Mercer Arena, previously known as the Exposition Building, the Civic Ice Arena and Seattle
Center Arena, is a performing arts venue located at the corner of Mercer Street Fourth Avenue North in Seattle, Washington
. It was built in 1912 next door to the Seattle Civic Auditorium (where the Seattle Opera House is now located), as part of the $1 million Seattle Center
. The venue predates Seattle Center Coliseum by about 35 years.
Initially conceived as an ice-arena, the facility eventually became a large multi-purpose venue. For concerts, it has a maximum capacity of 8,000 (or 5,000 in seats), an ideal niche between nightclubs and theaters, the largest of which seat a few thousand, and the much larger Key Arena, which seats more than 16,000.The building has sat dormant since 2003.