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New $930 million Arena at Seattle Center, Washington

New $930 million Arena at Seattle Center, Washington



New $930 million Arena at Seattle Center, Washington




Seattle NHL

Estimated Cost:

$930 million



Seattle NHL expansion team arena on schedule to open in summer 2021


The old arena grandstands have been removed, and with the windows gone the public has a clear look through the structure. All that remains under the roof are mounds of dirt along the outside of the building. In the center of the floor, a giant beam reaches up to the center of the roof to provide support.

It's one of 70 columns the construction team has added around the building to support the roof, which weighs 22,000 tons. The old columns are suspended in the air by the temporary columns and will stay propped up in that manner until crews build back up during 2020.

When finished, more than 600,000 cubic yards of dirt will have been removed, which will expand the arena's size from 400,000 square feet to 800,000.

Once the dirt has been removed and the crews have dug down, they'll begin building back up. That build-up includes reconnecting the suspended columns with new support structures to make the roof part of the new building.

Seattle was awarded an expansion franchise by the NHL in December 2018 and is slated to begin play for the 2021-22 season. The Seattle ownership group has hinted that it would like to host the 2021 NHL Draft, which would mean the arena would need to be completed by June 2021.