There’s no getting around the hold the Seattle Seahawks (*seahawks.com) have on the city. The rabid fan base (known as the “12s”) consistently provides Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom defense arguably the best home field advantage in the NFL. Expect more sold-out crowds when the 2017 season starts up in September. Staying on the gridiron, after earning a spot in last season’s College Football Playoff, the University of Washington Huskies (gohuskies.com) are becoming a hot ticket. Hype around the team and Heisman-hopeful quarterback Jake Browning should be at a fever pitch for home games against UC Berkeley (Oct 7) and Oregon (Nov 4).
After a comeback season for the ages, Seattle is home to the MLS Cup Champion Sounders FC (*soundersfc.com). With a regular season that stretches to late October, there are plenty of chances to see the men in green defend their title. That said, nothing screams summer in Seattle like a trip to Safeco Field for a Seattle Mariners (*mariners.com) game. The squad may still be trying for a playoff berth, but with stars like Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano, hope springs eternal.
The SuperSonics might be gone, but basketball is still alive here thanks to the WNBA’s Seattle Storm (*storm.wnba.com) and its rising young star duo of Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. Catch them on the hardwood through September 3, or perhaps sooner at the WNBA All-Star Game (July 22) at KeyArena (*305 Harrison St; keyarena.com). Led by U.S. National Team star Megan Rapinoe, the Seattle Reign FC (reignfc.com) of the National Women’s Soccer League also keeps Seattle Center crowds entertained with its games at Memorial Stadium (*401 Fifth Ave N) through the end of September.
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