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On this date: First practice at VMAC

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 18:

2008: The team practices at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the first time. The complex on the shores of Lake Washington in Renton replaces the team’s second facility in Kirkland, where the team had been headquarters since its inaugural season in 1976.

And the first practice at VMAC is moved to the indoor practice facility because of rain, and the threat of a thunderstorm. “That’s the beauty of this place,” coach Mike Holmgen says after practice. “I don’t think we could have blown up the bubble that fast in Kirkland.” It is a reference to the bubble that used to cover one of the outdoor fields in Kirkland from late October through the end of the season, and needed three days to inflate. Offers wide receiver Nate Burleson, “In Kirkland, we would have been out there with thunderstorms grazing over our helmets.”


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