Lumen Field is a multi-purpose stadium located in the SoDo neighbourhood of Seattle, Washington. It is the home field for the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL), and OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Lumen Field has a seating capacity of 68,740 spectators for NFL games and 37,722 for most MLS matches.

Construction of Lumen Field began on September 28th, 1998, and the stadium was opened on July 28th, 2002. The construction cost was US$ 430 million for the entire complex. The architects were Ellerbe Becket, LMN Architects, and Streeter & Associates.

Lumen Field was originally called Seahawks Stadium. It was renamed Qwest Field in June 2004 when telecommunications carrier Qwest acquired the naming rights. The stadium became known as CenturyLink Field following Qwest’s June 2011 acquisition by CenturyLink and was nicknamed “The Clink” as a result. It received its current name in November 2020 with CenturyLink’s rebrand to Lumen Technologies.

Seattle Sounders Lumen Field

How to Get to Seattle

The nearest airport to the Lumen Field is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which is approximately 11 miles away, 17 minutes driving time. Several airlines offer direct flights between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with a flight time of approximately 9 hours and 45 minutes.

If you are already in the US and looking to travel to/from Seattle, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

Lumen Field is accessible by several forms of public transportation. The Link light rail has two nearby stations, Stadium, and International District/Chinatown, which provide fast and easy transportation to and from the airport as well as other locations across the city. Additionally, King County Metro has over 15 daily bus routes that stop within 3 blocks of Lumen Field.

You could also make use of free apps such as Moovit to get real-time timetables, maps and directions to the arena using public transportation. Rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft are also available in the vicinity with a designated drop-off zone at the arena.

Staying in Seattle

Lumen Field is in the SoDo neighbourhood of Seattle, Washington. SoDo stands for South of Downtown and is an industrial area that has been undergoing a transformation in recent years with the addition of new businesses and attractions.

Beyond the Airbnb and Sonder options there are many hotels nearby to suit all budgets, which can be booked directly or via one of the hotel reservation booking sites. Some hotels that are within a 10-minute walk of Lumen Field include Silver Cloud Hotel – Seattle Stadium, Hyatt Regency Seattle, Renaissance Seattle Hotel, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square.

Seattle Sounders FC Tickets

The Seattle Sounders FC sell their tickets via Ticketmaster.

The official ticketing partner for the MLS is Ticketmaster.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown are before the selling platform fees are added, so take time to have a read of my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the team’s Mobile App to your phone as it contains much Gameday information for the stadium.

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