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A Seattle Riot (if you don't mind) [Feb. 5th, 2014|11:36 pm]
The Seahawks won the Superbowl, as I'm sure you all know. This was, in fact, my first time ever watching a full Superbowl game. I've seen parts of others in past years. I've seen several Puppy Bowls on Animal Planet, even.

Turns out I picked the right one to watch. The local team won.

In the weeks leading up to this, we went from having blue and green and 12s dotted around the city to having them everywhere. Huge banners down the sides of buildings! Amazing show of fan support. Which, though it's not exactly my fandom of choice, I can totally respect. :)

Then they actually won! And Seattle rioted... kinda. It was a happy, considerate, friendly sort of riot for the most part. Check it out:

That's right, we wait for the crosswalk signal, damn it! (That one early guy must've been visiting from out of town or something.) I love this city.

But there were problems, as you'd expect with a huge number of drunk and delirious people mobbing downtown. The glass and metalwork pergola in Pioneer Square was damaged after a bunch of people climbed on the 100-year-old structure.

However this is the sort of thing that we feel guilty about afterwards. When the city estimated the damages would cost about $25,000 to repair, a local artist and fan set up a crowdfunding site calling for donations.

Within a day, the repairs were paid for (by that effort plus another donation). Any extra cash raised will be used to replant medians where people stomped on the greenery.

Today was the "welcome home" ticker tape parade for the Seahawks. It's estimated that there were 700,000 people downtown! My commute was a mess, I must say, with the ferry boat so full they were even turning away walk-on passengers. The office seemed to get strangely quiet from lunchtime through late afternoon.

And reportedly there were no arrests. Zero problems out of 700,000 fans.

I'm not much for sports but maybe today I'm a Seahawks fan fan?

[User Picture]From: crosscheck_fox
2014-02-06 09:15 am (UTC)
I was two years old the last time Seattle won a professional sports championship, which says those fans are long overdue...or I'm getting old!
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2014-02-06 11:05 am (UTC)
Seattle really does sound like a lovely place.
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[User Picture]From: henriekeg
2014-02-06 12:13 pm (UTC)
That's fun and refreshing to read!
I am not a sports fan at ALL, but I do feel very sorry for all the fans who truly love their teams, and constantly have their reputation ruined by hooligans who keep wrecking stuff for others. Soccer riots are a big problem here, so big that with matches between specific teams (like for instance Amsterdam vs Rotterdam), the games have to be played without an audience, or that the supporters of one team are not allowed to visit at all. That's incredibly sad.
I never heard of, say... Olympics riots? That is, concerning the sport aspect of the Olympics.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-02-07 11:28 am (UTC)
I didn't watch the game, but caught enough about the goings on to understand it was something of a metaphorical massacre. ^_^;

Very good to see such local enthusiasm with consideration. ^_^ Reminds me of Halloween in San Francisco (before the mayor shut it down, boo), with similarly huge numbers of people thronging all down Market, with arrests in the single digits - quite a special time indeed, and one I hope returns to the City.
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[User Picture]From: ashkitty
2014-02-07 12:16 pm (UTC)
I watched the Super Bowl for the first time too, even though it didn't start here till 11.30pm. The game itself still bores me, but I was excited that Seattle won, and my FB feed was full of SEAHAWKS!!!!!!1! for about three straight days. ;) It seemed like a big party over there.
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[User Picture]From: melchar
2014-02-07 01:14 pm (UTC)
Okay - now THAT is reason enough to be glad that Seattle won. If that happened anywhere in California there would've been a body count. [sighs] Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: orv
2014-02-10 10:49 pm (UTC)
I feel "100 year old structure" deserves an asterisk, too; it was already demolished a few decades back by a truck hitting it, and rebuilt. (It's made of cast iron, or at least the original was, and as such it basically shattered.) For some reason that makes me feel less bad about it having been damaged this time.

Trivia: It was originally a streetcar stop.
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