We are getting closer and closer to the inaugural season of the Seattle NHL team.
While we are still unsure what the team’s official name will be, we now know the name of their home arena in downtown Seattle.
Online shopping giant Amazon purchased the rights to KeyArena in Seattle, and announced on Thursday that they will change its name to Climate Pledge Arena, rather than using the company’s name like almost all professional sports team stadiums seem to do.
The arena is currently home to the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, and will welcome a Seattle NHL franchise in the 2021-22 season. According to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the arena will be powered 100% by renewable electricity and will seek to achieve a zero carbon footprint.
NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke followed this up by announcing that the arena’s main goal is to produce zero waste. It will source all food locally and will reduce all plastics by the year 2024. The ice surface in the arena will use reclaimed rainwater, making it the most environmentally-friendly ice in the NHL.
Of course, making a “green” NHL stadium is easier said than done. Tons of changes need to be made to the arena for all of these things to happen.
Work has already begun on Climate Pledge Arena. Natural gas equipment has been purchased and architectural work has already been planned out. Everything has to be switched to allow for an arena based strictly on renewable electricity.
But Bezos and Leiweke have one promise to Seattle NHL fans: everything will be ready for the inaugural season. And by the sounds of it, this arena will be a must-visit.
Featured photo courtesy of The Seattle Times
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