If you are a fan of spectator sports, you can always find an event within the city and you should never miss the excitement of collegiate and amateur sports in Seattle!
Sports fans are able enjoy collegiate sports. The University of Washington, Seattle University and Washington State University field teams in a variety of varsity sports like football, basketball, softball, volleyball, rowing and so many more. The collegiate scene is great place to experience rivalry-packed action.
Washington has four teams within the Western Hockey League, a minor hockey league organization that provides the NHL with much of its young talent. The Seattle franchise joined the league as the Seattle Breakers in 1977, changing names to the Thunderbirds in 1985. The Thunderbirds play at the ShoWare Center in Kent just south of Seattle. The newest addition to the WHL, the Everett Silvertips are just a short drive north of Seattle. The Silvertips play at the Comcast Arena at Everett and the close proximity between the Thunderbirds and Silvertips creates an exciting Puget Sound rivalry.
Seattle's own Rat City Rollergirls have grown their sport year after year. Roller derby has been around for a few decades, with more than 30 leagues nationwide forming the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. The Rat City Rollergirls, who formed their league from scratch in 2004, started playing at a small rink in front of about 200 fans. Due to their increased fan base the Rat City has found a new home at KeyArena.