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Seattle reaches deal for NBA and NHL team at KeyArena

Apr 16, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

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At the very least, they’re preparing for the possibility that an NHL team may accompany the return of the NBA to Seattle.

Today, the City of Seattle announced it had reached an agreement with prospective NBA owner Chris Hansen to play basketball games at KeyArena starting next season while a new arena is being built.

But also inserted into the press release was this: “An additional $750,000 would be paid to the City annually if a National Hockey League team is brought to KeyArena.”

If Hansen is successful in buying and moving the NBA’s Sacramento Kings — still a big if at this point — Seattle would become a serious NHL relocation/expansion candidate.

While Hansen isn’t interested in owning a hockey team in Seattle, others have said they are.

The Phoenix Coyotes, still owned by the NHL, are the most obvious — and perhaps only — candidates for relocation.

According to Wikipedia, KeyArena holds 15,177 for hockey.

Related: Here’s what hockey could look like in Seattle

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Wait what?.

  2. mclovinhockey - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Seattle, now there’s a solid hockey market.

    The Seattle Rain and their 10 thousand fans. That’s a great way to make sure the NHL does not go into another lockout.

    • badintent - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Seattle has sellouts at The Hawks, good crowds for the Mariners, sellouts for the Sonics in the past, good crowds of 30K for the Sounders soccer teams and yes they get the biggest crowds in the WNBA for the Rain. So what is your point ? Seattle is the superior choice for another sports team because they SUPPORT the teams.We don’t need or want another canadian city that has a team move because of no local or biz support.Seattle has tons of $$$. It’s called Microsoft cash. What does your city have ? Beavertails and a Roots store ? Nice try, moosehead.

  3. packerswin96 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    While Quebec is still my favorite choice for relocation of an NHL team, Seattle is by far the best choice in the US.

  4. sjsblitz - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    “Chris Hansen” should relocate the “Predators” :P

  5. prov1x - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    And why relocate the Predators?

    • ewampus - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Just because. ……

  6. mclovinhockey - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Pro missed the joke, that was a great one SJ :,)

  7. jonkchar - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    time to bring back the Metropolitans!!!!!

  8. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I believe by far that Seattle is the best American choice, but I believe Quebec should get a team back first.
    With an arena seating of 15 + change they would need high ticket prices with contract like sell outs ala Winnipeg to survive (Wpg is 3rd in the league & seats 15 004).

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