KeyArena at Seattle Center Welcomes 17th Million Visitor
KeyArena reached a significant milestone this past week as it entertained its 17th million visitor during the 3 p.m. performance of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “The Lost Christmas Eve” on Nov. 24. Since Oct. 1, KeyArena has hosted 15 events marking one of the busiest fall seasons in the building’s history. By the end of this year, KeyArena will have played host to 100 events.
The 17 million number includes all visitors to KeyArena starting on Oct. 26, 1995, when Jose Carreras reopened the newly renovated arena with 11,348 fans in attendance. Now home to the WNBA Seattle Storm, Seattle University Men’s Basketball, and the Rat City Rollergirls, KeyArena also hosts other sporting, entertainment, family and music performances that contribute to the vibrancy of Seattle’s cultural and entertainment sectors.
“We are excited to have achieved the benchmark of entertaining over 17 million visitors in KeyArena. It is a true testament to our staff and partners that so many happy customers have walked through our doors,” said Seattle Center Director, Robert Nellams.
KeyArena Upcoming Events:
• Seattle University Men’s Basketball – dates through February 2013
• 107.7 The End’s Deck The Hall Ball – Dec. 4
• UFC: Henderson vs. Diaz – Dec. 8
• State Farm Battle in Seattle – Dec. 15
• Cougar Hardwood Classic – Dec. 21
• Rat City Rollergirls 2013 Bouts – dates January through August 2013
• Harlem Globetrotters – Feb. 18
• Pac – 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament – March 7 – 10
• Maroon 5 – March 11
• André Rieu – March 19
• WeDay – March 27
• Rihanna – April 3
• One Direction – July 28
• NCAA Women's DI Volleyball Championships – Dec. 19 and 21, 2013
• Pac 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament - March 2014 and 2015
• NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships Preliminary Rounds – March 20 and 22, 2015
KeyArena, a facility owned by the City of Seattle and managed by Seattle Center, plays an important role in supporting public programming and operations on the 74-acre Center campus. It is a vital economic driver for the Queen Anne, Uptown and Downtown neighborhoods and an iconic structure built originally for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. For more information on KeyArena, visit www.keyarena.com.
About KeyArena at Seattle Center
Opened in 1995, KeyArena at Seattle Center is Seattle’s premier large event venue for sports, concerts and family entertainment. The facility has entertained over 16 million guests and is home to 2010 WNBA champions Seattle Storm, Division I Seattle University Men’s Basketball and flat track Rat City Rollergirls. The venue, ranked among the top 100 venues in the world, provides a broad range of live music, entertainment, family shows and community programming for the City of Seattle.
About AEG Facilities
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEG entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Development to support the success of AEG venues across the globe.
About Seattle Center
Since its beginning 50 years ago, Seattle Center has served as an arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events and experiences that delight and inspire the human spirit and build a stronger community. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.