SEATTLE - Seahawks fans were lined up early Monday morning outside CenturyLink Field for the chance to buy single-game tickets for the upcoming season.
People waited for hours over the weekend, hoping to get one of 2,000 wristbands required to buy tickets.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, but the fanfare begins at 8 a.m. with a live DJ, Blitz and the Sea Gals, a Seahawks merchandise kiosk in the north plaza, and other activities for fans to enjoy.
17,000 tickets will be available (1,700 per home game) for $66 apiece at CenturyLink Field's NW Box Office.
Single-game tickets will also be available through email to Blue Pride wait list members starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 25.
On Sunday, the first 2,000 fans in line were given wristbands from Stadium Staff to guarantee their spot in line Monday. Guests with wristbands then must return to CenturyLink with valid I.D. before 9 a.m. Monday.
Many of the tickets in the stadium go to season ticket holders; this method allows fans to purchase up to four tickets for individual games. Tickets cost significantly less than those sold by brokers or on the NFL ticket exchange.
Fans line up early over the weekend
Over the weekend, thousands of Seahawks fans waited for hours outside CenturyLink Field to get the wristbands. Some arrived Saturday evening and camped in the CenturyLink parking lot. Several said getting these tickets has become its own tradition.
Those who don't know the 12th Man might call this crazy, but Art Gaddis and Louie Paez call it family.
“This is our pre-season ticket-getting tailgating" Gaddis explained.
The Seahawks have only been offering tickets this way for a few years. Art has been here every time, he became friends with Louie while waiting in this line.
The pair says it’s unlikely they would have met otherwise; Art lives in Renton, Louie on Bainbridge Island, but that's what makes this special.
“It’s a great common denominator that transcends race, gender, age and whatever" Gaddis explained.
They're already planning next year's gathering, and there will be another addition to this ticket line family.
“We got another little girl due in September, so we'll have a daycare out here for all football babies," Paez said.
Up and down the line, people passed the time playing games, eating and watching television. Dave Delong was knitting hats to sell so he can earn money for his tickets. It's going to be his first regular season game
“I've always wanted to but I never got to until recently" he said.