The past few weeks have been pure electric on Whidbey Island and throughout Washington state.
The excitement and energy that mounted with the Seattle Seahawks’ ascension to the Super Bowl has provided us all with an experience to savor.
And the fact that it has been a boost for some local businesses is the icing on the blue-and-green cake, so to speak.
For me, it’s been great to get caught up in the swell of something overwhelmingly positive, and to see people coming together to have fun and celebrate the success of a great football team.
The Seahawks’ trip to the Super Bowl this time felt different than the last venture. From the moment of their comeback during the playoff game against the 49ers, it felt like the stars had aligned to finally given the team and the 12th Man their time to shine.
Going to the Seahawks’ game against the 49ers was an amazing experience — possibly a once-in-a-lifetime. I had been to the Kingdome for games many years ago, but hadn’t had the opportunity to go to CenturyLink Field.
Where the Kingdome was a cold, gray cement maze of ramps and a hazard with its falling ceiling tiles, CenturyLink Field is a stunning example of a well-designed sports arena. From the moment you walk up the steps, you are enveloped by the buzz of the crowd.
If there was any part of me that still missed the Kingdome — and I suspect there was — it all evaporated on that cool Sunday evening.
As the decibal levels began to rise and the floor beneath me shook, I realized that, for one brief moment in time, all of us in that arena were witnessing a moment in sports history.
And as the game progressed, that one 49er fan who sat a few rows in front of ours wasn’t taunting the crowd behind him anymore.
Like the Super Bowl victory itself, that was also a moment to take in and enjoy.