Chuck Arnold joined the Seahawks in 1993 as an intern in the public relations department during his senior year at Washington State University, where he was earning a bachelor’s degree in sports management. Now in his 26th season with the Hawks and roughly one year into his role as president, Arnold, 48, oversees business operations, from ticket sales and sponsorships to operations at the stadium, including concerts and other sporting events. CenturyLink Field is the third-busiest building in the NFL, with roughly 2.5 million people moving through it each year, so, Arnold said, there really is no off season for the staff. For those looking at Arnold with starry eyes and the hope to eventually be in his shoes, he has a little advice: “Start wherever you can get your foot in the door. Be brilliant at the basics. Say ‘yes’ to opportunity, and then you’ll see your path start to clear and start to grow.”
Just outside Arnold’s office is a stunning view of Lake Washington and one of the three full-size football fields located at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, where the team practices.
Pictured are two of the five retired Seahawks numbers. Jersey No. 96 was worn by Cortez Kennedy, who played for the Hawks for 11 years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Walter Jones wore jersey No. 71, played for 12 seasons, and also is in the Hall of Fame. Other retired jersey numbers are 12 (for the fans), 45 (Kenny Easley), and 80 (Steve Largent).
‘We Are the Champions’
Arnold has the three commemorative Super Bowl balls from the three games the Seahawks played in, in 2006, 2014, and 2015, and the confetti from the Seahawks’ winning game in Super Bowl XLVIII is actually in the shape of the Lombardi trophy.
A Victory Lap
For Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, Boeing celebrated the Seahawks’ win against the Broncos with a fully wrapped Boeing 747-8 that flew over downtown Seattle during the victory festivities. On the belly of the plane, “GO HAWKS!” was painted in thick, black letters for onlookers to see as it soared over the city. As a gift, Boeing gave the team a replica of the plane, which is housed in Arnold’s office.