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Traffic Alert: Barry Manilow at Key Arena tonight

May 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

ManilowPlan ahead for 10,000 Barry Manilow fans coming to the neighborhood tonight. Manilow is performing at Key Arena, and it’s his last multi-city tour. Kudos to Manilow for keeping a set of affordable tickets too:

The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician’s career skyrocketed to superstardom when his mega hit song, “Mandy,” topped the charts in 1975.  In the spirit of that special year, tickets will be priced to tie into that year and will start at $19.75.  According to concert promoter AEG Live, Manilow insisted that the average ticket price remain low and that a greater range of ticket prices be available.”

The show begins at 7:30pm and runs until 11pm, so expect traffic and parking to be tricky starting around 6:30pm or so.

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We Day Seattle is Thursday at Key Arena; expect increased traffic from chartered buses

April 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

We Day Seattle returns to Key Arena tomorrow, Thursday, April 23rd, hosting 11,500 attendees that will arrive by private bus service between 8am and 10am, and depart between 2pm and 4pm. A heads up for traffic around Key Arena during the morning and early evening rush hours.

What’s We Day? According to their web site, We Day is “an annual series of stadium-sized events, We Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers… with tens of thousands of youth to kick-start a year of action through We Act. You can’t buy a ticket to We Day—you earn it by taking on one local and one global action.”

Kids who attend this year’s We Day Seattle 2015 will hear from a wide variety of celebrities from sports, acting, performing, as well as from inspirational speakers. Local celebrities include Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Seahawks players Doug Baldwin, Luke Wilson, and Bobby Wagner, local band The Head and the Heart, and more.

We Day MapTraffic-wise, here’s what you need to know from SDOT:

Buses will be staged at Smith Cove Cruise Park Terminal 91.

Buses will use curb lanes for drop-offs between 8-10am and pick-ups between 2-4pm at the following locations:

  • east side of 1st Ave N between Thomas and Republican
  • south side of Republican between 1st Ave N and Warren Ave N
  • east side of Warren between Republican and Mercer
  • south side of Mercer between Warren and 5th Ave N
  • east side of 4th Ave N between Mercer and 5th Ave N
  • west side of 2nd Ave N between Thomas and Denny Way
  • both sides of Thomas between Warren and 5th Ave N
  • east side of Warren between Thomas and John streets

Plan ahead for increased traffic from the busses and 11,500 attendees. It’ll be crowded around Key Arena and the surrounding streets.

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Key Arena events and PNB’s Swan Lake tonight and Saturday will impact traffic

April 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Apologies for the late notice for tonight, but hopefully Facebook and Twitter will help spread the word.

This event is tonight at Key Arena:

Plus, there’s also Swan Lake at McCaw Hall tonight, Friday, April 10th – and Saturday and Sunday too:

And, Saturday, it’s PNB plus this concert that’s going to draw 10,000 people:

Chris Tomlin concert on Saturday, April 11 from 7pm to 11pm there are about 10,000 people expected to attend.

Heads up if you’re driving around Lower Queen Anne tonight or tomorrow, there will be extra traffic and less on-street parking.

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KING5 report on Key Arena making a profit

March 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In good news for the city, the Seattle Center, and Queen Anne, KING5 profiles the turnaround of Key Arena. After the Sonics left, many thought it doomed, but Key Arena is now thriving. And, it’s got a bit of the national spotlight this weekend as a March Madness venue.

Click the photo below to check out KING5′s video report on Key Arena to learn more about its success story:

KING5 Key Arena video

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March Madness takes over Key Arena starting Friday

March 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Key Arena NCAAThis year, Key Arena is hosting the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship second and third rounds (you can check out their new floor decor to the right).

That means March Madness comes to Seattle, and to our Lower Queen Anne streets. 14,000 people are expected at each game, so prepare for traffic and parking challenges.

The games kick off tomorrow, Friday, March 20th. Four games are scheduled for Friday, two for Sunday (times TBD for those games):

Friday, March 20

  • Northern Iowa vs. Wyoming at 10:40am
  • Louisville vs. UC Irvine at 1:10pm
  • Iowa vs. Davidson at 4:20pm
  • Gonzaga vs. North Dakota State at 6:50pm

Sunday, March 22

  • Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
  • Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Keep in mind that while these games will snarl traffic, they also bring in business. Key Arena gets a big nod, and local restaurants will surely benefit too. Just plan your travels accordingly, and get ready for March Madness!

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Wednesday Traffic Alert: Paul Simon and Sting at Key Arena

February 19th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Paul Simon and StingHeads up – Wednesday night brings Paul Simon and Sting together on stage at Key Arena, and an estimated 14,000 fans to the event. Traffic will be impacted on and around Queen Anne, especially the streets around Key Arena and the Mercer Corridor.

The concert runs from 8pm-11pm. Doors will open around 6:30pm, so plan ahead for your rush hour trip home and parking around Lower Queen Anne.

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Traffic Alert: Microsoft Company Meeting at Key Arena on Thursday

September 25th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Heads up if you have to drive around Lower Queen Anne/Uptown tomorrow, Thursday, September 26th – the annual Microsoft Company Meeting is at Key Arena.

The meeting starts at 10am and concludes at 4pm. Expect traffic in the morning rush hour to be significantly increased en route to the Key. Afternoon/early evening traffic will also be impacted.

Microsoft plans to shuttle many employess to the Key, but with 20,000 employees expected to attend, there are going to be plenty of additional cars traveling through the Mercer corridor and around the Key.

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Key Arena sign and Pacific Science Center arches will go dark for Earth Hour tonight

March 23rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Earth Hour is today, Saturday, March 23rd, and the city will be observing the hour between 8:30pm and 9:30pm tonight. The city will turn off the lights at several facilities across the city, including City Hall, and the Seattle Center will observe the hour as well: the large neon sign atop KeyArena and the Pacific Science Center arches will go dark for the hour.

According to Mayor Mike McGinn: “Earth Hour is a good reminder about the little things that everyone can do to help fight climate change.”

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2006. What happens during Earth Hour? People across the globe turn off non-essential lights for an hour to  raise awareness about climate change. The annual event has grown to hundreds of millions of people in 152 countries who turn off their lights for an hour.

In other parts of the city, Seattle City Light will turn off the historic City Light sign at the South Service Center, and the Office of Arts & Culture is partnering with the Seattle Art Museum to turn off Hammering Man.

You can participate in Earth Hour too, just turn off non-essential lights between 8:30pm and 9:30pm tonight.

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January 21st, 2013 by Laura Fonda

It’s nearly a done deal… and 2 seasons at the Key is fantastic news for Lower Queen Anne/Uptown! Last night the rumors were sounding pretty solid, and this morning the news is in: Chris Hansen and his investment partners have reached an agreement for the purchase of the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise. Go Sonics!

“The NBA received an executed Purchase and Sale Agreement for the transfer of a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof family to an investor group led by Christopher Hansen. The proposed transaction is subject to the approval of the NBA Board of Governors and has been referred to the Board’s committee process for review.”

Followed by a statement from Chris Hansen:
“We are happy to announce that we have entered into a binding agreement with the Maloofs to purchase a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise. The sale is obviously subject to approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and we look forward to working with the League in the coming months to consummate the transaction.While we are not at liberty to discuss the terms of the transaction or our plans for the franchise given the confidential nature of the agreement and NBA regulations regarding public comments during a pending transaction, we would just like to extend our sincerest compliments and gratitude toward the Maloof family. Our negotiations with the family were handled with the utmost honor and professionalism and we hope to continue their legacy and be great stewards of this NBA franchise in the coming years and decades.” - Chris Hansen

Mayor Mike McGinn issued a statement this morning:
“This is an exciting day for our city and for Sonics fans everywhere. I congratulate Chris Hansen and his investment team. While there is more work ahead, this is a major step toward bringing the Sonics home.” – Mayor Mike McGinn

Follow continuing coverage at our news partner, The Seattle Times.

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