VASHON’s 12th man cheers hawks to big win

It was a lively scene at the theater on Sunday.  - Natalie Martin/Staff Photo
It was a lively scene at the theater on Sunday.
— image credit: Natalie Martin/Staff Photo

More than 300 Vashon football fans celebrated the Super Bowl in true island style on Sunday — by packing into the Vashon Theatre. For three hours, the movie house roared with the sounds of the big game and the cheers of Hawks fans of all ages as the Seattle team routed the Denver Broncos for their first-ever Super Bowl win.

“Everybody had a great time,” said Mike England, who with Aaron Hendon organized the party, complete with tailgating, beer and a potluck. “It helped that the team dominated and won.”

England, a mortgage consultant, and Hendon, a real estate agent with Keller Williams, recently began teaching a home buying class together on Vashon and discovered their shared love for the Seahawks. When the Hawks won the NFC Championship, they decided to rent out the Vashon Theatre for the Super Bowl, spreading the word over social media and offering free tickets online. The event sold out and even had a wait list.

“I must have had 100 people say thank you while it was going on,” England said.

England noted that the updated projection system and sound equipment at the theater made it an especially good venue to catch the big game.

“We told them we’ll do it next year,” he said, “when the Seahawks are back for the Super Bowl.”

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