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Emerald City turns Seahawks Blue downtown, just ask the goldfish ‘Richard Sherfin’

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SEATTLE — In the lobby of the Hotel Vintage is “Richard Sher-FIN.” The goldfish greets guests and sits right next to the Beast Mode Skittles bar, which includes the 12th Blend wine.

“The people here, the way they rally around this team is unlike anything,” said guest Paul Bohbot.

The hotel and others around downtown are preparing for the NFC Championship Game Sunday. Tourism experts expect thousands of visitors in downtown for the Seahawks-Packers playoff game.

“We are almost full sold-out Saturday night and Sunday night as well,” said Tom Waithe with Kimpton Hotels.

Typically, January is a slow month for the hotel industry downtown, according to Waithe.

The tourism organization Visit Seattle anticipates over 90% of hotel rooms will be booked this weekend for the game. Downtown businesses are being encouraged to fly Seahawks flags and signs welcoming visitors to the city.

"The playoffs give us a captive audience that is millions and millions of people who are going to see images of downtown Seattle," said James Sido with the Downtown Seattle Association.

Many fans travel from Portland, Spokane, and Canada, according to Kimpton Hotels.

The first wave of football fans are expected to arrive Friday.

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