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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Traffic Advisory - Starbucks & Sounders Wed & Thurs

3/17/2009  2:00:00 PM
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114

Thousands to Attend Starbucks and Sounders Events
Motorists should plan on possible delays

SEATTLE - On Wednesday, March 18, as many as 7,600 people are expected to assemble at McCall Hall at the Seattle Center for the Starbucks 2009 Annual Shareholders Meeting. The meeting gets under way at 10:00 a.m., but attendees are expected to begin arriving before 8:00 a.m. The meeting will run until 12:00 noon. Traffic congestion can be expected surrounding the Seattle Center before and after the event.

On Thursday, March 19, approximately 1,500 fans of the Seattle Sounders soccer team will March to the Match in celebration of the start of the Sounders' season. From 4:40 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. there will be speeches in Occidental Park followed by the fan parade starting at 4:50 p.m. Moving out of the park, the marchers will travel south on Occidental Avenue S from Main Street to Qwest Field. Seattle police will escort the parade.

The Seattle Sounders opening match kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with an estimated crowd of 34,000 in attendance. Seattle Police will close Occidental Avenue S between S King Street and S Royal Brougham Way from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Motorists should expect traffic congestion around the stadium before and after the match.

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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