NFL Kickoff 2014-15 starts today!

Mayor Ed Murray and Council Members Jean Godden and Tim Burgess raise the Seahawks flag for kick off 2014.

Seahawks spirit is in full force  in Seattle today as the NFL kicks off the 2014-15 season with festivities throughout the day and tonight’s Seahawks-Packers game.

Let’s show the rest of the nation how safe and LOUD Seattle can be.

Pioneer Square and downtown Seattle will be packed with fans for concerts and the game this evening. Information about  road closures, transit times and public safety will be posted here. Please follow hashtags #safeandloud and #kickoff2014 on Twitter for updates there as well.

Gameday reminders:

  • Bring your patience as you travel around the stadium. Many roads are closed and drivers and riders will likely experience significant traffic delays and crowded buses.
  • Please limit non-essential mobile conversation and streaming video, to keep emergency lines available.
  • If you see suspicious activity, please contact an officer or call 911.

Schedule of festivities:

  •  NFL Gameday Village in Pioneer Square opens at 10 a.m., learn more about NFL events throughout the day.
  • Gates for the free pre-game Soundgarden and Pharrell Williams concert and the stadium open at 2:30 p.m.
  • Seahawks-Packers game kickoffs at 5:30 p.m.

Additional information about transit services into the festivities can be found at the following websites:

GO HAWKS!

Safe travels home, 12s

Safe travels home, 12s

With more than 700,000 12s celebrating in downtown Seattle, delays in mass transit are expected into the evening. In addition to officers assisting with traffic patrol, transit agencies throughout the region are providing recommendations for the evening commute, encouraging people to stagger return trips or continuing the celebration in downtown Seattle.

King County Metro

King County Metro buses are back on their regular routes and are operating at peak hour service until crowds disperse to accommodate the historic number of people downtown today. Sign up for service alerts from King County Metro.

Washington State Ferries

Customers returning from the Seahawk festivities should expect heavy traffic and passenger and vehicle overloads throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Please plan on multiple vessel waits and pre-purchase your return tickets.

Thank you 12s

Seahawks fans are not only the loudest fans, but know how to wait for something good. It took 38 years to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, so we know that the 12s can continue to show patience following the parade and rally as they make their way home. The City of Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks encourage every fan to celebrate responsibly. Extra safety patrols will be out from Seattle Police Department.

The City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center are now closed.

As giant parade winds down: patience, patience, patience

SEATTLE —  As one of the largest — and most exuberant — parades in Seattle history winds down, Seattle, public safety officials are urging people to continue exercising patience as they head back home.

“Seahawks fans have been their usual well-behaved, patient and loud selves, braving freezing temperatures and treating the team and each other with respect,” said Barb Graff, director of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management.

“Now, as folks are getting ready to leave for home, we are asking them to remember: it took six or seven hours for everyone to get downtown for the parade; and it will likely take at least that long for transportation systems to return to normal.

“Above all, please be kind out there today,” Graff said. “The 12s keep proving we are all MVPs.”

With an extra 700,000 people in downtown Seattle today, phone and internet traffic is heavy; so Seattle officials ask everyone who can to stay off their phones and computers to help keep 911 lines open.

The amazing 12s can continue to help celebrate Seahawks victory by:

  • Staying calm and patient
  • Limit use of mobile phones and web access so important 911 calls can get through
  • Consider staying downtown and going home later – lots of great restaurants nearby
  • Walk home or to nearby neighborhoods
  • Check on each other

Use the following links to plan your exit from downtown Seattle:
• Seahawks live-stream: www.seahawks.com
• City of Seattle’s Alerts Blog: alerts.seattle.gov
• King County Metro Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
• Sound Transit Trip Planner: http://www.soundtransit.org/Trip-Planner
• Community Transit: http://www.commtrans.org/tripplanner/
• More parade questions and answers: http://alerts.seattle.gov/2014/02/04/prepping-for-the-parade/
• Hashtag on social media: #Celebrate48

– MoS –

Parade watchers asked to keep roads clear

SEATTLE — With record crowds lining downtown streets for today’s Seahawks victory parade, police and fire are asking people to please stay on the sidewalks and leave the streets clear for emergency vehicles.

The event starts at 11 this morning, and the 12s have arrived en mass. Parade watchers are asked to bring their awesome Seahawks beast mode spirit — and patience — as downtown sees what could be unprecedented crowds.

Parade watchers are encouraged to take care of each other. Please be respectful of each other and private property during the parade. Law enforcement is working hard to keep the streets safe, but if you see something, please say something to an officer around the route. We want this to be a fun, joyous celebration honoring the team and the 12s.

Use the following links to plan a fun and safe Seahawks celebration:
• Seahawks live-stream: www.seahawks.com
• City of Seattle’s Alerts Blog: alerts.seattle.gov
• King County Metro Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
• Sound Transit Trip Planner: http://www.soundtransit.org/Trip-Planner
• Community Transit: http://www.commtrans.org/tripplanner/
• More parade questions and answers: http://alerts.seattle.gov/2014/02/04/prepping-for-the-parade/
• Hashtag on social media: #Celebrate48

– MoS –

Anticipation builds as fans line up to celebrate the Seahawks in downtown Seattle today

Fans already lining up–and bundling up– for front row seats on Fourth Ave.

Today Seattle will officially honor the Seahawks, back from their victory at the Super Bowl in New Jersey.  Everyone is invited to turn out and cheer the champions as they head south  down Fourth Avenue through downtown in a parade, to include the Seahawks players, head Coach Pete Carroll, coaching staff, Sea Gals, Bliz, and the Blue Thunder drumline, as well as local elected officials.  The celebration will begin at Denny Way at 11 a.m. and will continue down Fourth to the sports stadiums.

The City of Seattle expects unprecedented numbers of fans to turn out, and people already are positioning themselves along sidewalks early this morning, hours ahead of time, to secure a front row seat, in spite of temperatures below freezing.  The Seattle Office of Emergency Management will open the Emergency Operations Center this morning at 8 a.m., which is standard practice during large parades.

Please be respectful of each other and private property during the parade. Law enforcement is working hard to keep the streets safe, but if you see something, please say something to an officer around the route. We want this to be a fun, joyous celebration honoring the team and the 12s.

A heavier than usual volume of traffic built early this morning on inbound routes, and is expected to continue, leading up to the event. Heavy traffic is also expected on outbound routes following the parade, continuing into the evening as people head for home following rallies at the sports stadiums.

Public transit is also carrying an especially large number of passengers headed into downtown this morning, expected to continue throughout the morning, and then on outbound routes after the event and into the evening. Some transit will be rerouted due to street closures for the parade. Transit providers have added some extra service for this big day.  For schedules, please refer to the website for the transit service providers—King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit.

The parade route will be closed at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen as the parade passes through. On-street parking will be restricted along the parade route on Fourth Avenue, and also on intersecting streets between Third and Fifth avenues. Finding parking will be a challenge, so spectators may want to park outside of downtown and walk into the event. Carpooling in addition to transit will be a good choice, as well as walking or bicycling where possible.

Fans are advised to dress warm for waiting outdoors in freezing temperatures. Carrying a bottle of water and snacks would be wise.  Please remember parade participants won’t be signing autographs during the parade and fans shouldn’t approach the vehicles in the parade.

Use the following links to plan a fun and safe Seahawks celebration: