Article by Aidan Wohl
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you: Bellevue's sports scene has an edge over all the others. This vibrant city is home to more than half a dozen professional teams and a host of unforgettable fan experiences. Whether you're a lifelong fan or just looking for an exciting game day, Bellevue is the place to be. Immerse yourself in the rich histories, the magic of game-winning play, and the unforgettable atmosphere that make Bellevue's sports scene truly unparalleled.
Catch the Action at Lumen Field
10 miles from Bellevue • 68,000 seating capacity • hosts an expansive Stadium Art Program • winner of multiple sustainability awards
Seattle Seahawks, NFL
Step up to the gridiron this fall and become the 12th man when the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks and their passionate fans electrify Lumen Field. The venue offers an elevated game-day experience. Arrive early for home games for family-friendly fun at Touchdown City, with interactive games, airbrush tattoos, live music, and more. Once the game clock begins, Seahawk fans know how to bring the noise, having set the Guinness World Record in 2013, and again in 2014, for the loudest crowd roar. As for the Seahawks, they are a force to be reckoned with, winning two National Football Conference (NFC) championships and a Super Bowl title within the last nine seasons alone. So bring your A-game and join in the rockin’ fun at Lumen Field on football Sundays.
Seattle Sounders FC, MLS
Don’t miss the chance to catch a Seattle Sounders game and join one of Major League Soccer’s most vibrant and dedicated crowds. Sounders played their first match in 2009. Since then, they’ve wasted no time in making history, winning two championships and four US Open Cups in their first 14 seasons in the league. They have also enjoyed recent success on the international stage, becoming the first US team to win the CONCACAF Champions’ League title in 2022 after competing against some of the world’s top teams. Let yourself be swept up in the thrill of the game as the Sounders continue to march toward dynasty status, delivering electrifying performances every match. And the excitement doesn't stop with the game. Take a break during halftime to indulge in the delicious Pacific Northwest-inspired food and drinks from a diverse array of local restaurants and talented chefs throughout the stadium, including Emma's BBQ, Mangosteen, and Manu's Tacos.
OL Reign FC, NWSL
After winning the prestigious National Women’s Soccer League Shield in 2022 — an annual award for the team with the season’s best record — the OL Reign is on track to dominate the field once again in the 2023. Led by Team USA player and soccer icon Megan Rapinoe, every OL Reign matchup promises to be a thriller. Nicknamed “The Bold,” OL Reign brings the thunder year after year, regularly playing in front of 10,000 fans in an NFL stadium — the only NWSL team to do so. And the crowd loves this team. More than 21,400 rowdy fans cheered on the players in the 2022 NWSL semi-final game — one of the largest crowds recorded in women’s soccer history. The games are a family-friendly experience, and those with children under the age of 3 can bring their young ones in for free.
Seattle Sea Dragons, XFL
Following a start-then-stop entry into the Xtreme Football League due to COVID-19 closures, the Pacific Northwest’s Seattle Sea Dragons are playing once again! Catch the fast-moving action of this professional American football league throughout the spring at Lumen Field. As the league has just been reformed, the teams are coming in with a clean slate. But Sea Dragons fans have good reason to come together and cheer, with former NFL All-Pro player — and former Seattle Seahawk — Josh Gordon on the roster. With single-game tickets starting at just $24, Sea Dragon games promise a fun and affordable day at the stadium.
Game-Day Fun at Climate Pledge Arena
10 miles from Bellevue • up to 18,000 seating capacity • hosts 200 events a year • uses rainwater to resurface the ice for hockey games
Seattle Kraken, NHL
The kraken is said to be a fictional sea monster, but after an epic battle on the ice with the menacing Seattle Kraken hockey team, opposing players may question if the monster is indeed just a myth. As the newest team in the National Hockey League, the Krakens are the first professional hockey team to play in the Pacific Northwest since 1975. With their homebase at Climate Pledge Arena, the Kraken have set records in more ways than one. Their cutting-edge arena is more than just a hockey rink — it’s a statement, one that alludes to a goal of being one of the most sustainable arenas in the world. The stadium employs a “rain to rink” system, which uses rainwater for the ice the Krakens play on, and a living wall, covered in lush greenery, greets visitors as they enter the arena.
Seattle Storm, WNBA
The Seattle Storm have most certainly taken the Women’s National Basketball Association by storm. Earning their first championship trophy in 2004 — led by two number-one draft picks in 2001 (Lauren Jackson) and 2002 (Sue Bird) — the team has gone on to claim three more titles, with wins in 2010, 2018, and 2020. The 2023 season will kick off with the retirement of Storm legend Sue Bird’s jersey, following her retirement at the end of the 2022 season, and promises to be another thriller. Join in the fun at Climate Pledge Arena. WNBA games are known for their family-friendly, interactive atmosphere that energize and engage the whole crowd.
“Play Ball!” in T-Mobile Park
10 miles from Bellevue • 48,000 seating capacity • host of 2023 MLB All-Star Week, July 7–11 • named after Bellevue-based T-Mobile wireless network company
Seattle Mariners, MLB
After shopping for your favorite Seattle Mariners jersey at Seattle Team Shop at Bellevue Square, take a short drive west to enjoy a ball game at the park named after Bellevue’s own T-Mobile headquarters. T-Mobile Park is one of only a handful of Major League Baseball parks that offers an open-air retractable roof. Holding the most games with a pitcher not allowing a hit since 2010, T-Mobile Park is a hallmark stadium in which to watch greatness. This stadium also includes a kids’ area, where children can practice hitting and get their picture taken before, during, or after the game. Hungry at the seventh inning stretch? Enjoy some one-of-a kind offerings from park vendors. Delicious toasted grasshoppers with chili lime salt, anyone?