Family-friendly guide to fall spectator sports around Seattle
Does your family love sports? If so, check out the many options for games to see around Seattle this fall. There's football, and soccer of course, but also an array of college sports and a couple of excellent major junior hockey teams.
If you’re a sports fan in America, then fall means football. And with the Seahawks, Seattle puts on a big, loud, exuberant football show. Consider having your family wear ear protection. You can read more about ways to watch it here.
Games at Husky Stadium come with all the pageantry college football brings: the coordinated fan cheering, the marching band and the mascots. And the football is good too. Consider ear protection. Leave your car at home. There’s a light-rail station right by the stadium.
Sounders crowds are fun to be part of. They have earned a reputation for creating some of the most raucous home games in Major League Soccer. Between the brass band, the big supporters clubs with their flags and banners, and the stadium special effects, it's a party atmosphere, with nifty accessories. The Sounders kids club is free and includes events, select ticket and gear discounts, newsletters and oral hygiene advice (Delta Dental is the sponsor.)
Husky Soccer Stadium, a soccer only facility on the east side of the UW campus, has an intimate feel. You can often hear what the players are yelling. A smaller version of the marching band attends, seated in the bleachers nearby. Concessions are basic.
Seattle Pacific University Falcons (men and women)Interbay Soccer Stadium, 3027 17th Ave W
First rate NCAA division 1 college basketball in an arena full of 10,000 or so fans. Consider ear protection.
Seattle’s other NCAA Division 1 teams play the bulk of their home games in the 1000 seat Redhawk Center this year (KeyArena often the site of past Redhawks men’s games, is closed for renovations) so if you get seats, they’ll be good ones.
College women’s volleyball season winds up in November.
The teams consist of young elite hockey players aged 16 to 21. While there is a sizeable minority of Americans and a few Europeans, most are from Western Canada. Junior hockey is known for spirited, furious play and exuberant fans.
At Seattle Thunderbirds home games you have the option of sitting in a no-alcohol area.