SeaWorld Hears the Roar of the 12th Man! Seahawks Road Crew Changed Plans Due to Public Demand

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The Seattle Seahawks retired the number 12 jersey on December 15, 1984, in honor of their fans. In 2003, the Seahawks installed a giant flagpole in the south end zone of what is now CenturyLink Field, and began a tradition of raising a giant flag with the number 12 on it in honor of the fans. Usually, a local celebrity or a season ticket holder raises the flag during pregame ceremonies.[38] In recent years, 12th Man flags have been seen all over Seattle whenever the Seahawks make the playoffs, including atop the Space Needle. In 2014, Boeing painted a Boeing 747-8 freighter with a special Seahawks livery, with the number 12 on the tail, and they later flew it over eastern Washington in a flight path spelling the number 12. When the Seahawks took the field for Super Bowl XLVIII, they were led by LB Heath Farwell carrying the team’s 12th Man flag per team tradition. Wikipedia.
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While other teams may also refer to their fans as the “12 man” because of the role the public plays in supporting the teams, no other team has a more dedicated – or loud – following. 12th man flags fly all over Seattle during football season, from car antennas to the top of the space needle.
In a matter of days, when the fans found out that the Seahawk Road Crew was planning to hold a fan celebration at SeaWorld San Diego, the fans roared: NO WAY. Seattle, the rest of the Pacific Northwest, and much of America also love the iconic orca whales who call the region home, and in some opinions, SeaWorld is partially responsible for decimating the orca population.
On August 29th, 2014, the Seahawks Road Crew posted on their Facebook page:

Traveling to San Diego for Seahawks @ Chargers Sept 14. we are planning a 12th Man Event the 13th Sat, Night at SeaWorld with a Custom Seahawks Water Show possibly Shamu! We are working on Final Approval with the Park right now… if everything gets approved the Event will start sometime between 6-7pm going until midnight. $15-$20 per adult probably $10 per Child for entrance and food & alcohol will be available for purchase… What do you guys think? I really want to see Shamu with a 12 Flag! Go Hawks!

Today, September 3rd 2014 they posted this:

We hear you 12s! We are changing Venues… the Sept 13th Rally in San Diego will NO LONGER be Held at SeaWorld… we are going to Belmont Park instead… It’s Family Friendly, Animal Friendly, Beach Front with Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Roller Coasters, We are working on details with Belmont Park right now…A 12s Take Over, Day on the Beach, bring the kids will probably start the rally about 5pm and go until midnight… more details soon

Way to go, 12th man!

The Center for Whale Research has studied the Southern Resident orcas  for almost forty years.
Puget Sound waters would be a lonely place without the Southern Resident orcas. (NOAA photo).

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