Ice from rainwater, energy from solar farms

The rainwater from the roof is collected and used for the ice surface. According to the club, the entire arena is CO2-neutral – among other things because the energy required is generated by solar farms. “Even the ice machine is electric“says Jason McLennan. The architect is one of the leading thinkers in ecological building and has advised the Kraken. “We have known for some time that we have to do everything differently when it comes to climate change. Our cities must run without fossil fuels and exclusively with renewable energies.”stresses McLennan.

In Seattle, he met with open ears from city leaders and owners of the Kraken. For $ 900 million, the arena was once home to the Seattle basketball players SuperSonics around Detlef Schrempf was renovated. McLennan speaks of one “new era in the sports and entertainment industry”. Most of all, the Canadian is proud of that “This project was not named after a large company, but rather after a vision.”

Waste is recycled or composted

And the Bayer pit farmer can fully identify with this vision. “What they have pulled out of the hat is gigantic. That is exactly what we need in the next few years”says the 29-year-old. He points out how much garbage is produced at each home game. Seattle doesn’t even have trash cans. Everything is recycled or composted. And from 2024, according to the goal of co-owner and managing director Tod Leiweke, “No plastic in the entire building“to be used more.

Despite all the anticipation, the Kraken are making their first NHL steps away. The premiere is at the Vegas Golden Knights. The home debut follows on October 23 against the Vancouver Canucks. “We’re starting from scratch, but everyone’s been in the business for a long time. We play to win the Stanley Cup, not just to be there.”says Grubauer.

Grubauer earns $ 35.4 million in six years

As the Colorado Avalanche showed no interest in extending his expiring contract in the summer, although he was disappointed, according to Grubauer. But then the call came from Seattle. The German national goalkeeper signed for six years ($ 35.4 million), making him the professional with the longest contract term with the Kraken. “I am very proud to be part of the team and to be able to build something here“, said is.

His new sporting home is known for its passionate sports fans. as Runningback Marshawn Lynch in einem PlayoffGame of Seattle Seahawks in January 2011 Touchdown– Run over 67 Yards succeeded, the spectators in the stadium jumped so euphorically that a nearby seismograph des Pacific Northwest Seismic Network Recorded vibrations that corresponded to a magnitude one earthquake.

60,000 fans are waiting for season tickets

The Seahawks were in 2014 NFLChampionwho have favourited footballers of the Seattle Sounders FC have made it to the finals four times in the past five years Major League Soccer – and won in 2016 and 2019. Seattle’s last Stanley Cup-Profit was 104 years ago. In 1917 the Metropolitans in the final series with 3-1 wins against the Montreal Canadiens by.

Although there has been no professional ice hockey in Seattle since 1975, the euphoria surrounding the Kraken is huge. The NHL board of directors had only officially approved an expansion on December 4, 2018, but by March of that year 25,000 interested parties had made a deposit for season tickets within 75 minutes. The waiting list has now grown to 60,000 fans. For daily training, reports Grubauer, there are always between 500 and 600 spectators.

Name based on giant Pacific octopus

And that although the Kraken do not yet have a superstar on the team. The best-known players, alongside Grubauer, are defender Mark Giordano and striker Jordan Eberle. Marketing, on the other hand, is outstanding. The name, which was chosen from 1,200 options, is based on the giant Pacific octopus. The logo, an ice-blue “S” with a tentacle in the middle and a red eye in the upper half of the letter, is an absolute eye-catcher.

Everything just fits together“says Grubauer:”I would say it’s one, if not the coolest shirt in the NHL.“A jersey that should soon be found in his home town of Rosenheim because of him.


Stand: 11.10.2021, 09:34

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