Mayors agree to bet ahead of NFC Championship Game

In the countdown to the Sunday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt have agreed to a traditional mayoral bet.

“I’m in!” shouted Murray. “Our team is on a roll, the seismographs are set and the 12s are primed. The Seahawks are going to punch their ticket to Phoenix.”

What else could the wager be when the Seahawks take on the storied Green Bay Packers? Why, beer and cheese, of course.

Seattle’s offering includes a large block of Flagship from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and an assortment of craft beers from Fremont Brewing, including Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Universale Pale Ale, Interurban IPA, 77 Select Session IPA and Bonfire Ale.

Green Bay is showcasing Titletown Brewing’s Green 19 IPA and Johnny Blood Red Ale, Titletown Brewing Summer Sausages flavored with Dark Helmet, Green 19 IPA and Canadeo Gold beers, and an award-winning wheel of Belioioso Parmesan Cheese.

“They may call themselves America’s Dairyland, but when your aunt from Wisconsin visits next summer, I guarantee the first place she wants to go is Pike Place Market to get some Beecher’s,” said Murray. “And given the odds of a Green Bay victory, the only way those Packers fans are going to enjoy our famous Northwest craft brews is to fly out here to the Center of the Universe.”

The artisans at Beecher’s, aware of Packer fans’ penchant for wearing cheese on their heads, are hopeful their Flagship will fit the bill.

Friday, January 9th declared SEAHAWKS BLUE FRIDAY in Seattle

Mayor Murray has officially declared Friday, January 9, 2015 SEAHAWKS BLUE FRIDAY in the City of Seattle. Gear up in your best blue tomorrow to support the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers on Saturday at CenturyLink Field!

Whereas, the 12s have shown their support and pride for the Seahawks by displaying their ‘I’m In!’ signs at home, work, school or car in order to join Seahawks coaches, players, and staff who reach up and tap the slogan with a hand as they access the field….

Now, therefore I, Edward B. Murray, Mayor of Seattle, do hereby proclaim January 9, 2015 to be in our city … SEAHAWKS BLUE FRIDAY!

The Mayor also announced a friendly wager with Carolina Mayor Dan Clodfelter yesterday.

Seahawks-Panthers matchup prompts mayoral wager

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today entered into a friendly wager with Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter in advance of this weekend’s contest between our defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks and the Panthers.

“We beat them in October and on Saturday it’s not even going to be close,” said Murray. “The Seahawks are virtually unbeatable at home and we know the 12s are going to be insanely loud. Go Hawks!”

When the Seahawks pound the Panthers into submission on Saturday, Mayor Clodfelter will be sending to Seattle a pair of 100 percent recyclable sneakers by ReKixx, salted caramel brownies from Amélie’s French Bakery and Old Mecklenburg Brewery paraphernalia as part of a gift basket of items authentic to Charlotte.

A result other than a Seahawks playoff victory is unthinkable. However, wagers require both parties to put up stakes. Seattle’s iconic record label Sub Pop has pulled together a gift basket, including vinyl LPs by Nirvana, Mudhoney, the Shins and the Postal Service, contemporary compact discs by Shabazz Palaces, Sleater-Kinney, Sarah Silverman and Luluc, and other music and memorabilia.

“Sub Pop elevated Seattle’s reputation on the national music scene, and the label’s artists continue to innovate,” said Murray. “After the drubbing they take this weekend, maybe listening to Flight of the Conchords will lift the spirits of Panther fans.”

Pharrell Williams, Soundgarden to perform free ‘NFL Kickoff Concert’ before Seahawks game, Sept. 4

The National Football League has announced a 2014 NFL Kickoff event to be held Thursday, September 4 at CenturyLink Field’s North Lot in Seattle. Activities will begin around 2:30 p.m., prior to the Seahawks’ first game of the 2014-2015 regular season against the Green Bay Packers.

Seattle natives Soundgarden and singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams will perform live. The event is free and open to the public rain or shine. Seahawks ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early and watch the concert from inside the stadium. For more information about this event, please check out or follow @NFL345 on Twitter. Award-winning singer Ariana Grande will sing the National Anthem before the game.

The City of Seattle and the NFL have teamed up to release the following information to help make the event enjoyable, accessible, and safe for everyone:

Prohibited items

  • To ensure public safety and security, the following items are prohibited: weapons, alcohol, food, beverages, all glass containers, fireworks, all chairs, tents of any kind, barbecue grills of any kind, umbrellas, blankets of any kind, cameras with lens over 12”, obstructive signs, bags larger than 12”x6”x12” and animals other than service animals.
  • All attendees are subject to search, and prohibited items may not be abandoned at security checkpoints. Please allow adequate time to pass through security checkpoints before activities begin.

Entry location

General Public:

  • Guests can enter the concert site from 2nd Avenue and South King Street and may watch the performances from the North Lot.
  • The entrances will open to the public beginning at 2:30 pm PT on Thursday, Sept. 4.
  • Guests may view the concert from the general public viewing areas.
  • Access to the general public viewing areas is first come, first served.
  • Fans do not need tickets to attend the free concert.

Seahawks Ticket Holders:

  • Seahawks ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early and watch the concert from inside the stadium, including: North Plaza, Touchdown City or on the in-stadium video boards.
  • Stadium gates will open at 2:30 p.m. for Seahawks fans attending the game.


  • Guests are encouraged to use public transportation and should arrive early to enjoy game day activities and avoid any traffic or parking delays.


  • The disabled drop-off zone is located off the intersection of Railroad Way S. at Occidental Avenue (across from The Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field), from the North via 1st Ave. South.
  • Drivers may drop off passengers next to the stadium prior to the concert.
  • ADA Access to the concert site is located off of Occidental Avenue, at the SW corner of the North Lot.

Road closures


  • Immediately following the concert, all attendees who do not have a ticket to the game will be directed to exit at 2nd Avenue and South King Street, the same location as entry.
  • The Seahawks vs. Packers game will not be broadcast from the concert site at the conclusion of the event.
  • Fans are encouraged to watch the game at local Seattle establishments.

Cell Phone Advisory

  • During special events, cell phone networks can become overloaded making it difficult for someone to reach the 911 Dispatch Center during an emergency.
  • Fans are encouraged to limit routine use of the cell system during the concert, and in particular the sending or receiving of videos.
  • Should an emergency occur, fans are advised to use their phone to call 911, but use text messaging for routine communication.

Hello from the White House!

Mayor Murray was at the White House this morning where President Barack Obama greeted the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. The President gave a great speech about the passion of the team and the passion of the 12s. He poked a little fun at Russell Wilson’s new haircut, Brandon Mebane’s celebratory belly dances and Marshawn Lynch’s media strategy.

He also highlighted the giving spirit of the players and the coaching staff, noting their dedication to Seattle community, and he marveled at Seattle’s inherent politeness following the big Super Bowl win, mentioning a group of Seattle post-game revelers who dutifully waited for crosswalk signals to turn before crossing the street.

Keep cheering 12s! They can hear you all the way to D.C.!