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Memorial Stadium (Seattle) & Key Arena (W-797, 47570-D)


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W-797, 47570-D

MEMORIAL STADIUM: Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington, is located in the northeast corner of the Seattle Center grounds. It was the venue for much of the opening ceremonies for the Century 21 Exposition, a World's Fair held in Seattle in 1962. It is currently the home field for the Seattle Majestics, a women's American football team.

The stadium currently seats approximately 12,000 people. This was expanded to 17,000 during 1974-75, while the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League played at Memorial Stadium before moving to the newly constructed Kingdome. Similarly, an A-League reincarnation of the Sounders franchise played at Memorial Stadium before also moving to a newly-built stadium, Qwest Field.

In 1948, Memorial Stadium was built in memory of all the former Seattle high school youth who gave their lives in WWII. In dedication a memorial wall was built with all of the names of the fallen individuals.

The facility is not operated by the Seattle Center itself, but is owned by the Seattle School District and still serves as the "home field" for football games played by high schools within the district. The stadium is used periodically for concerts, such as in connection with festivals, like Bumbershoot, being held at the Center. In addition Memorial Stadium is most commonly used for coed and men's flag football, year round.

KEY ARENA: Seattle SuperSonics (NBA) (1967-1978, 1985-1994, 1995-2008) Seattle Storm (WNBA) (2000-present) Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) (1977-2009) Seattle SeaDogs (CISL) (1995-1997) Seattle University Redhawks (NCAA) (1963-1980, 2008-Future)

KeyArena at Seattle Center, commonly known as KeyArena. The arena's current primary tenants are the Seattle Storm of the WNBA and the Rat City Rollergirls of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Seattle University's men's basketball team played in the arena from 1963-1980 and returned in 2008-2009 season.

KeyArena was once home to the NBA's now defunct Seattle SuperSonics. On July 2, 2008, the Oklahoma City based ownership group of the SuperSonics reached a settlement deal with the City of Seattle, releasing the team from the last two years of their lease with the city and allowing the team to relocate to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 NBA season. The team became the Oklahoma City Thunder and the owners agreed to leave the SuperSonics name, logo, and colors in Seattle for a possible future NBA franchise.

It was also home to the Seattle Thunderbirds, a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League. The Thunderbirds hosted the Memorial Cup in the Seattle Center Coliseum pre-KeyArena remodel in 1992.

Unused 4" x 6" deckled continental size chrome postcard.

Dist. by Smith-Western Co.

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