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Sounders FC signs 10-year extension to remain at CenturyLink Field

SEATTLE, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC and First & Goal Inc. today announced a 10-year extension of their existing CenturyLink Field agreement, keeping the Rave Green in their current home through the 2028 Major League Soccer season. The Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor professional sporting venue and one of the top sports destinations in North America, Sounders FC has called CenturyLink Field home since its inaugural MLS campaign in 2009. Since that time, the organization and its fanbase have set an unprecedented standard for soccer support in North America, culminating in the top six single-season attendance totals in league history and an active streak of 109 consecutive MLS sellouts.

"Since the inception of our organization, CenturyLink Field has played a critical role in the growth, development and perception of our club, as has our partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal Inc.," said Sounders FC Majority Owner Joe Roth. "CenturyLink Field is a premier facility that gives our players, fans and partners a first-class experience. For these reasons and more, we are pleased to call CenturyLink our long-term home, as Sounders FC continues to set the standard for our sport on and off the field." 

Achieving arguably the most successful expansion franchise launch in North American professional sports history, Sounders FC set a then MLS average attendance record of 30,897 at CenturyLink Field in the club's inaugural 2009 season. Attendance within the venue has grown since that first year alongside the club's on-field achievements, resulting in average attendance marks of more than 43,000 fans per home match in each of the past three seasons. Sounders FC finished the 2014 campaign 27th in global average attendance amongst the world's top-tier professional clubs (43,734). To meet demand, the organization has increased its MLS capacity to 39,115 this season from 38,300 in 2014 by expanding seating opportunities to a select area of the 300 level on CenturyLink Field's east side. 

"CenturyLink Field has been home to many of our club's most important achievements, including last season's Supporters' Shield-clinching win and back-to-back Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victories in 2010 and 2011," said Sounders FC Owner Adrian Hanauer. "We are proud to call the venue home, and we look forward to many more milestones and victories in front of our passionate and loyal fans."

Since beginning MLS play inside CenturyLink Field, Sounders FC has become one of the league's elite sides, capturing the 2014 Supporters' Shield as last year's top club in regular season play, in addition to four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. Managed by Sigi Schmid – the winningest Head Coach in MLS history – Sounders FC has earned 333 points (95-55-48) since its inaugural 2009 campaign, the league's second-highest total in that span. 

"Sounders FC have been wonderful partners and have established themselves as the standard in Major League Soccer," said Seahawks and First & Goal President Peter McLoughlin. "CenturyLink Field is a world-class facility which helps create a great environment to watch soccer."

In 1996, Paul G. Allen obtained an option to purchase the Seattle Seahawks and launched a campaign to win public support for a new football/soccer stadium and exhibition center. Six years later, CenturyLink Field opened in 2002 and is the current home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC. The stadium complex includes CenturyLink Field and the 200,000 square-foot CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Winner of the 2014 MLS Supporters' Shield and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), Sounders FC is Seattle's Major League Soccer franchise. With an ownership group led by Majority Owner and Hollywood executive Joe Roth, Owner and Seattle-based entrepreneur Adrian Hanauer, Owner and Seattle Seahawks Chairman Paul G. Allen and actor Drew Carey, the club received an MLS charter on November 13, 2007 and has reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in every year of its existence. Since the club's debut MLS season in 2009, Sounders FC has set the standard for soccer support in North America, culminating in the top six single-season attendance totals in league history and an active streak of 109 consecutive MLS sellouts. Prior to joining MLS, the Seattle Sounders organization has been a part of the greater Seattle community and U.S. Soccer professional scene since 1974.

CenturyLink Field is a multi-purpose stadium and exhibition center in downtown Seattle. CenturyLink Field serves as the home for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). It was originally called Seahawks Stadium but was renamed Qwest Field in June 23, 2004 when telecommunications carrier Qwest acquired the naming rights. It was then given its current name in June of 2011 after the acquisition of Qwest by CenturyLink. The complex also includes the CenturyLink Field Event Center, a parking garage and a public plaza. 

First & Goal Inc. (FGI) was formed by Paul G. Allen in 1997 after voters in Washington State approved the proposal to build a new football/soccer stadium and exhibition center. FGI was the private partner in the development, along with the public partner, the Public Stadium Authority. FGI now serves as the operator of CenturyLink Field and the CenturyLink Field Event Center.


FreakNight 2014 Refund Information

FreakNight 2014 Refund Information

Due to the cancellation of FreakNight’s Saturday, November 1st show, refunds will be offered in the following manner:

FreakNight, Saturday, November 1 Ticketmaster Refund Policy

- If you purchased a single day ticket for Saturday, November 1, refunds of your entire purchase will be available beginning Monday, November 3 at 3:30pm.  Refunds will be available at your point of purchase. You must present Saturday’s ticket.

- If you purchased a two-day pass to FreakNight, your Saturday, November 1 ticket portion will be refunded including 50% of all service charges. The $3.00 processing fee will not be refunded. Two-day pass refunds will be available beginning Tuesday, November 4 at 9am.  Refunds will be available at your point of purchase. You must present Saturday’s ticket.

- If you purchased your ticket through Ticketmaster, either over the phone or online, you will automatically be refunded to the credit card used for purchase.
Two-day passes purchased through Ticketmaster are currently being processed, refunds for Saturday night may take a few days to show up on your account.


FreakNight, Saturday, November 1 Non-Ticketmaster Retail Outlet Refund Policy

 - If you purchased a two-day pass to FreakNight from a non-Ticketmaster retail outlet, your Saturday, November 1 ticket portion will be refunded.  Non-Ticketmaster retail outlet refunds will be offered from Tuesday, November 11 at 12pm PST until Tuesday, December 2 at 5pm PST.  No FreakNight 2014 tickets purchased at a non-Ticketmaster retail outlet will be refunded after Tuesday, December 2 at 5pm PST.

- In order to receive a refund, your Saturday, November 1 ticket must be returned to the specific retail outlet location it was originally purchased from.  The retail outlet will exchange your Saturday, November 1 ticket and provide you with a 50% refund of the original two-day pass purchase price.  The $5.00 processing fee will not be refunded.

We are only able to offer refunds on tickets sold through authorized outlets.  If you purchased your ticket through an unauthorized outlet or unauthorized third party, you will need to contact your point of sale and try to get your refund.

As always, we strongly urge everyone to only purchase form authorized outlets.  This is for your protection.


Full listing of all FreakNight 2014 non-Ticketmaster retail outlets:



Silver Platters (Northgate)

9560 1st Ave NE

(206) 524-3472


Silver Platters (SoDo)

2930 1st Ave S.

(206) 283-3472


Platinum Lights & Sound (Capitol Hill)

925 E Pike St

(206) 324-8032 

*** The Seattle location of Platinum Lights & Sound is no longer in business.  For FreakNight 2014 ticket refunds purchased from this outlet send an email to


Silver Platters (Crossroads Mall)

15600 NE 8th St

(425) 643-3472


FEDERAL WAY, WA         

35th Ave Skates (South)

28717 Pacific Hwy S

(253) 839-5202



Rocket Records

3823 6th Ave

(253) 756-5186



Rainy Day Records

301 5th Ave SE

(360) 357-4755



The Bachelor Pad

2611 N Monroe St

(509) 326-4842



Platinum Lights & Sound

104 SW 2nd Ave

(503) 222-9166


Taylor Swift Announces The 1989 World Tour

NEW YORK, Ny., November 3, 2014 – Seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift announced The 1989 World Tour on Good Morning America this morning just days after performing an epic concert in Times Square to over 20,000 fans, wrapping up promotion of her history making fifth studio album, 1989. The 1989 World Tour will be produced and promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG) and kicks off on May 20, 2015 in Louisiana.

Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy will be main support along the North American tour while singer, songwriter and viral sensation Shawn Mendes will support the global superstar along her North American stadium dates. The 1989 World Tour will encompass eight countries and span four continents including North America, Europe, Australia and Asia**. The first tickets for the North American leg will go on-sale to the general public on November 14th. American Express® Card Members and members of will have access to purchase tickets in advance beginning November 7th*. General ticketing and on-sale information will be available at

Last year, the North American portion of Taylor's sold out The RED Tour played to more than 1.36 million fans over 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops) in 47 cities in 29 states. Also in 2013, Taylor took The RED Tour Down Under -- performing sold out stadium shows in Australia (as well as arena dates in New Zealand), becoming the first solo female artist in twenty years to undertake a national stadium concert tour of Australia. In addition, The RED Tour visited Europe for six sold-out shows in 2014. Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a global superstar, seven-time GRAMMY winner and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. Taylor is the only artist in music history to have an album (2010's Speak Now, 2012's RED and 2014's 1989) hit the 1 million plus first-week sales figure three times. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor's album RED (Big Machine Records), released two years ago, sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, scoring the highest first-week sales debut of any album in over a decade. "Shake It Off.” the first single off her critically acclaimed fifth studio album 1989, topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S., and has peaked at No. 1 in 64 countries on iTunes.  1989 topped iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries on its release and was the highest selling first week release of 2014. 








May 20

Bossier City, LA

CenturyLink Center

May 22

Baton Rouge, LA

LSU Tiger Stadium

May 30

Detroit, MI

Ford Field

June 2

Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Center

June 3

Cleveland, OH

Quicken Loans Arena

June 6

Pittsburgh, PA

Heinz Field

June 8

Charlotte, NC

Time Warner Cable Arena

June 9

Raleigh, NC

PNC Arena

June 13

Philadelphia, PA

Lincoln Financial Field

June 20

Cologne, Germany

Lanxess Arena

June 21

Amsterdam, Holland

Ziggo Dome

June 23

Glasgow, UK

The SSE Hydro

June 24

Manchester, UK


June 27

London, UK

British Summertime Hyde Park

July 6

Ottawa, ON

Canadian Tire Centre

July 7

Montreal, QC

Bell Centre

July 11

East Rutherford, NJ

MetLife Stadium

July 13

Washington, DC

Nationals Park

July 18

Chicago, IL

Soldier Field

July 24

Foxborough, MA

Gillette Stadium

July 25

Foxborough, MA

Gillette Stadium

August 1

Vancouver, BC

BC Place Stadium

August 4

Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place

August 5

Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place

August 8

Seattle, WA

CenturyLink Field

August 15

Santa Clara, CA

Levi's Stadium

August 17

Glendale, AZ

Gila River Arena

August 18

Glendale, AZ

Gila River Arena

August 25

Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

August 26

Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

August 29

San Diego, CA


September 4

Salt Lake City, UT

EnergySolutions Arena

September 5

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

September 6

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

September 9

Fargo, ND


September 11

St. Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

September 12

St. Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

September 16

Indianapolis, IN

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

September 17

Columbus, OH

Nationwide Arena

September 18

Columbus, OH

Nationwide Arena

September 21

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

September 22

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

September 25

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

September 26

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

October 2

Toronto, ON

Rogers Centre

October 3

Toronto, ON

Rogers Centre

October 8

Des Moines, IA

Wells Fargo Arena

October 9

Omaha, NE

CenturyLink Center

October 10

Omaha, NE

CenturyLink Center

October 13

St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center

October 14

St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center

October 17

Dallas, TX

AT&T Stadium

October 20

Lexington, KY

Rupp Arena

October 21

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Coliseum Complex

October 24

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Dome

October 27

Miami, FL

AmericanAirlines Arena

October 31

Tampa, FL

Raymond James Stadium


Verizon and Extreme Networks Team with Seahawks to Enhance Fan Experience at CenturyLink Field

Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) announced today significant enhancements to the wireless network at CenturyLink Field to provide fans with free open access to Wi-Fi.

Working with Verizon and CenturyLink, Extreme Networks (Nasdaq: EXTR), the Official Wi-Fi Analytics Provider of the NFL, installed its acclaimed high-density Wi-Fi and Purview analytics systems at CenturyLink Field prior to the 2014 NFL season in conjunction with this initiative. Now tens of thousands of Seahawks’ fans can enjoy their wireless devices, social media and pictures throughout the game as connecting to their apps and the Internet is both fast and simple. 

In addition to implementing Wi-Fi and enhancing in-stadium connectivity, 12 individuals will be on site as part of the in-stadium Wi-Fi Certified Coach Program – a uniquely developed service offered by Extreme Networks to support fans at venues that have deployed high density Wi-Fi. These individuals provide technical assistance and educate fans about Wi-Fi usage and game day mobile offerings such as the Verizon NFL Mobile app and the Seahawks’ team app.

“The Seahawks are excited to work with Verizon and Extreme Networks to bring the best Wi-Fi solution to our fans at CenturyLink Field,” said Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin. “By enhancing connectivity throughout the entire stadium, it allows us to offer new mobile app features such as live video streaming, and ‘Eye of the Hawk’. This allows fans to select live feeds from around the stadium along with coverage of live on-the-field action from multiple camera angles, replays and game highlights.”

As part of Verizon’s relationship with the Seahawks, the south end zone restaurant has been transformed into the Verizon Lounge, a state-of-the-art sports bar and restaurant. The Verizon Lounge also serves as the location for the Seahawks’ postgame radio show. Verizon installed 36 charging stations in the lounge and throughout the stadium to provide fans with the ability to stay in touch on game day.

“Seahawks fans deserve a championship-caliber wireless experience on game day, and now they have two WiFi options, plus XLTE network enhancements in-stadium and in-the neighborhood for greater reliability,” said Bobby Morrison, Verizon Wireless President for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.      

 “An immersive and connected fan experience at games continues to be a significant goal for the NFL. We are marching into the future of stadiums and technology and through Extreme Networks and Verizon, the Seahawks will be able to provide an engaging experience for their dedicated fans,” said Michelle McKenna-Doyle, Senior Vice President and CIO of the NFL.

The Extreme Networks Wi-Fi system is designed to support high density requirements, including high-speed connections for streaming content and uploading photos, support of social engagement, support of in-venue mobile application delivery for value added services and to promote efficient delivery of multicast video with unicast-like performance and reliability.

“At Extreme Networks, we strive to provide fans with unwavering wireless connectivity enhancing the game day experience. In today’s multi-device environment, it is imperative that fans can access, view and download the content that matters most to them, from instant replays to scores around the NFL,” said Norman Rice, senior vice president of corporate development for Extreme Networks. “Through our relationship with the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink and Verizon, we deliver pervasive connectivity resulting in an incredible experience.” 

Access to the stadium Wi-Fi can be found at VerizonWifi for Verizon customers. The same level of Wi-Fi can be found at CenturyLinkFieldWiFi for non-Verizon customers.

About Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) is setting a new standard for superior customer experience by delivering network-powered innovation and market leading service and support. The company delivers high-performance switching and routing products for data center and core-to-edge networks, wired/wireless LAN access, and unified network management and control. Our award-winning solutions include software-defined networking (SDN), cloud and high-density Wi-Fi, BYOD and enterprise mobility, identity access management and security. Extreme Networks is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has more than 12,000 customers in over 80 countries. For more information, visit the company's website at


Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Merge for 10 Stadium Shows in 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 27, 2014) – Anticipation for the summer of 2015 just hit record highs as Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney have announced that their tours will collide for 10 stadium shows next summer.  The first shows to go on sale for the unprecedented pairing are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015 and San Francisco's Levi’s Stadium on May 2, 2015.  More on-sale information and special guests will be revealed over the coming weeks.

“We’ve played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock,” Chesney says. “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for 10 nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us!”

“Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin’ hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums,” added Aldean.  “When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he’s the guy I would call or text for advice.  We have a real friendship.  Don’t get me wrong…that doesn’t mean I’m going to make it easy to follow me every night…he’s gonna have to work for it harder than he ever has before!”

5/2/15: San Francisco, CA, Levi’s Stadium

5/16/15: Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium

6/20/15: Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field

6/27/15: Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field

7/18/15: Minneapolis, MN, Target Field

7/25/15: Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl

8/1/15: Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium

8/8/15: Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High

8/15/15: E. Rutherford, NJ, MetLifeStadium

8/28/15: Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium

The Aldean Army and Chesney’s No Shoes Nation are both known for their ability to work hard and play harder. With a strong commitment to living in the moment, these shows are destined to be a once-in-lifetime pairing – and everything summer, friends and music are meant to embrace.

Chesney, whose The Big Revival marked his 13th No. 1 Country Album debut, already topped the Billboard Country Songs chart for two weeks with “American Kids” -- and “Til It’s Gone,” the follow-up, was at No. 18 with a bullet on release date.

Jason Aldean, whose Old Boots, New Dirt debuted at No. one on Billboard’s Top 200 Album charts earlier this month, is known for his high-intensity shows, his sense of true grit and songs that capture the way his fans genuinely live their lives. The most downloaded male country artist in history and two-time Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year is also currently sitting at the No. one spot on country radio charts with lead single “Burnin’ It Down.”