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Seahawks unveil images of Lumen Field renovations

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As the Seattle Seahawks prepare to begin training camp, their home turf is receiving some major improvements for the 2022 season to celebrate 20 years of play at Lumen Field.

The Seahawks announced through their team website that Lumen Field will receive some upgrades, or “fanovations,” that will begin during the 2022 season. The renovations include additional video boards, a significantly larger video board at the north end of the stadium, an additional concession area and new cityside bars.

“This is an investment in improving the guest experience,” said Zach Hensley, general manager of Lumen Field. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary here, we must ensure that Lumen Field remains a relevant, premier venue in the world of sports entertainment.”

The improvements are also part of an initiative to prepare the stadium for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, where Seattle will be one of the venues for games. The renovations will also please fans of the Seahawks, Seattle Sounders and OL Reign for years to come.

Before Lumen Field ever existed, Seattle had the Kingdome, which was home to both the Seahawks and Seattle Mariners at the time. Problems with the stadium and failure to approve funding for renovations prompt former Seahawks owner Ken Behring to threaten to move the team to another city.

That quickly changed when Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bought the Seahawks from Behring. Rather than relocate the team, Allen pledged $100 million of his own funds to advance legislation that allowed additional public funding to demolish the Kingdome and build a new stadium.

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Construction of the new stadium began in 2000 and what was then known as Seahawks Stadium officially opened in July 2002. Since opening, it has hosted a number of major events, including Seahawks home games, the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State, and the MLS Cup.

Lumen Field and its fans are also proud to have twice set the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium during a game in 2013. The 12th Man has earned a reputation as one of the loudest spectators in professional sports.

It may not be the newest stadium in the NFL, despite only being 20 years old. However, in just two short decades, Lumen Field has earned a solid reputation as one of the premier venues in professional sports.

Speculation about the Seahawks for sale began shortly after the death of owner Paul Allen in 2018. The team is now owned by Allen’s trust, currently run by his sister Jody Allen.

Allen’s sister released an official statement amid recent speculation about the team’s sale, letting fans know that a sale won’t happen any time soon. However, due to Allen’s desire to donate the vast majority of his trust to philanthropy, the Seahawks will eventually be sold at an uncertain time in the future.

The statement was released after Nike founder Phil Knight attempted to buy the Portland Trail Blazers, another sports franchise owned by Allen’s Trust. Based on Jody Allen’s comments, it seems unlikely that either team will be sold any time soon.

The day will come when the Seahawks will have a new owner, but for now at least the franchise remains under Allen’s trust.

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