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Seattle mayor confirms arena negotiations underway

Feb 7, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

Seattle’s mayor, Mike McGinn, confirmed yesterday that the city has been working for eight months to get an arena built that could house an NBA or NHL team (or both).

The arena would be constructed on land near Safeco Field that’s already been purchased by San Francisco hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen. No city money would be used in the construction, says the mayor.

While most Seattle sports fans are looking at this as an opportunity to get an NBA team (possibly the Sacramento Kings), adding an NHL team as a second tenant (likely the Phoenix Coyotes) could alleviate some of the financial risk for Hansen, who would presumably own the arena and the basketball franchise.

In December, the Seattle Times reported that Hansen was working with a local investor who wanted to bring the NHL to Seattle. What’s more, a source told the paper that both parties knew they needed each other to make something work.

If that’s the case, it’s a good bet NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NBA commissioner David Stern have been in touch. This might need some serious coordination.

Related: Is Seattle the new favorite to get the Coyotes?

  1. AlohaMrHand - Feb 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Sweet deal!Seattle fans should be elated about this!

    I got it. Seattle Pikes

  2. nhlbruins90 - Feb 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    i don’t know if Seattle will be a great nhl town. their playoff TV ratings were not so great. however, having two tenants in a sports arena sure do make the economics of it look a whole lot better. it’s a go.

    • AlohaMrHand - Feb 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      But when they factor ratings do they consider people at a sports bar watching it or people who stream it on their computers or Iphones?How bout people who DVR it and watch it later?Plus you’ll have fans who will make the drive from both Portland and Vancouver to watch them play. And a Canuck-Pike rivalry would be great for that region.

    • eastcoastcynic - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      When the morons at the Seattle NBC affiliate hide the broadcast on one of their other stations, it doesn’t help with the ratings.

  3. buffalomafia - Feb 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Make it happen! Seattle Starbucks!

  4. prosourcetalk - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I really hope this happens, Seattle is a fantastic place

  5. blomfeld - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM


    The notion of having the NHL in Vancouver / Seattle / Portland makes me feel admittedly “somewhat” light-headed ! This is a fantastic proposition and there’s no doubt that it would work here over the long term. The game of hockey is indigenous to our Pacific Northwest, which is a region that boasts a “long and storied” history in the game, including 2 x Stanley Cup champions (ie: Vancouver Millionaires @ 1915 and Seattle Metropolitans @ 1917). This must be done and it must be done soon !

  6. coolj23 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Born and raised in Chicago a great sports town. Job brought me hear 20 years ago,Seattle fans just as passionate and loyal. They definitely deserve a basketball team (they were robbed of one) and a hockey team would be icing on the cake ( no pun intended). Every since sonics left theirs a feeling of void in this town,time to right the wrong.

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