Fans traveling to Charlotte, N.C., this weekend to support the Seahawks as they face the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional Round should expect to be in good company.
"We've had really good turnouts in the past in Carolina, and also, we travel well in playoff games," said Tansey Allen, president of the Seahawks Road Crew. "I think being a part of a road game is kind of becoming the 'in' thing to do. There's something special about being involved in a road game – we show up for each other and we show up for our team."
So if you'll be in the area, you can show up to the 12s Rally and Tailgate events co-hosted by the Seahawks Road Crew and Carolina chapter of the Sea Hawkers Booster Club.
"I was so excited when we won [in Minnesota]," said Amanda McDonald, president of the Carolina Sea Hawkers and a resident of Rock Hill, S.C. "Living here in Panthers country is hard. … I couldn't be prouder of our boys, fighting to the very end."
Seahawks Divisional Round Weekend Fan Gathering
Saturday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.Whisky River 210 East Trade StreetCharlotte, NC 28202
Sunday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame Parking Lot
Weekend activities start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Whisky River in downtown Charlotte. A $5 cover charge (kids under 12 are free) will benefit charities supported by Ricardo Lockette and the late Ian Robert Smith, former president of the UK Sea Hawkers chapter. Smith died earlier this month after suffering a stroke on Christmas Eve.
"He is the reason that we started the Carolina Sea Hawkers," said McDonald, who met Smith four years ago at a tailgate she organized in Charlotte. "He said, 'hey, you're doing this here already, why don't you start a chapter?' He encouraged me and helped me."
Whisky River will also sponsor a gameday tailgate Sunday morning starting at 9 a.m. in the NASCAR Hall of Fame parking lot, serving free hot dogs and hamburgers while supplies last.
And if you're looking for other things to do while visiting Charlotte, Hornets center Spencer Hawes – a Seattle native who played college basketball at UW – recommends dining at his favorite local restaurant, Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar.
The fog and rain didn't scare 69,020 12s away who made things a whole lot LOUDER at CenturyLink Field with a third-consecutive record breaking crowd.