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Packed like sardines: WSF gives detailed numbers for Bainbridge's Seahawks fan-filled ferries
Nearly 12,000 walk-on passengers crowded aboard the Bainbridge ferry to Seattle on the morning of the victory parade and celebration for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, according to Washington State Ferries.
WSF earlier reported that Colman Dock in Seattle saw an unprecedented number ferry travelers on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Ferry officials said earlier that nearly 40,000 customers went through Colman Dock in Seattle to join in the Seahawk festivities.
The Seahawk celebration numbers easily dwarfed other busy days for the ferry system last year:
• Mother’s Day, May 12: 15,579
• Independence Day, July 4: 14,365
• Average Wednesday for the middle of summer, July 17: 15,774
• Friday before Labor Day, Aug. 30: 16,021
• Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 27: 15,923
A breakdown of the walk-aboard statistics from the day of the Seahawk victory festivities on Feb. 5 shows that much of the massive influx came from Bainbridge Island.
Ferry officials said a total of 11,993 foot passengers departed Bainbridge for Colman Dock (eastbound), and 14,294 departed Colman (westbound) for Bainbridge on the day of the Seahawk celebration.