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Hop the Train to Seattle Sports This Season

Looking to catch a Sounders match or Mariners game? Don’t wait in traffic. Skip the hassle and ride the train to Seattle sports from Kent, Washington.

It’s time to cheer on your favorite sports team. Seattle Sounders FC is already kicking it at Seattle’s Century Link Field, looking to make another run at the MLS Cup Championship. The Seattle Mariners have come out swinging with their season opening victory against the Boston Red Sox at the newly renamed T-Mobile Park (formerly 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, grab a bite to eat and then 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 parking garage.

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 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, three game-day Sounder trains are scheduled between now and the end of September. Check the full schedule.

Sounder trains will travel to 10 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 parking garage, 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 Reds Wine Bar are just a few options. Don’t worry. You’ll still have room for garlic fries.

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