Traffic Alert: Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Seattle Marathon will impact traffic this weekend
Two traffic alerts for today and tomorrow – Trans-Siberian Orchestra is at Key Arena today, Saturday, for performances at 4pm and 8pm. The city estimates 10,000 people will attend each of the shows (20,000 total), so expect traffic around Key Arena this afternoon and evening.
The bigger impact will likely be from the Seattle Marathon, which is tomorrow, Sunday, November 29th. The organizers cite the Seattle Marathon as the “largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the US” – what does that mean? 15,000 participants + thousands of spectators, and road closures around the Seattle Center, where the race starts and finishes.
The race map with street closures is below. For some reason, the Seattle Marathon organizers have once again decided to produce a West-oriented map, instead of the standard North-oriented view. So, it may look a bit odd, but note that 5th Ave near the Seattle Center will be closed 5:30am-9am, and one side of Mercer will be closed 8:45am-4pm.
Click the map for a larger image:
And, just to make things a bit more complicated, traffic-wise, the Seahawks are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink tomorrow (Sunday), with kickoff at 1:25pm.
Traffic Alert: Barry Manilow at Key Arena tonight
Plan 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.
We Day Seattle is Thursday at Key Arena; expect increased traffic from chartered buses
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.
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.
Key Arena events and PNB’s Swan Lake tonight and Saturday will impact traffic
Apologies for the late notice for tonight, but hopefully Facebook and Twitter will help spread the word.
This event is tonight at Key Arena:
- 2015 Stars on Ice “Dancing for Joy” Tour is Friday, April 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.About 6,000 people are expected to attend.
Plus, there’s also Swan Lake at McCaw Hall tonight, Friday, April 10th – and Saturday and Sunday too:
- Swan Lake performances by the Pacific Northwest Ballet are Friday, April 10, 7:30pm and Saturday, April 11with shows at 1pm and 7:30pm Sunday, April 12, noon show. There are about 3,000 people expected at each show.
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.
KING5 report on Key Arena making a profit
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:
March Madness takes over Key Arena starting Friday
This 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!