A BRAND NEW ARENA
UNDER A HISTORIC ROOF
This transformational project is the most significant private investment in Pacific Northwest sports and entertainment history. In partnership, Oak View Group and the City of Seattle set out to reimagine and redevelop an arena constructed under an historic landmarked roof originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
Take a look at the most beautiful and sustainable arena in the world.
Feb. 3, 2021
The Weeknd – First Concert Announcement for Climate Pledge Arena
Ahead of his Super Bowl half time appearance, The Weeknd release dates for his upcoming world tour including a date at Climate Pledge Arena. This was the first concert announcement for the new arena.
Jan. 29, 2021
Climate Pledge Arena Topps Out
The final interior steel beam was placed by steel workers to mark one of the biggest moments of construction to-date.
Dec. 4 – 9, 2020
Climate Pledge Crown ID Installed
The faux neon sign was lifted, secured and illuminated to mark the full transition of the building to its new name. It was the final exterior transition completed until fans are able to see inside the new facility and glass atrium.
July 23, 2020
The Seattle Kraken Brand Announced
The NHL’s 32 Franchise team name is announced as the Seattle Kraken
July 8, 2020
Crown ID Removed from Climate Pledge Arena
The final visual reminder of the previous arena was removed as progress continued under the roof.
June 25, 2020
Climate Pledge Arena Announced
In partnership with Amazon, OVG and the Seattle Kraken naming rights to future home of the Seattle Kraken are announced as Climate Pledge Arena. Building expected to be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world
Feb. 25, 2020
Transit Incentives and Monorail Partnership Announced
Free transit to all Seattle Kraken games and an investment stake in the Monorail is announced as a key strategy to ensure transit access to and from the arena for all fans.
Dec. 5, 2018
Groundbreaking Event Held at New Arena at Seattle Center
State, regional and local leaders joined Oak View Group and NHL Seattle leadership to officially break ground on the New Arena at Seattle Center project and celebrate the arrival of the 32nd NHL franchise to the City.
Dec. 4, 2018
NHL Board of Governors Awards Seattle the 32nd Franchise in Sea Island, Georgia
Sept. 5, 2018
Local Ownership Group Announced at the Space Needle
Feb. 27, 2018
NHL Seattle Ticket Drive
32,000+ fans put their name down in record time to become deposit holders for the franchise.
Dec, 4, 2017
Memorandum of Understanding Approved by City Council
June 7, 2017
Memorandum of Understanding Signed
The City and Oak View Group sign a historic deal to begin transforming the arena and Seattle Center.
April 12, 2017
Proposals Due to City of Seattle for RFP
A total of three applicants put their proposals in the ring to reimagine the arena at Seattle Center.
Jan. 11, 2017
The City of Seattle Issues RFP for Arena Redevelopment
The City declares the arena a vital community asset and asks for bidders to reimagine the arena under the iconic roof.
OF PRIVATE INVESTMENT
2X THE FORMER ARENA
SCHEDULED TO BE OPEN
Climate Pledge Arena Videos
Weekly Construction Updates
- Construction Notice 4.9.2021The swing crane has been dismantled and removed from the project….
- Construction Notice 4.2.2021The swing crane will be dismantled and removed from the project April 2-4. Pedestrian access on Thomas St. will be maintained. Proper staffing and safety measures will be in place….
- Construction Notice 3.26.2021Use of a Vac truck at the corner of Republican St. and Warren Ave. N. is complete. Connection of Arena sewer lines to City systems is suspended. This work will…
- Construction Notice 3.19.2021Use of a Vac truck at the corner of Republican St. and Warren Ave. N. is part of the Seattle Center Courtyard renovation. This equipment is pumping dirt from Critical Tree…
- Construction Notice 3.12.2021Connection of Arena sewer lines to City systems will continue through March. Per SDOT, this work is being done during daytime hours on weekends only. This work is weather dependent….
Frequently Asked Questions
OVG is the largest sports and entertainment venue developer in the world.Visit www.oakviewgroup.com for more information.
OVG has assembled a world-class project team in partnering with Populous, one of the world’s premier sports architecture firms, and ICON, the foremost project manager/owner’s representative, and MA Mortenson, the preeminent general contractor, in the field of sports facility construction.
The combination of OVG’s executive team’s experience, led by Tim Leiweke, with that of the experience of Populous, ICON, and Mortenson should leave no doubt Climate Pledge arena will be compliant with NBA standards.
By maintaining the historic roof, Climate Pledge Arena will take its rightful place alongside other iconic landmarks, like the Space Needle, Pacific Fountains and others.
Recycling the roof also allows the arena to consume less embodied carbon than most other new arena construction projects and while reducing landfill waste, a key initiative of The Climate Pledge for which the arena is named.
OVG’s vision is to have the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the World’s Fair. OVG has achieved the first hurdle by having Washington’s State Historic Preservation Office declare the arena eligible for the national designation.
It is our goal to be the leader for responsible, efficient, multi-model transportation choices. To do so, we’re working to ensure that our guests will have access to a diverse set of transportation choices that will reduce our emissions and improve access to the arena.
Please visit our Transportation page for more details.
Visit www.climatepledge.com for more information.
– Hockey Capacity – 17,100
– Basketball Capacity – 18,100
– Concert Capacity – up to 17,200
The City (Seattle Center) will receive a rent payment to cover the revenue generated by the KeyArena and the 1st Avenue North Parking Garage operations, as well as campus sponsorship rights prior to this redevelopment.
OVG will assume the risk of cost overruns during construction including the risk increased cost due to unknown environmental conditions.
OVG will be responsible for Arena operations and maintenance of the facility over the life of the Lease Term; OVG will assume the risks and costs of operating and maintaining the arena.
On top of that, OVG has partnered with Live Nation who touches 71 million fans at 26,000 events in nearly 200 venues worldwide. The Live Nation team exists on local, regional and national levels and consists of experienced industry veterans as well as young emerging talent, each with a track record of success.
The local Live Nation team is led by Jeff Trisler, president of the Seattle division, who is a Seattle native with 36 years of concert promotion experience in Seattle. For the first time in its history, Live Nation made an investment in an arena because of opportunity here at Seattle Center.