The Totems played in two different rinks. From 1958 to 1964, the Totes called the Seattle Center Arena home. Built in 1928 at a cost of one million dollars, the Arena had a seating capacity of 4,600 and an ice surface of 195'x 83'.

In the 70-plus years the Arena had been standing on Fourth and Mercer, it was home to numerous Seattle hockey clubs: The Eskimos, Seahawks, Olympics, Ironmen, Bombers, Americans, Totems, Breakers and Thunderbirds.

Civic Ice Arena. Image from seattlehockey.net
Originally called the Civic Ice Arena, it was renamed a few times in its history: World's Fair Arena, Seattle Center Arena and Mercer Arena.

In April 2017, the arena was demolished for a Seattle Opera expansion project.

The Seattle Eskimos at what appears to be a sold-out Civic Ice Arena, circa 1930.
For the 1964-65 season, the Totems moved into the Seattle Center Coliseum. Designed by architect, Paul Thiry, and paid for by the State of Washington, the Coliseum was built for the 1962 World's Fair at a cost of $4.5 million. The theme of the Coliseum's exhibit at the fair was: "Century 21 - The Threshold and the Threat." It featured a peek into the "World of Tomorrow", how the world might look in the 21st century.
The Official Guide Book to the Seattle World's Fair describes the Coliseum: "In the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid, it has no interior roof supports. Four massive reinforced concrete abutments support the building's roof, which is 110 feet or 11 stories high. The aluminum-paneled roof is supported by steel compression trusses and nearly six miles of steel tension cables."

After the fair, the state sold the Coliseum to the city of Seattle to be used as a sports and convention facility.For hockey, the Coliseum had a seating capacity of 12,300 and a regulation ice surface of 200'x85'.



Seattle Center Coliseum in the early 1990s.


In 1995 the Coliseum was renovated and renamed KeyArena. Once the home of Seattle Supersonics basketball and Seattle Thunderbirds hockey, "the Key" is currently home to the WNBA Seattle Storm and the Rat City Rollergirls flat-track roller derby league.

On December 3, 2018 the NHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve an expansion franchise for Seattle to begin in the 2021-22 season. Two days later, on December 5th, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of a new Seattle Center Arena. A completely new facility that will, however, maintain the Coliseum's iconic sloped roof. You can read more about the new arena here.