Seahawks announce full-capacity crowds at Lumen Field next season
SEATTLE, Wash. — As Washington state prepares to fully re-open on June 30, the Seattle Seahawks have been cleared to return a full crown to Lumen Field at the start of the 2021-22 NFL season.
Announced by the team’s PR staff on Tuesday morning, the Seahawks are set to welcome a full-capacity crowd. They have received proper approval from the NFL, state and local health officials, and government officials. Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination, though current guidance will require unvaccinated fans to wear masks while in attendance.
Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett expressed just how excited he is through the announcement on the team’s website:
“Oh man, I’m excited to have them. You never know what it’s like to not have something until you don’t have it. And when we didn’t have the fans, you could tell it was different… It taught me how not to take fans for granted, but how to be able to enjoy and be appreciative that people are actually there. So I’m excited for the fans to come back. I’m really excited just to be able to go out there—I always call it a concert because that’s what it feels like ever since I first stepped on that football field. And so when the fans come back, it’s time to get it going.”
Additionally, the team is planning to make an announcement about training camp attendance in mid-July. By this point, the state’s COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted and the organization will be afforded more leeway in planning for events like this.
Head coach Pete Carroll is extremely excited for one of the NFL’s most dedicated and loud fanbases to return to the stands at full capacity.
“Can’t wait to see the 12s. I know they’re coming, I know somebody is going to be in those stands. Can’t wait to get you out there,” Carroll said.
Carroll has been an advocate for vaccination within his team and the Seahawks fan community. Earlier in the offseason, he estimated that 70 percent of the team’s players and staff had been vaccinated up to that point. His hope is that “the bulk of the team” will be vaccinated by the time that training camp begins. This way, the Seahawks can avoid COVID-19 health and safety protocols in their pursuit of a Super Bowl victory in the upcoming season.
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