If you’re seeking the best tailgating parties for a Seattle Seahawks home game, you only have to venture out to the streets and alleyways surrounding CenturyLink Field. Seahawks fans mean business when it comes to tailgating activities and rituals, and many set up their weekly parties close to the stadium. Each of these tailgating groups feature a great deal of team spirit, savory foods and a Seahawks fan-friendly atmosphere.
Hawk Alley Family: Best of Everything
Utah Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98134
About two blocks west of CenturyLink Field on Utah Avenue South is the infamous Hawk Alley tailgating community. It is the primary tailgating location for the Hawk One Team, as well as other groups considered part of the Hawk One Family. Tailgaters of Hawk Alley are not only die-hard and long-time Seahawks fans, they are also a friendly group that welcomes new friends to the community on a weekly basis. Utah Avenue South, named Hawk Alley, runs parallel to Occidental Avenue, where CenturyLink Field is located, for several blocks.
All along Hawk Alley, fans will find numerous groups of tailgaters with canopies and tents set up, their flags posted, grills cooking and barbecuing and favorite tunes playing in the background. Hawk Alley offers something for everyone. It is family friendly with various games for parents and kids, it is beverage friendly featuring various kinds of beers and mixed drinks and it offers award-winning foods. Hawk Alley fills up fast and many of the regular tailgaters show up the night before to claim their spot for game day.
Seahawks Tailgate Command Center: Wildest Parties
(Near Shobox SODO)
1st Ave. S. and S. Massachusetts St.
Seattle, WA 98134
The tailgaters at the Seahawks Tailgate Command Center, a lot located at 1st Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street in Seattle, claim to have some of the wildest Seahawks fans. This group was created about three years ago to offer fresh and uninhibited experiences when it comes to pre-game tailgating. They also pride themselves on offering a place for Seahawks fans to have a good time and celebrate all home games, but without all the rules.
This group nicknamed itself the “Seahawks Tailgate Command Center” after they took an older travel trailer and decked it out with Seahawks insignia and memorabilia. When they’re not tailgating on 1st and Massachusetts, you can find them along Utah Avenue South hanging out with their fellow tailgaters, the Hawk Alley Family. Seahawks Tailgate Command Center tailgaters show up at about 7 a.m. on game days.
North Lot: For Season Ticketholders Only
800 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
While Seahawks’ season ticket holders may consider CenturyLink Field’s North Lot a VIP location for tailgating, it has its perks and its drawbacks. When parking and tailgating in the North Lot, Seahawks fans are closest in walking distance to the stadium, which is just across the parking lot. Strict tailgating rules are enforced in the North Lot, which for some fans can be a good thing, but to others has deemed the lot a bit unfriendly.
North Lot tailgaters are not allowed to consume alcohol, cannot pass the football or engage in any other games, and your vehicle and tailgating equipment must fit into the one parking space you are allotted. So, while this lot may be good for some, it certainly isn’t for everyone. Most tailgaters arrive between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. to begin setup and cooking.
The Safeway Game Day Experience: Family-Friendly
1410 E. John St.
Seattle, WA 98112
When the Safeway store near CenturyLink Field heard that the Seahawks were in last place when it comes to tailgating locations, it began offering part of the store parking lot for Seahawks home game tailgates. The nearest Safeway store to the Seahawks stadium is less than two miles north. For each Seahawks home game, tailgaters can show up around 8 a.m., eat and drink for free, plus have entertaining interactions with other fellow tailgaters. Come down with a group of your friends or bring your entire family, as everyone is welcome.
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Sue Gabel has been writing 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.