The smell of victory wafted over Capitol Hill Sunday night as the Seahawks brought home one of the few major sports championships Seattle has ever seen with a convincing victory over the favored Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Hundreds of revelers filled E Pike as they have on so man nights of celebration before. The sports jerseys and 12th Man flags, however, marked this happy riot as unique from past Pike/Pine celebrations. Police initially closed off E Pike between 12th and Broadway in the final moments of the game as crowds began filling the street and were joined by groups meandering in from across the Hill and Seattle University.
Occasional commercial-grade fireworks exploded above. Several Capitol Hill food and drink establishments jumped solidly on the bandwagon for the night with big screens drink specials.
The revelers were mostly polite — many waited at crossing signals before entering the fray. There were a few bottles thrown and a Christmas tree reportedly was lit on fire at one point but there were no immediate arrests or injuries as the crowd began to thin and groups broke off to wander toward downtown or toward home. UPDATE: The size of the crowd continued to ebb and flow in the area through the night and there were a handful of arrests including a reported assault on a police officer, according to SPD radio dispatches. Medics in the area treated a few victims in fights and assaults in the area.
The City of Seattle is planning an official parade to mark the victory downtown on Wednesday:
Super Bowl XLVIII Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. A welcome home Victory Celebration Parade is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5th. The parade will start on 4thAvenue south of Denny Way and will end at CenturyLink Field.
“What a great day for the Seahawks and a great day for Seattle,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who was in New Jersey attending the game. “This is the first NFL Championship for the team and a great achievement for the franchise. My congratulations go to the players, coaches and to the fans who all contributed to win this title. Now the city will prepare to celebrate in the way that only Seattle knows how.”
Fans are encouraged to come and celebrate our team– safely and responsibly. Our 12’s are the best fans in the country and care about the great Northwest. The City of Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks encourage every fan to act conscientiously after the game. Extra safety patrols will be out from Seattle Police Department. The country’s eyes are upon us, let’s honor our team’s great win and take care to not do anything that would detract from their outstanding achievement.
Residents are encouraged to carpool or take transit to the victory parade. Parking will be limited and traffic is likely to be slow. For more information about the events on Wednesday, please visit Seahawks.com, where further details will be available on Monday, February 3.
Super Bowl party scenes from earlier in the night including 95 Slide, Saint John’s, Sam’s Tavern, Vermillion, Poco below.