Welcome to the Clink. This is what you’re bound to hear when you enter the stadium known as Centurylink, which is located in Seattle, Washington, and is home to the Seattle Seahawks and their legion of loyal 12’s, as their fans are called. It’s been widely known throughout the NFL as one of the toughest stadiums to play largely because of the fanbase and how insanely loud they can get. Talking about cost however is something that a lot of people don’t do that often since it’s implied that with any NFL game you’re going to be spending a pretty penny just to get to the game, and then the real spending begins. From merchandise, food, drinks, and possibly to items that you can purchase before coming but might not realize you need until you’re there, such as blankets, sweaters, jackets, ear plugs, and anything else that just comes to mind, like rain gear. Keep in mind this is the Pacific Northwest and the weather can change quickly if you’re not looking. But in terms of expenses that apply to actually getting into the game, let’s take a look at what the average might be.
The average ticket price is going to run you anywhere from $200 to $300 PER PERSON.
It’s not cheap to attend a game, and Centurylink actually has some of the most expensive tickets in the league. The fans however will buy them and many will purchase season passes however they can to be on the field when the Hawks are playing. There are usually deals you can find that will enable you pay a little less and you can possibly buy tickets through secure locations from those that have season passes but can’t attend the game for whatever reasons. But if you’re really in the mood to attend a game keep in mind that you’re going to have dig a little deeper in your wallet than you might have thought just to get in the gate.
Either take your food with you or dedicate half of your paycheck to the concession stands.
The many different websites that deal with Centurylink’s many vendors and concessions don’t seem to like advertising their prices and it’s a good thing since some of them might go out of business. But you can bring food into the stadium, you can even bring a pizza if you really feel the need. But everything you bring has to be in clear sandwich bags and carried in a see-through tote, otherwise it’s not coming in with you and your wallet is going to get a lot lighter. Think about how long it takes to watch a game on TV, it’s going to take just as long in person. So if you want to save on food do yourself a favor and bring a pizza or something that security can see doesn’t constitute a threat of any kind. If you don’t, then your hunger is going to win out and your wallet is going to lose.
Buy your merchandise online before getting to the game.
Have you ever seen what the stuff with the official logos and team names costs online? It’s expensive without a doubt, but it’s also cheap compared to what it’s going to cost AT THE STADIUM. This is kind of like the difference between buying Nike apparel at a discount store as opposed to buying it from the actual Nike store, things get way more expensive because you’re going to one of the biggest sources. If you’re a fan the chances are good that you already have a lot of Seahawks merchandise and can wear it or carry in your clear plastic tote. If you feel the need and have the bank roll to go nuts in one of the gift shops then more power to you, but otherwise do yourself a favor and stay out of them.
When all is said and done there’s really no running average that people could reliably give you when going to a football game, and especially not in Centurylink since it depends on if you live in town or even in-state, if you have to drive, fly, take a train, and if you have someone to stay with or if you have to find a hotel. All these costs will skew the ‘average’ way out of bounds. But if you really want a number and have to have on in order to gauge how much you should have on you at the time of your arrival, then the best way to go is to assume that you’ll be spending at least $500 per person, average, or as average as it can get. That’s the price of attending a Seahawk game and that’s what you should be expecting when you come to Centurylink.
It’s not a nice price, but it’s worth the experience. Welcome to the Clink.