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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2000-08-28

New (Temporary) Home for the Seahawks
By Rod Mar, The Seattle Times

The Seahawks have moved to Husky Stadium on the University of Washington campus for the next two seasons while their own mega-palace is being constructed just north of Safeco Field.

First, the good news: Husky Stadium is an outdoor facility, so natural light is abundant, except when the sun is shining, and then the roof above the stands creates a shadow that runs along the length of the field (about at the hashmark). This creates a tough situation.

But remember that this is Seattle, and how many clear and sunny days will we have during the season? The light during the early months of the fall will be very low and warm, so it can be quite nice.

The Seahawks have created transmitting facilities (and I use the term "facilities" very loosely), in that they have erected a tent behind the large scoreboard on the open end of the stadium for digital shooters. There are power strips, and a few phone lines, although the team requests that any shooters needing such facilities contact them beforehand, since the current configuration is only large enough to handle the locals.

Seahawks p.r. staff is very nice and accommodating, in my experience.

The sidelines here are usually free of what Hanashiro terms, "photo-weenies". Not sure if kneeling on the sidelines will be enforced here, like at the Kingdome. Not as of the first preseason game, anyway.

The field is a hybrid grass/turf thing called "Field Turf" which is artificial, but soft like grass with a sandy foamy base to it. If shooters are forced to kneel, the new turf doesn't quite reach out to the photo line, so we might be kneeling on the track that surrounds the field.

Also, Glazers Camera Supply, the best of the bunch for pros in the city, says they will again staff each game with an assortment of lenses for loan, and they also have screwdrivers and assorted batteries for those in need.

Now, the bad news: the traffic, which will be horrible.

Not only are there limited roads to the stadium, but parking, and parking passes might be limited. As well, leaving the stadium is hard to do right after the end of the game because of the limited ways to leave, and the fact that the roads are often jammed with commuter buses, which the team is heavily advertising that fans use to get to the game.

So taxis from downtown might be a good option for those who don't want to lose their tempers in terrible pre-game traffic.

There's not a lot around the stadium in terms of hotels, but there are some good restaurants in University Village, located 1/2 mile to the north of the stadium. If you wanted to eat and let traffic die down, it's an easy walk post-game. Sports bars, four or five restaurants, and a Starbucks (hey, this is Seattle).

I'm not sure if the A.P. has any film facilities on site, and I kinda doubt it.

If anyone has any questions, they can shoot me a line at rmar@seattletimes.com.

(Rod Mar is a sports shooter on the staff of the Seattle Times. When he's not at some stadium or arena working, he's home playing with Damon, 2-months-old and Eyvn, 20-months-old.)


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