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Angel of the Winds Arena
Former namesEverett Events Center (2003–2007)
Comcast Arena at Everett (2007–2014)
Xfinity Arena (2014–2017)
Location2000 Hewitt Avenue Suite 200
Everett, WA 98201
Broke groundApril 23, 2002[1]
OpenedSeptember 27, 2003[2]
OwnerEverett Public Facilities District
OperatorSpectra Experiences
Construction cost$71.5 million
($85.4 million in 2018 dollars[3])
ArchitectLMN Architects[4]
PBK Architects, Inc.[5]
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates[6]
Services engineerHermanson Co. LLP[6]
General ContractorPCL Construction Services, Inc.[6]
CapacityHockey: 8,149[7]
Center stage concert: 10,000
End stage concert: 9,000
Tenants
Everett Silvertips (WHL) (2003–present)
Tilted Thunder Rail Birds (2010–present)
Everett Hawks (NIFL/AF2) (2005–2007)
Everett Explosion (IBL) (2007)
Washington Stealth (NLL) (2010–2013)
Everett Raptors (IFL) (2012)
Seattle Storm (WNBA) (2019) (some games)

The Angel of the Winds Arena (originally known as the Everett Events Center) is a multi-purpose complex, in Everett, Washington, designed and developed by the Everett Public Facilities District.

The arena opened in October 2003. Naming rights were sold to Comcast in 2007.[8][9] Angel of the Winds Casino Resort, operated by the Stillaguamish Tribe, signed a 10-year, $3.4 million contract to become the arena's new naming rights sponsor in 2017.[10]

The 10,000-seat venue has hosted a variety of concerts and other types of performances. A few events that have showcased at Angel of the Winds Arena 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.[11]

HockeyEdit

Angel of the Winds 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.

BasketballEdit

The Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association announced that it would play five home games during its 2019 season in Everett, while the rest are played at their temporary home in Seattle, the Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the University of Washington campus.[12] The Storm will play their season opener in Everett on May 25, 2019, using the same floor that had previously been installed at KeyArena.[13]

CurlingEdit

In 2017, the arena, then known as Xfinity Arena, was host to the USA Men's and Women's Curling National Championships. The men's championship was won by 2018 Winter Olympics gold medalists Team John Shuster, while Team Jamie Sinclair captured the women's crown.

Indoor footballEdit

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

LacrosseEdit

In 2010, Comcast 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.[14] It was announced that the Stealth would move to the Vancouver, BC area to Langley, BC.[15] The team has since been renamed the Vancouver Warriors.

Banked track roller derbyEdit

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

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Previous tenantsEdit

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. Comcast 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 CenterEdit

The Edward D. Hansen Conference Center is an addition to the arena valued at US$12 million. The 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 available as private meeting space. The conference center hosts approximately 200 events annually. It is also home to the City of Everett's art collection, which includes artwork from the Pilchuck Glass Collection.[16]

Ice rinkEdit

The Xfinity Community Ice Rink is an NHL regulation 200' x 85' ice rink that is located inside Angel of the Winds Arena. 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.

ConcertsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wade, Susan (April 20, 2002). "Yuill Signs Everett Lease; T-birds Owner Will Sell Team to Buy New WHL Franchise". The Seattle Times. http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20020420&slug=everetthockey20. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  2. Tuinstra, Rachel (September 24, 2003). "A $71.5 million Venue Represents a Big Leap of Faith' for the City". The Seattle Times. http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20030924&slug=center24n. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  3. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  4. LMN Architects: Everett Events Center
  5. Everett Regional Events Center - PBK Architects
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Broughton, David (November 24, 2003). "Washington City Opens Home for Junior Hockey League Team". SportsBusiness Journal. http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2003/11/20031124/Facilities/Washington-City-Opens-Home-For-Junior-Hockey-League-Team.aspx. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  7. 2011-12 WHL Media Guide Script error
  8. "Comcast Arena is now XFINITY Arena at Everett" (Press release). Everett, Washington: Xfinity Arena at Everett. September 10, 2014. http://xfinityarenaeverett.com/ArenaInfo/News.ashx?p=1158&82_na=138. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  9. Winters, Chris (September 10, 2014). "Everett's events center renamed Xfinity Arena". The Herald (Everett, Washington: Sound Publishing). http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140910/NEWS01/140919858. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  10. Davis, Jim (December 13, 2017). "Angel of the Winds pays $3.4M for Everett arena naming rights". The Everett Herald. http://www.heraldnet.com/business/angel-of-the-winds-pays-3-4m-for-everett-arena-naming-rights/. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  11. https://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=15618
  12. Horton, Joshua (December 20, 2018). "Why the Seattle Storm will make a 'second home' of Everett". The Everett Herald. https://www.heraldnet.com/sports/seattle-storm-excited-to-bring-wnba-basketball-to-everett/. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  13. Patterson, Nick (May 15, 2019). "Stage is set for the WNBA's Seattle Storm to play in Everett". The Everett Herald. https://www.heraldnet.com/sports/stage-is-set-for-seattle-storm-in-everett/. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130708033527/http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/267374?referrer_id=389123. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  15. "Stealth Relocate to Vancouver". http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/267374?referrer_id=389123.
  16. "Edward D. Hansen Conference Center". http://www.angelofthewindsarena.com/conferencecenter.ashx?p=1103.

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