On Sunday, October 14, the Seattle Seahawks have home-field advantage at CenturyLink Field against the visiting New England Patriots. When planning for your pre-game tailgating, you have to take a few factors into consideration. Use this guide to help map out when to arrive to your tailgating lot, when to pack up your tailgating equipment, the best time to head into the stadium and an effective exit strategy to avoid gameday traffic.
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When to Arrive
If you are a Seahawks season ticketholder, you will have the advantage of parking in CenturyLink Field’s North Lot, which is part of the stadium grounds. Depending on when the game starts (morning games begin at 10 a.m. and afternoon games at 1 p.m.), you should arrive at least two hours prior to kickoff if you plan to tailgate. If your tailgating lot is located outside of the stadium grounds, you should arrive as early as possible in the morning and secure your tailgating spot. If you are able, park close to one of the lot’s exits as this will help you when departing for the day.
Make Your Way into the Stadium
For North Lot tailgaters, all tailgating activity must stop at least 15 minutes before the game starts. Most tailgaters will stop and pack up at least 30 minutes before game time to make their way toward the stadium entrance. For those tailgating in off-site lots, you may want to start packing up your tailgating gear at least 30 minutes to an hour before kick-off time. It will honestly depend on where you are parked and how long of a walk it is from your lot to the stadium. Please remember that alcohol may not be brought into the stadium but adults 21 and over can purchase a couple of beers once inside.
Not every Seahawks fan wants to leave the game early, especially if it is a close match up. But if you are looking to exit in a reasonable amount of time, it would be wise to exit during the last few minutes of the game. If you are not one to leave before the game is finished, consider parking in a space that is close to one of CenturyLink Field’s North Lot exits. Or if you parked off-site, you can always park at a lot that is a few blocks away from the bustling main streets that surround CenturyLink Field, as these will no doubt be packed with people once the game is over.
Whatever your plan may be for getting to the game and then leaving without too much trouble, try to stick to it or create some back-up strategies. These could come in handy in case your initial ideas do not work to your advantage.
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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.