There's going to be plenty of extra activity surrounding the nationally-televised NFL opener between the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks and Green Bay Packers on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.
Unfortunately, that means there's going to be plenty of extra traffic, too. Before you head to the home of the Seahawks this Thursday, take a look at the transportation tips below:
Like, really early.
Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT with CenturyLink Field, the pregame concert area, and American Family Insurance Touchdown City (located inside the CenturyLink Field Event Center) all open to the public at 2:30 p.m. PT.
But several streets around the stadium will be closed for the NFL's Gameday Village setup, so arriving 60 minutes earlier than usual would be a wise move.
Use Public Transportation
Amtrak Cascades train service will drop you off at the game (King Street Station) from as far south as Eugene, Ore. and as far north as Vancouver, B.C. Reservations are required, so be sure to book ahead.
The Central Link light rail offers simple service from Sea-Tac Airport, Tukwila, and downtown Seattle areas to the stadium.
If you're forced to take your car in, carpooling is highly recommended. The stadium's North Lot will be closed for pregame concert viewing, so steer clear of that area. And with the NFL's Gameday Village taking over streets north of CenturyLink Field, parking lots located south of the stadium will be your best bet.
Turn To Twitter
If you're an avid Twitter user, you know it can be a great place for up-to-the-minute information. I've found the Twitter accounts mentioned below to be particularly useful when looking to navigate traffic in the Seattle area. You can expect them to be hyper-active on social media this Thursday as unforeseen circumstances arise. These accounts even add a little humor to their tweets at times, which works well to alleviate any traffic-induced stress.
- Washington State DOT: @wsdot (Official Washington State Department of Transportation Twitter account)
- WSDOT Traffic: @wsdot_traffic (The official WSDOT Seattle area traffic Twitter account)
- WSDOT Tacoma Traffic: @wsdot_tacoma (Providing you the latest information about construction and congestion in Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Clallam, Mason and Kitsap counties)
- WA State Ferries: @wsferries (Official Washington State Ferries automated bulletins, special announcements and news from WSDOT)