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Kraken expect training center to open in summer in '21

Associated Press

Seattle — The expansion Seattle Kraken expect to have the main portion of their training facility open in plenty of time for the team’s first NHL season.

The primary NHL rink, locker rooms, training areas and front office space are on target to be finished by mid-July, Kraken senior vice president for digital and fan experience Todd Humphrey said Tuesday.

David Humphrey, senior vice president of digital and fan experience for the Seattle Kraken NHL hockey team, wears a face mask with the logo of the team as he talks to reporters Tuesday during a media tour of the team's training facility in Seattle. The building will house three NHL regulation ice rinks, and will serve as the headquarters and training center for the Kraken.

The training center is being constructed in two phases with the initial focus on finishing the needed facilities for the team to play its first season in 2021-22. The second phase, which includes two additional rinks that will be used for community activities, should be finished in the late summer or early fall of next year.

“It’s important because if the NHL gets back to a regular schedule we need to have an expansion draft, an amateur draft, rookie camps, etc.,” Humphrey said. “So it’s coming at us quick.”

The training facility is the anchor of a large redevelopment in the Northgate neighborhood of Seattle. The training center is 167,000 square feet and will have seating for 1,000 fans surrounding the practice rink. There will also be retail and dining options inside the building.