Stadium Surroundings

The neighborhoods surrounding Seattle’s stadiums are packed with history and intrigue, perfect for before, during, and after a game.

Pioneer Square, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, abuts Lumen Field (*800 Occidental Ave S)—home of the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC, and OL Reign—and the Seattle Mariners’ ballfield at T-Mobile Park (1250 First Ave S). Uncover the subterranean stories behind this historic neighborhood with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tours (*614 First Ave). Smith Tower (*506 Second Ave), once the tallest building this side of the Mississippi, offers 360-degree views of the city from its 35th-floor bar and observatory.

Hit German pub Altstadt (209 First Ave S) for a pregame pint, perfect your putt at Flatstick Pub (*240 Second Ave S), or get a bracing post-game cocktail at chic Good Bar (*240 Second Ave S). Sounders FC fans, don’t miss the March to the Match at Occidental Park (117 S Washington St) 90 minutes before kickoff to sing your heart out with supporters.

Change it up by heading just east to the Chinatown-International District—it’s filled with tiny shops, tea houses, and other surprises. Try the Wing Luke Museum (*719 S King St) for a primer on Seattle’s Asian history. For tchotchkes and snacks, don’t miss impressive grocer Uwajimaya (*600 Fifth Ave S) or Sun May (5 Canton Aly S), standing for more than a century.

Explore the Seattle Center while rooting for the four-time WNBA champions Seattle Storm or brand new NHL expansion team Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena (305 Harrison Street). Sip coffee and browse records in KEXP’s Gathering Space (*472 1st Ave N) or climb to the top of the iconic Space Needle (*2901 3rd Ave) for panoramic views of the city and beyond.

Need a bite before the game? The adjacent South Lake Union neighborhood has plenty of options. Snack on satay and spring rolls at Wild Ginger (*2202 8th Ave) or sip cocktails on the rooftop at MBar (*400 Fairview Ave N).


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