Thanks to the Seattle Storm, professional basketball lives on in the Emerald City. The Storm, sister team of the beloved Seattle SuperSonics, came to Seattle in the 2000 basketball season. Over the span of 15 years, the Storm have qualified for the playoffs 11 times, won two conference Championships, and are 2x WNBA Champions (2004, 2010). Several exceptional athletes have led them to this impressive record: Sue Bird, 3x Olympic gold medalist and 2x WNBA champion; Swin Cash, 2x Olympic gold medalist and 3x WNBA champion; Betty Lennox, WNBA Finals MVP; and Lauren Jackson, 3x Olympic gold medalist and 3x league MVP. At their home court of KeyArena, the Storm has worked to develop a family friendly environment. At every home game, an all-kid dance squad leads a conga line of young fans during time-outs to “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJ’s.
Home to the Seattle Storm, this multi-purpose arena is located north of downtown in the Seattle Center. Located in the shadow of the iconic Space Needle, KeyArena provides the perfect location for sporting events, concerts, and other large entertainment events within the city. The arena has a capacity of 17,072 for basketball games which has been filled with an average of around 7,600 spectators for Storm basketball games. The arena saw a surge of fans in the 2010 (8,322 average) and 2011 (8,659 average) seasons, the year the Storm won the WNBA Championship and the year following. While the arena has played host to the Storm, it was also the home of the SuperSonics before their relocation in 2008. The arena has hosted the second and third rounds of the 2004 and 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.