It’s time to update your nicknames for the home stadium for the Seattle Sounders and Seahawks as the naming rights sponsor has rebranded. Bob Condotta, the long-time Seattle Times football reporter, broke the news this morning that CenturyLink Field will be renamed Lumen Field starting Thursday night, when the Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL regular season.
The rename is birthed out of a larger rebrand that CenturyLink has gone under since September, when they changed their name to Lumen Technologies. The Seahawks made an announcement soon after the Times broke the story to make the change official, and I suspect that means the Sounders will make a similar statement.
According to Condotta’s reporting, the name change needs to be submitted to the Washington State Public Stadium Authority, the Washington state public corporation that owns the stadium, in order for it to become official.
This is the second time the stadium name has changed since the Sounders have been in Major League Soccer. The stadium was named Qwest Field up until 2011, when CenturyLink acquired Qwest Communications. Before that, it was just named Seahawks Stadium from 2002 to 2004.