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Seahawks fans camp outside CenturyLink Field for single-game tickets
The Seahawks have traveled to San Diego to take on the Chargers in their third preseason game of the year, a game that will see the starters get the most playing time of the preseason.
Seahawks fans came out in droves on Saturday in San Diego.
It was family day here at the VMAC as the Seahawks had their last practice of the week before heading to San Diego tomorrow for a preaseon matchup against the Chargers on Saturday.
The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the Seahawks single-game tickets.
Seahawks fans Luke Duett and Cody Huard - cousin of former Seahawks and University of Washington quarterback Brock Huard, were the first and second fans in line at CenturyLink Field's exclusive single-game ticket on sale, which opened to the public at 10 a.m. Monday.
Duett and Huard, who both hail from nearby Kent, Wash., showed up on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. - two days before tickets were to be available. But the pair was turned away by stadium staff for being a bit too early. They returned to the loudest venue in sports at 10 a.m. Sunday, setting up their tent for a 24-hour stay with 12s that measured a few-thousand strong by Monday morning.
"It's been good, there's Seahawks chants, pick-up football games, Frisbee, Pictionary, we were ready," said Huard. "We kind of tried to nap, but it was a little hard. It kind of rained. I'd say 2 a.m. was when we finally got some sleep."
With the 2014 regular season officially sold out as of 1:50 p.m. Monday, the wait was worth it for Duett and Huard, who used their prime position to purchase tickets to the regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4 and to the NFC West showdown with the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 15.
"It's a weight off our shoulders because we get whatever we want," Duett said of being the first fans in line. "It's a bragging rights thing, really."
Also holding a great deal of bragging rights was Kirkland, Wash. native Marcus Carroll, the 12th fan in line at CenturyLink Field this morning.
"I got about half an hour of sleep last night, maybe," said Carroll, who was accompanied in line by his mother, Pam. "I was in a little chair. I didn't bring my tent or anything. It started raining, so I don't know if I was just so tired that it felt like I fell asleep and woke up, or if I actually fell asleep and woke up. I'm not sure.
"But I'm here. I'm alive. I'm No. 12 - the 12th Man, getting my tickets."
Carroll, who in case you were wondering bears no relation to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll like the aforementioned Cody Huard did to Brock, also used the opportunity to seize tickets to the team's opener against Green Bay and the rival matchup with San Francisco.
"It was absolutely awesome," Carroll said of his overnight experience in the stadium's north plaza. "Everybody kind of just walked around, met everybody, and we all just had a great time."
Jason Dehaven, perhaps the unlikeliest of fans on site to agree with Carroll's sentiment, did just that. Dehaven, a former California resident and current Niners fan who moved to Seattle four years ago, bought tickets to the Seahawks' games against the 49ers and Packers.
"I'd like to say that Seahawks fans are awesome," said Dehaven, the 76th fan in line who started camping out at 4 p.m. Sunday with his girlfriend Katherine Klauser - a Seahawks supporter. "There was only a couple guys that kind of weren't polite, but out of 500-plus people, they were great and I wouldn't rather camp out with anyone else."
If you missed out on the regular season single-game ticket on sale and are still looking for your Seahawks fix, a limited number of tickets to the team's two preseason home games against the San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears are still available.