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Plans for Seattle NBA arena to be announced Thursday

Feb 16, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

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Seattle fans are dreaming of the Kings becoming the Sonics (it’s not likely, smart money has them staying put in Sacramento), but it’s not really about the occupant of an arena just yet…

If you build it, some team will come.

Seattle sports fans want a new home for an NBA (and NHL) team built. And Thursday the plans for a new, state-of-the-art arena in Seattle will be unveiled, reports the Seattle Times.

Christopher Hansen, the wealthy San Francisco mystery man who wants to build a sports arena in Seattle to lure NBA and NHL teams, will unveil his proposal at a news conference Thursday, according to two city sources.

“We’re very close to announcing our offer to the city. That’s why I’m here,” the 44-year-old hedge-fund manager said in a Wednesday interview with The Seattle Times, though he declined to discuss the timing He met with three Seattle City Council members Wednesday to talk briefly about his desire to bring an NBA franchise to Seattle.

Hansen told The Times he is only reluctantly stepping forward now because of the intense interest and speculation around his arena proposal, the details of which are still not known.

With this announcement we’ll get a sense of where this proposal really stands, how close to reality it is. How much the people of Seattle should get their hopes up.

There likely will need to be shovels in the ground before an NBA team is fully committed. But Seattle is a fantastic spot for a team — big television market, plenty of corporations and people with money who can pay the luxury box/ticket prices, committed fan base — and if they build it, an NBA team will come.

  1. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Do it, DO IT!


    Scorned Sonics Fan

  2. plum13sec - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Seattle just doesnt seem like a basketball town. when I walk around it… I just dont see it. However, I would rather watch basketball there than baseball anyday

  3. cup0pizza - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    I hate the nba and David Stern and even though I’m a Seattle resident always liked the Suns back when I cared about the nba. That said, to say that Seattle doesn’t seem like a basketball town is ignorant. This city has put out MANY stellar players. The 206, baby!

  4. bearsstillsuck - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Would they actually rename the team to the sonics?

  5. mute617 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    If it’s such a great market for basketball, why did they lose the Sonics while Milwaukee still has a basketball team

    • alldonesmith - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:08 AM

      because they couldn’t get the funding for a new arena back then. Key and the ‘domes were terrible.

  6. mrjackson206 - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Get it done. Seattle deserves an NBA team.

  7. AlohaMrHand - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I think an NHL team is more realistic at this point.Unless there is a serious talk of the Hornets being sold and relocated to Seattle.Im thinking the Kings will do either one of two things:They will move to Anaheim where there is already an NBA ready arena and a much bigger TV market.Or the city council will get the deal for the new arena in Sactown this point I think the Coyotes relocating there is more of a realistic scenario.

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