Lighting Up Seahawks Playoff Games

Century Link Field

As the Seahawks prepare to face the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship this Sunday afternoon, Seattle City Light is taking precautions to make sure the lights at Century Link Field stay bright.

Just as the utility did last week as the Seahawks prevailed over the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs,  City Light crews and operators are checking equipment and coordinating with stadium managers on game day plans. 

Days before the start of that game, our staff inspected the CenturyLink stadium connections and switches, and worked out a protocol with stadium managers to give crews access to their facilities during an unplanned outage.

On game day, City Light put a crew on standby, and assigned operators at City Light’s Massachusetts and South substations near the stadium to provide quick response for switching the feeders serving the field.

Stadium managers had a direct line to our System Control Center to quickly report any problems. Thanks to good planning and great luck, they never had to make that call.

The same procedures are in place for this weekend’s game so we can all enjoy a Seahawks win.

Go Hawks!

Teen center fitness room renamed to honor local legend

Representatives from the Willie Austin Foundation, the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Parks and Recreation gathered on April 30 for the Willie Austin Play 60 Fitness Zone dedication at Garfield Teen Life Center.
Photo Credit: Rod Mar (Seahawks Team Photographer)

 

It’s so much more than a fitness center, because its namesake was so much more than an athlete.

On April 30, Garfield Teen Life Center’s Play 60 Fitness Zone was renamed The Willie Austin Play 60 Fitness Zone to honor Willie Austin, a friend and mentor to many in the community, who passed away last year.  Austin co-founded the Willie Austin Foundation in 1997, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth with essential physical fitness activities and connecting them with personal trainers. Austin played football as a defensive back for the University of Washington in the early 1980s and later became a champion weight lifter.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams speaks at the dedication.
Photo Credit: Rod Mar (Seahawks Team Photographer)

 

The Play 60 Fitness Zone was donated to Seattle Parks and Recreation by the Seattle Seahawks in January 2011 as part of the NFL Play 60 program, a campaign that encourages youth to be active for at least 60 minutes every day. The Austin Foundation supported the program at the teen center by providing trainers to support and monitor the students’ progress.

“Willie Austin was one of the greatest Seattleites to ever live,” said Mike Flood, the Vice President of Seahawks Community Relations. “I hope his spirit lives on in everyone that works out here because he was a great human being.”

Members from the community, Austin’s family, Austin Foundation board members and Seattle Parks representatives all joined in the re-dedication celebration along with Sea Gal Mhkeeba, Seahawks mascot, Blitz, and Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin.

Austin Foundation youth christen the renamed space with a workout.
Photo Credit: Rod Mar (Seahawks Team Photographer)

 

“This room was part of Willie’s legacy, and we want to continue that legacy today,” board member Dennis Cook said.

Austin Foundation youth helped christen the room’s new identity by participating in a core workout after the ceremony.

“Willie believed that if you can reach just one life, you have the potential to reach millions of lives,” board member Rev. Terrence Proctor said. “I think we can have an impact on the entire world.”