Seattle Seahawks officials announced on Thursday that they will be expanding CenturyLink Field by 2,000 to 3,000 seats in time for the 2014 season. The Seattle stadium currently has the 21st biggest capacity in the NFL, and the expansion will push the number of available seats to roughly 70,000. The seats are expected to be added in the south end zone.
The announcement is good news for Seattle fans. Season tickets had a record-high renewal rate before the 2013 season, and single-game tickets sold out in a few hours. Considering CenturyLink has seen 87 consecutive sellouts, tickets to the Seahawks are certainly becoming harder to come by. The added seats should help rectify that.
The decision to expand makes sense for the Seahawks given their remarkable home-field advantage. Seattle is 61-29 at home since 2002, and CenuryLink Field is known as one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. More rabid Seattle fans at the games can only mean more noise. Of course, the expansion means team officials are banking on the Seahawks continuing to be amongst the NFL’s best teams. With the current way the Seahawks are playing and the amount of young talent they have, that seems like a safe bet.
[Source: The Seattle Times]