ShoWare Center


North America, United States, King County

The ShoWare Center is a 6,500-seat, 154,400-square-foot (14,340 m) multi-purpose arena in Kent, Washington, United States, that finished construction on January 2, 2009. Its principal tenant is the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, but in 2010 it will also be home to the Seattle Timberwolves of the Indoor Football League. Originally known as the Kent Events Center, naming rights to the arena were initially sold to Amiga, Inc. and the arena was to be called The Amiga Center at Kent. However, Amiga failed to make a promised down payment, and lost the naming rights as of August 2007. In November 2008 the Kent City Council announced that the city had sold the naming rights to the Fresno, California-based VisionOne, Inc., an e-business software developer which in turn named the arena after ShoWare, its flagship box office operations program. The arena is managed and operated by Philadelphia-based SMG. The design architect is LMN Architects of Seattle, in association with PBK Architects of Vancouver, BC.