Virginia Mason Athletic Center
|Location||12 Seahawks Way |
Renton, Washington, U.S.
|Owner||Vulcan Real Estate|
|Construction cost||$60 million|
The Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) is the headquarters and practice facility of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, in Renton, Washington, a suburb southeast of Seattle. A privately funded facility, it is situated on 19 acres (77,000 m2) of industrial property on the southeastern shore of Lake Washington. The team holds mini-camps and training camp here. Beginning the 2009 season, the Seahawks opened their training camp to the public.
The site is bounded by Interstate 405 to the east, Lake Washington to the west, residential properties to the north and open land area to the south. Its southern boundary is located approximately quarter-mile (400 m) north of NE 44th Street.
The site was formerly home to a coal tar refinery and creosote plant. Seahawks owner Paul Allen purchased the land in 2000 through his company Vulcan Real Estate, with approval from the City of Renton and the state Department of Ecology. Along with the construction of the facility, an agreement was created to restore the environmental climate of the site and its wetlands by improving and redeveloping the site.
During the Seahawks' first ten seasons (1976–85), the team's headquarters was located in Kirkland at the southern end of the Lake Washington Shipyard (now Carillon Point), on the shores of Lake Washington. The summer training camps were held across the state at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, southwest of Spokane.
When the team's new headquarters in Kirkland was completed in 1986, the Seahawks held training camp there for the next eleven seasons. While there, the players stayed in the dormitories of the adjacent Northwest College. In 1997, the team returned training camp to Cheney through 2006. It returned to Kirkland in 2007 because of the scheduled China Bowl game that was later canceled. On May 9, 2006, the Seahawks announced plans for a state-of-the-art training facility to be located along Lake Washington. The 200,000-square-foot (18,600 m2) waterfront facility, second-largest in the NFL, would be located within the northern city limits of Renton and opened in the summer of 2008.
Naming & partnership
Following plans for the new headquarters, the Seahawks announced an expanded partnership with Virginia Mason Medical Center.
The VMAC features four practice fields, three outdoors and one indoors. The outdoor fields are natural grass whereas the indoor field is FieldTurf. The indoor field has a clear height of 95 feet (29 m) to allow both kicking and punting. The facility also features a large berm just beside the outdoor fields for Seahawks fans to watch training camp from.
The first floor of the building, approximately 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2), holds an auditorium and the team area: locker room, lounge, training room, weight room, team meeting rooms, and media production studios. The second floor, approximately 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2) houses the Seahawks football administration of coaching and football personnel offices, the draft room, cafeteria, and weight room mezzanine. The third floor holds Seahawks administrative offices.
The on-site parking lot holds 275 vehicles. A dock was constructed in order to accommodate boats of the team personnel, along with seaplanes that fly free agents directly to the facility.
|Site size||19 acres (77,000 m2)||10 acres (40,000 m2)|
|Total space||220,000 sq ft (20,000 m2)||41,000 sq ft (3,800 m2)|
|Locker room||5,700 sq ft (530 m2)||1,140 sq ft (106 m2)|
|Weight room||6,000 sq ft (560 m2)||2,430 sq ft (226 m2)|
|Training room||4,300 sq ft (400 m2)||1,836 sq ft (170.6 m2)|
|Player lounge||1,350 sq ft (125 m2)||None|
|Dining room||2,200 sq ft (200 m2)||924 sq ft (85.8 m2)|
|Kitchen||1,800 sq ft (170 m2)||221 sq ft (20.5 m2)|
- Stein, Alan J. (February 28, 2018). "Lake Washington Shipyards (Kirkland)". History Link. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
- Phelps, Matt (May 9, 2011). "Old Seahawks' facility renamed for former Kirkland Mayor Randall K. Barton". Kirkland Reporter. (Washington). Retrieved December 24, 2017.