The stadium replaced the Kingdome, which was demolished in 2000. The new arena was made possible by the passage of a $300 million public funding package by Washington state voters on July 17, 1997. The vote was narrow -- a 50.8 percent majority -- based on a promise by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to buy the football team, keep it in Seattle, and pledge $100 million of his own money toward construction of the new stadium.
On June 2nd, 2004, the Seahawks announced a new stadium sponsorship agreement with Qwest Communications International Inc., and the stadium was renamed Qwest Field. In 2011 it was renamed CenturyLink Field.