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About CenturyLink Field
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.
The CenturyLink Field stadium complex includes CenturyLink Field and the 200,000 sq. ft. CenturyLink 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. CenturyLink Field and CenturyLink Field Event Center host approximately 185 events that attract more than two 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.
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.
- 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 and 40 additional fixed and portable points of sale.
- In 2014, the Seahawks and Verizon made significant enhancements to the wireless network at CenturyLink Field to provide fans with free open access to Wi-Fi. Super Bowl XLVIII Roman Numerals were installed in the Northwest Plaza.
- This past offseason, the Seahawks constructed the Toyota Fan Deck, which adds 1,000 padded seats in two new seating sections in the south end upper level. Additionally, the Seahawks also added eight new suites to help accommodate the growing demand.
Facts & Figures
- CenturyLink Field, CenturyLink Field Event Center and WaMu Theater host more than 165 events per year that attract more than two million attendees
- FGI employs over 800 staff for the 10 Seahawks game days and over 400 staff for the 18 Sounders FC matches each season
- 68,000 fixed seats
- 1,400 seats for people with disabilities and their companions – compared to 70 at the Kingdome
- 63 restrooms (799 toilets/364 urinals) – 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.
- 12 elevators — compared to three at the Kingdome
- 50 concession stands and 47 beer concessions – twice as many per person as the Kingdome
- 97% of the concrete from the Kingdome was processed and recycled (35% built into CenturyLink Field)
- 2,000 car garage
- Six electric vehicle chargers - four in north lot and two in the garage
- Events hosted in the CenturyLink Field Event Center have generated more than $2.1M for Common School Fund
Centurylink 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
FGI RESource Conservation Project
In 2011, FGI implemented an energy conservation project that included the installation of a vast rooftop solar array; performance monitoring and other smart technologies, including high-efficiency lighting, mechanical system upgrades and ultra-low flow water fixtures; an LED stadium arch lighting system; and six electrical vehicle charging stations. The project was led by Seattle-based McKinstry.
The project has reduced annual utility costs by 25% percent and carbon emissions by 1,666 metric tons per year; the equivalent of removing 319 cars from the roadway, or powering 161 homes.
In addition to these conservation efforts, FGI recycled or composted 96% of all facility waste in 2014 (including 5,000 gallons of cooking oil that was converted to biodiesel fuel) and eliminated the use of over 27,000 gallons of cleaning chemicals by switching to an Electronically Activated Water cleaning system.
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800 Occidental Ave South, #100
Seattle, WA 98134
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