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Lumen Field Seats in Sun & Shade

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Lumen Field (formerly CenturyLink Field) is a beloved part of the Seattle sports landscape. It is home to the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Sounders (MLS), and Reign (NWSL). It also hosts concerts and other special events throughout the year. Unlike Seattle’s Major League ballpark next door, Lumen Field features a unique metal roof designed to mimic the waves of Puget Sound. However, this roof doesn’t fully close, and even though approximately 70% of seats are under cover, depending on the time of day, some seats will be in the sun and others in the shade. You can use this article in combination with the stadium seating chart to locate the Lumen Field seats in shade and the sun.

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at Lumen Field?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Lumen Field are:

  • West Sideline: Afternoon shade on the home side of the field
  • Upper Deck: Shaded in the upper bowl directly under the roof

And the seats in the sun at Lumen Field are:

  • East Sideline: Sunny on the lower level of the visitor’s side of the field
  • North End Zone: Sunny throughout the afternoon

To accommodate NFL TV schedules most home Seahawks games kick off around 1:00pm, though Sunday night and Monday “night” games usually start in the 5:00pm hour. In the summer you can catch Sounders and Reign soccer games starting as early as 12:30pm and as late as 7:30pm. For specific details about which sections are shade at different times of day, please continue reading. 

Lumen Field Orientation to the Sun

Lumen Field is oriented from north to south. By 1:00pm the sun is high in the sky over the south end zone. Over the course of the afternoon the sun dips down behind the west (home) side of the stadium and eventually sets closer to the north end zone. This configuration makes the west side the “shade side” though shade can also be found on the east side in the upper deck. 

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Seahawks, Sounders and Reign. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Lumen Field Games

Lumen Field has a unique roof that runs parallel to the sidelines, covering most seats on the east and west sidelines but leaving sections behind the end zones exposed. For an early afternoon game, whether you sit in the sun or shade depends heavily on whether you are under the roof. Upper deck sections 304-314 and 330-340 should be mostly safe from the sun. Club level sections 204-214 and 230-240 should also be far enough away from the field to benefit from the roof’s cover. Seats most likely to be in the sun are those in the lower 100-level and behind the end zones.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon Lumen Field Games

By late afternoon more seats become shaded as the sun descends behind the west (home) side of the stadium. If you want to sit in the shade choose a seat in section 130-140, 230-240 or 328-340. The east (visitor) side of the stadium is a bit trickier to navigate. Around mid-afternoon the lower level (sections 104-114) and club level (204-214) will be in the sun, while the back of the upper deck sections 304-314 will still be shaded by the roof above. As the afternoon wears on the angle of the sun shifts and the lower and club levels start to receive shade from the roof on the opposite side of the stadium, while seats in the upper deck move into the sun. While the Seahawks use all levels, the Sounders and Reign sometimes only open the lower level of Lumen Field depending on demand. 

Afternoon shadows on the field and stands at Lumen Field

By mid-afternoon, fans seated on the west side of the stadium (left) are in the shade. Fans on the east side (right) are in the sun though the roof provides some sone relief to fans in the highest rows.
Credit: CenturyLink Field by SounderBruce (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening Lumen Field Games

While the Seahawks rarely kick off at Lumen Field after 6:00pm there are plenty of evening soccer games and concerts throughout the summer. For an evening event you will find most seats in the shade. The west side of the stadium will be safe from the sun, as will seats behind the end zones / goal lines. 

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Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Seahawks, Sounders and Reign. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

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