A petition drive is under way to rename a two block stretch of Seattle’s Occidental Avenue “Seahawks Place" in honor of the Super Bowl champions.
The online petition reads, “We, the undersigned 12th man, call on the City of Seattle to rename a portion of, or ceremoniously add a name to Occidental Avenue between S. Royal Brougham and S. King Street. We the 12th man petition to rename or include the name ‘Seahawks Place or Ave’. We understand the history of the current name and intend no harm or insult to the city, its people or its heritage.”
As of Monday morning, over 650 people had signed the petition. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to pay for any costs associated with the name change, with a goal of $1,200.
A Facebook page has also been set up to promote the drive.
Renaming a street based on the success of a Seattle sports franchise would be nothing new. Edgar Martinez Drive can be found along the south side of Safeco Field, named after the great Seattle Mariners designated hitter. 1st Avenue S. in front of the stadium was renamed Dave Niehaus Way in honor of the late Mariners broadcaster.