Jul 07

Where exactly is this happening?

We’ll be in the Northwest Rooms at Seattle Center. They’re up in the northwest corner of the campus, naturally, adjacent to Key Arena, at the corner of 1st Ave N and Republican Street. See the campus map here.

How do I get into the venue? Where’s the entrance?

The entrance to the Northwest Rooms is in the courtyard area between the building and Key Arena; there is no entrance from the street side. There’s an archway off Republican Street leading to the courtyard, as well as stairs on the south side of the building leading from 1st Ave N up to the courtyard.

Where do I park?

The closest parking is the First Avenue North garage with entrances on 1st Ave N and on Warren Ave, between Thomas and John Streets. (It’s on the south side of Key Arena; the Northwest Rooms are on the north side.) The Mercer Street garage is the second-closest, with its entrance on 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy Streets. More information on parking at Seattle Center is available at this page on their site. Rates vary from $9 to $20. You may be able to find on-street metered parking as well, though I wouldn’t count on it.

What’s the general schedule? When do things start?

Friday registration opens at 5 PM, the Friday Night Feast begins around 6 PM, and gaming starts at 8 PM.
Saturday and Sunday, doors open at 8:30 AM, gaming starts at 9 AM. Lunch on both days is from noon to 1 PM. Dinner on Saturday is from 6:30 to 8 PM. The event ends around 8:30 PM on Sunday.

Where do I eat (the rest of the weekend)?

The Center House at Seattle Center has a big food court. Seattle Center is in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, and there are plenty of options around for lunch and dinner.

Is it true that the Space Needle is a giant weather-controlling apparatus?

We can neither confirm nor deny this claim.

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