Seattle Center resides on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. This acknowledgement reminds us to strive for respectful partnerships with all people, as we search for collective healing.
ABOUT SEATTLE CENTER
Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in area business activity, 18,621 jobs and $631 million in labor income (2016 Economic Impact Study).
Seattle Center is operated by a city department that is also called Seattle Center. This department plays multiple roles as a business partner, financier, landlord, custodian, event producer and promoter. When the place, the programs and the operations are working together, a magic happens, a transformation occurs. We find that we are drawn to the Center as individuals with diverse interests, and we leave as a community, unified by our respect and appreciation for the human spirit.
Seattle Center employs 230+ full-time workers and many hundred more event-related intermittent staff in all aspects of campus operations—from maintenance, landscaping, security and event production to marketing, sales and finance.
The core organizational values guiding Seattle Center are:
- Deliver uplifting and professional service to our guests, clients, partners and each other
- Manage our business with accountability, integrity, and commitment to race & social justice
- Foster a collaborative, trusting, and respectful workplace community
- Provide opportunities for employee development
- Model innovation, efficiency, and sustainability
- Focus on operational excellence and fiscal strength
- Steward a safe and welcoming place for all
- Commit to shaping our future and telling our story
Seattle Center generates most of its revenue through commercial activities including long-term facility lease/rentals and continued efforts to attract business, community, charitable and private events. Single event rental facilities include: Broad Street Green, Exhibition Hall, Fisher Pavilion and Green/North Fountain Lawn, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Mural Amphitheatre, Artists at Play Plaza, Seattle Center Armory and Lofts and exterior parts of the grounds.
Seattle Center provides operational, maintenance and other support to 30+ cultural, educational and arts organizations residing on grounds.
Seattle Center has expanded its role to provide maintenance and public safety services for Seattle’s new Waterfront Park, a series of new public spaces on Seattle’s downtown waterfront between Pioneer Square and Pier 62. Seattle Center will support managing these new waterfront public spaces in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Waterfront Seattle, which offers a range of recreational and cultural programming to the community.
Millions of visitors flock to the 74-acre campus, with 40+ acres of open space, making it the top visitor and tourism destination in the region. Over 14,000 events take place on the grounds each year and the grounds feature the top attractions in the region.