Change of venue, change of volume

Near-sellouts filled stadiums for the Seahawks’ first three preseason games, two of which were at the notoriously loud Qwest Field and the third was at the bandbox-like Metrodome in Minneapolis.

It’s expected to be entirely different on Thursday night in Oakland.

For several reasons, the atmosphere at the Seahawks’ exhibition matchup at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum could be like night and day compared to the previous three preseason games. Why? Well, the fourth preseason game traditionally doesn’t draw as well as the first three games, a midweek matchup is tougher to attract fans to and the Raiders have struggled to sell out their home stadium anyway, to name a few. So it could be a near-empty house when the Seahawks and Raiders face off on Thursday night, an expectation Coach Pete Carroll is preparing his team for.

“There’s not going to be many seats filled except for the seagulls and some faithful few,” Carroll said half-jokingly to his players. “It’s going to be a different setting than we’re used to from these first few games. The energy will have to come from within us this time around.

“We’ve got to understand that so we can be right on Thursday night.”


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