Here are some features and notable events related to the stadium:
- Design and construction: Lumen Field was designed by Ellerbe Becket, an architecture firm known for designing sports venues. Its construction was completed in 2002, replacing the former Kingdome. The stadium was designed with a focus on the fan experience and includes wide concourses and extensive views of downtown Seattle and the surrounding area.
- Seating Capacity: The seating capacity varies depending on the event. For soccer matches, the seating capacity is 37,722, expandable to 69,000 for special events. For NFL games, the seating capacity is 68,740, which can also be expanded for special events.
- Roof: The stadium has a unique partial roof design that covers 70% of the seating area, helping to shield spectators from Seattle’s frequent rain. This design also serves to reflect crowd noise back onto the field, contributing to its reputation as one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL.
- Name Changes: The field was originally named Seahawks Stadium and was renamed Qwest Field in June 2004 when telecommunications carrier Qwest acquired the naming rights. In 2011, the name was changed to CenturyLink Field after CenturyLink acquired Qwest. In November 2020, CenturyLink rebranded itself as Lumen Technologies, and the stadium was renamed Lumen Field.
- Events: Beyond the Seahawks and Sounders games, Lumen Field has hosted numerous other events such as concerts, international soccer matches, and wrestling events. It’s been a venue for the NFL playoffs several times and has also hosted the MLS Cup finals.
- The “12th Man”: Lumen Field is famous for its “12th Man” or “12s”, a term that has been used by various American football teams to refer to their fans. The Seahawks retired the number 12 jersey in 1984 as a tribute to their fans, symbolizing that the crowd can provide as much support as an additional player on the field. The noise level at Lumen Field is legendary and has caused visiting teams to commit numerous false start penalties.