City to unveil refurbished Seahawks sign at fan rally on Friday

The refurbished sign now sits in front of City Hall. - Courtesy image
The refurbished sign now sits in front of City Hall.
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The City of Renton will unveil a refurbished sign proclaiming Renton the “Home of the Seahawks” during a fan rally today, Friday, at City Hall.

Originally constructed in 2008 as a gateway monument near the Seahawks headquarters at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in the north end of the city, the sign was damaged by a pair of car accidents and was ultimately replaced with a new sign near the VMAC.

The original sign was removed from its location near the Seahawks headquarters to the city’s public works shops to be disassembled and scrapped. But at that time, Mayor Denis Law asked the public works staff whether there was any chance of salvaging and repairing the sign without incurring major expenses.

City communications director Preeti Shridhar this week said the mayor told staff  “make it happen, but don’t spend any money on it.”

According to a press release from the city, staff viewed the project as an opportunity to not only show their skill but also to demonstrate their pride for the Seahawks. They researched and devised a way to repair and refurbish it and were able to restore it to its original appearance.

According to Shridhar, the sign’s base had been severely damaged by the accidents and some of the letters needed to be replaced. Staff also added a fresh coat of paint.

The newly refurbished sign has now been installed in a high-profile location in front of City Hall to proudly celebrate the team’s victories and the city’s partnership with the Seahawks.

“We are proud to be the home of the Seahawks and are particularly excited with the team’s accomplishments this past year,” Law said in a press release. “Come celebrate with us at the Seahawks fan rally at Renton City Hall on Jan. 10, and join us as we unveil this important monument that marks our great partnership.”

The fan rally is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. today, Friday, at City Hall. The “12” flag is flying high above Renton City Hall and everyone is being asked to wear blue, their best Seahawks spirit costume, and their “12” buttons to show their support.

Free hot dogs, free Seahawks cheer cards, prizes for the best Seahawks Spirit costume, and more will be available at the rally. Members of the Sea Gals and mascot Blitz are also expected to attend. Parking will be available in the Sam’s Club lot.

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