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Renton Proclaims Seahawks Spirit Day

July 20, 2010

For more information contact:

Suzanne Dale Estey, Economic Development Director 425-430-6591
Alex Pietsch, Administrator, Department of Community & Economic Development 425-430-6592
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Flags and Banners Welcome Seahawks Fans for second annual Bing Training Camp

RENTON – The city is going all out to welcome the second annual Seahawks Training Camp to Renton. The City of Renton is proclaiming Friday, July 30, to be Seahawks Spirit Day and the “12” flag will fly high above Renton City Hall and several other public facilities. Over 20,000 fans are expected to attend the Bing Training Camp that begins on July 31 in Renton.

icon_Seahawks_Cheer-2010Throughout the city “Renton Welcomes Seahawks Fans” banners will proudly tout their fan spirit, and local businesses, organizations and fans will display “Go Seahawks - Training Camp 2010” cheer cards. Fans can download cheer cards from the city’s website at rentonwa.gov.  The Renton Reporter will also distribute over 31,000 cheer cards in their July 30 edition. Everyone is being asked to wear blue and green colors and put on their “12” buttons on Friday, July 30, to show their support. Businesses are also encouraged to use their own reader boards to celebrate Seahawks Training Camp 2010 in Renton.

“This is a really exciting time to be in Renton and I encourage fans to spread the Seahawks Spirit throughout the city,” said Renton Mayor Denis Law. “While here enjoying training camp, we hope Seahawks fans will enjoy all that Renton has to offer–great shopping, wonderful restaurants, parks and recreation activities.”

The second annual training camp at the spectacular Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC), the Seattle Seahawks’ headquarters and training facility in Renton, starts on July 31 and includes fifteen practices through August 16. The Landing in Renton will serve as the parking and transportation center. Fans interested in attending training camp should visit seahawks.com.

The Renton Community Marketing Campaign is taking advantage of the opportunity of the large volume of visitors coming to Renton by promoting opportunities to shop, dine, stay and play in Renton.  The Seahawks’ website, www.seahawks.com, features information for visitors coming to Renton.  Every visitor to training camp will receive a “Shop Renton, Buy Ahead of the Curve” discount card called the “CurveCard,” which can be used at over 200 participating businesses for special offers and discounts.

"Bing Training Camp provides a great stimulus for our local economy since fans and visitors patronize local restaurants, retailers and hotels,” said Bill Taylor, President & CEO, Renton Chamber of Commerce.

“We are excited to host Seahawks fans for the second year in a row at VMAC,” said Seahawks Vice President of Community Outreach Mike Flood.  “This is a unique opportunity for fans to see the players and coaches up close, enjoy our amazing facility and soak in the great hospitality that Renton has to offer.”

About the Renton Community Marketing Campaign

The Renton Community Marketing Campaign partners include the City of Renton, Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton School District, Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center and Renton Visitors Connection. The partnership has been recognized nationally for its “Ahead of the Curve” brand.

About The Landing

The Landing (www.thelandinginrenton.com) is a 46-acre mixed-use development located in Renton that sits at the south end of Lake Washington, conveniently located just off Interstate 405. The $300 million project offers a unique combination of housing, restaurants, entertainment options, national retail chains and regional boutiques, creating an urban village with a variety of desirable options for area residents. The project includes 880 residential units and more than 607,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space. The Landing is a joint venture between Harvest Partners, a Dallas-based commercial real estate development firm, and Transwestern Investment Company, LLC, a Chicago-based principal investment company.