QA&Mag News File photo: Once complete, the new sports arena being built at the Seattle Center in Uptown will be the home of the WNBA Seattle Storm, Seattle University sports and the National Hockey League’s newest team: the Seattle Kraken. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2021.
QA&Mag News File photo: Once complete, the new sports arena being built at the Seattle Center in Uptown will be the home of the WNBA Seattle Storm, Seattle University sports and the National Hockey League’s newest team: the Seattle Kraken. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2021.

In a year filled with cancelled community events, recreation and sporting events, many Seattle residents are looking ahead to 2021, with new sports teams and venues.

Construction on the new sports arena going in at Seattle Center in Uptown is expected to conclude in 2021 and open for business in fall of 2021.

In late June, Amazon, which purchased the naming rights to the facility announced it will be called Climate Change Arena. It is expected to be the first arena in the world to receive net zero carbon certification.

When complete, the arena’s interior will expand to 800,000 square feet, twice that of the previous arena, and will be the home of the WNBA Seattle Storm, Seattle University sports and the National Hockey League’s newest team: the Seattle Kraken. When finished it will have a 17,100-person capacity for hockey and a 18,100-person capacity for basketball. It is also expected to host more than 140 events per year, with a concert capacity of 17,200.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Dec. 5, 2018, at the west plaza of the arena. The entire project is expected to cost $1 billion of private funds.

For more information or updates on the construction, go to https://climatepledgearena.com/.

In conjunction with Climate Pledge Arena, construction on the Seattle Kraken’s training facility broke ground in late February.

Northgate Ice Centre, as it is being called, will be at Northgate Mall, and the 180,000-square-foot facility will also include the Kraken’s headquarters and community ice rinks.

The building, expected to be competed next fall, will have three sheets of ice, open for community use. Rink one will be the Kraken’s practice rink and has space for 1,000 spectators. The two other rinks will have space for 400 viewers each. As well, Northgate Ice Centre will have 14 community-use locker rooms.

The Kraken will have its own locker rooms, team administration and “state-of-the-art strength and conditioning areas,” according to information from Kyle Wall, senior account executive with THE FEAREY GROUP.

A team store and restaurant will round out Northgate Ice Centre, which is expected to home 200 NHL Seattle employees.

According to information from Wall, the Kraken organization envisions Northgate Ice Centre to include programs for adult and youth hockey leagues, skate lessons, hockey lessons, development camps and clinics, open skate time, birthday parties and corporate events, tournaments and watch parties.