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Experience Seattle Sports by Train

Looking to catch a Sounders match or Mariners game? Experience the Seattle sports scene by train from Kent, Washington.

Are you ready for some baseball or soccer? Seattle Sounders FC is already kicking it at Seattle’s Century Link Field, looking to make another run at the MLS Cup Championship. And the Seattle Mariners will come out swinging when their 2018 home season starts April 1 at nearby Safeco Field.

Being at the game is great, but getting there can be a headache. Skip the hassle, traffic and high cost of parking in downtown Seattle. Park your car in Kent and make your way to the big match or game on the Sounder train from the Kent Station Transit Center. There’s free parking (and lots of it) in the adjacent multi-level parking structure.

A great way to go

Sound Transit runs several special Sounders and Mariners game-day trains. The relaxing ride with fellow fans from Kent Station to Seattle’s King Street Station is less than 30 minutes and puts you close to both fields. Trains depart Seattle about 35 minutes after the match or game.

Round-trip fare is just $8 for adults and $6 for youth 6-18 years. Kids under 5 ride free with a paying passenger. Buy your pass from a ticket-vending machines on site, or make it really easy and use the Transit GO Ticket Mobile app to purchase your ticket ahead of time.

For Seattle Sounders matches, seven game-day Sounder trains are scheduled between now and the end of September. Check the full schedule.

Sounder trains will travel to 13 Seattle Mariners games this season, including opening day on April 1 when the Mariners take on the Cleveland Indians. Check out the full schedule.

Too early to be thinking about the Seattle Seahawks? Never! Sound Transit also runs trains for select Seahawks games. Sound Transit will post a game-day train schedule sometime this summer.

Pre-func at Kent Station

Who needs tailgating when you have Kent Station? After you stow your car in the transit center parking structure, explore this shopping, dining and entertainment village and choose from several ideal spots for a pre-game bite and/or beverage. Mama Stortini’s Restaurant and Bar, Dukes Seafood and Chowder and Wingstop are just a few options. Don’t worry. You’ll still have room for garlic fries.

Double the fun

Why not stay the weekend in Kent and make it a train-game double header? For instance, on May 5 you can see the Sounders play Columbus Crew, then catch the Mariners May 6 when they face the Los Angeles Angels. On July 21 the Sounders go up against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and on July 22 the Mariners battle the Chicago White Sox.

Learn more about places to stay in Kent. And find out about things to do in Kent between games.