Welcome to the ShoWare Center, home of the Seattle Mist
Saturday is Legends Football League game-day at ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. The home of the Seattle Mist, which opened in 2009 is also home to over 180 events a year. Everything from Legends Football League action, basketball, concerts, trade shows and of course, Seattle Thunderbirds hockey take place in this cozy venue. Then there are the poker tournaments, Disney on Ice and other ice events, the circus, flat-track motocross, banquets and graduations. All of these put on by a staff who makes it look so easy.
Meet Beth Sylves, Director of Marketing. Say hello to Josh Holmes, Director of Operations. If you’re hungry or thirsty at an event, Brad Olson, Director of Food and Beverage will take care of you. All of these key people to a smooth-running facility have been with the ShoWare center since it opened.
While there are other venue options in the Seattle metro area, the amount of promotion ShoWare gives the Mist and the effort they put forth to ensure Legends Football League fans have an experience they will remember, is vital. The free parking any ShoWare Center attendee is not a bad perk either!
Thunderbirds hockey, the primary resident of ShoWare, keeps fans on their feet 36 regular season games a year. Hopefully, there are playoff dates added to that. With Disney on Ice and other ice shows, ShoWare staff does a fantastic job making sure the ice surface stays in excellent condition. Few Mist fans may realize that during the Pacific Cup in December and the Green Bay game in May, the field was actually laid over the ice surface.
Holmes says the ice surface is actually removed a couple of times a year, one being for the Circus. His staff, including 63 employees can change from a hockey rink to an LFL field in eight hours with 15 people working on the conversion. With 180 events, or an average of roughly one every other day, they are very good at what they do.
In addition to conversions, Holmes also works with each department directly, including front of house, security, first aid, parking and the Kent Police Department. He also works with an event manager, operation supervisors and engineers for each event. These are behind the scenes people who never are noticed as events run smoothly.
When you are at the Mist game, you can stop by one of ShoWare’s four permanent concession stands, five portable stands, portable bar or permanent bar. Your choices of fare are enormous. From the traditional beer and dog to a healthy wrap or salad, Olson’s crew will be certain you are satisfied.
Making sure the items available to fans are top quality are 50 concession employees and eight in the kitchen says Olson. A Mist game day for them begins between 10 and 11 am as they prepare lunch for the LFL crew and dinner for both teams. The night concludes at 11 pm for the food staff at the finish of another successful Legends Football League game.
When you are at ShoWare Center Saturday as the Seattle Mist host the Minnesota Valkyrie, say hello to one of the people working so hard to make sure your night is a great one!