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 June 2, 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 Lumen Field stadium complex includes Lumen Field, the 325,000 sq. ft. Lumen Field Event Center and WAMU Theater. The stadium complex hosts a wide variety and volume of events each year, making it one of the busiest venues in the region. In addition to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and MLS’ Seattle Sounders FC, the National Women’s Soccer League’s OL Reign and the XFL’s Seattle Sea Dragons call Lumen Field Home. The stadium also hosts events such as consumer and tradeshows, corporate events, Monster Jam, Supercross, and full stadium concerts. In2022, it was announced that Lumen Field would be a host venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
· 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 XLVII IRoman Numerals were installed in the Northwest Plaza.
· In 2015, the Seahawks constructed the Toyota Fan Deck, 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, the Lumen Field Event Center and WAMU Theater.
· In 2022,Lumen Field celebrated 20 years and launched a “Fanovation” campaign to upgrade and modernize various areas of the stadium. These improvements included:
- New Cityside Bars under the Hawks Nest featuring premium views of the playing field.
- New North Video Boards that more than doubled the size of the previous boards.
- Four concession locations with Amazon Just Walk Out and Amazon One check-out free technology. Lumen Field was the first NFL stadium to deploy this innovation, getting fans back to the game faster.
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:
Many conveniences for fans and visitors, including:
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.