Preparing for a season of travel

The scouting process for the 2010 season continues on at Seahawks headquarters, and team travel coordinator Jeremy Young is taking it to a new level this month.

All throughout May, Young is making trips around the country to scout out hotels and travel arrangements for most of the Seahawks’ 10 road games — eight in the regular season and two in the preseason — this fall. Young was in the Bay Area last week to check out hotels for the team’s three trips there this season, including one to play Oakland in the preseason and then one each against San Francisco and the Raiders during the season.

Then on Wednesday, Young will depart for New Orleans to do homework on lodging arrangements surrounding the Seahawks’ Nov. 21 game at the Saints. And next week, he’s planning to travel to Chicago to determine which hotel to stay at for the team’s Oct. 17 matchup at the Bears.

Young won’t make trips to Arizona and St. Louis because the Seahawks play in those cities every year and have a familiarity with those hotels. Also, Young said he will not visit Denver, Tampa or Minneapolis for those three road games because of recent prior knowledge of the hotels in those cities (the Seahawks last played the Broncos in 2006, the Buccaneers in 2008 and the Vikings in 2009)

During the trips, Young meets with the hotel staffers to figure out meeting space, catering arrangements and security logistics, as well as driving times from the airport and to the stadium.


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