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Arena bowl during a Thunderbirds game (c.2012)
Former names Kent Events Center (planning/construction)
Amiga Center (planning/construction)
ShoWare Center (2009-17)
Address 625 W James St
Kent, WA 98032-4406
Location Greater Seattle
Owner City of Kent
Operator SMG
Capacity 7,141
Broke ground September 25, 2007 (2007-09-25)
Opened January 2, 2009 (2009-01-02)
Construction cost $84.5 million
  • LMN Architects
  • PBK Architects
Project manager Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.
Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Services engineer Wood Harbinger, Inc.
Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) (2009–present)
Seattle Mist (LFL) (2009–19)
Rat City Rollergirls (WFTDA) (2009–present)
Kent Predators/Seattle Timberwolves (IFL) (2010–11)
Seattle Impact (MASL) (2014–15)
Tacoma Stars (MASL) (2015–present)

The accesso ShoWare Center is a multi-purpose arena in Kent, Washington, United States.

About the venue

The construction of the arena began September 2005, with the venue opening in January 2009. The principal tenants are the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League and the Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League.

Naming rights to the arena were initially sold to Amiga, Inc. and the arena was to be called the "Amiga Center". 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-based VisionOne, Inc., an e-business software developer which in turn named the arena after ShoWare, its flagship box office operations program. In 2014, tech company Accesso purchased VisionOne, Inc.; with the venue changing its name to the accesso ShoWare Center in the fall of 2017.

The design architect is LMN Architects of Seattle, in association with PBK Architects of Vancouver, British Columbia. The arena is managed and operated by Philadelphia-based SMG.

Among other events, it has hosted the 2012 edition of the Hilton HHonors Skate America.

Facts about the venue

  • The approximate square footage of the arena is 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2)
  • The "Chandelier" scoreboard has four 6' x 12' video screens.
  • The venue opened on January 3, 2009 with a hockey game by (Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Everett Silvertips)
  • The arena has a capacity of 5,887 seats. Retractable seating to provide additional space for concerts, basketball, shows and other events, expanding the capacity to 7,141.
  • The venue typically hosts 110 to 117 events annually, including about 40 Thunderbird games.
  • Country duo Florida Georgia Line draws an audience 7,129 people on December 14, 2013.
  • The 2 millionth guest celebration was held on November 11, 2014.
  • Brenden Silvester of the Seattle Thunderbirds scored the first goal in the history of the arena, in the 2nd period on January 3, 2009 against the Everett Silvertips in a 4-3 Seattle win.
  • Greg Scott of the Seattle Thunderbirds scored the first hat trick in the arena on February 6, 2009
  • The 2015-2016 hockey season reached an all time attendance record with an average of 4,792 people per game.
  • Hockey single game attendance record of 6,223 set on May 12, 2017 during the WHL finals against the Regina Pats.
  • Hosted first professional basketball games during the 2018 JBA season.
  • In Professional Wrestling, the arena has hosted three house shows for the TNA Wrestling promotion (2009, 2011, 2012) and one taped event for Ring of Honor wrestling's weekly television program (2019).

Selected events

List of selected events held at the accesso ShoWare Center
Date Artist Event Opening act(s) Attendance Revenue
November 19, 2016 Amy Grant
Michael W. Smith
Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Jordan Smith 5,986 / 5,986 $329,078
December 7, 2016 Hunter Hayes
Josh Turner
Hometown Holiday Tyler Farr
Maddie & Tae
Seth Ennis
3,481 / 3,498 $150,520
April 12, 2017 Banda MS Gira Es Tuyo Mi Amor Pancho Barraza
Beatriz Solís
6,521 / 6,521 $390,210
June 18, 2017 El Fantasma Rancheando En La Ciudad Tour Voz de Mando
1,890 / 6,439 $121,350
July 13, 2017 Logic Everybody's Tour Joey Bad***
Big Lenbo
4,612 / 4,937 $204,643
October 15, 2017 Los Inquietos del Norte Gira Locos y Entumecidos Chuy Lizárraga
Jesús Ojeda
El Filly
2,796 / 6,614 $142,955
October 29, 2017 Skillet Unleashed Tour Britt Nicole
Colton Dixon
Tauren Wells
1,891 / 4,432 $55,162
March 3, 2018 G-Eazy The Beautiful & Damned Tour Trippie Redd
Anthony Russo
6,656 / 6,820 $264,543
Preceded by
Home of the
Seattle Thunderbirds

2009 - present
Succeeded by