Climate Pledge Arena was under construction in Seattle, Washington. It’s the home venue for the Seattle Kraken of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Seattle Storm of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Here’s the information available up to that point:
- History and Location: Climate Pledge Arena, formerly known as KeyArena, is situated in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, at Seattle Center which was the site of the 1962 World’s Fair.
- Renovation: In 2018, the Oak View Group, led by CEO Tim Leiweke, reached an agreement with the city of Seattle to renovate the arena. The renovated arena was built beneath the existing roof, which was a part of the historical landmark and was preserved due to its cultural significance. The renovations were expected to significantly expand the size of the venue.
- Naming: In June 2020, Amazon acquired the naming rights to the arena and named it Climate Pledge Arena as a symbol of the company’s “The Climate Pledge,” committing to be net zero carbon by 2040. The name also is part of a broader effort to bring public attention to climate change.
- Sustainability Features: Climate Pledge Arena was designed to be one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable sports and concert venues in the world. Plans for the arena included a zero-waste program aiming for the majority of waste to be composted or recycled, rainwater harvesting to create the “greenest ice in the NHL,” and solar panels on the roof to generate power. The building was also planned to use reclaimed heat to warm the building and reduce energy usage. Furthermore, all operations and events at the arena were planned to be powered with 100% renewable electricity.
- Sports Teams: The Seattle Kraken, an expansion team that joined the NHL in the 2021–22 season, are the primary tenants. The Seattle Storm of the WNBA also plays at the arena.
If you need more current information about Climate Pledge Arena, I’d recommend checking the official website or the latest news updates.