The Seattle Center Arena, known colloquially as KeyArena after a previous naming rights sponsorship, is a temporarily-defunct multi-purpose arena in Seattle, Washington that is currently under redevelopment. It is located north of downtown in the 74-acre (30 ha) entertainment complex known as Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World's Fair, the Century 21 Exposition. It was used for entertainment purposes, such as concerts, ice shows, circuses, and sporting events. The redeveloped arena, currently estimated to cost $900 to $930 million, is anticipated to open in June 2021.

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  • The Seattle Center Arena, known colloquially as KeyArena after a previous naming rights sponsorship, is a temporarily-defunct multi-purpose arena in Seattle, Washington that is currently under redevelopment. It is located north of downtown in the 74-acre (30 ha) entertainment complex known as Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World's Fair, the Century 21 Exposition. It was used for entertainment purposes, such as concerts, ice shows, circuses, and sporting events. The redeveloped arena, currently estimated to cost $900 to $930 million, is anticipated to open in June 2021. From its re-opening in 1995 until its re-closure in 2019, KeyArena had a seating capacity of 17,072 for basketball games, 15,177 for ice hockey games and ice shows, 16,641 for end-stage concerts, and 17,459 for center-stage concerts and boxing. Risers held 7,440 on the upper level and up to 7,741 on the lower level, with luxury suites adding another 1,160 seats. The arena was most recently home to the Seattle University Redhawks men's basketball team from 1963 to 1980 and 2009 to 2018, and the Seattle Storm of the WNBA from 2000 to 2018. From 2013 to 2018, it played host to the Pac-12 Conference's women's basketball tournament. The Rat City Roller Derby league of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association were tenants from 2009 to 2018. KeyArena was previously the home of the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics and two minor professional hockey teams: the Seattle Totems of the original Western Hockey League (1962–1974) and Central Hockey League (1974–1975), and the Seattle Thunderbirds of the current Western Hockey League (1989–2008). In July 2008, the Oklahoma City-based ownership group of the SuperSonics (Professional Basketball Club LLC) reached a settlement deal with the city of Seattle, releasing the team from the last two years of their lease with the city and allowing the team to relocate to Oklahoma City for the 2008–09 season. After 41 seasons in Seattle (and Tacoma), the team became the Oklahoma City Thunder and the owners agreed to leave the SuperSonics name, logo, and colors in Seattle for a possible future NBA franchise. The Thunderbirds also left in 2008 for the ShoWare Center in Kent, a suburb southeast of Seattle. KeyArena was the first publicly financed arena in the area to be fully supported by earned income from the building. Arena finances were bolstered for several years by a payment following the 2008 Sonics settlement, but the current level of activity and revenue leaves little reserve beyond basic building maintenance. A naming rights deal with KeyCorp ended on December 31, 2010, but the building maintained the KeyArena name until its closure in October 2018. The redeveloped arena, also referred to as the New Arena at Seattle Center, will feature a new interior and entrance atrium while retaining the existing roof and three exterior walls. It is planned to seat 18,600 for basketball, 17,400 for ice hockey (as well as arena football, indoor soccer, indoor lacrosse, and ice shows), 16,940 for end-stage concerts and events, and 19,125 for center-stage concerts and boxing. The Storm will return as tenants following construction, and the Redhawks are expected to return as well. In December 2018, the NHL officially approved a franchise expansion to Seattle, and the team will begin play in the new arena for the 2021–22 NHL season. The facility was formerly named Washington State Pavilion, Washington State Coliseum, Seattle Center Coliseum and KeyArena at Seattle Center. (en)
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  • The Seattle Center Arena, known colloquially as KeyArena after a previous naming rights sponsorship, is a temporarily-defunct multi-purpose arena in Seattle, Washington that is currently under redevelopment. It is located north of downtown in the 74-acre (30 ha) entertainment complex known as Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World's Fair, the Century 21 Exposition. It was used for entertainment purposes, such as concerts, ice shows, circuses, and sporting events. The redeveloped arena, currently estimated to cost $900 to $930 million, is anticipated to open in June 2021. (en)
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