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Tacoma Armory

715 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405
(At Yakima Ave)
(253) 591-5894

The Tacoma Armory features a large, open space perfect for festivals, conventions, sporting events, and other highly attended programs.

The Tacoma Armory was a National Guard Armory that has been used for a variety of public events, including the infamous Tacoma Armory dance and Battle of the Bands. The building was completed in 1908 and opened it's doors with a military ball on New Years Eve of 1908. Originally the armory housed horse stables, a shooting range, a swimming pool, and has been visited by William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Harry Truman over the years. For over 102 years the National Guard used this facility for drills and training.

All military departments including the Army, Navy, and Air Force loaned this space out to the public when not being used in times of war or training.  Dances, concerts, graduations, sporting events, and concerts featuring many Pacific Northwest bands have all been held at the armory.  In 1976 the building was listed as a protected historical location limiting its uses.

In October of 2011 all remaining soldiers working at the armory were relocated and the National Guard no longer uses this space.