Seahawks training camp: tips for fans
By Keith Myers
Tip for fans attending Seattle Seahawks training camp at the VMAC this year. Most going are experienced training-campers, but it never hurts to go over the basics before heading out.
The Seattle Seahawks are about to open their 2016 training camp. Fans will be flocking to the berm at the VMAC in record numbers once again. Before you head out, check out the list of tips we’ve compiled for you:
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- Come early and stay late. Don’t just try and fit practice into a day scheduled with other stuff. Training camp is best experienced without feeling rushed.
- Park at Fry’s Electronics and walk to The Landing. Getting into the parking garage at The Landing is a pain and it fills up fast. Plus, getting out can be a nightmare with everyone else leaving at the same time.
- Check out the booths on the top of the berm. Sure, it is just businesses marketing themselves, but most give away free stuff. Last year, Target was giving away gift cards. Who says “no” to what is essentially free money?
- Don’t stress about getting a spot on the fence. The views are far better from up on the berm.
- Having a roster with numbers is useful. Not-surprisingly, helmets can make identifying the players difficult at times.
- Don’t expect to get gear while at the VMAC. The “Pro-shop” selection there is terribly limited.
- You can bring in a bag; do so. You’ll need it for stuff listed below.
- Bring sunscreen; trust me. There is no shade available.
- Bring water and snacks. It is a long day and is often hot. It’s worth it.
- Bring a blanket to sit on. Leave the folding chairs and such at home. Unless you have a medical reason for not wanting to sit all the way on the ground, sitting in a chair just blocks the view for other fans.
- If you have them, bring binoculars. This is especially useful if practice ends up on the far field away from the berm.
- If you do the autograph thing, bring something you want signed. The players are awesome about signing stuff for fans after practice.
This next one should go without saying, but the suggestion made me laugh so I’m including it here:
I’m sure there are some good ones that I’ve missed. If you have any that need to be added, leave them in the comments section please.