed retail store with an increased footprint from 3,000 to 7,400 square feet and 30 new mobile points-of-sale in addition to a new Beer Hall featuring 14 different selections.  FGI installed 47 new digital menu boards and HD TVs to provide flexibility in pricing and menu.
  • In 2014, the Seahawks and Verizon made significant enhancements to the wireless network at Lumen Field to provide fans with free open access to Wi-Fi. Super Bowl XLVIII Roman Numerals were installed in the Northwest Plaza.
  • In 2015, the Seahawks constructed the Toyota FanDeck, which adds 1,000 padded seats in two new seating sections in the south end upper level.
  • In 2016, the Seahawks added a high definition LED board below the upper bowl, renovated the working press box and added four new Press Box suites.
  • In 2017, the Seahawks enhanced the food and beverage experience by adding even more local cuisines at the Stadium Street Market, Night Market, and the Elysian Zone.
  • In 2020, in an effort to boost guest experience through faster lines and more efficient sales processes, Lumen Field transitioned to cashless operations for sales transactions at the stadium, theLumen Field Event Center and WAMU Theater.
  • In 2021, Lumen Field added numerous upgrades aspart of COVID-19 health and safety efforts, including: 
  • Hand sanitizer stations: 300+
  • Self-service concession kiosks: 300
  • Self-service ticket scanning pedestals: 110
  • Additional “Grab and Go” concessions stations 
  • Security magnetometer upgrades 
  • HVAC system upgraded to MERV-13 in all indoor spaces
  • Restrooms upgraded to feature touchless faucets, toilets and urinals
  • Box Office​ upgraded with new technology to digitally send tickets to mobile devices on demand

Lumen Field Funding

The $430 million facility is owned by the public and was funded by a private-public partnership. Private contributions totaled at least $130 million, while the public contributed up to $300 million through a lottery and a variety of taxes generated by events in the stadium/exhibition center.   

A breakdown of the funding package:

  • $130 million private investment led by Paul G.Allen
  • $127 million from new, sports related lottery games, similar to the Mariners’ baseball-themed scratch games
  • $101 million in sales taxes collected in King County attributable to events in the stadium/event center
  • $56 million from facility admission and parking taxes
  • $15 million from extending King County’s share of the existing hotel-motel tax
  • Paul G. Allen agreed to pay for any construction cost overruns
  • $1 million per year of in-kind advertising for the new lottery games will be provided by Paul G. Allen
  • All excess stadium revenues will fund youth athletic facilities throughout Washington State in addition to a $10 million contribution from Paul G. Allen
  • $14 million of the public contribution will come from interest earned on the $50 million private contribution from Paul Allen
  • As an added measure, the debt on the Kingdome was retired, freeing property taxes for other purposes

First & Goal Inc.

In June of 1997, Washington State voters approved a funding package to build a new football/soccer stadium and exhibition center. With that, Paul G. Allen and Football Northwest created First & Goal Inc., to manage the stadium and event center on a daily basis.

Stadium Facts

Lumen Field

  • The Lumen Field event complex, which includesLumen Field, Lumen Field Event Center and WAMU Theater, typically manages more than 300 event days that attract more than 2.4 million attendees annually
  • FGI employs over 800 staff for Seahawks gamedays and over 400 staff for Sounders FC matches on average each season
  • 97% of the concrete from the Kingdome was processed and recycled (35% built into Lumen Field)

Field Size

  • Football: 55.3 yards wide, 120 yards long
  • Soccer: 70 yards wide, 110 yards long — meeting National Football League, Major     League Soccer and World Cup Soccer field and sight-line requirements.

Seating

  • 68,000 fixed seats
  • 1,400 seats for people with disabilities and their companions – compared to 70 at the Kingdome
  • Roof protection for 70 percent of seats


Suites

  • 127 suites on three different levels – Suite, Club and Red Zone
  • Prices ranging from $160,000-$400,000

Amenities

Many conveniences for fans and visitors, including:

  • 12 elevators — compared to three at the Kingdome
  • 63 restrooms — twice as many as the Kingdome
  • 100% of urinals are retrofitted with low-flow fixtures, saving more 1.3 million gallons of water every year.
  • 50 concession stands and 47 beer concessions –twice as many per person as the Kingdome
  • 2,000 car garage
  • 14 electric vehicle chargers – 12 in north lot and two in the garage
  • Events hosted in the Lumen Field Event Center have generated more than $5M for Common School Fund

Design/Construction

  • Design—Ellerbe Becket, in association with LMN Architects
  • General Contractor—Turner Construction Company

Stadium Artists

  • Bob Haozous
  • Cheryl Dos Remedios
  • James Lavadour
  • Juan Alonso
  • Peter Shelton
  • Susan Point
  • Glenn Rudolph
  • Ronson Bustillo
  • Claudia Fitch
  • Belize Brother
  • David Russo

Public Stadium Authority

The Washington State Public Stadium Authority (PSA) was created by Referendum 48, a ballot initiative passed by voters authorizing use of public funds to build a Stadium and Exhibition Center.

The PSA’s mission is to represent the public’s interest in owning Lumen Field & Event Center and overseeing First & Goal Inc.’s operation of the facility for the benefit of all Washington state citizens.

First and Goal Inc. is proud of the public-private partnership forged with the PSA. FGI continues to work closely with the PSA to ensure that the Stadium and Exhibition Center are an asset and symbol of pride to sports fans, event attendees, our residential and business neighbors and to all Washington state residents.

Sustainability

To better serve the environment and communities where we live and work, Lumen Field & Event Center will proactively identify and develop long standing policies, programs, and initiatives to reduce energy and resource consumption based on the following principles:

  • To Learn and Educate
  • To Be Champions and Stewards of the Programs
  • To Provide Meaningful and Measurable Impact
  • To Be a Leader in the Industry

In January 2018, Lumen Field received a “Waste Wise” award from the Environmental Protection Agency for its waste prevention and reduction activities and an international “Sustainability and Community” award at the Stadium Business Summit in London. In 2019, Lumen Field received the “Community Impact Gold Award for Sustainability” from Seattle Business Magazine and “Environment Protection Agency Very Large Business Partner of the Year Award” in April 2020.

Sustainability art
How to be a More Sustainable Fan
Carpool & Transit

Heading to a game? Cut on carbon emissions and look to carpool, take public transit, or even walk.

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Donate Clothes

When updating your wardrobe with new fan gear, donate old items instead of throwing them out.

Eat local art
Shrink Your Foodprint

To reduce distance from farm to fork, eat local or opt for a meatless option like a vegan hot dog!

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Recycle and Compost Responsibly

Learn what and where to recycle and compost. Lumen Field has both recycling and composting bins all throughout the stadium.