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What makes Seattle Kraken’s home special

SEATTLE — Hanging in the rafters at Climate Pledge Arena is an oversized hockey jersey adorned with the number 32. That’s because the Seattle Kraken retired that number before their first home game on Oct. 23, 2021.

This is just one of the ways the expansion hockey franchise has chosen to take a different route from other pro sports teams.

The number 32 came to represent the fervor exhibited by the fan base. When the team – the 32nd franchise in the NHL – started accepting deposits for season tickets, they thought 10,000 would be a worthy goal. Instead, 32,000 made commitments for tickets during the initial 24-hour period, which happened to end on March 2, 2018. Yes, the date was 3/2.

Five-plus months into the team’s inaugural season, a home game against the Nashville Predators fell on March 2, 2022. Naturally, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell officially proclaimed the “3/2” date as “Kraken Day,” and despite the team’s seven -game losing streak, fans packed the arena to celebrate. The home team delivered a rousing 4-3 win, the perfect ending for the Kraken’s special day.

A look at the No. 32 in the rafters of

One reason for the fans’ devotion to the team is the sustainability of its home venue. It sits where KeyArena once hosted the NBA’s SuperSonics, who left Seattle for Oklahoma City in 2008. All that’s left of that facility is its massive, 44-million-pound roof and the glass that formed the exterior on three sides.

The arena was built for the 1962 World’s Fair that was held in Seattle, so the roof has been an enduring symbol for generations in the city. It certainly would have been less expensive to demolish the roof and start over with a completely new building, but that wouldn’t have been the sustainable approach.

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