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Events coming up with potential traffic impacts


Tonight’s 7:30 p.m. Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert at the Key Arena could produce heavier traffic than usual between the I- 5 Mercer off-ramp and the Seattle Center during the latter part of the afternoon commute. On Sunday morning, some 2,000 participants are expected to show up for the Green Lake Gobble,  a Thanksgiving – themed  5k and 10k run and walk and Kids’ Dash. The post-race celebration includes the Mashed Potato Munch Off competitive eating contest. The event supports Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission with cash donations and an onsite canned food drive. Sunday evening at 6 p.m. 38,000 avid Seattle Sounder fans are expected to show up for the Conference Play-off match against the LA Galaxy at CenturyLink Field.

The Seattle Department of Transportation suggests event attendees consider reducing their impact on the environment by leaving the car at home 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.

Thursday, November 15
Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
12,000+ attending
Expect heavier traffic getting off at the I-5 Mercer Street exit and on Mercer Street heading over to the Seattle Center before the concert.

Sunday, November 18
Green Lake Gobble 5k and 10k run/walk:  9:30 a.m.
W Green Lake Way N between E Green Lake Way N and N 63rd Street near Aqua Theatre
2,000 participants
Closure of streets begins at 8:30 a.m.
Course: start adjacent to the Aqua Theater; west on W Green Lake Way N to Aurora Avenue N and onto the Green Lake trail; off trail and onto W Green Lake Drive N; east on W Green Lake Drive N to E Green Lake Drive N; east to E Green Lake Way N; south on E Green Lake Way N to approximately Kenwood Place N; west onto Green Lake trail and finish at Aqua Theater.  10k repeats this route. 

Seattle Sounders  vs. LA Galaxy:   6 – 8 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
38,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic on streets surrounding the stadium and on freeways that connect into the SODO area  – I-90, I – 5; SR 519/Edgar Martinez Drive; and SR 99/ Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Conact:  Peg Nielsen, 206-684-8114