Seattle Seahawks Tickets

The Seattle Seahawks are a professional football franchise, that competes in the National Football League (NFL). The Seahawks play in the National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The team was established in 1974 and played their first season as an NFL expansion team in 1976. They play their home games at the CenturyLink Field. Microsoft’s Paul Allen, a native of Seattle, is the owner of the team and Pete Carroll is their head coach. The Seahawks are the reigning NFC West champions and have also won an NFL Championship in 2013 – Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks’ fans are considered to be the loudest fans of any professional sports team and have been recognized twice as such by the Guinness World records.

Their 2015-16 season ended with a defeat by the Atlanta Falcons in divisional playoffs; however they are one of the favorites for winning Super Bowl 2017. If you are looking for Seahawks tickets, check them out here.

 

Etymology of Sea hawk

The osprey is also known as sea hawk. A bird widely found in north western United States, sea hawk is known for catching prey and hunting. This name won the most number of votes in a contest, in which over 1,700 other names were considered.

History of the franchise

In June, 1974, the league decided to give the city of Seattle an expansion team. The naming contest was held a year after in 1975, in which the Seattle Seahawks was finalized. The team was owned by a consortium in which the Nordstrom family was the majority partner. John Thompson was hired as the general manager, who hired Jack Pantera as the head coach. Pantera stayed with the team till 1983.

After Pantera’s departure, Chuck Knox was hired as the head coach. Knox immediately led the team into the playoffs, the first in franchise history. The Seahawks lost only in the AFC championship (the team was then placed in the American Football Conference) game to the Los Angeles Raiders. The Seahawks made a comeback in the following season, made it to the playoffs, and lost only in the divisional championship game against the Miami Dolphins. Knox was awarded the NFL Coach of the Year Award.

It would take the Seahawks another four years to win their first division title, but the team slumped from 1989 to 1998 and played rather forgettable seasons. The team’s poor standing made the owners sell the franchise to Paul Allen in 1997 for $200 million. Allen brought in Mike Holmgren as the head coach.

Holmgren coached for 10 seasons (1999-2008) and under his leadership the team’s 2005 season will be remembered for ever. It was then the best franchise season in which the Seahawks ended their regular season with a 13-3 record. By this time, the team had been relocated to the National Football Conference (NFC). They won the NFC championship in 2005 only to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. Super Bowl XL was a controversial event due to questionable referee calls.  

In 2008, Holmgren left Seattle and Jim Mora was hired as the team’s head coach in 2009. However, he was fired in 2010 after one season only and Pete Carroll was brought on as the new head coach.

Pete Carroll’s Seahawks

Pete Carroll has been with the team ever since 2010. Under Carroll, the Seahawks have consistently made the playoffs with the exception of 2011 season. The team has won 2 conference championships and four divisional championships under Carroll. This is in addition to the Seattle Seahawks winning their first Super Bowl in 2013.

Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seahawks had finished their 2012 season on a high note (they went into the playoffs with 11-5 record) and built on the momentum in 2013. They finished their regular season with 13-3 record and were on top in the NFC. Interestingly, their Super Bowl rivals the Denver Broncos also finished their regular season at 13-3. However, the final result of Super Bowl XLVIII showed a one-sided game, in which the Seahawks pummeled the Broncos 43-8. The Seahawks defense was widely regarded as one of the best of its era, due to the performances by Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. In addition to the Seahawks defense, their offense was equally brilliant with Pro Bowlers such as Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Max Unger.

12th Fan

The Seattle Seahawks play with 12 players, with the “12 Man” being on the stands, rooting for the other 11. On 15 September, 2013, and 2 December, 2013, the Seahawks fans made so much noise that it was recorded in the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd noise at a sporting event. 

Traditions

Blitz has been the team’s mascot since 1998. A menacing looking large blue bird, Blitz underwent a major facelift in 2004 when it was given friendlier facial features in order to make it popular amongst children. In 2014, Blitz went under further changes, this time to make it resemble the Seahawks logo.

Taima, an augur hawk, leads the team out of the tunnel. In addition to Blitz and Taima, fans are also treated to the sounds of the Blue Thunder, the Seahawks marching drum band.

Popular Media

“Marty” Crane, a character on a hit television show Frasier, was shown to be a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks, who was constantly on the lookout for Seahawks tickets.

As mentioned earlier, the Seattle Seahawks play their home games at CenturyLink Field. This multi-purpose stadium has the seating capacity of 69,000. CenturyLink Field made an attendance record on 29 November, 2015, when the Seahawks hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. An interesting feature of this stadium is that it is fitted with seismic sensors to detect seismic vibrations caused by an excited crowd. Repeatedly such vibrations have been detected at this stadium, with the biggest one on January 18, 2015, during the NFC Championship game. This was dubbed “Dance Quake” due to the jumping and dancing of the crowd at Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown and 2-point conversion.