The Seattle Kraken are allowing fans to reserve parking spots at Climate Pledge Arena as just one feature of a new mobile app that’s meant to make going to the arena a simple task for attendees.
The app — Kraken+Climate Pledge Arena — allows fans to store and purchase tickets for concerts and Kraken games, access free transit passes on game days, and view exclusive Kraken content. It also includes an option for fans to reserve and pre-purchase parking at the arena ahead of time.
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“We would love it if everyone took public transit to the arena, but if they’re not going to, I would really encourage people to think about reserving your parking,” said Katie Townsend, a Kraken spokesperson. “It’s going to be the cheapest way to do it, and it’s going to be the most convenient way to do it.”
Fans can reserve a spot at one of several parking lots or garages around the arena. The app will have a scan feature for use at a selected stall that verifies a user’s reservation.
“You can think about a spot that’s the distance from the arena that you want, and at the price point that you want,” Townsend said. “We want to encourage people not to be driving around the arena just trying to find a spot. Instead, we want them to have a plan for what they’re doing.”
This is good news for fans, given that parking in Seattle's Uptown neighborhood near the arena is about to become more expensive. Earlier this year, the Seattle City Council approved a plan to increase parking rates around Climate Pledge Arena in preparation for the National Hockey League's inaugural season in the city, raising the maximum cap for street parking to $12 per hour.
Council members expressed hope that the increased rates would cause more residents to use available public transportation options like the monorail which just unveiled major upgrades and Link light rail which just opened its new Northgate extension earlier this month.
Climate Pledge Arena is set to have its grand-opening ceremony on Oct. 22.