The National Football League announced today event information for “2014 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY XBOX” Thursday, September 4 at CenturyLink Field’s North Lot in Seattle. Activities will begin around 2:30 p.m. PT.
Seattle-natives and Grammy Award-winning band SOUNDGARDEN and Grammy Award-winning singer, song-writer and producer PHARRELL WILLIAMS will perform live. A screening of “AMERICA’S GAME: 2013 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS” will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. PT to kick off the event.
The event is free and open to the public rain or shine. Seahawks ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early and watch the concert from inside the stadium. Fans may check out Seahawks.com/Kickoff for more information. Guests planning to attend the event should follow @NFL345 on Twitter for the most up-to-date concert details.
This year marks the 13th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 10th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.
Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Seattle will air from 7:30 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network. The pregame show will feature a performance by Pharrell Williams and television’s most-watched studio show, NBC’s Football Night in America, live on-site in Seattle with its full team -- BOB COSTAS, DAN PATRICK, JOSH ELLIOTT, Super Bowl-winning head coach TONY DUNGY, two-time Super Bowl winner RODNEY HARRISON, and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP HINES WARD, along with NFL Insiders MIKE FLORIO and PETER KING. The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.
The show leads into the season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field (NBC, NBCSports.com, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET). Award-winning singer and actress ARIANA GRANDE will sing the National Anthem inside CenturyLink Field.
The City of Seattle and the NFL released the following information to help make the event enjoyable, accessible, and safe:
To ensure public safety and security, the following items are prohibited: weapons, alcohol, food, beverages, all glass containers, fireworks, all chairs, tents of any kind, barbecue grills of any kind, umbrellas, blankets of any kind, cameras with lens over 12”, obstructive signs, bags larger than 12”x6”x12” and animals other than service animals.
All attendees are subject to search, and prohibited items may not be abandoned at security checkpoints. Please allow adequate time to pass through security checkpoints before activities begin.
ENTRY LOCATION – GENERAL PUBLIC & SEAHAWKS TICKET HOLDERS
Guests can enter the concert site from 2nd Avenue and South King Street and may watch the performances from the North Lot. The entrances will open to the public beginning at 2:30 pm PT on Thursday, Sept. 4.
Guests may view the concert from the general public viewing areas. Access to the general public viewing areas is first come, first served. Fans do not need tickets to attend the free concert.
Seahawks Ticket Holders
Seahawks ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early and watch the concert from inside the stadium, including: North Plaza, Touchdown City or on the in-stadium video boards. Stadium gates will open at 2:30 p.m. for Seahawks fans attending the game.
Spectators are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early to enjoy game day activities and avoid any traffic or parking delays.
The disabled drop-off zone is located off the intersection of Railroad Way S. at Occidental Avenue (across from The Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field), from the North via 1st Ave. South. Drivers may drop off passengers next to the stadium prior to the concert. ADA Access to the concert site is located off of Occidental Avenue, at the SW corner of the North Lot.
For the latest road closure information visit Seahawks.com/Kickoff.
Immediately following the concert, all attendees who do not have a ticket to the game will be directed to exit at 2nd Avenue and South King Street, the same location as entry. The Seahawks vs. Packers game will not be broadcast from the concert site at the conclusion of the event. Fans are encouraged to watch the game at local Seattle establishments.
Cell Phone Advisory
During special events cell phone networks can become overloaded making it difficult for someone to reach the 911 Dispatch Center during an emergency. Fans are encouraged to limit routine use of the cell system during the concert, and in particular the sending or receiving of videos. Should an emergency occur, fans are advised to use their phone to call 911, but use text messaging for routine communication.