Seattle's KeyArena is part of the 74-acre Seattle Center, a huge downtown entertainment area which was initially built for the World's Fair in 1962. The Seattle Center houses over 30 different entertainment and cultural venues and is home to the iconic Seattle Space Needle. As a public space, the Seattle Center is unmatched and a top tourist site in the state. The KeyArena was built as part of the World's Fair construction and was first called the Washington State Pavilion. Later it was called the Washington State Coliseum and then, finally, in 1995, it became the KeyArena when KeyCorp bought the naming rights from the City of Seattle.
Today, the KeyArena serves a variety of purposes within the larger offerings of the Center. It is the home arena for two basketball teams -- the Seattle Storm of the WNBA and the Seattle University men's team, the Seattle Redhawks. Women's sports are prominent at the KeyArena: it's currently the permanent home of the Pac-12 Conference women's basketball tournament, and it houses the Rat City Rollergirls derby team as well. Previous tenants included the Seattle SuperSonics, an NBA team that relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became the Thunder.
In addition to sports, the KeyArena also hosts musical acts, family shows, and cultural events in conjunction with festivals and other events at the broader Seattle Center. Previous performers to play at KeyArena have included Elton John, Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, George Strait, and Madonna. It's even hosted a series of International Dota 2 eSports tournaments, put on by Valve.
Key Arena is primarily used as the home of WNBA's Seattle Storm. However, Key Arena does host other events. See full Key Arena schedule above.
Key Arena ticket prices on the secondary market can vary depending on a number of factors. Typically, Key Arena tickets can be found for as low as $9.00, with an average price of $42.00 but can vary depending on the event.
Key Arena is located at 401 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 9810.