Thursday, November 3, 2011

This Day in History November 4, 1995

This was kind of a fun one for me today.  It was on this day in 1995 that Key Arena opened for its first sporting event (wasn't I just there last weekend??).  I hadn't realized it had been so recent.  Speaking from my experience, I have been there twice.  One for a Bon Jovi concert earlier this year and just this past weekend for the Women of Faith Conference.

Key Arena is located in downtown Seattle in an area called the Seattle Center.  This is an area that is very historic since it was the site of the 1961 World Exposition.

Look Familiar?

Most of the time, you will Seattle University's Men's Basketball team or the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.  It used to be the home of the NBA Seattle Supersonics.  In fact, their first regular game that season was the opening game of this arena.  They played against the L.A. Lakers, and the Sonics won 103-89.

Isn't it just like professional sports to "demand" a new arena and then leave?  And basically, that is what happened with the Supersonics.  Oh, and the reason it it called Key Arena is that KeyCorp game 15.1 million for the naming rights of the arena.

For more information, check out these sites:
(I don't usually use Wikipedia, but this one cited a lot of sources and used footnotes.  So I chose to go with it!)


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