Seattle Kraken fans celebrate historic start of hockey season
The Seattle Kraken, the NHL’s brand-new team, will hit the ice for its first regular season game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Kraken will be facing off against the NHL’s previous expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights.
Back home in Seattle, fans are preparing to celebrate the arrival of the city’s newest team.
The Kraken Community Iceplex at Northgate is hosting its first “Kraken Game Night.” It’s a family friendly, dry event that will include giveaways, prizes, a live DJ, and hockey insights from Kraken staff. Seating and programming begins at 6:30 p.m., but the iceplex says it’s already at capacity for spectator-only admission where fans will be able to sit in the rink bleachers to watch the game on a 32-foot screen.
If you’re still interested in attending, you can purchase public skate and viewing admission for $20, but advanced registration is required. Skate rental is $5 per person.
The 32 Bar & Grill at the Kraken Community Iceplex is not yet open.
We are at capacity for spectator-only admission (no skating). There are still spots left for skating and spectating!
— Kraken Community Iceplex (@KrakenIceplex) October 12, 2021
Even Alaska Airlines, a partner of the Seattle Kraken, has a special new plane to support the team.
Prepare for takeoff to Kraken Territory! ✈️🏒 We’re proud to be a founding partner of the @SeattleKraken, and we’re celebrating the best way we know how—with a legendary new aircraft! pic.twitter.com/tppEXGYtcZ
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) October 11, 2021
With so much excitement surrounding the Kraken, expect your favorite neighborhood sports bar, restaurant, or probably anywhere with a TV to be tuned to the game at 7 p.m.
For help finding a place to watch the games in-person, check out the “Anchor Alliance,” a network of 32 bars “that are devoted to bringing Kraken fans together to watch home and away games.” There have been 11 announced so far, with more coming soon.
Where is everyone watching from? 👀 pic.twitter.com/6gH0trfTqE
— Climate Pledge Arena (@ClimateArena) October 12, 2021
It looks like the whole region is rooting for the Kraken to take their first win.
🗣 It's almost #SeaKraken time!
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 12, 2021
It’s hockey time 🏒
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) October 12, 2021
Whole city behind you 💙
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) October 12, 2021
Our new roommates are making their regular season debut tonight!
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) October 12, 2021
We have been waiting 100 years to return the Stanley Cup to Seattle and it begins tonight.
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) October 12, 2021
— Seattle Aquarium (@SeattleAquarium) October 12, 2021
Prior to the first regular season game, the Kraken played three exhibition games across the state — one in Spokane, one in Everett, and one in Kent — and three away games. The first regular season home game for the Kraken, which will be played at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, is against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 23. Between Tuesday and the first home game, the Kraken play four away games.