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Remarkable Sports Venues in Washington
Celebrated sports venues in Washington state include CenturyLink Field, Safeco Field and KeyArena in Seattle, while smaller stadiums like Hoquiam Olympic Stadium and Spokane Arena gather crowds together for fierce competitions in other pockets of the state.
Home to Washington’s NFL football team the Seattle Seahawks and Major League Soccer men’s team the Seattle Sounders, Century Field is credited with being the largest non-collegiate sports venue in Washington. With seating for 69,000 the U-shaped stadium with its opening to the north showcases fantastic views of the Seattle skyline. The crowd at Century Field has gotten so loud that they twice held the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd at an outdoor stadium.
Fans at Safeco Field have also made their mark in establishing stadium traditions for the Seattle Mariners. For example, the best costume in the King’s Court (a segment of fans cheering for the ‘king’ pitcher) gets a ceremonial turkey leg during the game. The stadium’s retractable roof also means that you won’t get wet while you cheer.
Visit a piece of history at Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam, Washington. This all wood stadium opened in 1938 and features a shaded grand stand with a shingled exterior. For hockey Spokane Arena in the eastern part of the state is equipped with 12,000 seats and state-of-the-art LED screens.
Opened in summer of 2002, CenturyLink Field is a multi-purpose stadium set in the Seattle metropolitan area. Home to NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and MLS’s Seattle Sounders FC, the stadium seats 67,000 spectators in downtown Seattle.
Formerly Qwest Field, CenturyLink Field is owned by the Washington State Public Stadium Authority, and operated by First & Goal Inc. CenturyLink Field features tours of the stadium – daily during the summer and Fridays and Saturdays during fall, winter, and spring.
Regional Athletic Complex
As you embark on your next trip into the Puget Sound region of Washington, be sure to visit Lacey and check out the Regional Athletic Complex. Check out the Regional Athletic Complex just south of I-5, near Marvin Road and Steilacoom Road.
You'll find a wealth of things to do at the Regional Athletic Complex – soccer, baseball, softball, and rugby fields, basketball courts, a children's play area – just to start. There are four designated picnic areas at the regional athletic complex, ideal for your family outing or birthday party.
There are concession stands at the Regional Athletic Complex, a great way to nibble after a rousing game of hoops or soccer. Due to the typically wet weather of the region, the surfaces at the RAC are all top of the line – the drainage is so good, you'll be able to keep playing.
Opened in 1999, Safeco Field is home to MLB’s Seattle Mariners, Washington – and other events – within the Seattle metropolitan area. A 47,860-seat, retractable roof ballpark, Safeco is located in downtown Seattle’s SoDo district.
Aside from baseball, Safeco Field also features the Mariners Hall of Fame, a bronze likeness of broadcaster Dave Niehaus, and the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest. Mariner fans are encouraged to take advantage of Safeco Field tours, and the onsite Mariners Team Store.
With a seating capacity for approximately 6,500 people, ShoWare Center serves the sports fans of Kent, in the Puget Sound region of Washington. The multi-purpose facility, previously called the Kent Events Center, is home to the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds and the Rat City Rollergirls – part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
Owned by the City of Kent and operated by SMG, the arena holds between 110 and 117 events annually. Its ample seating and full-size facilities make it a go-to venue for well-known touring performances such as Disney On Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.
On your next visit to Spokane in eastern Washington, be sure to check out the Spokane Arena. Home to the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, and the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League, the Spokane Arena opened in 1995. You'll find the Spokane Arena in downtown Spokane, adjacent to Riverfront Park.
Not only is the Spokane Arena home to the Chiefs and the Shock, it has hosted a number of professional wrestling events, and U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The Spokane Arena is also the secondary home to basketball programs at Washington State University and Gonzaga University. The Spokane Arena can seat more than 12,600 fans.
Opened in the spring of 1983, the Tacoma Dome is an iconic, multi-purpose arena set in Tacoma – just east of the Washington coast and south of the Seattle metropolitan area. Holding up to 23,000 spectators, wood-domed structure is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Both owned and operated by the City of Tacoma’s Public Assembly Facilities Department, the Tacoma Dome is currently the “Preferred Concert Venue of the Pacific Northwest.”
A 7,715-seat facility, the Toyota Center, located in Kennewick, hosts a variety of events in the Tri-Cities area of eastern Washington. Not only have fans seen their favorite musical groups play in the Toyota Center, but they have also cheered on the Tri-City Americans hockey team.
The Tri-Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League also plays their home games at this multi-purpose center. Many visitors attend trade shows, conventions, receptions, banquets, sporting events, meetings, and family events in this fabulous center. On average, the center hosts more than 150 events each year.
Opened in 2003, the Xfinity Arena is a multi-purpose venue which can seat nearly 10,000 people. You'll find the Xfinity Arena in downtown Everett, west of I-5 on Wall Street and Broadway. Throughout the year, the Xfinity Arena hosts a myriad of events. It's the home of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Enjoy the Puget Sound region.
In 2008, the Xfinity Arena hosted the 2008 Skate America three-day ice skating championship tournament. It has also hosted Sesame Street Live, the Ringling Brother Circus – a family favorite – and the National Lacrosse League matches. The Xfinity Arena is also home to the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center.