New Seattle Center Arena Rendering 
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New Seattle Center Arena Rendering
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The acoustics for the new Seattle Center Arena may blow your mind

In case you hadn’t noticed, the old KeyArena at Seattle Center is in the process of being gutted to make room for a state-of-the-art replacement facility under the existing roof.

The new venue will host sports, music and other events. And the new developers are keen on creating an acoustic gem of a space. The Pacific Science Center hosted a "Science in the City" panel to discuss the acoustic design of the new arena.


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If you’re curious about what it takes to create a space designed to be the loudest in the National Hockey League and also the envy of arena rockers nationwide, listen in.

This Speakers Forum episode is part of an ongoing partnership with Pacific Science Center. This event — The Science of Sports & Entertainment: Acoustics at the New Arena — took place at The PACCAR IMAX Theater on April 23. Come back next month for another Science in the City episode.

Former KJR sports radio host Mike Gastineau served as emcee. The guest speakers were acoustic contractor Brian Elwell, the Oak View Group's Vice President of Events Don Graham and singer, songwriter and rapper Wanz, aka Michael Wansley.