By Dayna O’Gorman @DaynaOG
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The Seattle Seahawks 12s are quickly becoming known for their growing presence at games outside of Century Link Field.
It’s Halloween weekend in New Orleans. That in its self would be a reason for tourists to flock to the city in droves. Add to that the fact the Seattle Seahawks are coming to take on the hometown Saints, record numbers of fans flocked in blue and green had an even bigger reason to make the trip.
When the NFL schedule is released, many displaced fans circle a few away games to try to attend. This year, The Big Easy seemed to be the favorite spot. Bourbon Street was flooded with Seahawks jerseys, “Go Hawks” rang out on every corner. Quite a few were from Seattle, but most were fans from outside the Pacific Northwest.
The Seahawkers, the official booster club of the Seahawks, has chapters all over the world. In New Orleans last weekend I ran across members from the Midwest Seahawkers, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas, and UK chapters. Fans from all over gathered together to try to bring the spirit of the 12s to an away game.
Events are usually scheduled months in advance and information about them is spread via social media. Saturday night parties and Sunday tailgates are usually organized by the different booster clubs and give fans a place to hang out, and even win some great prizes.
When I talked to Seahawks fans in New Orleans I found the main reason they come to these gatherings is for the sense of camaraderie. Living outside of Seattle, many find it somewhat hard to find other 12s in their area. Traveling to the away game events gives the opportunity to be with other fans and get involved with the booster clubs.
Many said they found people who turned into dear friends within the booster clubs and at away events. Some people didn’t even have tickets to the game, but came simply to meet up with friends. Peter Flores, former president of the Midwest Seahawkers, said “Its as much about the people as it is the game.”
The fans also said they are trying to help bring a little of the noise of Century Link to away games. The effort hasn’t gone unnoticed. Coaches, players, player’s families, fans watching on television, have all mentioned they “hear” the 12s at these games and are appreciative.
I encourage you to check out the different Seahawkers booster clubs and next time you go to an away game, find out where these events are. Not only are you almost guaranteed to have a great time, you may find some great people who love your team as much as you do.
Legion of Doom? Ryan Graham, Joel McBroom, and Ryan Morell dressed as “The Legion” in New Orleans, courtesy: Dayna O’Gorman
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