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For those looking for a big screen on which to watch Saturday’s Seahawks playoff game, look no further than the downtown Central Library.

The library, at 1000 Fourth Ave., will broadcast the game for free on its 15-foot-wide projection screen in the Microsoft Auditorium. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the library will be open for the duration of the game.

The auditorium has 275 seats, but also has 100 more places for overflow visitors. Paid parking in the library garage is available.

Andra Addison, spokeswoman for the Seattle Public Library, said they “thought it would be great” to provide another option to watch the game for those who don’t have a television, want to stay clear of bars or desire a “family-oriented” environment.

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Addison said library staff are already getting questions about the event.

“So usually when we start getting inquiries about programs via phone or at one of our service desks, we know that we’ll probably have a pretty good crowd,” she said.

Along with the screening, the library will provide limited supplies of football-shaped cookies, Seahawks buttons and 12th Man placards.

Addison said the auditorium’s proximity to the library’s children’s area can be a bonus for some fans.

“So if people want to take their kids and spend some time reading and then kind of check the score in the game and go back, they’ll be able to both enjoy the library and its resources and poke their head in and see what the score is as well,” she said.

Safiya Merchant: or 206-464-2299

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