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July 29, 2008 9:36 AM

The Virginia Mason Athletic Center

Posted by Jose Romero

Target date for move-in: Aug. 18.

Danny and I joined others on a tour of the Seahawks' new facility yesterday. It is quite the upgrade from Kirkland, though I have come to enjoy this place whose days are numbered.

The indoor practice area is as big as a Boeing airport hangar. The team's weight room has garage-style doors that can open on a sunny and warm day. There is extra space everywhere, and even the training and equipment rooms are immense.

GM Tim Ruskell's corner office is not as big as the one he has in Kirkland but it has a view of Lake Washington on one side and the outdoor practice fields (three of them) on the other.

Oh yeah...they are building a boat dock along the lake next to the facility.

We must have walked around the place (in hard hats and orange vests) for a good hour at least. And we didn't see everything.

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Posted by kirklandhawk

10:15 AM, Jul 29, 2008

what's the story on fan viewing areas at the new facility? it's a joke that the hawks haven't had anything for fans wanting to watch practice over the years at northwest. they are missing out on a great opportunity to further cement fan relationships which of course eventually can lead to spending more $$ on hawk tickets, merchandise etc. thx

Posted by Bart

10:45 AM, Jul 29, 2008

Rub it in why don't you Jose! Take pictures next time! Thanks for the update-

Kirklandhawk- they do have fan viewing areas, there is a large burm located next the practice fields for fans to view next year's TC.

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