The Seattle Kraken opened their state-of-the-art training facilities over the weekend. Our Jonathan West gives fans a preview.
“Because I am the best ice maker in North America.”
That’s what facilities manager Iggy Tarajos said when asked why Kraken Community Iceplex was so good. The $ 80 million facility is off to a great start after opening to the public last weekend, 560 days after opening. The 172,000-square-foot facility has three layers of ice, kept at a constant 21 degrees, thanks to 30 miles of underground pipes. Add 10,000 bolts and nearly 3 million pounds of steel, and we have the first ice hockey rinks in town. Ever since the Thunderbirds played at Key Arena! See our KCI photos from the weekend:
It took a little longer to build that @Goldennoches, and a little less than @NHLBlackhawks… but the new @SeattleKraken the practice place is #Now open! @Starbucks @KraakenIceplex It’s a great facility with native art, a huge gear store, and LARGE dressing rooms. pic.twitter.com/csLCBASlyB
– Jonathan West (JW) (@JonathanSWest) September 13, 2021
The Starbucks runway
On the north side of the facility, Starbucks Rink is the main ice sheet. The Seattle Kraken team offices, players’ locker room, team training facilities, video / scoreboard and stands with a capacity of 1,000 spectators surround the track. The 32 Bar & Grill overlooking the west side upstairs will open on November 1st. The Seattle NHL training camp opens to the public on September 23.
The Smartsheet track
The Smartsheet rink in the middle of the facility will host public skating, sled hockey, figure skating, youth hockey, tournaments and games for the Kraken Hockey League for adults. The 32 Bar & Grill will bypass this sheet and the west entrance hallway with the Starbucks Community Store. The general use changing rooms and a multipurpose room have direct access.
Virginia Mason’s Franciscan Health Track
The Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Track on the south side of the facility has huge windows that span the length of a track that will face a future green space. This track will also host various events, including curling. And the area will also be used for non-ice events, such as the Seattle Kraken T-Shirt Launch as of September 15. The changing rooms and the multipurpose room also have direct access here.