Light the lamp — and the arches: Seattle landmark will put on display to celebrate Kraken hockey goals

The arches at Pacific Science Center in Seattle are lit with the colors of the city’s new hockey team, the Seattle Kraken. (Pacific Science Center Photo)

When the Seattle Kraken “light the lamp” by scoring a hockey goal at Climate Pledge Arena this season, another lighting display will take place across Seattle Center.

Pacific Science Center is joining the celebration for the city’s new NHL team by projecting some hockey fever onto its iconic 59-year-old arches.

In collaboration with the team and using technology from Amazon Web Services, the Pacific Science Center will put on a choreographed lighting display before, during and after home Kraken games at the new arena, PacSci announced Wednesday.

The new state-of-the-art lighting system will include a vivid “goal light” celebration every time the Kraken score a goal during a night game — the first of which is Saturday in the home opener against the Vancouver Canucks.

The system works by pulling live game information from, a sports data provider, onto AWS in near real time, Pacific Science Center said in a news release. Once the game information is processed by AWS Lambda (a serverless compute service), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) triggers the Center’s lighting controller to initiate a custom lighting sequence when a home game goal is scored by the Kraken.

Pre-game lighting celebrations and routines using the Kraken team colors and themes are intended to energize fans who can see the arches in the city, especially those crossing through Seattle Center to the arena.

The arches at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center were built in 1962. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser

Constructed for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair by architect Minoru Yamasaki, the five white cement arches stand 132 feet high. They feature 25 energy-efficient lights with endless LED color display options.

“We’re thrilled to relight the arches with a new state-of-the-art, cloud-based system that enables this collaboration with the Seattle Kraken. This is an exciting step forward in PacSci’s continued renewal and renovation,” Will Daugherty, president and CEO of Pacific Science Center, said in a statement.

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The nonprofit education and innovation institution said there will be opportunities for future custom lighting displays to increase visibility for other organizations, causes, and issues.

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