LIUNA-NHL Seattle: Official Union Partner


NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke and Local 242 Business Manager Dale Canon at the partnership signing. 


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Hallie Fuchs, Northwest LECET, (206) 659-6155

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Laborers’ International Union of North America’s unique history to be commemorated within New Arena at Seattle Center and Northgate Ice Centre

SEATTLE – January 23, 2020– Oak View Group (OVG) and Seattle Hockey Partners (NHL Seattle) today announced the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) as the official union partner of NHL Seattle, the New Arena at Seattle Center and Northgate Ice Centre.

LIUNA members are among the hundreds of people currently helping to build the New Arena at Seattle Center. The union was previously involved in the construction of the Washington state pavilion in 1962 and the 1994 remodel of the Coliseum.

As part of the partnership, a custom installation will be co-created and permanently displayed in the New Arena to commemorate LIUNA’s history at the location dating back decades. LIUNA’s logo will also be prominently displayed in corner in-ice locations for all regular season NHL Seattle games.
“This redevelopment stands as a testament to LIUNA Local 242, the City of Seattle and NHL Seattle’s commitment to the residents of our city,” said Local 242 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Dale Cannon.

“This is a complex construction project to create a brand new Arena under an historic roof,” said Ken Johnsen, Executive Vice President for Construction. “The work going on every day at the site is so impressive and critical to the success of this project. We could not be more grateful to the LIUNA members and I can’t wait for people to see the amazing arena they have built.”

“We are honored that The New Arena and the home of the team is being proudly built by LIUNA members,” added NHL Seattle CEO, Tod Leiweke. “We respect the history of this building, just as we respect the decades of work they have done here.”
LIUNA members are a skilled and experienced union workforce trained to work safely in the construction and energy industries. Members work in construction, hazardous waste remediation, health care, education, maintenance, food service, clerical aviation, and state and local governments. LIUNA also offers training with topics ranging from job-site health and safety classes to fully-fledged, hands-on skills and training.

NHL Seattle’s inaugural season at the New Arena at Seattle Center begins in 2021. Latest updates can be found at

About LIUNA Northwest Region
The LIUNA Northwest Region represents over 47,000 members of LIUNA with over 13,000 working men and women within the Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers. The District Council includes LIUNA Local 242 and six other affiliated Locals in the state of Washington. These members are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America. For more information, please visit

About Seattle Hockey Partners
Seattle Hockey Partners (NHL Seattle) is responsible for leading the development activities of the newly awarded Seattle National Hockey League franchise, which is set to play its inaugural season in 2021-22 at the New Arena at Seattle Center, developed by Oak View Group. Visit for the latest news and information from the team including press releases, multimedia content and the latest hires. Follow NHL Seattle on social media to find out the latest news via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Or search using the hashtag #NHLSeattle.

About Oak View Group
Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG is focused on being a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports and live entertainment industry and currently has 8 divisions across 4 global offices (Los Angeles, New York, London and Philadelphia). OVG is leading the redevelopment and operations of the New Arena at Seattle Center as well as leading arena development projects in Belmont, NY, Austin, TX and Milan, Italy. OVG Global Partnerships, a division of OVG, is the sales and marketing arm responsible for selling across all OVG Arena Development projects. For the latest information and news on the arena, visit
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