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Seattle – Qwest Field

Updated: November 8, 2007, 7:22 PM ET
By Tony Guadagnoli and Ron Berler | Special to ESPN SportsTravel


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THE BASICS
• Stadium name: Qwest Field
• Address: 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98134
• Capacity: 67,000
• Opened: 2002
• Surface: FieldTurf
• Distance from downtown: Located 1 mile south of the city center.
• Web sites: Stadium | Directions
• Parking: Lots open three hours before events. Web site
• Alternative transportation options: Metro offers bus service and has Park & Ride lots with shuttle service to Qwest Field. Sounder offers express bus service from several locations and light rail from Tacoma and Everett. For more information on transportation, visit the Web site.

LOCAL COLOR
• Unique stadium features: Before each game, the "12th man" flag is raised in the south end zone, usually by a current or former Seattle sports star. The State of Football monument in Qwest Field Plaza features more than 300 football helmets, representing each high school gridiron team in Washington. The fašade of the stadium is emblazoned with the Seahawks' Ring of Honor, which includes the names of such former stars Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Curt Warner, Cortez Kennedy and Dave Krieg. Monday's game will be Military Appreciation Day, with American flags given away.
• W-L records on Monday night:

 San Francisco: 38-22 (Most recent appearance: Beat Arizona 20-17, Sept. 10, 2007)
 Seattle: 15-8 (Most recently: Beat Green Bay 34-24, Nov. 27, 2006)

• Biggest events held at stadium: NFC Championship Game (2006), when the Seahawks beat Carolina to reach their first Super Bowl; Rolling Stones/Dave Matthews Band concert (2006); Kenny Chesney concert (2006); and Manchester United (2003) and Chelsea (2004) soccer exhibitions.
• Stadium tour info: Tours are scheduled Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. and begin and end at the Seahawks Pro Shop. Contact the Seahawks at 206-381-7582 for more information.

TICKET INFORMATION
• StubHub! tickets: Web site
• For more information call the Seahawks ticket hot line, at 888-635-4295. Ticket-office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Web site

FOOD & DRINK
• Food options inside the stadium: At Catch! you can try the Pacific salmon BLT or Dungeness crab cakes. CiaoDown! features Tuscan tenderloin Panini. 360° Sizzle is a Mongolian grill, and Grill 12 has chicken sandwiches among its offerings. Ivar's fish and chips and Kidd Valley hamburgers are two other staples of the Puget Sound region and Qwest Field.
• Tailgating scene outside the stadium: Not much in the way of tailgating in lots. In fact with a namby-pamby attitude from the Seahawks (throwing, catching and sports activities in general are prohibited, meaning a simple game of Frisbee is taboo), you can understand why most of the tailgating is done in area bars. Touchdown City, located in the Qwest Field Event Center enjoys some 187,000 square feet of space and features more than two dozen exhibits, interactive games, bands, face painting, a full-scale replica Seahawks locker room and a full-service sports bar.
• Beer selection/prices: A variety of imports and microbrews are available, including 16-ounce drafts of Pyramid, Stella and Heineken, which sell for $7.75. Budweiser, Miller and Coors products are available in 16-ounce drafts ($6.50), 24-ounce drafts ($8) and 16-ounce plastic bottles ($7).

• Selected Seattle-area restaurants and sports bars:
Steak:
Metropolitan Grill
820 Second Ave. (Downtown)
Seattle, WA 98104
206-624-3287
Web site
The focus is on prime beef at "The Met," long considered one of best steak restaurants in the country. While the menu can get pricey, try the happy hour on weekdays from 3-6 p.m., when items can be had more on the cheap.

Pacific Northwest:
Palace Kitchen (Belltown)
2030 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
206-448-2001
Web site
One of three restaurants owned by famous Seattle chef Tom Douglas, Palace Kitchen offers late-night food (till 1 a.m.) for when you're done barhopping. Oh, it also features a huge horse-shaped bar, just in case you want to mosey up and order a round or two before last call. A huge array of appetizers is available, as well.

Sports bar:
Sport Bar and Restaurant (Seattle Center)
140 Fourth Ave. N.
Seattle, WA. 98109
206-404-7767
Web site
A huge, 130-inch high-definition flat screen TV greets you at Sport, which also features individual TVs at each booth. Another highlight is the huge collection of sports memorabilia, including a Seattle champions showcase and the 500 Club, featuring baseballs signed by every player to have hit at least 500 home runs. Try the Kobe (no, not him) beef burger.

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