Attending the Opera

Parking Options Near McCaw Hall

McCaw Hall is located at 321 Mercer Street, along the North edge of Seattle Center. Most performances take place at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Please plan to arrive early enough to find parking. Latecomers will not be seated once the music has begun and must wait to be seated until an appropriate interval (usually intermission).

Some parking facilities and lots are "cash only" so please be prepared.

Directions & Map

Mercer Street Garage

Please note, there is no longer an entrance to the Mercer Garage from Roy Street. Enter the Mercer Street Garage from either 4th Ave or 3rd Ave N. Customers with prepaid parking should use 4th Avenue North entrance for quick access.

Located on Mercer Street directly across from McCaw Hall, Mercer Street Garage is your closest option and is attached to McCaw Hall by a skybridge. It fills quickly. However, even when the sign says "Full," there may be spaces still available for arts patrons. Drive up and show the attendant your opera ticket. If you arrive reasonably early, there is a good chance you will get a space. Please note: due to high traffic volume, exiting from Mercer Garage and getting to I-5 can take up to 45 minutes. There are several smaller garages and surface lots in the area which require more walking but allow quicker egress, including:

Fifth Avenue Parking Garage

Located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Harrison Street, across the street from EMP. This garage is not as busy as the Mercer Street Garage especially after the performance. It is a three block walk from McCaw Hall.

Surface lots along Mercer Street

There are several surface lots on either side of Mercer Street between Third and First Avenues. These are relatively close to McCaw Hall and allow quicker and easier in and out access than the Mercer Garage. Spaces are limited and fill up early, however, so early arrival is encouraged.

Southwest Seattle Center Garages

For those willing and able to make the short walk across the Seattle Center campus, there are garages located on First Avenue North between Thomas and John Streets(south of Key Arena), at the corner of Warren Ave N and Denny (adjacent to the church), and on Second Avenue North and Denny Way (adjacent to Pacific Science Center.)

We strongly recommend you do not leave any valuables in your car in any lot near Seattle Center.

Area maps:

Download printable directions and parking map

Download subscriber parking pass FAQs


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