A popular venue in Seattle, Washington is the Key Arena which is part of the Seattle Center. The arena opened in the fall of 1995 and is home to the Seattle Storm. They also host family entertainment, concerts and other sporting events. The arena is state of art in technology, acoustics and seating. It has been designed so that the sightlines are excellent. Parking is very easy in the five story parking garage as it holds about six hundred parking spaces.
Tickets can be purchased at the Key Arena West Box Office. It is located on West Plaza along 1st Avenue North. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Key Arena East Box Office is only open on event days. They open one and half hours before a Seattle Storm game, 5:00 pm weekdays, and 10:00 am weekends to the start of the third period for every Thunderbird game. All other events the box office opens two hours prior to the event and closes after the first thirty minutes of the event. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster, online, by phone or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
There are two elevators at the Southeast corner and one elevator at the Southwest corner of the Key Arena. Ramps are provided for wheelchair accessibility at the main entrance to the building on both the east and west sides. There are no ramps in the building; however, the elevators access all levels. There are special areas for wheelchair seating and assistive listening devices are available at information booths on the Main Concourse at Sections 117 and 103.
The Seattle Storm basketball team will have some games upcoming at Key Arena. Musical guests expected are Pearl Jam, Star Wars: In Concert, Elton John, Billy Joel, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Concert.
Some of the rules at the Key Arena are that all guests are subject to a search at any Key Arena entry doors. All bags will be searched, everyone must have a ticket, re-entry is not allowed, and no cans, bottles, video or audio equipment is allowed. The arena is a non smoking facility and a drug free zone. Since there are concessions at the arena no outside food or beverages are allowed to be brought in.
Key Arena can be reconfigured for basketball, boxing, wrestling, concerts with an end stage, concerts with an in the round stage, concerts with a split stage, figure skating, gymnastics, hockey, tennis and WWE Wrestling events.
Hotels are nearby the Key Arena. Some are very close to the facility while others require a vehicle. The closest is the Best Western Executive Inn, followed by the Quality Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express Seattle City Center, Seattle By The Space Needle Travelodge, Comfort Suites Downtown/Seattle Center, Holiday Inn Seattle, WA, Marriott ExecuStay at Fountain Court, the Mediterranean Inn and La Quinta Inn and Suites Seattle Downtown.
Guests looking for food outside the Key Arena will find Mexican, Thai, American, Chinese, Greek and Indian cuisine.