PacSci Perspectives


Science of Sports & Entertainment

Mar 5, 2019

The Science of Sports & Entertainment

Seattle is ready for an NHL team! While the city patiently awaits the inaugural season, Pacific Science Center is excited to announce our partnership with NHL Seattle and Oak View Group. The city has a long history with hockey dating all the way back to 1915 and the Seattle Metropolitans–the first American team to win the coveted Stanley Cup. Since then, we’ve seen the Seattle Totems, a professional hockey team that has now dissolved, and the Seattle Thunderbirds, a major junior league team based in Kent. It’s about time an NHL expansion team came to the Emerald City.

To gear up for the new team (and wishfully will 2021 to come sooner), we launched a new lecture series, the Science of Sports & Entertainment, that explores the interesting and surprising ways the two subjects are connected. Whether it’s the physics behind hockey players hitting 100 mph slap shots without breaking their sticks to the ice density affecting how the puck moves across the rink, or the engineering behind the acoustics at a concert, we plan to discuss it all..

Our first event was on February 26, where experts discussed the architectural and engineering challenges of designing and building the new arena at Seattle Center. Guest speakers Shaun Mason of CAA ICON, Geoff Cheong of Populous Architecture and Jeff Sawarynski of ME Engineers, revealed intricate details about the new arena, specifically about the complications of preserving KeyArena’s iconic roof. They also provided key insights on the undertaking of bringing the NHL to Seattle and ended the evening opening the floor for inquiries and suggestions from the public.

Throughout the series, speakers will continue to provide diverse perspectives on various scientific topics relating to the NHL’s arrival to Seattle. The series’ events are open to the public and will occur every other month. Do you have any suggestions or feedback for future events? Let us know! The next event will be held on April 23. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.