The Atlanta Falcons surprised fans recently with a detailed account on their website about how they prepared for a 10-day trip to Washington state. The team had the option to split their time between staying in Denver and Seattle, but Spencer Treadwell, their director of logistics, ultimately chose Seattle with a two-night Denver stay. Treadwell stated that he chose Seattle because of the willingness of the University of Washington to host the team.
With more than 22,000 pounds of equipment and the team’s luggage to ship ahead of them, Treadwell and Brandon Ruth, the logistics manager, tackled a huge challenge of not only shipping everything across country but also making certain that the team would have a “seamless” experience. According to the blog, the Atlanta Falcons often take up at least 11 conference rooms and 140 bedrooms whenever they travel away from home. Treadwell, Ruth and Dan Quinn, the head coach, pull off long-distance trips like this one by doing everything possible to maintain the routines that the team experiences at home when away. They believe that these efforts bring the team closer together and help create a greater connection between teammates.
Whether these efforts help the Falcons to win remains to be seen. The Atlanta Falcons hope for a fifth consecutive win when they face off against the Seattle Seahawks at the CenturyLink Field on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Fans of either team can watch the game on Fox station channels in their local areas at 4:25 p.m.