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Western Airlines was one of the three that moved their airline services from Boeing Airport to SEA after its opening.|Photo via Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch Port of Seattle Photograph Collection
Get those party hats and noise makers ready — Sea-Tac Airport is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its opening on Tuesday, July 9.

And while the airport still has an ongoing plan for growth, let’s step back and look at its earliest days.

Prepare for takeoff

While our sweet little SEA airport is often the first stop on many Seattleites’ exciting adventures, it sprouted from more serious roots.

Plans for the airport’s construction started to formulate in 1941 as military needs limited civilian access to Paine Field, McChord Field, and Boeing Field — the regional airport of choice in the 1940s.

Two locations were considered for the new airport — a rural Eastside spot near Lake Sammamish (where the Lake Hills neighborhood currently is) and the current site.

Construction began quickly once the Port agreed on the Sea-Tac location and the first runway was completed in 1944. However, it wasn’t until July 9, 1949 that SEA’s official dedication happened. The event drew 30,000 attendees in celebration of what was deemed the most advanced airport terminal in America.


The Sea-Tac International Airport’s opening received quite the fanfare in 1949.


Photo via Port of Seattle

Some other quick facts about the airport at that time:
  • It could serve 1,500 passengers in a day on 60 scheduled flights between four airlines.
  • The airport included restaurants, a barbershop, gift shop, and a lounge when it opened.
  • Eight airplanes could load and unload at any one time.

Time to party hardy

Sea-Tac International Airport certainly isn’t squandering the opportunity to celebrate its diamond jubilee. Planned activities + dedicatory installations include:
  • A rotating 75th anniversary globe in the Central Terminal
  • An interactive map of historical destinations for SEA travelers
  • A scavenger hunt
  • Gift handouts
You also don’t need to have a plane ticket to enjoy the fun. In 2018, Sea-Tac Airport was the first on the West Coast to start a visitor program so non-travelers can still enjoy the airport’s amenities. All you need to do is apply online.
Tuesday, July 9
  • Bollywood Hip Hop Workshop ft. Karthik Priyadarshan | Tuesday, July 9, | Times vary | Rangeela Dance Company, 340 15th Ave. E., Seattle | $35 | Learn some new moves from the seasoned Bollywood star who was featured in films like “Valiyaperunnal” and “Vikram Vedha.”
Wednesday, July 10
  • Secret Sidekick Suppers Presents Life: Cutting Through the Too-Muchness | Wednesday, July 10 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Mutual Arts Collective, 94 Pike St., Seattle | $150 | Instead of your coursed dinner getting paired with wines, it will be paired with stimulating conversation topics.
  • BECU Outdoor Movies | Wednesday, July 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. NE, Redmond | $11.38 | Get ready to head “Back to the Future” and grub on some food trucks while you’re there — dogs are welcome, bring your own blanket.
  • “Dolly!” | Wednesday, July 17-Sunday, Sept. 8 | 6:30 p.m. | Can Can Culinary Cabaret, 95 Pine St., Seattle | $69-$89 | This rhinestone-encrusted country burlesque will have you quaking in your cowboy boots.
Thursday, July 11
  • Lavender Wreath Making | Thursday, July 11 | 6-8 p.m. | J Bell Cellars and Lavender , 19495 144th Ave. NE, Woodinville | $45 | Make your own fragrant decoration to liven up your home.
  • Love Isn’t Blind: A Comedy/Dating Show Where the Men Can’t Speak | Thursday, July 11 | 7-10 p.m. | SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle | $30-$35 | The crowd narrows down a selection of men “for one lucky bachelorette” by unlocking their phones and calling their mothers, among other activities.
Friday, July 12
  • Ballard Seafood Fest | Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14 | Times vary | Ballard Neighborhood, Market Street + Ballard Avenue, Seattle | Free | Seafood lovers, music fans, and art enthusiasts can unite at this celebration of the Ballard community.
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News Notes
  • Stay as cool as you can, Seattle. A heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service has been extended through 10 p.m. tonight for a majority of Western Washington. Various cooling centers have been opened across King County for those in need. (KING 5 + FOX 13)
  • Downtown’s Coliseum Theater sold for $8.9 million at an auction, which is well below its 2007 price of $13 million. The property, which currently houses Monorail Espresso and Actualize AiR, was purchased by Promethia Holdings. No future plans were announced with the purchase. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • Seattle Mariners President of Business Operations Catie Griggs has stepped down from her role to take a new job on the East Coast. Griggs has been with the Mariners since 2021, after spending time with Atlanta FC. Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton will take over in the interim. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • Folks driving in Lynnwood might notice some Link Light Rail trains along the tracks as Sound Transit begins “simulated service” before it opens its new Lynnwood station on Aug. 30. Electric signage will also begin showing trains bound for Lynnwood, but regular service will still conclude at Northgate.
Real Estate
  • Cute home alert. An Amazon executive is selling his $4.9 million Bainbridge Island house that features three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and lots of beachy vibes. The 3,900-sqft home was completed in 2019 and comes with sweeping views of the Puget Sound. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • Heads up that construction has now begun on the Ballard Bridge and 15th Avenue NW as part of a project aiming to repave and improve transit. Lanes will be intermittently closed in the area over the next few weeks while construction is completed.
  • Want to hear directly from Seattle Kraken head coach Dan Bylsma after all the roster changes last week? Join the conversation with local experts with Locked On’s daily, Kraken-focused podcasts.
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    This image depicts organization Vice President Tiffany Mallick holding a soccer ball with superimposed text that reads "USL W is coming to Ballard. Brand Reveal in Fall 2024. Kick-off in Spring 2025."
    Go ahead and mark those calendars, fans.|Image via Ballard FC
    You’ll get a kick out of this, local soccer fans — Ballard FC has announced the launch of a brand new semi-pro women’s team, set to kick off in May 2025.

    The new USL W team — which will have a separate logo and brand from Ballard FC — will be the sixth in the league’s Northwest Division and is intended to provide a pathway for aspiring pro players.

    Investors for the team include National Women’s Soccer League players Lauren Barnes, Jess Fishlock, Olivia Van Der Jagt, and Sam Hiatt; as well as Rough and Tumble owner Jen Barnes.

    A brand reveal is scheduled to take place this fall, but in the meantime, fans can get fired up at Ballard FC’s Fan Appreciation Night game on Friday, July 12 where some extra partying is to be expected.
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