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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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