CenturyLink Field and Virginia Mason Athletic Center, two venues the Seattle Seahawks call home, are part of a growing list of Pacific Northwest landmarks, buildings, and institutions set to light up blue this Saturday and Sunday in honor of Paul Allen, the franchise’s owner who died last month from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“Our family and all of us at Vulcan continue to be touched by the outpouring of support from so many of the people Paul’s life touched,” Paul Allen’s sister Jody Allen said in a statement. “These beacons of light in Paul’s memory are a wonderful tribute and a reminder there remains important work to do.”
The list of structures going blue — one of Allen’s favorite colors — throughout the Seattle-area and beyond this weekend includes, but is not limited to:
- CenturyLink Field
- Virginia Mason Athletic Center
- Allen Institute
- Amazon's Spheres
- Columbia Tower
- Evergreen Point Floating Bridge
- Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Living Computers: Museum + Labs
- Madison Centre
- Microsoft City Center
- Museum of Pop Culture
- Safeco Field
- Space Needle
- Union Square
- Washington State Convention Center
- Westlake Park
Last week, the Seahawks unveiled patches featuring Allen’s initials, the 12 flag, and CenturyLink Field’s arches in the background that the team will wear for the remainder of the 2018 season. The team also dedicated its 24-14 road win over the Detroit Lions to Allen, giving the game ball to Seahawks Vice Chairman Bert Kolde, Allen’s longtime close friend.
"Around here we’re all hanging together and staying really close and just making sure that we’re doing all the things we need to do to carry on and really maintain the effort and the spirit Paul always stood for, which was extraordinary achievement, extraordinary idealist, keep pushing always to do great things,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the day after Allen’s passing. “I feel fortunate that we’re the ones that get to carry on the messaging in that regard and we have this extraordinary way to connect with the people in the area through our play, and sometimes sports just serves perfectly when you need it, and this is a good time for (that).”
Starting with Sunday's game against the Lions in Detroit, the Seahawks will wear a patch on their jerseys honoring club owner Paul G. Allen, who died last week from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.