Seattle’s most notable sports teams are the NFL’s Seahawks and MLB’s Mariners (plus the WNBA’s Storm). However, the town supports numerous professional/semi-pro teams outside of the “big four” sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL) as well as any city in the country, including teams that participate in various levels for hockey, rugby, basketball, Australian football, and roller derby, not to mention Ultimate (AKA Ultimate Frisbee), where the city has four teams competing in three national semi-pro leagues.
Seattle, though, is widely known to be one of the most passionate places in the U.S. when it comes to soccer. Of the thousands of professional soccer teams in the world, the Sounders routinely rank in the top-30 in attendance and for years have not only lead the MLS in that category, but have been doubling the league’s average attendance mark. On the women’s side, the Reign likewise have a strong following in the National Women’s Soccer League, as do the local NCAA squads.
In addition to organized athletics, Seattle ranked eighth on Forbes’ 2016 list of America’s healthiest cities thanks in part to the amount of time the locals spend active outdoors. The city features several parks, the largest being 534-acre Discovery Park, which offers more than 11 miles of scenic trails for hikers; saltwater and freshwater kayaking; and endless opportunities to bicycle. Plus, if you really want to embrace the great outdoors, Seattle is located close to three national parks, including Mount Rainier, with its 14,416-foot peak and 236,381 unspoiled acres.
Did You Know
The first American team to win the Stanley Cup was the Seattle Metropolitans, downing the Montreal Canadiens three games to one in 1917 … The Kingdome opened in 1976 and is best known for housing MLB’s Mariners and the NFL’s Seahawks for more than 20 years. But the first person to score in the Kingdome was the world’s most recognizable athlete, soccer legend Pele, who netted two goals in the New York Cosmos 3-1 victory over the local Sounders in a NASL game … Because of its roof design, Century Link Field is one of the loudest venues in sports, recording a crowd noise of 137.6 bdA during a Seahawks game, a world record that lasted nearly two years … One of the greatest race horses of all time wasn’t from Seattle, but was named after it. Horse owners Karen and Mickey Taylor lived in White Swan, Washington, and came up with Seattle Slew based on the sloughs loggers used in the Pacific Northwest. One of only 12 horses to win the Triple Crown, Seattle Slew was the only one to ever complete the task undefeated … The Mariners’ Ken Griffeys, Jr. and Sr., are the only father/son pair to play Major League Baseball together on the same team. They took that to another level on Sept. 14, 1990, when they hit back-to-back home runs against the California Angels … Founded in 1907, the Seattle Dojo is the oldest judo academy in the country.
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