Attending the Opera

Traffic & Transportation

International Wagner Competition and Speight Celebration Concert Guests:

The Mercer Corridor Reconstruction Project continues. Please note that the construction schedule does change frequently and without notice. For the most up to date information please visit the project website before your trip to McCaw Hall.
Mercer Street has been opened to two way traffic. Please pay special attention to new street lights and directional information.

  • Sidewalk and bike lane work continues on Mercer Street and may cause intermittent lane closures or delays.
  • Dexter Ave. N. has been reduced to one lane in each direction between Valley and Republican and work continues at the Mercer and Dexter intersection.
  • Broad Street is now permanently closed.

An event at Key Arena may cause parking and or traffic delays on Thursday, August 7.
Events at Key Arena and Memorial Stadium may cause parking and or traffic delays on Saturday, August 9.

Arrive Early

Plan on arriving at least 45 minutes before the performance. There will be no late seating until an appropriate break occurs between performances.

Traffic Tip & Parking Information

Use Hwy 99 (Aurora), and alternative routes whenever possible to avoid congestion on I-5.

To avoid congestion on the north side of Seattle Center near McCaw Hall, we strongly encourage you to park at the Gates Foundation Garage (also known as 5th Avenue Garage). Located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Harrison St., it is just a short 3 blocks from McCaw Hall.

There are several parking garages nearby, the most immediate being Mercer Street Garage and Gates Foundation 5th Avenue Garage. For more information on nearby lots, visit our Parking page.

Directions & Map

For directions to Marion Oliver McCaw Hall visit our Directions page.

Additional Resources for Travel Planning:

Mercer Street construction and I-5/Mercer St. exit information
Seattle Center parking, traffic, and transportation information
City of Seattle Traffic Cameras
Highway Information


Bus routes which run through Downtown, Seattle Center and/or the Queen Anne/Uptown neighborhood may also serve your area. For bus routes, schedules, and trip planning, visit King County Metro Online or call 206.553.3000 or 1.800.542.7876.


Coming from Downtown Seattle? A ride on the monorail can bring you within walking distance of McCaw Hall. Visit the Seattle Center Monorail Site for more information.

Taxis and Car Services

There are numerous car options in the region, including:

Yellow Taxi (206.622.6500)
Seattle Black Car Service (206.280.9296)
Über (app downloads to your mobile phone for convenient ordering and payment)

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Die Fledermaus, 2003 © Bill Mohn photo