About Lumen Field

Welcome to Lumen Field, a multi-purpose stadium located in the heart of Seattle, Washington, in the vibrant SoDo neighborhood. As the home field for the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sea Dragons (XFL), Seattle Sounders FC (MLS), and OL Reign (NWSL), our stadium stands as a testament to the city’s rich sporting culture and heritage.

Originally known as Seahawks Stadium, our arena has evolved over time, adopting new identities reflecting our dynamic journey. Renamed Qwest Field in 2004, CenturyLink Field in 2011, and finally Lumen Field in 2020, our stadium has grown from strength to strength, consistently offering a top-tier experience for all spectators and event-goers.

With breathtaking views of the Downtown Seattle skyline, Lumen Field boasts a seating capacity of 68,740 spectators for NFL games and 37,722 for most MLS matches. Beyond sports, our complex also houses the Event Center, home to the Washington Music Theater (WaMu Theater), a parking garage, and a public plaza. We are a hub of activity, hosting concerts, trade shows, consumer shows, and a myriad of sporting events.

Built between 2000 and 2002 on the former site of the Kingdome, our stadium has become a beacon of Seattle’s commitment to sports and entertainment. Our creation was a community effort, with voters approving funding for construction in a statewide election in 1997. This vote gave birth to the Washington State Public Stadium Authority, which oversees our public ownership. Our development and operations were overseen by First & Goal Inc., formed by the owner of the Seahawks, Paul Allen. Allen’s vision emphasized an open-air venue with an intimate atmosphere, a mission we strive to uphold to this day.

Our fans are our heart and soul, and their passionate support has led to the stadium holding the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar at an outdoor stadium. This outstanding crowd noise has given our home teams a unique advantage and has become a defining characteristic of our venue.

We are proud to be the first NFL stadium to install a FieldTurf artificial surface. Beyond professional sports, we have hosted numerous college and high school football games, including the 2011 Apple Cup and all Washington Huskies home games during the 2012 renovation of Husky Stadium. Our facilities have also served as the home field for the XFL’s Seattle Dragons, renamed the Sea Dragons in 2023.

Soccer is woven into the fabric of Lumen Field. Our stadium has hosted the inaugural Seattle Sounders FC season, MLS Cup finals, U.S. Open Cup finals, and the second leg of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League final. In 2016, we hosted the Copa América Centenario, and we look forward to hosting matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

At Lumen Field, we are more than a stadium. We are a community united by the love of sports, music, and entertainment. We invite you to join us and experience the exhilarating atmosphere and historic moments that are a regular part of our tradition.

IMAX Dome Theater

The history of the Seattle IMAX Dome Theater traces its roots back to 1979 when it began as the Aquarium Theater. At the time, it was one of only seven OMNIMAX® Theaters in the world, and due to the limited availability of films for the domed screen, the theater faced challenges in attracting an audience. Famous Players of Canada initially operated the concession and briefly changed the name to OMNIRAMA.

In 1981, entrepreneur Dave Jasper from Minnesota purchased the theater concession and coined the term “Omnidome Film Experience” to describe the unique and little-known film format. However, it wasn’t until 1983 that the theater became a seasonal presence on the Seattle waterfront, operating from May to October due to low foot traffic during the winter months.

A turning point for the theater came in 1984 when the film “The Eruption of Mount St. Helens” premiered. The film generated enough attendance to allow the theater to remain open year-round. Today, the Seattle IMAX Dome Theater boasts an annual attendance of 200,000.

The Cinema Group, led by principal Richard James, purchased the theater in 1996 and renamed it the Seattle IMAX Dome Theater. Over the years, the theater has focused on screening films that complement a visit to the Seattle Aquarium, with titles such as “The Living Sea,” “Whales” (produced by Mr. James), “Dolphins,” “Into the Deep,” and “Ocean Oasis.” However, no other film has proven more popular than “The Eruption of Mount St. Helens.”

The Seattle IMAX Dome Theater has been an important financial contributor to the community, as Richard James highlights: “Over time, the theater has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in admission tax, sales tax, and rent to the City of Seattle and Parks Department. We are proud of the contributions we have made financially to the community.”

Not only has the theater been a significant financial asset, but it has also been an innovator in the film business. The Seattle IMAX Dome Theater stands as one of the last independent theaters in the city and is home to one of the final union projection rooms in Washington State.

Throughout its history, the Seattle IMAX Dome Theater has evolved and adapted to changing times, always staying true to its mission of providing unique and engaging film experiences for its audience. With a legacy of innovation and a commitment to the community, the theater continues to be a cherished landmark in the city of Seattle.

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