After a season with no fans in the stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 12s returned to Lumen Field for Sunday's home opener, and as has been the case throughout the history of the franchise, they were loud throughout Sunday's game against the Titans.
Unfortunately for the 68,585 in attendance the Seahawks weren't able to come out on top, falling 33-30 in overtime, but the fans still did their part.
"It was such a great day at the stadium, the fans were ready and rocking and we wanted to reward them with a big win as well," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
How loud was Lumen Field on Sunday? Titans safety Kevin Byard, a six-year NFL veteran, said, "It might have been the loudest stadium I've ever played in. I've been in Kansas City in AFC Championship games and those games are pretty loud, but that was definitely a playoff-like atmosphere."
For rookies, second-year player or players new to the team in the past two seasons, this was the first chance to play a home game at Lumen Field with the 12s behind them, and the experience didn't disappoint even if the end result wasn't what the team was looking for.
"It was phenomenal just to get out there and experience the 12s," safety Jamal Adams said. "The last time I've kind of experienced something like that was my LSU days back in Baton Rouge. I'm not going to say who was louder—they both were going—but the 12s were phenomenal. When you can get behind fans like that, that have your back, as a defense, we feed off of that, just as well as they feed off of us."
Quarterback Russell Wilson, who threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, ended his press conference by thanking the fans.
"Thanks to all the fans who came too," he said. "To see you guys again—obviously we weren't able to finish it the way we wanted to—but through everything that we've gone through with COVID, and everything else that everybody's going through, it was really special today just to be around the 12s again. We'll be better, we'll be back, and we'll see you guys soon. We'll see you guys in Minnesota."
The 12s packed Lumen Field to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the Tennessee Titans in the 2021 home opener on September 19.