Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the 74-acre (30 ha) Seattle Center is an arts, educational, tourism and entertainment center in Seattle. Its landmark feature is the 605-foot (184 m) tall Space Needle, a now-iconic building that was, at its completion, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Seattle Center is located just north of Belltown in the Uptown neighborhood.
- An unparalleled public gathering place, unique in the world, the 74-acre Seattle Center campus offers 40 acres of open space. It provides a home for over 30 cultural, educational and entertainment entities – and a stage for over 16,000 events and activities in 2016. Located in the urban core, the Center is run by a City department, also called Seattle Center, which serves as landlord, entrepreneur, developer, custodian, producer, promoter and partner. It provides rental spaces for a spectrum of commercial and community functions and serves as the largest live touring concert venue in the city. Seattle Center counted over 2.2 million visitors in 2016, maintaining its spot as the top tourist destination in the state (Puget Sound Business Journal Book of Lists).