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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Summer Events Starting Up this Weekend

6/11/2009  4:15:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Summer Events Starting Up this Weekend
Plan On Possible Traffic Delays

SEATTLE - Late Friday afternoon, June 12, a fun-loving crowd will get the weekend started with the 25th Annual Fremont 5K Run and Briefcase Relay. On Saturday afternoon, June 13, over 40,000 people will converge at the University of Washington Husky Stadium for the university’s graduation ceremonies. The Seattle Sounders kick off their match with the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night; and on Sunday morning, June 14, throngs of people are expected to flock to the Summer Sundays on Pike Place at the Pike Place Market. Also on Sunday afternoon, Seattle Pacific University students will celebrate graduation at Safeco Field.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises motorists to pack their patience and plan for delays associated with these activities. SDOT suggests that with the warm summer weather, this might be a great weekend for event-goers to try out traveling by bike, bus, or if feasible, on foot.

Events details and street closures are as follows:

Friday, June 12

Fremont 5K and Briefcase Relay 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Adobe Plaza in the Fremont District of Seattle (N 34th Street and Fremont Avenue N)
1250 participants and spectators expected
Activities on Adobe Plaza, and along Fremont streets and the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Saturday, June 13

University of Washington Graduation Ceremonies 12 Noon - 6:00 p.m.
University of Washington Husky Stadium
Area around stadium and main arterials to I-5 and SR 520 are expected to be congested all afternoon with pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. From 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Montlake Boulevard will be closed from NE Pacific Street to NE 45th Street to accommodate departing traffic. Motorists needing to access the University of Washington Hospital during this time should take 15th Avenue NE to NE Pacific Street; and for those traveling northbound on Montlake will be allowed to cross the Montlake Bridge and then turn left at Pacific Street.

Seattle Sounders versus the San Jose Earthquakes 7:30 p.m.
Qwest Field
32,000 expected
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the game. S Royal Brougham Way, which is closed for SR 519 construction between Fourth Avenue and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the match to accommodate spectator traffic.

Sunday, June 14

Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets closed: Pike, Pine and Stewart streets between First Avenue and Pike Place and Pike Place adjacent to the market.

Seattle Pacific University Graduation Ceremonies 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Safeco Field
10,000 attending
Streets surrounding stadium are expected to be congested prior to and after ceremonies.

For traffic on major city streets, check SDOT’s real-time traffic Traveler’s Information Map at

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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