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Tuesday
Oct252011

Sounders FC to Face Real Salt Lake in West Semifinals

RENTON, WASH. - Seattle Sounders FC will face Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs beginning with the first leg at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, October 29. FOX Soccer will televise it live at 7 p.m. PT.

Sounders FC, the second seed with a record of 18-7-9 and 63 points, host the second leg of series on Wednesday, November 2 and 7pm.

Tickets for Seattle's home match go on sale to the public on Monday at 10 a.m. PT by visiting www.SoundersFC.com or calling 800-745-3000.

"When you get into the playoffs it's always a difficult journey," said Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC Head Coach. "Obviously Salt Lake is a quality team but we are happy that we have the higher seed so we get the second game at home."

Seattle and Real Salt Lake (15-11-8, 53 points) split the season series with each team winning 2-1 on the road. In the last visit to Rio Tinto Stadium on May 28, Sounders FC snapped an MLS-record 29-match home unbeaten streak for RSL. The Rave Green finished with the best road record (9-3-5) in MLS.

Conference semifinal series are conducted in a home-and-home, aggregate-goal format. The team that scores the most goals in the series advances to the single elimination Western Conference Championship. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes in the series, a 30-minute extra time period (divided into two 15-minute periods) will be played followed by kicks from the penalty spot, if necessary

The team with the higher seed between the two Conference finalists will host the Conference Championship game on November 5 or 6.

MLS Cup 2011 will be on November 20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Tuesday
Aug162011

Seahawks add technology to increase efficiency at concession stands

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and First & Goal Inc. (FGI) announced today the installation of 625 fixed and portable point-of-sale (POS) terminals in concession stands at CenturyLink Field and CenturyLink Field Event Center.  The new POS terminals will provide more efficient service and a reduction in transaction time for fans.  The technology was developed by Radiant Systems, Inc.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience at CenturyLink Field,” said Peter McLoughlin, president of the Seahawks, Sounders FC and FGI. “We upgraded the technology and added new POS terminals to provide faster and overall better service."

Installed in approximately 200 events-based venues worldwide, Radiant Systems is a leader in innovative technology for stadium and arena concessions.  The product features the fastest credit card processing in the industry, unparalleled durability and energy consumption 50 percent below that of the competition. The technology helps stadium and arena operators better connect with customers to meet their needs and deliver exceptional service.

“We are honored that the strength of our reputation provides the foundation for this new relationship with CenturyLink Field and CenturyLink Field Event Center,” said Scott Kingsfield, president of the retail, sports and entertainment division at Radiant Systems. “The technology is a proven solution that will drive efficiencies and speed of service while delivering an enhanced fan experience for visitors to the facility.”

About Radiant Systems, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Radiant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: RADS) is a global provider of innovative technology and services to the hospitality and retail industries. With more than 100,000 installations worldwide, our customers include leading brands and venues in the restaurant and food service, sports and entertainment, petroleum and convenience, and specialty retail markets. Radiant has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

For more information visit www.radiantsystems.com.

Monday
Aug012011

Seahawks single-game tickets to go on sale 

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks announced today that preseason single-game tickets will go on sale Monday, August 1 at 10 a.m. Regular season single-game tickets will go on-sale Monday, August 29 at 10 a.m.

Single-game tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, all Seattle area Ticketmaster outlets and the CenturyLink Field Box Office.

Seahawks 2011 season tickets are also on sale. Fans can call 888-NFL-HAWK (635-4295) or visit www.seahawks.com for more information. Current Seahawks season-ticket holders will receive their tickets in advance of the first preseason home game versus the Minnesota Vikings on August 20.

Thursday
Jun232011

A New Chapter in the Legacy of Sports in Seattle Begins

SEATTLE - After 35 years of thrilling victories and history-making moments, the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and CenturyLink are proud to enter a new era of professional sports; Qwest Field is becoming CenturyLink Field. The partnership exemplifies the company's commitment to Seattle since acquiring Qwest on April 1.

"CenturyLink is thrilled to continue this legacy with the announcement of CenturyLink Field," said Brian Stading, CenturyLink NW Region President. "For us, this is more than our name on the stadium. It's about building on a partnership that began between Qwest, the teams that have played on the field and the fans who have supported them for decades. We look forward to raising our voices with the fans who have redefined the term homefield advantage."

From donating funds to Page Ahead for every '08 Matt Hasselbeck playoff touchdown pass, to serving as presenting sponsor of the Spirit of 12 Partners Program to the CenturyLink Leadership Challenge, CenturyLink will continue to focus on charitable and volunteer efforts in the Seattle area. Those efforts will focus on education and youth programs; technology-focused initiatives; and locally-driven efforts that strengthen communities and make them better places to live.

"CenturyLink's long-term commitment to their customers and our fans is clearly demonstrated today," said Seahawks, Sounders FC and First & Goal, Inc. president Peter McLoughlin. "Now CenturyLink Field becomes synonymous with the 12th Man and Sounders FC supporters."
The first professional game and sporting event at the old Kingdome was the Sounders vs. Cosmos  game on April 25, 1976. The Kingdome was imploded in March of 2000, resulting in a new stadium being built. In 2004, Qwest and the Seahawks announced Qwest Field as their new home field. In 2009, Qwest Field became home base for the Seattle Sounders FC MLS team. CenturyLink is proud to build on the tradition of the past 35 years and to play a part in creating future memories for sports fans, families and friends, through the announcement of the new sponsorship.

The company's NW Region Headquarters is based in Seattle.

Thursday
Jun092011

EV charging stations installed at CenturyLink

SAN FRANCISCO and SEATTLE – June 9, 2011 – ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, today celebrated the installation of the company’s Blink® Pedestal charging stations at CenturyLink Field Stadium, in Seattle.

oliticians, local stakeholders, EV drivers and ECOtality executives will gather outside the stadium to commemorate publicly available charging stations in the Puget Sound region as of The EV Project. CenturyLink Field will host four Blink Pedestal charging stations in the North Lot and 2 Wall Mount chargers in the Event Center garage.

“Charging stations like the one at CenturyLink Field represent our first step toward a greener, cleaner transportation future. In the not too distant future, Federal investments in public- private projects like this will return immense rewards and really revolutionize the cars
we drive and what fuels them. It’s appropriate that some of the first charging stations in the nation are here in Seattle - we’re a city of innovation and have a track record of embracing the future”, US Congressman Jim McDermott.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn fully supports the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in Seattle and said, “Electrification of our transportation is a very promising opportunity for reducing the carbon impact of our city. It makes economic sense and is good for the environment.”

ECOtality began installations of its Blink Level 2 Residential Charging Stations in EV Project regions nationwide in December 2010, and since then has completed more than 1,200 installations. The company recently began installation of Blink Pedestal chargers in commercial and publically accessible locations over the past few weeks, and held celebration events earlier this week in Arizona and Oregon. As part of The EV Project, ECOtality aims to have all public and commercial charging stations installed, including approximately 1,000 units in Washington State, by the end of the year.

“ECOtality is well underway with our rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure, and we are committed to building the public and commercial charging infrastructure that extends the range of EVs beyond the garage,” said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. “EV drivers throughout the Seattle metro area and the state of Washington can expect to see more Blink charging stations at convenient locations in the coming months. Together with our EV Project partners we are creating the infrastructure needed to make the Puget Sound region a genesis for EV adoption. Now, Seahawks and Sounders fans can plug in their EVs as they’re watching the games.”

“The downtown location and accessibility of CenturyLink Field make it an ideal venue to install the electric vehicle charging stations,” said Peter McLoughlin, president of the Seahawks, Sounders FC and First and Goal, Inc. “We are thrilled to participate in this important study to evaluate the long-term deployment and viability of clean energy transportation.”

Locations for the commercial charging stations were selected using ECOtality’s Micro-ClimateTM planning process, which took into account a variety of factors including traffic patterns and the locations of employment centers, regional attractions and retail hubs, as well as the input from more than 10 regional partners.

“Seattle City Light supports the use of electric vehicles as an opportunity to significantly reduce the impact of transportation on our environment and climate,” said Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light Superintendent. “The infrastructure we are putting in place today will pave the way for providing the power to drive that cleaner transportation future.”

McKinstry, a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services, installed the Blink charging stations. The company also designed and installed CenturyLink Field’s solar system, low-flow water fixtures and high-efficiency lighting systems.

“With McKinstry’s installation of the EV charging stations, in combination with recent energy efficient upgrades and a solar array for renewable energy, we continue to move CenturyLink Field down the path to be one of the smartest stadiums in the America,” said Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry. “Our work at CenturyLink Field illustrates McKinstry’s commitment to a holistic approach to our community’s sustainable future.”

ECOtality is currently in discussions with public and private property owners for installations of public charging stations in the Puget Sound region, and has announced pilot programs with national retailers including Sears, Fred Meyer, Macy’s, BP/Arco, Cracker Barrel and Best Buy for The EV Project.

The Blink Pedestal is a level 2 charging station that provides intelligent, user-friendly features that intuitively and safely charge EVs. They include an interactive color touch screen and web-based media delivery via the Blink Network. Anyone will be able to charge at Blink charging stations utilizing a Blink InCard or by becoming Blink members. To obtain a Blink InCard, visit the Blink Network website at blinknetwork.com, or contact the Blink Customer Support Center at 888.998.BLINK (2546).