Feb. 22, 2018

SEATTLE – The Seattle Seawolves today announced a partnership with the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA).  

The Seattle Southside RTA is the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines. Their work in marketing Western Washington to leisure and business travelers as well as event planners ensures the continued economic success of the Northwest region. As the inaugural season of Major League Rugby and the Seawolves home opener at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila draw closer, the Seawolves will share in the vision of Seattle Southside RTA to market the Northwest region as a premier destination for tourism and entertainment.

“The Seattle Southside RTA is thrilled to welcome the area’s first premier professional rugby team. As a proud sponsor of the inaugural Seawolves season, we hope to spread the rugby spirit and showcase the region as a premier sports destination,” said Katherine Kertzman, president and CEO of Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority. “Seattle Southside is a place where loyal fans can cheer together, grab a meal, shop and enjoy unique attractions and outdoor activities; and we want to welcome the Seawolves to their new home.” 

“We are so happy to have the support of the Seattle Southside RTA as we move into the neighborhood at Starfire,” said co-owner Shane Skinner. “Through this partnership, we have the opportunity to not only introduce people to the amazing sport of rugby, but to show our fans everything the Seattle Southside region has to offer. We are excited to share our love of this sport with fans new and old and create new relationships across the entire region.”

The franchise is set for their April 22 season-opener and the first-ever professional rugby match in Seattle. A founding member of Major League Rugby, the Seattle Seawolves are set to kick-off vs. San Diego Legion at 5 pm/PT at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. Tickets are available now by visiting


A founding member of Major League Rugby (MLR), the Seattle Seawolves kick off their inaugural season in 2018 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. With an ownership group led by Seattle-based entrepreneurs Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner, the organization strives to develop, cultivate and expand the game of rugby in the U.S. while fostering discipline, duty, respect and a spirit of inclusion both on and off the pitch. Through community outreach efforts, the Seattle Seawolves fulfill a key pillar of the franchise’s philosophy, enriching the Puget Sound region’s youth through engagement, leadership a, d service.

Select Major League Rugby games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network as part of an exclusive, multi-year television partnership between MLR and the television network. Season tickets are now on sale; to purchase, please visit

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Seattle Seawolves