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Kickin' it at Seattle's Classic: KeyArena

Apr 27, 2018

In the heart of Seattle at the Seattle Center, KeyArena got its debut in 1962 as the Washington State Pavillion for the Century 21 Exposition and Seattle World’s Fair.  In 1967 the Pavilion was remodelled and became home of the Seattle SuperSonics and was renamed Washington State Coliseum.  The Coliseum was home to many classic concerts including The Beatles, Elvis Presley and the 1974 All-Star Game.  In 1994 a total rebuild began, introducing 21st century state-of-the-art amenities.  The new design maintained much of the original building’s construction including the hyperbolic roofline, existing steel trusses, wood, steel and concrete from the original demolition as well as the original acoustical panels.

In 1995 Seattle sold the naming rites to KeyCorp, who renamed the Coliseum KeyArena.  The facility accommodates up to 16,000 guests for sporting events with an additional flexible layouts possible.

This May and June, the KeyArena lineup of performances does not disappoint.  Here’s what you can look forward to:

Be Inspired

One of the most inspiring gatherings to take place in Seattle all year, WE Day (held May 3) is described as the “Olympics for change-makers” and “The Academy Awards for real people who are making a difference.”  This incredible life-changing event includes world-renowned speakers and performers sure to motivate and enlighten.  Get details here.

Let’s Rock

KeyArena is ROCKING through May and June with performances to suit every musical taste- from old-school to show-stopping.  Upcoming performances include Pink, the Paul Simon Farewell Tour, Steeley Dan & The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band and James Taylor and Andrea Bocelli.   See the line-up here.

Get Physical

Up for something a little more competitive?  You don’t want to miss our beloved Seattle Storm.  It’s “nothin’ but net” for this incredibly talented team of WNBA women who are fierce, athletic, and undeniably entertaining.  Get the spring line-up here.

Chill Out

Stars on Ice returns this spring with many of ice-skatings most talented performers from the 2018 Winter Olympics and the best of the upcoming Figure Skating team who will compete in Pyeongcang, South Korea.  Be wowed by Nathan Chen, Ashley Wagner, Mala & Alex Shibutani, Karen Chen, Jason Brown and Meryl Davis & Charlie White.  See details here.

Keys to “the Key”:

  • Need to get downtown?  The Seattle Monorail can zip you downtown in two minutes.
  • KeyArena is located at 305 Harrison Street.  For direction and parking information click here.
  • Tickets can be purchased online and at KeyArena West Box Office on the West Plaza along 1st Avenue North.
  • Other transportation options including ferry, bike paths and metro bus are available.  Get details here.
  • Bring your appetite! Plenty of food and drink options are available inside the arena including burgers, chicken tenders, global street fare and beer, wine and cocktails.
  • More questions?  Check out the A to Z guide to KeyArena here.



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