Official opening of the Kraken arena with a groundbreaking ceremony – .

Official opening of the Kraken arena with a groundbreaking ceremony – .

SEATTLE — The Seattle Kraken Arena is officially open.

The Climate Pledge Arena held a ribbon cutting Friday ahead of the Expansion Team’s first home game, which takes place on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; ESPN +, HULU, CBC, CITY, TVAS2) .
“Thank you, Seattle, for inviting us to your home, for making us so welcome and for making NHL hockey in Seattle a great success,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “We are all looking forward to tomorrow night and the first game at home. Let’s do a little history. “

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Other speakers included Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke and other local and state officials. The event opened with a field blessing by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, who are community partners with the Kraken.

The arena holds its first public event Friday with a concert by Coldplay. Foo Fighters performed at a private event on Tuesday.

Construction of the arena began in February 2018 on the site of the Seattle Center Coliseum, which was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and renamed KeyArena in 1994. As part of the project, the £ 44million roof which KeyArena’s cover was preserved by hanging it with columns while 680,000 cubic meters of earth was removed below.

The capacity is 17,100 for hockey, 17,200 for concerts and 18,100 for basketball; the arena will also host the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. To achieve these capacities, the builders had to dig 50 feet, and the result was a 740,000 square foot building, almost twice the size of Key Arena.

The Climate Pledge Arena cost $ 1.15 billion and was funded by the private sector Oak View Group, which also oversaw construction.

“I want to thank everyone for believing in us, everyone for trusting us, everyone for hanging on to it,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, brother of Tod. “You have all been incredibly generous with your belief and your faith. Now we are about to reward you with the biggest arena in the world, or at least one of the biggest arenas in the world. [We are] very grateful to the city of Seattle. “

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The arena is set to become the first in the world to achieve net zero carbon certification from the International Living Future Institute. There are solar panels on parts of the roof, and the ice for the rink will come from the collected rainwater.

The name is modeled after The Climate Pledge, which was created by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019 and calls on signatories to be net zero carbon in all of their businesses by 2040.

Features of the arena include a living wall with living plants and greenery hanging overhead; a spacious dressing room; two suspended dashboards; luxury suites; and a club that allows fans to watch the Kraken walk to and from the ice.

Due to the Coldplay concert, the Kraken were unable to train in the building on Thursday or Friday. They will have their first glimpse inside on Saturday morning.

“It’s exciting”, advance Brandon Tanev said Tuesday. “This is the construction of our house. We will be playing in front of a large fan base. We have heard a lot about it. We are super excited. “

Seattle (1-3-1) ended a five-game road trip with a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Senior Writer Dan Rosen contributed to this report


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