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New MOHAI opens and Seahawks and 12th Man take on the Rams


Today, is the long awaited grand opening of the new Museum of History and Industry on Lake Union. The opening festivities continue through the weekend and crowds in the thousands are expected to attend most every day.

At 1:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 30, the Seattle Seahawks will kick-off against the St Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field.  A crowd of 67,000 fans is expected to be on hand to rock the stadium and uphold the 12th Man reputation – ready to assist in defeating the Rams.

Motorists should plan on the additional traffic congestion before and after the game in Pioneer Square, SODO, and the freeways near the stadium.   King County Metro Transit has plenty of regular service to CenturyLink Field.  Metro will be offering its special Seahawks shuttles from Northgate Transit Center and the S Kirkland and Eastgate park-and-ride lots starting two hours before the game.  To plan a transit trip to the game, use the convenient Online Trip Planner, or call Metro’s Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000. Riders should remember to plan their trip both ways.

Event-goers are urged by the Seattle Department of Transportation to help reduce their impact on the environment by traveling via one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – bus, carpool, Metro Transit, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, bicycle or even walking, if feasible.

Thursday – Sunday, December 27 – 30
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) Grand Opening: until 8 p.m.  
860 Terry Avenue N – Lake Union Park
Members only – 3,000 attending
Traffic associated with the Grand Opening may be heavy around the south end of Lake Union.

Friday, December 28
MOHAI Grand Opening:  7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
860 Terry Avenue N-  Lake Union Park
VIP’s only – 600 attending
Traffic associated with the Grand Opening may be heavy around the south end of Lake Union.

Saturday, December 29
MOHAI Grand Opening: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
860 Terry Avenue N – Lake Union Park
 Free day for general public – 10,000 expected
Traffic associated with the Grand Opening may be heavy around the south end of Lake Union.

Seattle University vs. Idaho:  7 – 9:30 p.m.
Key Arena
4,000 attending
Expect heavier traffic on west side of the Seattle Center grounds.

Sunday, December 30
MOHAI Grand Opening: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
860 Terry Avenue N – Lake Union Park
 Paid day for general public – 10,000 expected
Traffic associated with the Grand Opening may be heavy around the south end of Lake Union.

Generation. Youth. Christ. Conference:  12:30 – 3 p.m.
State Convention Center  – 800 Convention Place
2,570 attending
81 buses will drop off and pick up participants on streets around the Washington State Convention Center.  Motorists can expect congestion near the center.

Seattle Seahawks vs. St Louis Rams
:  1:25 – 4:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
67,000 attending
Expect congestion before and after the game on streets surrounding the stadium and on I-5/I-90 and SR 99 in the SODO area.                           

Monday, December 31
Western Washington Young Single Adult New Year’s Eve Dance:  9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Exhibition Hall
1500 expected
Traffic may be extra heavy on Mercer Street as party goers arrive and leave.

New Year’s at the Needle:  11:30 pm. – 12:10 a.m. January 1
10,000 expected
Fireworks go off at midnight and last approximately seven minutes.  Seattle Police will close streets near the Space Needle (Fifth Avenue N between Mercer and Broad streets, and Broad Street between Fifth Avenue N and Denny Way) beginning at approximately 11:30 p.m., and for approximately 45 minutes after the end of the fireworks to allow for the crowd to disperse.
Celebrations are expected throughout the city at local restaurants and clubs. Motorists should drive with added care and if they plan to drink they should have a designated driver who won’t be drinking in the New Year.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114