Climate Pledge Arena opening extravaganza


Climate Pledge Arena opening week Image: Climate Pledge Arena

The Climate Pledge Arena and the National Hockey League (NHL) team Seattle Kraken announced on October 8th details of the highly anticipated Opening Week to celebrate Seattle’s brand-new arena at Seattle Center (US).

The ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ stated that home of the 32nd NHL team Seattle Kraken, and the four-times Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team champion Seattle Storm, the 18,000-seat privately-financed sports and entertainment arena will open its doors in just 11 days time.

The 17,459-capacity Climate Pledge Arena is a multipurpose arena in Seattle, Washington (US). It is located North of downtown Seattle in the 74-acre entertainment complex known as the Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World’s Fair. It is all set to open its gates on October 22nd.

The Seattle Kraken is a professional ice hockey team based in Seattle, US. The Kraken competes in the NHL as a member of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and will begin playing during the league’s 2021-2022 seasons. They will play their home games at the sleek Climate Pledge Arena.

The Seattle Storm is an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington (US). The Storm competes in the Women’s National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference.

The 2021-2022 NHL seasons will be the 105th season of operation (104th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The league expanded to 32 teams with the addition of the Seattle Kraken. The league plans to return to its normal October-to-April scheduling and a full 82-game regular season, with October 12th, 2021 scheduled for opening night.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 32 teams -25 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

The Climate Pledge Arena project broke ground in December 2018 and has undergone an unparalleled transformation to create a brand-new arena under the historic roof. Opening Week activities celebrate the work of the thousands of construction, trade and craft workers who have worked on the project and honor its community partners and neighbors.

The ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ further stated that the Opening Week also celebrates the vitality of Seattle Center as it approaches the 60th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair, in April 2022, the legacy of an arts and cultural hub and public gathering place that fair founders envisioned. New initiatives, like Climate Pledge Arena, spur continued care and investment that will sustain Seattle Center long into the future.

The Climate Pledge Arena’s Grand Opening Week will include several large-scale and high-profile events including:

  • Tidy Uptown Neighborhood Cleanup on October 17th. The Climate Pledge Arena joins the Tidy Uptown, Uptown Alliance and the Uptown Arts District for a neighborhood cleanup including trash pickup and graffiti cleanup. Volunteers are invited to meet at the Counterbalance Park in Seattle;
  • Climate Pledge Arena Ribbon Cutting will take place on October 22nd in South Plaza at the Climate Pledge Arena in front of the Alaska Airlines Atrium. The leadership from Climate Pledge Arena, Oak View Group (OVG), Seattle Center, Seattle Kraken, Amazon, and Mortenson, and invited guests will speak and celebrate this momentous occasion;
  • The Grand Opening – the British rock band Coldplay will perform on October 22nd. Seven-time Grammy Award winning Coldplay will perform a unique show presented by Amazon Music. It will stream live on Amazon at 7 pm. Tickets are sold out with very limited VIP packages available;
  • Seattle Kraken vs. Vancouver Canucks – The Seattle Kraken will take on their peer team Vancouver Canucks on October 23rd, 2021 at 7 pm. It’s here! The inaugural home game for the 32nd NHL expansion team.
  • Climate Pledge Arena Community Day;
  • Harvest Market, brought to you by The Climate Pledge on October 24th, 2021 from 10 am to 3 pm. Full Harvest Market with over 20 purveyors of local food and beverages all located at the Seattle Center;
  • Curated by the Seattle Farmers Market Association;
  • Community Stage presented by KEXP at Fisher Green with live local band performances on October 24th from 10 am to 3 pm. It will be hosted by KEXP DJ Personalities Eva and Kennady:
    • Terror/Cactus (digital folklore including Argentine folk, Peruvian chichi and Colombian cumbia) – 11 am;
    • Chong the Nomad (musical artiste) – 12 pm;
    • Shaina Shepherd (musical artiste) – 1 pm; and
    • Hollis (music group) – 2:10 pm.
  • Open to all ages and free admission;
  • Climate Pledge Arena Community Open House on October 24th, 2021 from 10 am to 3 pm. It is free and open to the public. Come experience Climate Pledge Arena, your new home for hockey, basketball, music, family events, and so much more. Preview the concourses and bowl;
  • In accordance with Washington State, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 to enter the Climate Pledge Arena; and
  • RSVP for free tickets at


Climate Pledge Arena

The Climate Pledge Arena, located at Seattle Center, is a complete redevelopment of an historic landmark, originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. It will be an industry first, including being the first net zero certified arena in the world. Home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, it will also host the world’s biggest performers of live music and events.

Climate Pledge Arena will serve as a long-lasting and regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. The Climate Pledge, which was founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, is a commitment from companies globally to be net zero carbon by 2040.

Seattle Center

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports, and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to the Climate Pledge Arena, the first certified zero carbon arena in the world, the purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.

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