Members of the Pacific-12 Conference, the University of Washington Huskies athletic department boasts a rich history of triumphs. In 2001, their football team added a Rose Bowl victory to a trophy case that already contained the laurels of four national titles, the most recent of which occurred in 1991. In 2011, the men's basketball team claimed its third Pac-12 tournament title, and in 2005, the women's volleyball team steamrolled competition en route to its first-ever national title. Much of the Husky-related glory unfolds on the floors and fields of UW's lineup of pristine facilities, which includes the historic 72,500-seat Husky Stadium and raucous Alaska Airlines Arena.
Lynnwood Bowl and Skate has sprung from a history so illustrious that the city of Lynnwood awarded its owners with a certificate officially recognizing its impact on local culture. That history began in 1956, when Lynnwood Lanes first opened. Two years later came Lynnwood Roll-A-Way, which was a separate endeavor until Lynnwood Bowl and Skate's current owners merged the businesses in 2006 with a major revamp. In August of that year, a renovation team resurfaced the lanes and roller rink, updated the computerized bowling system to accommodate the entirely new post-Y2K numeric system, and installed a glass door between the bowling alley and skating rink.
In addition to structural renovations, a fresh staff worked out the kinks that previously plagued the Bowl and Skate; they abolished leagues in lieu of exclusively open bowling hours and further diversified the center's activities by erecting the Asteroid climbing wall, a space-themed expanse of glowing handholds. Once visitors have exhausted their energy stores at the climbing wall, bowling lanes, or skating rink, they can gear up for round two at The Roll Bar, where cocktails flow alongside burgers and pizzas and skate-clad visitors flatten out too-thick crusts by rolling over them.
The warm pro shop at Lynnwood Ice Center provides welcome relief for families chilly from loops around the rink. As a member of the Washington Ice Skating Association, the facility offers classes led by instructors with extensive teaching and professional experience, including former international competitors. The center is also the home of the Seattle Junior Hockey Association and the Seattle Skating Club, and it helps forge the hockey players of the future during Stick & Puck sessions. The rink's staff can host a birthday party in a private room, or design programs for homeschoolers or children who have been educated by a hologram of their future self.
The Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Bank of America and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card captures a little holiday magic beneath it's peaked pavilion roof. Garland, wreaths, and ribbon hang from above, while the open fourth wall leaves the arena open to sunlight, fresh air, and marauding caribou. The rink stays open come rain or shine, with staff members always ready to welcome visitors and supply them with rented skates. They also provide an ongoing holiday soundtrack, with music from STAR 101.5. Should skaters feel the need to refuel, a concession stand provides hot beverages, cups of noodles, and bagels and cream cheese in exchange for cash only, or concrete proof that yetis exist.
Everett Skate Deck entertains visitors with more than just a polished floor to skate across. Parents can catch the game on the center's large-screen TV while children scamper around cushioned obstacles on Everett's inflatable play structure. Arcade games challenge players to conquer difficult levels in between sips of slushies bought from the onsite snack shop or melted off a passing glacier. But when the live DJ spins their favorite songs, roller skaters and inline skaters are free to strap on a set of rental wheels and glide across the center's rink beneath a disco ball and beams of colored lights flashing off the walls.