Those living in Seattle are still morning the loss of losing the Seattle Sonics basketball team back in 2008. Fortunately, while the city is still strategizing on how to create a new basketball team (and where they would play for that matter) we still have a number of other sports teams to root for. Here are some bried descriptions of who they are and where they play.
Seattle Seahawks Home games played at CenturyLink Field 800 Occidental Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98134
The Seahawks joined the NFL back in 1976 when the team used at the play the King Dome. The Hawks are the only NFL franchise based in the Pacific Northwest which helps to explain why they are hugely popular with the “12th Man” fans. The Seahawks have won 10 division titles and three conference championships, they are the only team to have played in both the AFC and NFC Championship Games and have appeared in three Super Bowls. The fans have set the record twice for “loudest crowd noise at a sporting event” by Guinness World Records. Today, the team plays at CenturyLink Field which opened in 2002 and in the same spot as the former King Dome. It features 68,000 seats, a roof that covers about 70 percent of the seats. Interesting to note: the newer facility features 63 restrooms (twice as many of the old King Dome), over 800 TVs, 50 concession/beer stands and a 6,500-space parking lot.
Seattle Mariners Home games play at Safeco Field 1516 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98134
The Seattle Mariners were formed in 1976. The name was chosen from over 600 names submitted in a team-naming competition. The team won their first division championship against the New York Yankees in 1991. For years the team played in the King Dome along with Seattle Seahawks, but the Mariners received their own stadium in 1999. Safeco Field is beautiful improvement over the King Dome that features a retractable roof (which serves more like a giant umbrella), 47,943 seats, an extensive food selection including items not usually found in ballparks (like sushi, burritos, pad Thai, crepes and even seasoned crickets!), some beautiful artwork on display, the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest, Mariners Hall of Fall, the Children’s Hospital Playfield and more.
Seattle Sounders FC Home games play at CenturyLink Field 800 Occidental Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98134
The Seattle Sounders have roots from back in 1974 as part of the North American Soccer League. The team played until 1983. The team was revived in 1994 to become the American Professional Soccer League (APSL) Sounders. In 2009, the Sounders officially became a professional soccer team who also play at CenturyLink Field. They have become champions of the US Open Cup in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Seattle Storm Home games play at KeyArena 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA
Founded in 2000, the Seattle Storm is a professional women’s basketball team playing in the Western Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association. It was the sister team to the Seattle Sonics until 2008, when the Sonics was sold to an independent ownership group in Seattle who latter shipped the team off to Oklahoma City. The Seattle Storm makes liberal use of the area’s weather in the team mascot which is called Doppler. The games are family friendly and even have their own all-kid dance squad. Their home games are played in The KeyArena which was originally known as the SeattleCenter Coliseum and was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Today, the venue is able to hold 17,072 basketball fans.
Seattle Thunderbirds Home games play at the ShoWare Center 625 W James St. Kent, WA 98032
Seattle Thunderbirds was created in 1971 as the Vancouver Nats which became the Kamloops Chiefs in 1973 which moved to Seattle and became the Seattle Breakers in 1977 and finally became the team they are today, the Seattle Thunderbirds 1995. The 2015-2016 season was the team’s best year yet as they won the US Division. After years of playing at the KeyArena, the team moved to ShoWare Center in Kent. The ShoWare Center has a seat capacity of 6,500 for hockey games.
Author:Ky DeWald Phone: 206-409-3570 Dated: November 7th 2017 Views: 438 About Ky: With a decade of experience, Ky’s background in mortgage, finance, project management, negotiation...
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