Legions of Seahawks fans will descend on Renton July 31, the opening day of the team's Bing Training Camp.
This is the second camp since the Seahawks moved to their expansive new headquarters – the Virginia Mason Athletic Center – on Lake Washington in north Renton.
The City of Renton is putting out the welcome mat for the more than 20,000 expected fans who will attend the 15 practices open to the public starting July 31 and running through Aug. 16.
Mayor Denis Law on Monday proclaimed Friday, July 30, as Seahawks Spirit Day and the “12” flag will fly above Renton City Hall and several other public facilities.
Throughout the city “Renton Welcomes Seahawks Fans” banners will fly and local businesses, organizations and fans will display “Go Seahawks - Training Camp 2010” cheer cards.
Fans can download cheer cards from the city’s Web site.
The Renton Reporter will also distribute more than 31,000 cheer cards in the July 30 edition.
Everyone is being asked to wear blue and green colors and put on their “12” buttons on Friday, July 30, to show their support. Businesses are also encouraged to use their own reader boards to celebrate Seahawks Training Camp 2010 in Renton.
“This is a really exciting time to be in Renton and I encourage fans to spread the Seahawks Spirit throughout the city,” said Law. “While here enjoying training camp, we hope Seahawks fans will enjoy all that Renton has to offer–great shopping, wonderful restaurants, parks and recreation activities.”
The Landing in Renton will serve as the parking and transportation center for the training camp. Fans interested in attending training camp should visit seahawks.com
The Renton Community Marketing Campaign is promoting opportunities to shop, dine, stay and play in Renton. The Seahawks' Web site features information for visitors coming to Renton. Every visitor to training camp will receive a “Shop Renton, Buy Ahead of the Curve” discount card called the “CurveCard,” which can be used at more than 200 participating businesses for special offers and discounts.
"Bing Training Camp provides a great stimulus for our local economy since fans and visitors patronize local restaurants, retailers and hotels,” said Bill Taylor, president an CEO, Renton Chamber of Commerce.
“We are excited to host Seahawks fans for the second year in a row at VMAC,” said Mike Flood, Seahawks vice president of community outreach. “This is a unique opportunity for fans to see the players and coaches up close, enjoy our amazing facility and soak in the great hospitality that Renton has to offer.”