|7,000 (Business seats)|
|1,400 (700+700) (Disabled seats)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||Seattle Sounders FC|
|Cost||$ 360 million|
|Design||Ellerbe Becket, LMN Architects, Streeter & Associates|
|Contractor||Turner Construction Company|
|Address||800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134-1200|
Description: CenturyLink Field
Seattle's largest stadium was built near the docks and just several blocks from the city's downtown. Construction was carried out in 2000-2002 after voters agreed in 1997 for the arena to receive public funding. Overall the venue cost $360 million, of which 300 were public funds.
The stadium was designed by Ellerbe Beckett and LMN Architects. Its northern end is partially open, revealing the skyline of high-rise district nearby. Vast majority of the seats (some 70%) are placed along the pitch and covered by roof supported by two large arches. Facades were mostly covered with brick.
Though only NFL franchise Seahawks had financial contribution in the stadium, football has also been played here from the start with Sounders first staging their USL games and then MLS fixtures here.
Regular football capacity is 38,500, with upper tiers not available for fans. However, if demand reaches the level, further sections are opened up to 67,000, which is the regular capacity for Seahwaks games. Should this also not prove sufficient, up to 5,000 temporary seats can be added.
The stadium provides some 7,000 business seats (82 skyboxes) and 1,400 disabled supporter allocations, much more than average. Also, 3,100 cars can be parked just outside the stadium and additional 8,400 in close vicinity.
Sounders most ardent fans traditionally occupy the south end of the stadium.
Up to 2004 the stadium's name was Seahawks Stadium. This changed with a 15-year naming rights deal with Qwest. The name was changed before the deal passed to CenturyLink Field due to the latter company taking over Qwest. The naming rights deal is worth some $75 million.
Seattle: Extra cash for CenturyLink Field naming rights
The deal being extended to 2033 isn't even the big news here. Rather the fact that CenturyLink will pay double the price for new naming rights deal.
Copa America Centenario: Record-breaking, but far from perfect
You only have a centenary once, so CONMEBOL celebrated with a massive party. And while Copa America Centenario was the largest ever, still one in three stadium seats remained empty.
Copa América Centenario: Greatest tournament ever… almost
No World Cup ever had stadiums as big as those of the ongoing Copa América 2016! Americans again outgrow the rest of the world, but… the ticket demand isn’t exactly there.
USA: Are these the venues for Copa America 2016?
We’ve had the last Copa America this year, but there’s one much, much bigger coming up in 2016. Why? It’s the centenary and USA will host one of the world’s largest tournaments. Again.
Seattle: Seahawks grab 'loudest stadium' record again
After it was beaten in October, yesterday the record for peak noise inside a stadium returned to Seattle. Seahawks fans managed to reach 137.6 decibels.
USA: Meet the world's new loudest stadium
After months of preparations yesterday saw Seattle Seahawks fans beat the previous Guinness World Record by Galatasaray. The noise level was only slightly higher, but enough to make CenturyLink Field the world's loudest stadium by Guinness accounts.
USA: Players and coaches with microphones?
In an attempt to bring more fans to NFL games, the league authorities are planning to plant microphones onto players and coaches, allowing everyone to hear what they say. According to Sports Business Journal, it’s a matter of a couple upcoming seasons.
Seattle: New noise record in September?
Currently the Guinness loudest stadium title rests in Istanbul, where Galatasaray supporters reached 131.76 decibels in 2011. But campaigners in Seattle will attempt to break that record as NFL season opens in mid-September.
New stadiums: Seattle and Santa Clara
This closes the list of MLS stadiums for the moment. Now, with CenturyLink Field and Buck Shaw Stadium we can proudly say we have them all. Until next expansion in 2015, that is.