The Science of Sports and Entertainment

The Science of Sports and Entertainment: Supporting the Roof

Walk past the construction site of the New Arena at Seattle Center and you’ll see the historic 1962 World’s Fair roof floating in mid-air, but there’s no magic going on here. So how exactly does the 44-million-pound roof remain intact, in the heart of Seattle Center, while a brand-new arena is constructed underneath? Join our panelists as we take a deep dive into the engineering and science behind holding up the iconic roof that NHL Seattle fans will call home.

Panelists include:

  • Steve Hofmeister, Thorton Tomasetti, Managing Principal
  • Elliott Veazey, CAA Icon, Senior Director
  • Brent Leiter, Mortenson Construction, Project Executive

Gates open at 6:15 p.m. for a reception in Lower Building 4 featuring alcoholic beverages for purchase and complimentary light bites. Presentation begins at 7 p.m. in PACCAR IMAX Theater.

Cost: Members, Free / General Public, $10

Recommended Ages: All ages


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November 19, 2019


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


PACCAR Theater
200 Second Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109