SEATTLE — For 25 years, KeyArena has hosted big league sports and was home to the Seattle SuperSonics, but on Thursday NHL officials announced a new name for the venue: It will now be called Climate Pledge Arena.
Officials with NHL Seattle announced the new name along with a naming agreement with Amazon. According to a written statement by Oak View Group, the facility will be the first zero carbon certified arena in the world.
: Take a look at renderings of the new Climate Pledge Arena.
"This unprecedented partnership is the first of its kind in sports and entertainment and is a commitment to tackle the most pressing problem facing our planet, climate change," the statement said.
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, announced the new name in an Instagram post.
"I’m excited to announce that Amazon has bought the naming rights to the historic Seattle arena previously known as KeyArena," he wrote. "Instead of calling it Amazon Arena, we’re naming it Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action."
The arena, originally built in 1962 as part of the World’s Fair, has been an entertainment and sports hub in Seattle ever since.
Recently, the facility has been part of a major renovation project, which a franchise spokesperson now estimates will cost roughly $1 billion, up from the original $700 million price tag attached to the development when talk of the upgrade work first began over two years ago.
Officials said the 18,100-seat multi-purpose venue located at Seattle Center is expected to host 200 events each year, including NHL Seattle, the WNBA's Seattle Storm and live music and entertainment acts.
The arena had been scheduled to re-open in June 2021, but a spokesperson said that has been pushed back until sometime later this summer.
A source in the franchise told KOMO News that the partnership deal is a multi-million contract that will span several years.
According to Oak View Group, Climate Pledge Arena will have several key features, including:
A team branding announcement is expected later this summer.