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Court rules Seattle arena plan does not violate state law

Sep 9, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Seattle arena

From the Associated Press:

A Washington appeals court says tentative plans for a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle do not violate state environmental law.

Investor Chris Hansen has been trying to build a $490 million arena to draw the NBA and NHL to Seattle. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union sued, saying traffic congestion from basketball and hockey games would kill jobs because it would interfere with container shipping and related businesses nearby.

The longshoremen said a memorandum of understanding between Hansen and city and county officials violated the State Environmental Protection Act by creating irreversible momentum for building the arena, even before environmental studies were performed.

Per, here’s the written decision, if for some reason you’d like to read it.

Of course, Seattle still doesn’t have an NBA or NHL team to play at the planned arena. As the decision notes: “The memorandum does not predetermine where an arena will be built or even that an arena will be built at all.”

While Hansen (who tried and failed to relocate the NBA’s Sacramento Kings to Seattle) isn’t interested in owning a hockey team in Seattle, others have said they are.

In July, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the league’s interest in one day expanding or relocating to the Pacific Northwest.

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

  1. nj666 - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM


  2. westinpat - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    “The International Longshore and Warehouse Union sued, saying traffic congestion from basketball and hockey games would kill jobs because it would interfere with container shipping and related businesses nearby.” That’s why you have city planners who will determine where a building should go and if traffic routes should be changed/improved.

    Funny how they claimed businesses would be hurt by the new stadium but they also delayed any business, old or new, the stadium would bring in. Seems they are just looking out for themselves.

  3. doubles22 - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I hope whomever did that rendering has nothing to do with the actual rink. Offsides & icings could be might confusing.

  4. 313rowfseat10 - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Interesting, if Bettman keeps screwing over the Florida teams. Maybe it could be the future home of the Panthers? Just a thought.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      I’m guessing no matter how upset the Florida teams are at Bettman (even though the realignment is better for the rest of the NHL), there is zero chance the Panthers are ever moving.

      Panthers played to 99.7% capacity at the 6th largest arena in the NHL.

      Co-owners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel are both year round residents in near by Boca Raton

      • phutchin77 - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Actually Florida played to 88.3% capacity (5th lowest in the league) with an average attendance of 16,992 which was 9th lowest in the league for 2012-2013.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        actually Florida was ranked 22nd in the league at 16,991 per game and 17th in the league at 99.7% to capacity

    • ejbigg - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      It’s long been speculated that the owners of the Panthers use the losses to offset taxes while driving up the overall profitability of the arena. I don’t think they have any interest in moving the team.

      Also are the Florida teams really all that upset about the alignment? Sure the players and management may be due to the travel, but they will certainly benefit from all the snowbirds coming down to watch games, particularly the Canadian cities. Have you ever been to a Habs-Panthers game at BankAtlantic? It’s almost all Montreal fans.

  5. dan46778 - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Nooooooooooooooooooo…. But if they build a new area in Seattle it should be where the Seahawks n Safco is

    • ianbarrett71 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      Thats exactly where the arena would be. Just south of the Safeco garage.

  6. Forrest - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Bummer. 😦

    The last thing we need is for tax payers to spend the next 50 years footing the bill for a project that will make traffic even worse.

    • ianbarrett71 - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      The bonds are to be paid off with a usage tax, not a general tax. Meaning, if you don’t want to foot the bill, don’t go to an event there.

  7. mnhockeytalk - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Why don’t you have a seat right over there? I’m Chris Hansen.

  8. canadianguest - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Those trying to name the Seattle team totally missed on the obvious Emerald City Flying Monkeys, too bad there is already a Seattle motor scooter club by that name.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      a what?

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