The Seattle Seahawks kick off the 2015 NFL season this weekend with the start of training camp practices at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where all 14 of the team's sessions open to the public are sold out.
If you're one of the lucky 12s who will be in attendance at some point this summer, here's six things to know before you go:
1. Park At The Landing
No public parking will be available at Seahawks headquarters, but the club has set up a convenient off-site spot to store your vehicle while you attend camp. The Seahawks Training Camp Parking and Transportation Center can be found at The Landing shopping center in Renton, located at 827 N. 10th Place, Suite C. The site is set up across the street from The Pro Shop, in case you need to stock up on any last-minute Seahawks gear before hitting the practice field.
2. Print Your Ticket, And Bring Your I.D.
Forget what you know about any training camp check-in procedures of the past, because the team has called an audible this year. Tablet check-in is out and hard-copy ticket check-in is in, so fans are asked to bring their printed training camp tickets for scanning (e-tickets will work, too), along with a valid photo I.D. to confirm registration. Youth under the age of 15 need to be accompanied by an adult and children under the age of two are not required to be registered. Once confirmed, you'll receive a training camp wristband valid for that day's practice.
3. Bring Your Appetite (And Cash), Or Pack A Cooler Of Your Own
Metropolitan Grill will offer breakfast and lunch items at this year's camp, including pulled pork sandwiches, roasted turkey legs, and fresh corn off the grill. Starbucks, a Seattle staple, will be serving up iced coffee if you're looking to cool down in summer heat. Worth noting: On-site food and beverage purchases are cash only and there are no ATM's at VMAC (there are ATM's at The Landing, though). Small coolers are also allowed into camp if you'd like to pack a few snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments of your own, but be prepared to have them searched by Seahawks security.
4. Look Up
If you're coming for any one of the first three days of Seahawks training camp - Friday, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 1, or Sunday, Aug. 2 - take time during the day to turn your head away from the practice field and up toward the sky. As part of Seattle's Seafair Weekend, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be soaring over Lake Washington as part of the Seafair Air Show. The impressive aerial acrobatics will occur from 11:50 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. PT this Friday through Sunday.
5. Pack Your Camera, But Don't Record Video
With VMAC settled on the sunny shores of Lake Washington and a sold-out crowd of 12s expected to blanket the grass berm overlooking the practice fields each day, there will be plenty of things to capture with your camera lens, including members of the Sea Gals who will be posing for photos with fans. Cameras with lenses under 12" (without flash attachments) are good-to-go, but using audio or video recording devices (cell phones included) during practice is a no-no. Any live blogging or live streaming of Seahawks practice sessions is also strictly forbidden.
6. Carry A Sharpie, You Might Get Some Stuff Signed
At the end of every training camp practice, players and coaches have made a point to visit the thousands of 12s gathered along the fence-line adjacent the field. They've been known to take a good amount of time signing autographs, posing for photos, and interacting with the loudest fans in the League. Bringing a sharpie with you is highly recommended if you're looking to get a certain piece of Seahawks swag signed by one of your favorite players or coaches.
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