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Climate Pledge Arena announces the “Battle of the Sound”

The Thunderbirds and Silvertips will face off in the new arena on February 26th

Climate Pledge Arena Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

For the first time in nearly 14 years, the longtime rivalry between the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips will be played under the roof of Climate Pledge Arena. Of course, the last time they played under it, it was known as Key Arena.

The Thunderbirds spent 20 years playing in the arena at Seattle Center. During that tenure, several NHL regulars spent time under that roof — from Nate Thompson and Brendan Dillon to Patrick Marleau and even Chris Osgood.

The Silvertips entered the league as an expansion powerhouse (like the Golden Knights, they made the Finals in their first year of existence) in 2004. There was an instant rivalry between these two clubs that exists to this day. The two teams have met in the WHL playoffs in four of the last six seasons where a playoffs could actually take place, including the 2017 season when the Thunderbirds eventually went on to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup (with the help of current Seattle Kraken Alexander True, no less).

Everett Silvertips v Seattle Thunderbirds Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Tickets go on sale January 10th at 9am, with a priority pre-sale opportunity for Thunderbirds, Silvertips, and Kraken season ticket holders in the days prior.