Just north of downtown Seattle, facing 1st Avenue N, is the Seattle Center, which is a 74-acre campus that is the location of the Key Arena. This structure that is now the Key Arena Seattle used to be called the Coliseum. The Key Arena was under renovation for about a year and a half, from June 1994 to October 1995.
The Seattle Storm, representing the WNBA, plays at Key Arena. The first basketball game to be played here was on November 4, 1995, when the Seattle Super Sonics—who have since moved to Oklahoma City—played against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Key Arena is one of four major sporting venues in Seattle, in addition to the new Safeco Field, which is where the Seattle Mariners play baseball, and Qwest Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks. Both of the two fields are located next to each other, just south of Seattle's International District. Key Arena itself is very close to Seattle Center, meaning there are loads of things to do and plenty of Key Arena hotels to choose among.
If you live in the area around Washington State or the Seattle area, anyone wanting to see the Storm play can save a lot by buying season tickets, as they'll have a seat reserved at every game, or can sell the tickets for games they can't attend. You can purchase regular season sports tickets, courtside tickets, or the exclusive executive suite tickets, which offer you the option of full catering, a bar with beer, wine, and spirits in your suites, access to the courtside club, four parking passes for each game and a private restroom for your suite.
If you"ve already decided you want to go to the Key Arena in Seattle, you will find it easy to get to. The Space Needle is located in the same area as the Key Arena, so if you can see the Needle, all you have to do is drive towards it. If you are coming from Interstate 5, you take the Mercer Street exit and follow the visitor signs, which will point you to the Seattle Center and the Key Arena. There is parking on First Avenue, Fifth Avenue, on Mercer Street, and elsewhere around Lower Queen Anne.
The East Box office has a will call window that faces east, towards the international fountain, and it opens at 5:30.