As Climate Pledge Arena prepares to open the world’s most sustainable arena and many resident arts and cultural organizations return to in-person events, Seattle Center has been quietly upgrading and updating campus amenities and creating new attractions to enhance the visitor experience in anticipation of the millions of event attendees who will pass through the 74-acre campus.
The projects include new digital signage that improves wayfinding and event-related information sharing throughout the grounds, to be installed later this month, along with thousands of LED lights in over 100 campus trees that change in color and intensity with campus events. Soon, the Seattle Center Art Tour presented by Alaska Airlines will be in place with maps of the campus collection, signage for most of the works and QR codes that connect to interesting online information. We’ve even refurbished our parking garages, and Seattle Center Monorail made connection improvements, boarding area enhancements, new ticket machines and more.
Earlier this year the historic Seattle Center Armory had its exterior restored and for the interior we’re introducing new branding, signage and digital viewing options in the Armory Food & Events Hall, and we’ll soon announce new vendors. We’ve also finished major renovation of International Fountain and just-opened the new 18,000 square-foot Seattle Center Skate Plaza. Also underway are improvements to the Upper and Lower Northwest Courtyard, including redesign and restoration of DuPen Fountain.
These initiatives show that as Seattle Center approaches the 60th Anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair, in April 2022, the legacy of an arts, cultural and civic gathering place envisioned by fair founders continues to thrive as new initiatives spur ongoing care and investment to sustain Seattle Center long into the future.