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Removal of KeyArena Sign at Climate Pledge Arena

Today, a significant milestone in the construction of Climate Pledge Arena takes place with the removal of the KeyArena sign from the historic roof of the building.

The sign will be removed by helicopter in 10 separate picks.

The arena, located at Seattle Center, will be home to Seattle’s new NHL franchise, three-time WNBA world champion Seattle Storm, and the best in live entertainment and music. It is currently undergoing a transformation to construct a brand new arena under the landmark Paul Thiry-designed roof.

On June 25, Amazon, NHL Seattle and Oak View Group announced they had entered into a partnership to name the building ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ and make it the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world. This followed Amazon and Global Optimism’s announcement of Climate Pledge, which calls on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. The new crown ID for Climate Pledge Arena will be installed in the coming months.

What:   Removal of KeyArena sign at Climate Pledge Arena

Who:    NHL Seattle / Oak View Group

Where: Seattle Center – 3 locations.  Media must remain outside the secure perimeter for safety but can move to a different location in-between helicopter picks

  • Location 1 – Covered Walkway (view of both arena roof and fountain lawn landing zone)
  • Location 2 – Fisher Pavilion Rooftop (view of fountain lawn landing zone)
  • Location 3 – 1st Ave Garage Rooftop (view of arena roof)
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When:  Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 4:30pm-6:00 PM. Removal will begin at 5pm.

Details: Face mask required for media attending; flying drones in the area is not permitted; we are not encouraging members of the public to attend; there will be a safety perimeter established for the public.

RSVP: NHLSeattle@feareygroup.com; on-site contacts will be Katie Townsend of NHL Seattle (425-306-2337) and Rosie Selle of Climate Pledge Arena (206-437-3497)

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About Climate Pledge Arena: Climate Pledge Arena will be the first net zero certified arena in the world, and will serve as a long-lasting and regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. The Climate Pledge, which was founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, is a commitment from companies globally to be net zero carbon by 2040. The complete redevelopment of this historic landmark, originally built at Seattle Center for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, will be an industry first.  Home to the 32nd NHL Expansion Team, NHL Seattle, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, and the world’s biggest performers of live music and events, Climate Pledge Arena will open in 2021.  Learn More at www.climatepledgearena.com. For downloadable, high-resolution renderings of the new arena, visit the Climate Pledge Arena section of the Images and Videos page on Amazon’s Press Center.

About Seattle Hockey Partners: Seattle Hockey Partners (NHL Seattle) is responsible for leading the development activities of the newly awarded Seattle National Hockey League franchise, which is set to play its inaugural season in 2021-22 at the Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center, developed by Oak View Group. Visit nhlseattle.com/news for the latest news and information from the team including press releases, multimedia content and the latest hires. Follow NHL Seattle on social media to find out the latest news via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Or search using the hashtag #NHLSeattle.

About Oak View Group: Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015.  OVG is focused on being a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports and live entertainment industry and currently has 8 divisions across 4 global offices (Los Angeles, New York, London and Philadelphia).  OVG is leading the redevelopment and operations of the Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center as well as leading arena development projects in Belmont, NY, Austin, TX and Milan, Italy.  OVG Global Partnerships, a division of OVG, is the sales and marketing arm responsible for selling across all OVG Arena Development projects. For more information, please visit OakViewGroup.com.

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