Trevor Garand of The Bridge Restaurant and Bar was excited to be in attendance for Superbowl 48 and the Seahawks victory. Now imagine that level excitement TIMES 500,000!
It's going to be epic; Massive crowd expected for Seahawks parade downtown
With more than 500,000 expected it will be the biggest celebration in Seattle's history
Century Link Field is already set to be full and Safeco Field will be opened to hold the overflow, when the Seahawks parade travels through downtown on Wed. It's going to affect traffic, metro bus service, work, school attendance, and any other kind of business as usual as the World Champions are honored by the City of Seattle. Our news partner Q13 Fox News is reporting that 500,000 people are expected in the biggest celebration in the city's history.
"Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a “Moment of Loudness” for 30 seconds to begin at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday.
In Inslee’s proclamation, he urged “the 12th Man to celebrate this momentous Super Bowl win and congratulate the team and themselves by making as much noise as possible for 30 seconds.”
“There is no fan base that deserves this more. Nobody has worked harder in supporting their team with more passion and love and spirit than ours,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said early Monday.
So the 12th Man has an invitation to the celebration, and Carroll wants every fan there, including the youngest 12s.
“I feel so humbled to get to bring this championship back them and it’s their championship. In my mind, it goes to the kids. I know the adults will take it in, in a big way, but for the kids — that started a memory of what this is all about — and being connected to your team, so, yeah, let’s shut down the darn schools,” Carroll said."
While the Seahawks Victory Parade is southbound on Fourth Avenue through downtown from Seattle Center to CenturyLink Field, and 4th Avenue will be closed for the midday event, many other streets and local neighborhoods will also be affected, both well before and well after the actual parade. Parking in and near downtown Seattle is expected to be very limited.
Metro is using all available resources and making every effort to keep transit service moving, but there will likely be delays and service disruptions. Metro plans to reroute about 33 bus routes in the downtown area, but unexpected disruptions may also occur during the event. The Water Taxi from West Seattle is adding additional trips to get people there and home.
Metro's regular commuters may want to get an early start Wednesday, as many Seahawks fans may also plan to head downtown early. Area park and ride lots may be more crowded or fill up earlier than usual.
Additionally, due to crowds and congestion that are expected to last well into the afternoon commute time, the trip home may also be more crowded or delayed.
Pine Street west of 9th Avenue will close at about 7:00 AM on Wednesday, and Fourth Avenue is expected to close at about 10 AM. When 4th Av is closed, Metro will not be able to cross it at any location except Yesler Way.
Metro and other buses that use or cross 4th Avenue between S Royal Brougham Way and Seattle Center will be rerouted, and nearly all transit service that travels through the downtown area will be affected by altered routing or delays.
Seahawks & Parade Fans
When preparing for Wednesday’s event, Metro encourages fans to plan ahead, arrive early, be ready for very cold weather, expect transit and traffic delays and, most of all, to travel safely.
Visit Metro's Service Advisories page for information about planned reroutes during Wednesday's event.
Metro’s online Trip Planner indicates service that is rerouted as well as scheduled and predicted departure times. Predicted times are available but may be less accurate when buses are rerouted or significantly delayed.