Apr 24, 2024 - Sports

Get to know Seattle's other sports teams

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You know the Storm, the Mariners, the Sounders, the Reign, the Kraken and the Seahawks, but what about the city's lesser-known (but no less interesting) sports teams?

Why it matters: While our major league soccer, baseball and women's basketball teams may get the glory, Seattle is home to several under-the-radar sports teams that are just as fun to watch — and often much more affordable.

Zoom out: Your next favorite Seattle team could connect with your current one. If you love the Mariners or the Kraken, consider a low-key alternative in a minor, college league or junior team.

  • Check out the Everett AquaSox at Funko Field or the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium. Both are minor league teams affiliated with your Seattle Mariners, but with tickets as cheap as $7..
  • The DubSea Fish Sticks, a summer league team for college athletes, plays from June to early August at Steve Cox Memorial Park's Mel Olson Stadium. Go on a Thursday for $3 beer, soda and fish sticks.
  • Kraken fan? Check out the Thunderbirds, a junior ice hockey team that's been playing for Seattle since 1977. The team currently plays at Kent's ShoWare Center, with tickets from $20.

Flashback: Seattle's roller derby community is an institution, with three teams that emerged in the early 2000s as part of a national revival that brought a cheeky, feminist spin to the sport.

  • Rat City Roller Derby, formerly Rat City Roller Girls, is Seattle's oldest roller derby league. The league's season championship on May 4 at Magnuson Park will feature three games (including a Seattle-Portland faceoff) plus food trucks and a beer garden for $30. Jet City Roller Derby also competes on the flat track, with bouts at Edmonds College.
  • Roller derby is hard enough on a flat surface, but Seattle's Tilted Thunder plays the game on a banked track, which is tilted like a bicycle velodrome. Their next bout is in July, with $25 tickets.

Worthy of your time: Seattle is home to two professional ultimate disc (FKA ultimate frisbee) teams: The Tempest and Cascades play at Memorial Stadium, with tickets typically ranging from $5 for youth to $16 for adults.

Fun fact: Seattle also has a semi-professional women's indoor football team.

  • The Seattle Mist plays in the Extreme Football League (X League), rebranded from the Lingerie Football League in 2013. The team plays at the ShoWare Center in Kent, with the 2024 season schedule expected soon, per the team's Facebook page.

What's next: Add major league cricket to the list. It arrived in Seattle last year.


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