Tri-Cities welcomes Seahawks

July 18, 2013 

With a full capacity of Seattle Seahawks fans at The Pub in Kennewick on Thursday night, and hundreds more outside, there was no doubt which Northwest professional sports team is loved the most in the Tri-Cities.

The Seahawks 12 Tour came to the Tri-Cities on Thursday, with defensive backs Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner in tow.

In addition, wide receiver Doug Baldwin became a late addition.

Throw in some Seahawks cheerleaders and Blitz, the team’s mascot, and you’ve got one heck of a preseason party.

Fans had to park five, six blocks away.

But the Seahawks spent time signing autographs as fans waited patiently to meet them.

The fire marshall had to limit how many people were in the building. So when four people left, four more were allowed inside.

With anticipation building for the 2013 season, the Seahawks have been visiting communities around the Northwest, participating in fan forums and conducting Gatorade Junior Training Camps.

In fact, there is one today at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The camp is full and has been for a while.

There is one final fan forum, in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday; and two Gatorade Junior Training Camps this weekend (in Vancouver and Silverdale).

Then it’s time to get down to business, as the team’s training camp begins next Thursday.

And even those have become popular for fans.

As of Thursday night, six of the team’s 14 scheduled training camp workouts in Renton have been sold out.

But as much as fans in the Northwest are in love with the Seahawks, it’s also mutual.

Baldwin was asked how amazing are the fans in Kennewick.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, they’re a 12,” he said.

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