RENTON, Wash. (AP) For a normal Sunday night game in Seattle, the fans would start showing up in the morning, giving themselves plenty of time to find parking and begin their preparations for the evening's festivities.
Those parking lots will be empty this Sunday. No tailgates. No party buses. No fans. CenturyLink Field, a venue designed for maximum noise and regarded as one of the best homefield advantages in the NFL, will sit empty when the Seahawks host the New England Patriots.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle will not be able to have fans in the seats vs. New England, or on Sept. 27 vs. Dallas and or Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota. Instead of the deafening roars that have caused seismic activity in the past, controlled background noise will be piped in.