Seattle franchise out to 'answer this challenge' with Climate Pledge Arena name

New NHL Seattle Arena will be called ‘Climate Pledge Arena’

With a very Seattle name.

We still don't know what the team will be called yet, but we do have a new name for NHL Seattle's new arena. As part of its commitment to minimizing carbon waste, KeyArena's 44-million-pound roof will be retained, Amazon said. They say Climate Pledge Arena will be powered with 100% renewable electricity (from on-site solar panels and off-site sources) and that all operations and events at the arena will be "zero waste" with durable and compostable containers (with less than 5% of the arena's waste stream going to landfills). It will be the NHL's 32nd franchise.

The drastic overhaul of KeyArena, which opened in 1962 and was home to the NBA's SuperSonics before they became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008, is meant to give the facility a rebirth ahead of the arrival of the National Hockey League next year.

According to the Seattle Times, the arena project has a cost of $930 million pegged to it, and among its early issues was a switch from natural gas, which is widely used to dehumidify ice rinks, to an all-electric operation.


Furthermore, Tim Leiweke, the CEO of Oak View Group, the company behind the $1 billion construction project, told The Athletic Thursday the company is hoping to use a similar carbon-neutral plan on the other five arena. We're trying to find a way to really focus on trying to heal this planet. It wasn't easy. But to the credit of Jeff Bezos and Amazon, they said 'We'll act like a naming rights partner, but let's do this the right way. It is our time to step up to face the challenge of our generation. "We must take steps to build arenas and stadiums that front-and-center align with our zero-carbon mission statement". The arena will have only compost and recycling bins, no trash cans.

It'll also be the first arena to "fully offset the carbon emissions of all events and related transportation by fans, sports teams and entertainers". Additionally, the arena will use reclaimed rainwater in the ice system. An electric Zamboni machine will resurface the ice between periods and games. "We look forward to working together with Oak View Group, a new Climate Pledge signatory, and NHL Seattle to inspire global climate action". In 2019, Amazon and Global Optimism announced the Climate Pledge, which calls on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. "Right here in our hometown, a company made a challenge, and it was The Climate Pledge".

Opened in 1962 for the Century 21 Exposition as the Washington State Pavilion, the building was renamed the Coliseum in 1964. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005.

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