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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Large Crowds Expected for End-of-Year Events

12/30/2009  11:15:00 AM
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114

Large Crowds Expected for End-of-Year Events

SEATTLE – Seattle drivers may encounter traffic congestion related to special events over the next few days.   The Wildrose 25 th Anniversary Party gets underway tonight, Wednesday, December 30, kicking off two nights of celebration. Tomorrow night it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve in Seattle without the traditional fireworks display atop the Space Needle.  The event is expected to draw a crowd of up to 10,000 revelers.  In addition, 65,000 fans are expected to attend the Seattle Seahawks’ final game of the season on Sunday at Qwest Field.

Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 - 31
Wildrose 25th Anniversary Party :  6 p.m. – 1 a.m. each day
1,000 expected to attend per day
Streets closed 6 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, until 10 a.m. January 1:  
11th Avenue between E Union Street and E Pike Street
Beer Garden set-up for anniversary celebration; expect congestion in the surrounding area

New Year’s at the Needle Fireworks : 12 midnight – 12:07 a.m.
10,000 expected to attend
Streets closed 11:45 p.m. Thursday, December 31 until 12:30 a.m. January 1: 
Fifth Avenue N from Mercer to Broad Street, Broad Street from Fifth Avenue N to Denny Way
Fireworks go off at midnight lasting approximately 7 minutes followed by crowd dispersal

Sunday, January 3
Seattle Seahawks versus Tennessee Titans 1:00 – 4 p.m.
Qwest Field
65,000 expected
Before and after the game, expect congestion surrounding the stadium, on I-5, and on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.                         

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