What you need to know for the Seahawks victory parade


by KING 5 News


Posted on February 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 10:53 AM

PROGRAMMING ALERT: The parade will be carried live on KING 5 and streamed on KING5.com. You can also watch on the KING 5 App under the Live Video tile.

Hotels are booked and parade watchers are staking their spots as the city prepares for Wednesday's Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade and celebration.

The city expects around 300,000 people - the same attendance as the Seafair Parade - along the parade route to celebrate the Super Bowl XLVIII Champions, the first Super Bowl winners in franchise history.

The team landed in Seattle Monday evening and made their way back home to the VMAC, where fans greeted them.

"It's good to be back in the Great NW #12s!" Coach Pete Carroll tweeted. "Can't wait to celebrate with you all on Wednesday! Super Bowl Champs!!"

The Seahawks victory parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will begin just south of Seattle Center at Denny Way and travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.


Along the parade route, you'll see the Seahawks team players, head coach Pete Carroll, Seahawks executives, Governor Jay Inslee and Mayor Ed Murray. They'll all be high off the ground, onboard the Ride the Ducks of Seattle, the amphibious World War II vehicles now used by tourists to explore the city.

Blue Thunder, Blitz and the Sea Gals will also be at the parade.

At Wednesday's parade you'll also see the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The trophy, crafted by Tiffany and Co. in New Jersey, is named for famed Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The trophy, which depicts a regular size football in kicking position, is made entirely of sterling silver, is 22 inches tall and weighs seven pounds.

Governor Jay Inslee has also declared a "Moment of Loudness" at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the Seahawks are paying for the entire parade.

CenturyLink Stadium celebration, Safeco Field viewing

A Super Bowl celebration will be held at CenturyLink Field following the parade. The celebration is expected to start around 1 p.m. at CenturyLink. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m.

The team said Tuesday that the Boeing Seahawks 747-8 would fly about 2, 000 feet above the stadium, coming from the south, during the celebration.

Season ticket holders received an email that allowed them to claim tickets for the celebration. They had until noon to print off those tickets. Seats will not be assigned.

Only season ticket holders and blue pride members were offered seats at CenturyLink Stadium; however, the Seahawks organization announced overflow viewing of the parade  would be available at adjacent Safeco Field on the ballpark's giant video board.

"The adjacent Safeco Field will also open Wednesday to carry a live feed of the victory parade and CenturyLink event on the ballpark's large video boards. As of 11 p.m. Safeco Field is at capacity and there are no more tickets available. Seating at Safeco Field will be general admission with the field's gates opening at 10:30 a.m.," according to Seahawks.com.

According to a Mariners spokesperson, the Ticketmaster system was overloaded Tuesday night so some people had trouble printing their tickets for the Safeco viewing. But, as long as an email confirmation from Ticketmaster was sent to you if you got tickets before they were sold out, then the tickets are reserved. Just log back into the system tomorrow and print the tickets.

Metro, Community Transit reroutes and schedules

For the hundreds of thousands headed into Seattle for the parade, it won't be an easy commute. Seattle Department of Transportation and Sound Transit say expect significant delays in and around Seatte's downtown core.

The Seattle Police Department will close 4th Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen it as soon as possible.  Security will also be tight along the parade route, and some businesses may hire private security. Others on the route are hiring extra workers and are putting in protective fencing.

Fans are encouraged to carpool or take transit to the parade. There will be limited parking availability at CenturyLink Field and drivers are advised to park in neighborhoods that surround downtown. How to get to the parade

People should expect Metro bus delays and reroutes near 4th Avenue. The One Bus Away service may not be accurate due to closures near 4th Avenue. King County is posting Metro bus reroutes information during the parade.

Some Seattle students allowed to skip class for parade

Public schools in the area were scheduled to remain open Wednesday, but Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday urged schools to give excused absences so students could attend the parade.

"It is my hope that the school district will excuse absences for students who want to join their family during the #Celebreate48 events," Mayor Murray tweeted.

Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools Jose Banda changed his mind about the parade. He announced Tuesday that he is now leaving it up to individual school principals to decide if it's appropriate for their students to get excused absences if they skip school to attend the parade.  

He made the announcement after a meeting with district principals.
Seattle will have school on Wednesday and there will be in-school celebrations. But some kids will be allowed to travel downtown for the parade and get that absence excused as long as parents call or write the attendance office. Banda said state law allows principals the flexibility to do what they feel is best for their school community.  More on schools and parade.

Parade temperature to dip into 20s to 30s

The Seahawks and Seattle officials are telling football fans to dress warmly for Wednesday's parade and celebration. The high temperature for the day is forecast only in the 30s. It will be sunny, but breezy conditions will make it feel like it's in the teens. 











Get more details on the parade and celebration at Seahawks.com. Also check back here for the latest updates on Wednesday's festivities.

KING 5 News will broadcast and live stream every step of the parade route Wednesday. Watch live coverage starting at 10:45 a.m. followed by the rally and celebration inside CenturyLink Field. KING 5 will also broadcast a special presentation recapping the day's events. "5th Quarter: A Championship Celebration" begins at 10 p.m. PT on KING 5.