Seattle Sounders Jane Gershovich

Sports

Sports Rule in Seattle

New fans and dedicated followers have plenty to cheer for while in town.

Just how much does Seattle love its sports teams? You only need to look at our teams, stadiums, arenas, and dozens of international stars to get the idea. Join thousands of local fans in the stands to experience the lively atmosphere of a game or match for yourself.

Baseball

The Seattle Mariners swing for home runs and pitch for strikes during the regular season, April through September, at T-Mobile Park. The open-air stadium features a retractable roof so the game will go on no matter the weather. Watch international stars like the Dominican Republic’s Julio Rodríguez (J-Rod) and Teoscar Hernández, American-born J.P. Crawford, and Panama’s José Caballero step up to the plate, or indulge in the many offerings around the ballpark, including team merchandise stores and an array of global food options like tacos, fried grasshoppers, and wontons.

Travel Info: Take Link light rail (Stadium stop) or King County Metro bus 21.

Seattle Sounders Jane Gershovich

Football (Soccer)

As one of the host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, Seattle clearly loves football. You don’t have to wait until then to enjoy the beautiful game though. Depending on the team taking the pitch at Lumen Field, expect to see a sea of rave green from March through October for the Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer team, or a wave of royal blue from April through October for the OL Reign, Seattle’s National Women’s Soccer League team. Well-known Sounders players include Switzerland’s Stefan Frei and Peru’s Raúl Ruidíaz, while the Reign’s roster features Canada’s Quinn, Wales’s Jess Fishlock, and America’s Megan Rapinoe.

Travel Info: Take Link light rail (Stadium stop) or King County Metro bus 21.

American Football

Experience one of the most popular sports in the United States for yourself with some of the country’s most dedicated fans. Crowds get loud when the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks play at Lumen Field September through January. Then from February through April, the XFL’s Seattle Sea Dragons, a minor American football league, take to the field. Both teams offer fast-paced game play as players throw for touchdowns and tackle opponents to get the win.

Travel Info: Take Link light rail (Stadium stop) or King County Metro bus 21.

Basketball

The Seattle Storm have won the Women’s National Basketball Association championship four times, most recently in 2020. International stars like Australia’s Sami Whitcomb and America’s Jewell Loyd lead the team from May through September at the new Climate Pledge Arena, located in the same campus as the Space Needle.

Travel Info: Take the Seattle Center Monorail from downtown’s Westlake Center (Fifth Ave and Pine St) to Seattle Center.

Ice Hockey

The National Hockey League welcomed its newest team, the Seattle Kraken, in 2021. In the years since, Seattle hockey fans have passionately cheered on the team and its players, like Germany’s Philipp Grubauer and Denmark’s Oliver Bjorkstrand, in The Deep—the nickname for their home ice of Climate Pledge Arena. Regular-season games take place from October through April. The area also has two Western Hockey League junior teams that play September through March: The Seattle Thunderbirds won the WHL Championship in 2023 and take the ice at Kent’s ShoWare Center, while the Everett Silvertips play at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Travel Info: Take the Seattle Center Monorail from downtown’s Westlake Center (Fifth Ave and Pine St) to Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center. Take a Sounder train to Kent’s ShoWare Center (Kent Station) or Everett’s Angel of the Winds Arena (Everett Station) from Seattle’s King Street Station, located just south of downtown.

Rugby

Tukwila’s Starfire Stadium transforms into a rugby pitch from February through June as the Seattle Seawolves, a two-time champion in Major League Rugby, attempt to score a try. Seattle is on the short list of cities within the United States nominated to host the 2031 Rugby World Cup.

Travel Info: Take Link light rail (Tukwila stop) or King County Metro bus 150.

Stadium and Arena Tours

If you’re not able to make it to a game, you can still get the fan experience on a behind-the-scenes tour of Lumen Field, T-Mobile Park, and Climate Pledge Arena. The 75-minute tour at Lumen Field includes visits to the locker rooms and a stop on the field, while T-Mobile Park’s take you to the clubhouse and owner’s suite with 30 minutes to view batting practice from up close. Tours at multiuse sports and entertainment venue Climate Pledge Arena may include glimpses at the Kraken and Storm locker rooms, , and even a walk onto the court or rink.

Travel Info: Lumen Field and T-Mobile Park: Take Link light rail (Stadium stop) or King County Metro bus 21; Climate Pledge Arena: Take the Seattle Center Monorail from downtown’s Westlake Center (Fifth Ave and Pine St) to Seattle Center.

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