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accesso ShoWare Center
Former namesKent Events Center (planning/construction)
Amiga Center (planning/construction)
ShoWare Center (2009-17)
Address625 W James St
Kent, WA 98032-4406
LocationGreater Seattle
OwnerCity of Kent
Broke groundSeptember 25, 2007 (2007-09-25)
OpenedJanuary 2, 2009 (2009-01-02)
Construction cost$84.5 million
($89.6 million in 2018 dollars[1])
Project managerShiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates
Services engineerWood Harbinger, Inc.
General contractorMortenson Construction
Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) (2009–present)
Seattle Mist (LFL) (2009–present)
Rat City Rollergirls (WFTDA) (2009–present)
Kent Predators/Seattle Timberwolves (IFL) (2010–11)
Seattle Impact (MASL) (2014–15)
Tacoma Stars (MASL) (2015–present)
Venue Website

The accesso ShoWare Center is a multi-purpose arena in Kent, Washington, United States.

About the venue[edit | edit source]

The construction of the arena began September 2005[2], with the venue opening in January 2009.[3] The principal tenants are the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League, and the Seattle Mist of the Legends Football League.

Naming rights to the arena were initially sold to Amiga, Inc. and the arena was to be called the "Amiga Center".[4] However, Amiga failed to make a promised down payment, and lost the naming rights as of August 2007.[5] In November 2008, the Kent City Council announced that the city had sold the naming rights to the Fresno-based VisionOne, Inc., an e-business software developer which in turn named the arena after ShoWare, its flagship box office operations program.[6] In 2014, tech company Accesso purchased VisionOne, Inc.; with the venue changing its name to the accesso ShoWare Center in the fall of 2017.[7]

The design architect is LMN Architects of Seattle, in association with PBK Architects of Vancouver, British Columbia.[8] The arena is managed and operated by Philadelphia-based SMG.

Among other events, it has hosted the 2012 edition of the Hilton HHonors Skate America.[9]

Facts about the venue[edit | edit source]

  • The approximate square footage of the arena is 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2)
  • The "Chandelier" scoreboard has four 6' x 12' video screens.
  • The venue opened on January 3, 2009 with a hockey game by (Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Everett Silvertips)
  • The arena has a capacity of 5,887 seats. Retractable seating to provide additional space for concerts, basketball, shows and other events, expanding the capacity to 7,141.
  • The venue typically hosts 110 to 117 events annually, including about 40 Thunderbird games.
  • Country duo Florida Georgia Line draws an audience 7,129 people on December 14, 2013.[10]
  • The 2 millionth guest celebration was held on November 11, 2014.[11]
  • Brenden Silvester of the Seattle Thunderbirds scored the first goal in the history of the arena, in the 2nd period on January 3, 2009 against the Everett Silvertips in a 4-3 Seattle win.
  • Greg Scott of the Seattle Thunderbirds scored the first hat trick in the arena on February 6, 2009
  • The 2015-2016 hockey season reached an all time attendance record with an average of 4,792 people per game.[12]
  • Hockey single game attendance record of 6,223 set on May 12, 2017 during the WHL finals against the Regina Pats.[13]
  • Hosted first professional basketball games during the 2018 JBA season.
  • The arena has hosted three house shows for the TNA Wrestling promotion (2009, 2011, 2012) and one for Ring of Honor wrestling (2019).

Selected events[edit | edit source]

List of selected events held at the accesso ShoWare Center
Date Artist Event Opening act(s) Attendance Revenue
November 19, 2016 Amy Grant
Michael W. Smith
Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Jordan Smith 5,986 / 5,986 $329,078[14]
December 7, 2016 Hunter Hayes
Josh Turner
Hometown Holiday Tyler Farr
Maddie & Tae
Seth Ennis
3,481 / 3,498 $150,520[14]
April 12, 2017 Banda MS Gira Es Tuyo Mi Amor Pancho Barraza
Beatriz Solís
6,521 / 6,521 $390,210[15]
June 18 ,2017 El Fantasma Rancheando En La Ciudad Tour Voz de Mando
1,890 / 6,439 $121,350[16]
July 13, 2017 Logic Everybody's Tour Joey Badass
Big Lenbo
4,612 / 4,937 $204,643[17]
October 15, 2017 Los Inquietos del Norte Gira Locos y Entumecidos Chuy Lizárraga
Jesús Ojeda
El Filly
2,796 / 6,614 $142,955[18]
October 29, 2017 Skillet Unleashed Tour Britt Nicole
Colton Dixon
Tauren Wells
1,891 / 4,432 $55,162[18]
March 3, 2018 G-Eazy The Beautiful & Damned Tour Trippie Redd
Anthony Russo
6,656 / 6,820 $264,543[19]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  2. "Events Center Ceremony Wins National Award". Sound Publishing, Inc.. November 28, 2008. http://www.kentreporter.com/news/35157119.html.
  3. Hunter, Steve (January 2, 2009). "Big Plans for ShoWare Center Grand Opening". Sound Publishing, Inc.. http://www.kentreporter.com/news/36667219.html.
  4. Gaschk, Matthew (April 17, 2007). "T-Birds' proposed arena gets a name". Hearst Corporation. http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/T-Birds-proposed-arena-gets-a-name-1234581.php.
  5. Brunner, Jim (July 31, 2007). "Amiga fails to deliver cash, loses naming rights to Kent arena". The Seattle Times Company. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003813881_kentarena31m.html.
  6. Hunter, Steve (November 19, 2008). "New name for the Kent Events Center". Sound Publishing, Inc.. http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/ken/news/34770879.html.
  7. Hunter, Steve (June 15, 2017). "Kent's ShoWare Center to get longer name". Sound Publishing, Inc.. http://www.kentreporter.com/news/kents-showare-center-to-get-longer-name/.
  8. "ShoWare Center Press Kit". December 2008. https://lmnarchitects.com/assets/work/showare_center/pdfs/2009ShowareCenterPressKit.pdf.
  9. "Kent, Wash., chosen to host 2012 Skate America". Digital First Media. May 4, 2012. https://www.denverpost.com/2012/05/04/kent-wash-chosen-to-host-2012-skate-america/.
  10. "ShoWare Center 5th Anniversary Celebration". Canadian Hockey League. January 16, 2014. http://www.seattlethunderbirds.com/article/showare-center-5th-anniversary-celebration.
  11. "Welcome to our Two Millionth Guest!". November 2014. http://www.showarecenter.com/events/details/000001086/welcome_to_our_two_millionth_guest!x?id=40802189570.
  12. "Seattle Thunderbirds Yearly Attendance Graph". August 2015. http://www.hockeydb.com/nhl-attendance/att_graph.php?tmi=7964.
  13. "T-Birds Fly Past Pats For 3-2 Championship Series Lead". May 13, 2017. http://www.independentsportsnews.com/2017/05/13/t-birds-fly-past-pats-3-2-championship-series-lead/.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Current Boxscore". Billboard (Nashville, Tennessee: Eldridge Industries) 128. December 24, 2016. ISSN 0006-2510. http://www.billboard.com/biz/current-boxscore.
  15. "Current Boxscore". Billboard (Nashville, Tennessee: Eldridge Industries) 129 (12). May 27, 2017. ISSN 0006-2510. http://www.billboard.com/biz/current-boxscore.
  16. "Current Boxscore". Billboard (Nashville, Tennessee: Eldridge Industries) 129 (21). September 23, 2017. ISSN 0006-2510. http://www.billboard.com/biz/current-boxscore.
  17. "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (Nashville, Tennessee: Eldridge Industries) 129. November 25, 2017. ISSN 0006-2510. http://www.billboard.com/biz/current-boxscore.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (Nashville, Tennessee: Eldridge Industries) 129 (29). December 23, 2017. ISSN 0006-2510. http://www.billboard.com/biz/current-boxscore.
  19. "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (Nashville, Tennessee: Eldridge Industries) 130 (13). May 19, 2018. ISSN 0006-2510. http://www.billboard.com/biz/current-boxscore.
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