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Event Parking

Washington State Convention Center operates two covered parking garages that adjoin each other and WSCC. Combined, they can accommodate approximately 1490 vehicles. Unlike most downtown parking garages located in the retail and theater district, WSCC parking is located in close proximity to two I-5 exits and is accessible from the eastside of the freeway. One customer commented, “You can park downtown without all the traffic congestion.“

WSCC operates a parking system that dramatically improves the speed of exiting the parking garages. The new central cashier and automated express payment machines give customers the choice of friendly customer service from our cashiers or the quick transaction speed of the automated express payment machines.

Payment machines and the cashiers accept major credit cards and cash. WSCC is one of the few parking garages that does not charge higher event rates for big events. Our daily rates are consistently on the low side of rate surveys of surrounding parking garages.

Shoppers and A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) patrons have easy covered access. ACT and the parking garages are connected so there is no need to go out in the weather or wait at street lights. Shoppers can also go from WSCC through a covered corridor that connects to Rainier Tower at Fourth Avenue, without stopping for traffic lights. This route is lined with retail shops.

For frequent parkers and monthly parking information, click here.

PUBLIC GARAGE HOURS

Standard hours for Washington State Convention Center Main Garage:

Daily 5:30 a.m. - 12 midnight
However, on non-event evenings access through WSCC may close at 10 p.m. Parking Garage entrances on Eighth and Pike Street are open until midnight.

Standard hours for Washington State Convention Center Freeway Park Garage (located on Hubbell Street):
Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Holidays: The Main Garage is open on holidays. Freeway Park Parking Garage may be closed on major holidays unless prior arrangements are made for your event.

EXITING THE PARKING GARAGE

Prior to returning to your car to exit the garage, payment can be made at one of the three automated pay stations or at the central cashier kiosk conveniently at WSCC parking entrance on Level 3. An additional, automated station is located just inside the garage on the Eighth Avenue entrance/exit in Aisle A, by the crosswalk.

Three Easy Steps

  1. Take a parking ticket as you enter the garage. Keep this ticket with you after you leave your vehicle.
  2. Prior to returning to your vehicle, insert your ticket in one of the automated pay stations or take to the central cashier kiosk located at WSCC (Level 3) and garage entrance. You can use cash or major credit cards to pay the parking fee. Upon payment, the automated pay stations or cashier will validate your ticket and return it to you.
  3. Insert your validated ticket in the machine at the exit gate as you leave the garage, with the arrow and number side of ticket face up and pointing towards the machine. The gate will open. If additional assistance is needed please press the intercom button.

PARKING OPTIONS

Main Garage
The Main Garage can be accessed from 8th Avenue between Seneca and Pike Street. The maximum vehicle height in this garage is 6’5”. The standard hours of operation for the Main Garage are 5:30am – 12 midnight.

There are 16 disabled parking spaces located at the end of Aisle F on the blue level of the garage. If you are parking in one of the disabled spaces please use the adjacent blue ramp to enter WSCC. There is no elevator access inside the Main Garage. As you enter WSCC from the parking structure you will be on level 3. An accessible elevator is on your right hand side adjacent to Room 310.

If you need information on oversized parking please call our parking manager Susnios Tesfaye at 206.694.5020 or e-mail him at Susnios.tesfaye@wscc.com.

Freeway Park Garage
The Freeway Park Garage entrance is located on Hubbell Place between Pike Street & Seneca Street. The maximum vehicle height in this garage is 6’9”. The standard hours of operation for Freeway Park Garage are 6am – 8pm and the garage is closed on non-event weekends.

There are 16 disabled spaces available, four spaces on each of the four levels located near the elevators. If you park in the disabled spaces in Freeway Park Garage and need wheelchair accessibility, take the elevator to the PARK Level. As you exit the elevator you will turn to the right and proceed across Freeway Park Plaza to the Level 4 entrance of Washington State Convention Center. Please note that Freeway Park Plaza is an uncovered area open to the elements.

Reserved
Parking may be reserved/guaranteed for groups on a daily basis in Washington State Convention Center garage. You will need to submit reserved parking requests and pay for reserved parking in full, 30 days in advance. These fees are non-refundable.

Validation
Meeting Planners can arrange to use a validation ticket to pay for their attendee's parking. Arrangements for validation must be made with the Parking Manager thirty days before the event. For short-term bookings, exception will be made. Parking validation does not provide in and out privileges or guarantee space availability. At the close of the event, unused validation tickets will be returned and the Meeting Planner will be billed for validations collected as part of the event settlement invoice.