The first sporting event held in this stadium was soccer exhibition on July 28, 2002. This double-header featured the Seattle Sounders who beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1 and the Seattle Select Women who fell to the Vancouver Breakers 4-3. The stadium has hosted the 2010 and the 2011 U.S. Open Cup tournament finals with the Sounders winning the championship of their league in front of record-breaking audiences. The first cup win was a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew while the second was a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire. The first American football game was played later that fall with a preseason game verse the Indianapolis Colts. The Seahawks crowd has broken the Guinness World Record twice for crowd noise at an open stadium. The current record belongs to Kansas City.
The stadium is owned by local taxpayers and it is used to hold a number of events such as concerts and Supercross races. Musical acts such as Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg,The Rolling Stones, and Metallica have preformed here. The largest crowd for any event was a concert by the British group U2 in 2011. Including those on the field, there were over 70,000 fans in attendance.