Letter from Mercer Island residents to Seahawks draws comments

In the Aug. 8 issue of the Reporter, Larry and Esther Barsher wrote asking for a petition to quiet the noise from the Seahawks training facility, located in Renton, across Lake Washington from the southern end of Mercer Island.

The letter, which said the noise was too loud and bothered Island residents, drew many comments online, mostly saying they didn’t mind the noise.

Suzanne Lavender, the director of corporate communications for the Seahawks and Seattle Sounders, said the team has received calls about the volume of music coming from camp.

“We have received some calls from Mercer Island neighbors regarding the music volume that is played during Seahawks Training Camp,” Lavender wrote in a statement. “We appreciate their comments and understand their concern. We have taken steps to modify and limit the volume and have personally followed up with those concerned neighbors. We apologize for any inconvenience and plan to re-evaluate the way we use sound for next year’s camp.”

The team’s training camp began July 28 and ran through Aug. 15 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The new season began last week with the team’s first pre-season game on Aug. 11 against the Tennessee Titans, which the Hawks won 27-17.





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