Seahawks Spotlight: Qwest Field to Be Renamed?

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The construction of Qwest Field was approved by voters in a statewide election in 1997. The Seahawks played their first game in their new stadium in 2002. It is now known for being the loudest stadium in the NFL. The home of the Seahawks was originally called, “Seahawks Stadium.” In June, 2004, the name was changed to Qwest Field after Qwest Communications International, Inc. bought the naming rights for a whopping $75 million for a 15 year period.

In the not-so-distant past, Qwest began a merger with CenturyLink, which was completed on April 1, 2011. Following the completion of this merger, the Qwest name synonymous with the communication company, will be changed to CenturyLink. It is rumored that this name change will carry over to Qwest Field. Another arena, who’s naming rights are also owned by Qwest Communications, in Omaha, Nebraska named Qwest Center, is scheduled to be completely rebranded and renamed by August, 2011.

This leads to the belief that the same will happen to the home of the Seahawks. Although there is no official word on the status of the renaming and rebranding of Qwest Field, it is almost certain that change is looming on the horizon. What will a name-change mean for the stadium and fans of Qwest Field? Only time will tell…

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