We are in the final countdown to the 2016 Seahawks training camp. Can you feel it? As someone who has attended dozens of these in the past, I have learned a few tips I wish I had known when I started. One of them was to have a printed roster in my hands to reference all the new faces and numbers buzzing around the field. I’ve provided that below to download and print out. Bring extra copies to hand to friends and other fans. It’s a great way to meet people, and they will appreciate it.
- Bring sunscreen
- They supply sometimes, but don’t be caught without it!
- Don’t sit down
- It’s a waste of time to sit down. The drills and action moves around. You should move with it.
- Remember, this is general seating/standing
- You do not have the right to the view in front of you. If someone is choosing to stand, move so you can see.
- Wait for the three horns
- The practices go longer than you think. It is not over until it’s over.
- Use the bathroom on the way in
- Otherwise, you have to walk all the way back down and around to get there, and you very well could lose your seat or your view
- If you want autographs, head down to the fence early
- It gets crowded quickly. Players are patient signing after practice, so don’t freak out if you have a few people in front of you.
- Be sure you want to bring kids
- This is not like a game. It’s pretty boring after the initial interest wears off. I see parents frustrated with their kids every year who end up spending the time entertaining their kids and don’t get to watch much practice. It can be amazing for the right kid who is obsessed with football, but don’t expect the average kid to enjoy it.
- DO NOT BRING BIG UMBRELLAS!!
- Come on folks. Consider the people around you. It’s one thing to stand so you can see. It’s another to erect a permanent barrier blocking dozens of people behind you.