Builders say the home for the newest NHL franchise remains on schedule to be ready by the middle of October, when the NHL season is expected to begin. The Seattle Kraken will play their home pre-season games on the road, within the state of Washington, and will likely begin the regular season with a few games on the road, but officials are confident the new arena will be ready for the Kraken’s home opener during the third week of October.
This week the Kraken announced a six-game preseason schedule with an inaugural home contest Sept. 26 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Coliseum against the Vancouver Canucks, followed by games Oct. 1 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett against the Edmonton Oilers and Oct. 2 at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent versus the Calgary Flames.
The Kraken are also planning to begin the regular season playing up to three regular-season road games before a Climate Pledge Arena debut sometime toward the end of the third week in October.
For now, the forced move to WHL locales for preseason contests enables the Kraken to showcase itself throughout the region and state and was readily welcomed by the host teams.
The New York Islanders have announced they expect to play the first month of the season on the road as their new arena on Long Island — developed by the same Oak View Group (OVG) company handling the Climate Pledge Arena renovation — is completed.
The Kraken’s new building — constructed under the original roof of the Seattle Center Coliseum — will likely have a final price tag of more than $1 billion. Construction included supporting the 44 million-pound historic roof on temporary supports while dirt was dug out of the former bowl to create a massive increase in space to roughly 800,000 square feet.
By Jon Sorensen