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Football fans – it’s a twofer this weekend!

This coming weekend, November 10 and 11, both the University of Washington (UW) Huskies and the Seattle Seahawks will be playing in town at Century Link Field with huge crowds turning out to cheer them on.  The Seattle Center will also be jumping with multiple events Friday through Sunday, including the Affordable Art Fair, Pacific Northwest Ballet performances, as well as concerts and men’s college basketball at the Key Arena.  The combination of events each day will likely produce heavier traffic than usual on streets surrounding the Center. 

The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages event-goers to consider reducing their impact on the environment by going car-less and traveling via one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or even walking, if feasible.

For those fans attending the Huskies game, Metro offers Husky game day non-stop shuttle buses to CenturyLink Field from the Eastgate P&R, Federal Way/S 320thSt P&R, Northgate Transit Center and South Kirkland P&R.  The shuttles leave the parking areas starting two and one half hours prior to kick-off time.

Friday, November 9
Affordable Art Fair: 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center
2,500 expected
Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: 7:30 – 10 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,900 attending
Expect congestion on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue adjacent to the Center grounds.

Leonard Cohen Concert:  8 – 10 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
8,000 attending
Traffic may be heavy along the west side of the Center grounds.

UW Husky Band Friday Night Rally:  9 – 10:45 p.m.
200 + participants
The procession will wind back and forth through the streets of Greek Row which may slow traffic along NE 45th Street on the north side of the UW Campus.

Saturday, November 10
Affordable Art Fair: 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center
2,500 expected
Expect heavy traffic on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue.

Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: 7:30 – 10 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,900 attending
Expect congestion on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Concert:  7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
12,000 attending
Expect heavier traffic on the west side of Center grounds.

UW Huskies vs. University of Utah Utes: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
60,000 attending
Plan on heavy traffic on streets surrounding the stadium and freeways that connect to SODO – I-90; I-5; SR 519/Edgar Martinez Drive; and SR 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Sunday, November 11
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: 1– 3:30 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,900 attending
Expect congestion on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue.

Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets:  1 – 4 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
67,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic on streets surrounding the stadiums and on freeways that connect into the SODO area  – I-90, I – 5; SR 519/Edgar Martinez Drive; and SR 99/ Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Seattle University Redhawks vs. Montana State Bobcats:
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Key Arena
4,000 attending
Anticipate heavy traffic along the west side of the Seattle Center. 

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206-684-8114