Skip to content

Proposal to build NHL-ready arena in Seattle could be unveiled tomorrow

Feb 15, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

Seattle AP

Thursday, Feb. 16 could tell the sports world a lot about Seattle’s chances of building an NHL-ready arena.

The Seattle Times reports that “mystery man” Christopher Hansen* plans to unveil his proposal to build an arena that could house NBA and NHL games tomorrow. The wealthy 44-year-old man didn’t really provide details on a target date for the potential arena build – or really any other pertinent bits.

(He does speak in “self-effacing tones,” though, so that’s pretty neat.)

Seattle certainly makes sense as a potential NHL city, although a possible return of the NBA would kill my (probably lonely) dream of having a hockey team named the Seattle Sonics. Anyway, here are a few other PHT bits on the Seattle scenario:

Is Seattle the new favorite to land the Coyotes?

Seattle mayor discusses negotiations

See where Seattle ranks as a potential NHL market according to this flawed system

And just for fun, a “pros and cons” look at the market from quite a ways back

* – No, not the “To Catch a Predator” Chris Hansen.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    If they don’t get an NBA team then an NHL team makes perfect sense, but don’t kid yourself, they’re building this arena for a basketball team first & a hockey team second

    • AppealToReason - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      I don’t remember where I read it but apparently the team they are after is the Sacramento Kings. However, the owner of the Ducks is also part of some group in some way to bring the same team to Anaheim and play at the Honda Center. Could make their NBA dream a tougher one.

    • goforthanddie - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      They deserve an NBA team, it wasn’t lack of fan support that drove the Sonics out. No idea how popular hockey really is there, but making sure the building is NHL-ready can’t hurt.

  2. blomfeld - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM


    I’ve got a serious feeling that this will come together … and “praise be” for that I say, as it’s absolutely scandalous that this excellent city doesn’t have both an NBA and NHL team right now ! Seattle is a terrific city which will support both franchises to no end. Hopefully comrade Bettman will now finally wake up to smell the coffee and do that which needs to be done ! Yes, the fans in Phoenix are going to be hurt … no doubt about it. But their pain is necessary in-order for the fans of Seattle to experience joy …

  3. canuckfaninseattle - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    One of the points that James missed is that, according to that study, there isn’t room for both an NHL and NBA team in Seattle.

    The study indicates that Seattle has 38.5 Billion in available income, which takes into account the MLB and NFL present in the area. However, it doesn’t account for the 34.2 Billion that is required to host an NBA team.

    With an NBA team in Seattle, there would be about 4.3 billion left over for an NHL franchise. According to that study, that would put Seattle 50th in the list, well behind any Canadian cities.


    • revansrevenant - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Let’s not forget the fact that the Kings might not even be leaving Sacremento, which would make the whole thing moot. The guy isn’t going to build the arena if he’s not going to get his NBA franchise.

  4. steelpenguin71 - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Could care less about the NBA but put an NHL team here in Seattle and I’ll be a season ticket holder.

  5. cup0pizza - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    The nba blows so who cares about that, but the NHL here would be sweet! Better the arena would be over in SoDo as opposed to Bellevue. GO STARS!

  6. AlohaMrHand - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    The Seattle Pikes are sounding more like a reality

  7. cup0pizza - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Seattle Metropolitans

  8. brucewaynewins - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    They should have the real Chris Hansen drop the puck when they host the Nashville Predators for the first time.

    • AlohaMrHand - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      he can pop up from behind the bench and say”what are you doing?”Have a seat we have the Internet transcripts”

      • brucewaynewins - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Ha, sounds perfect!

  9. buffalomafia - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    I agree with CupOpizza NBA blows! The last 2 minutes of basketball last just as long as the boring game!

    Seattle Mets! For hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1782)
  2. P. Kane (1413)
  3. M. Richards (1288)
  4. P. Datsyuk (1276)
  5. N. Backstrom (1131)