Xfinity Arena

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Xfinity Arena
Xfinity Arenaat Everett
Former names Everett Events Center (2003–2007)
Comcast Arena at Everett (2007–2014)
Location 2000 Hewitt Avenue Suite 200
Everett, WA 98201
Owner Everett Public Facilities District
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity Hockey: 8,149[1]
Center stage concert: 10,000
End stage concert: 9,000
Construction
Broke ground April 23, 2002[2]
Opened September 27, 2003[7]
Construction cost $71.5 million
($92 million in 2016 dollars[3])
Architect LMN Architects[4]
PBK Architects, Inc.[5]
Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates[6]
Services engineer Hermanson Co. LLP[6]
General contractor PCL Construction Services, Inc.[6]
Tenants
Everett Silvertips (WHL) (2003–present)
Washington Stealth (NLL) (2010–2013)
Tilted Thunder Rail Birds (2010–present)
Everett Raptors (IFL) (2012)
Everett Explosion (IBL) (2007)
Everett Hawks (NIFL/AF2) (2005–2007)

Xfinity Arena at Everett is an $83.3 million multi-purpose complex, in Everett, Washington, designed and developed by the Everett Public Facilities District. The Everett Events Center opened in October 2003. Naming rights were sold to Comcast in 2007, who renamed the arena to Comcast Arena at Everett. In 2014, the name was changed to Xfinity Arena, named after the Xfinity brand that was adopted by the Comcast Cable division.[8][9]

The 10,000-seat venue has hosted a variety of concerts and other types of performances. A few events that have showcased at Xfinity Arena at Everett include Ringling Brothers Circus, The Spa, Pool, and Swimspa Show, moto cross, and family shows such as Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street Live and a myriad of others.

The venue served as the host for 2008 Skate America, a three-day ice-skating championship featuring world class skaters. The events were both nationally and internationally televised on NBC. It was the first event of six in the 2008-2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition. This was Skate America's largest attendance ever recorded in its history.[citation needed]

In 2016, the arena served as the host for the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships.[10]

Hockey[edit]

Xfinity Arena is the home of the Everett Silvertips, a Western Hockey League franchise. In their first season (2003–04) the Everett Silvertips were led by former NHL Head Coach Kevin Constantine to win the WHL Western Conference Championship.

Indoor football[edit]

In 2012, Xfinity Arena was the home of the now-defunct Everett Raptors of the Indoor Football League.

Lacrosse[edit]

In 2010, Xfinity Arena became home to the Washington Stealth of the National Lacrosse League. The franchise was previously known as the San Jose Stealth, and before that the Albany Attack. [1] The National Lacrosse League announced on June 27, 2013 that the Washington Stealth would relocate for the upcoming season. The team would preserve its nickname in the move. Further details were to be announced at a press conference on July 2, 2013.[11]

Banked track roller derby[edit]

Xfinity Arena is also home to the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds, a Seattle-based, all-female, banked track roller derby league. [2]

Side view of Xfinity Arena

Previous tenants[edit]

The arena was also home to the International Basketball League's Everett Explosion for one season in 2007 before they moved to Monroe and were renamed the Snohomish County Explosion, where they played until 2010. Xfinity Arena also hosted arena football for three years (2005–07). The Everett Hawks were a primary football tenant in the arena for the NIFL in their first season at Everett, going undefeated at 14-0, but lost in the playoff semifinal to the Tri-Cities Fever. The team switched to af2 in 2006 and became a minor-league team where they didn't find much success, which led to their folding in 2007.[citation needed]

Conference Center[edit]

The Edward D. Hansen Conference Center is a $12 million center in an extra wing of the arena. The conference center was designed by H2K Design and Botesh, Nash & Hall.[citation needed] This esthetically oriented three-story facility includes a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) ballroom that is capable of accommodating 800 guests. In addition to the ballroom, the conference center has three executive meeting rooms used by guests as a private meeting space. The conference center hosts about 200 events annually including meetings, trade shows, banquets, galas, receptions and others.[citation needed] The conference center is also home to the City of Everett’s art collection which includes artwork from the Pilchuck Glass Collection.

Ice rink[edit]

The Xfinity Community Ice Rink is an NHL regulation 200' x 85' ice rink that is located inside Xfinity Arena at Everett. It is a public ice skating rink, which is used for public skating, local hockey leagues, figure skating, instructional sessions and much more. Currently the rink is open year round, and has the versatility to transform into a 57,000-square-foot (5,300 m2) space with the capability to host trade shows, expositions, consumer shows and special events.

Concerts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011-12 WHL Media Guide Archived February 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Wade, Susan (April 20, 2002). "Yuill Signs Everett Lease; T-birds Owner Will Sell Team to Buy New WHL Franchise". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ LMN Architects | Xfinity Arena at Everett
  5. ^ Everett Regional Events Center - PBK Architects
  6. ^ a b c Broughton, David (November 24, 2003). "Washington City Opens Home for Junior Hockey League Team". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ Tuinstra, Rachel (September 24, 2003). "A $71.5 million Venue Represents a Big Leap of Faith' for the City". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Comcast Arena is now XFINITY Arena at Everett" (Press release). Everett, Washington: Xfinity Arena at Everett. September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ Winters, Chris (September 10, 2014). "Everett's events center renamed Xfinity Arena". The Herald. Everett, Washington: Sound Publishing. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ https://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=15618
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 47°58′43″N 122°12′13″W / 47.978694°N 122.203536°W / 47.978694; -122.203536