Seattle has a long and complicated relationship with sports, and its older natives have grown up accustomed to disappointment. Though it came out of the gate with some momentum, having the first American hockey team to win the Stanley Cup, way back in 1917, Seattle has struggled since to make much of a mark on the national sports scene, until recently. I grew up in the 80’s, which was an especially dark time for Seattle sports. Back then, it was just the Mariners, the Seahawks, and the Sonics, and they were all bad. Like, the kind of bad that leaves a scar on your heart. The kind of bad that makes you root for other teams, even when they’re playing against your own.
I am one of the long suffering fans of Mariners baseball. Ever since I was a child watching games in the Kingdome, I grew up loving baseball. I sat in left field as Edgar’s double brought Ken Griffey Jr in to score for their first playoff series win in 1995. One of the great experiences I have ever had. The long stretches of mediocrity make those winning moments so much more meaningful. – Jamie
But that has changed, in recent years. Aside from the loss of the Sonics to Oklahoma, the new Millennium has been much kinder to Seattle sports fans. Despite being the largest metropolitan area with only two of the “big four” (hockey, baseball, football and basketball) major sports leagues represented, Seattle has welcomed previously underrepresented sports organizations, like the WNBA (Seattle Storm), and Major League Soccer (Seattle Sounders FC and its women’s counterpart, the Seattle Reign), into the fold. All three of those teams have developed raving fan bases, and cultivated a few national championships, over the past decade. Add to that a thriving collection of minor league teams playing everything from hockey to roller derby, and it’s clear that Seattle’s sports scene is alive and well.
Here are some fun details and stats from Wikipedia. Follow the links to each team’s website, for more info.
|Club Names||Sport||League||Home Venue||Founded||First Season||National
|Seattle Seahawks||Football||NFL||CenturyLink Field||1974||1976||1||69,020|
|Seattle Sounders FC||Soccer||MLS||CenturyLink Field||2007||2009||6||42,636|
|Seattle Mariners||Baseball||MLB||Safeco Field||1977||1977||0||27,999|
|Seattle Reign FC||Soccer||NWSL||Memorial Stadium||2012||2013||2||4,599|
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