For those who have attended a Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field, there’s nothing like it.
There’s the booming roar of the 12s and the shaking of the ground often felt blocks away. And who can forget the fans at CenturyLink Field actually generated an earthquake when Marshawn Lynch made his rambling, tackle-breaking “Beast Quake” run against New Orleans in 2011.
It’s no wonder the Seahawks have boasted one of the NFL’s biggest home-field advantages over the last 10 years.
Staff at The Athletic recently had their 31 NFL writers rank the league’s best five and worst five stadiums in the league and to no surprise, CenturyLink Field snagged a top spot. While CenturyLink Field technically tied for the most top five votes, they fell one first-place vote short in the tiebreaker and came in at No. 2.
Seattle as a sports town is largely a city of underdogs, but Seahawk games provide a rare opportunity to battle for superiority. Fans pride themselves on being the loudest, most raucous folks in the NFL. Opposing team false starts are cheered and tracked on the big screen. Attendees truly believe that their vocal presence dramatically impacts the game, that if they’re loud as hell, especially during a prime-time bout, no victory is out of reach. As a result, it’s hard to top the earth-shattering noise CenturyLink Field produces when Russell Wilson delivers his typical late-game heroics in the national spotlight. – Seahawks reporter Michael-Shawn Dugar
The Clink trailed only U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The stadiums that trailed CenturyLink in the list were AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers) and Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs).
While CenturyLink Field didn't take home the top spot in The Athletic's rankings, it still reigns supreme as the loudest stadium in the NFL. It will be interesting to see how a potentially half-filled stadium will impact the Seahawks when players step on the field this fall. No matter the circumstances, Seahawks fans will bring it!