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Seattle developer, City Council agree to arena plan

Sep 11, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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The money is always the hardest part — contract negotiation, NBA lockout, just about anything in life.

It’s very true of getting a new arena built for an NBA team. But they have figured that out in Seattle, bringing them much closer to making the dream of an NBA team returning to Seattle a reality.

It’s a $490 million plan of developer Chris Hansen that the Seattle City Council backed on Monday night when he came forward with money to deal with potential traffic issues the arena would generate in the Sodo area, reports the Post Intelligencer.

The King County Council previously approved the plan that calls for $200 million in public money.

The City Council wanted investor Chris Hansen to address concerns about traffic congestion raised by the Port of Seattle and businesses in the area south of downtown. The agreement announced by council members Tuesday creates a $40 million transportation infrastructure fund.

The arena location is not far from the port or the stadiums of the Seahawks and Mariners.

Hansen now has the land, he has the financing, the only thing he needs to really greenlight the project is a tenant. An NBA (or maybe NHL) team. Even then it would take several years to go through the environmental and construction process to get the building up and running, but now the money is in place.

We’re a long way from this being a done deal, but the Seattle effort is gaining momentum.

Sacramento Kings fans, I’d be a little nervous if I were you.

  1. katra2logic - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Seattle deserves an NBA team. Love to see the ‘Supersonics’ in action again soon.

    Sadly, it may be Sacramento fans who lose out due to the incompetence of the Maloof’s.

  2. chazzmon - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Too bad they couldn’t bring back the team they built for OKC. New Sonics in any form will cool though.

  3. dondada10 - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Out of curiosity, former Sonics fans: Do you want the name SuperSonics back or do you consider that franchise to have left?

    • thestudiokida - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Have you seen Sonicsgate? Silly name but a good documentary of how the Supersonics were bought and relocated. It’s quite the conspiracy. The former owner was aware of the new owner’s intentions to move the team, the new owners lied and lied and lied despite being from Oklahoma City (a market that had recently proven itself to be very basketball friendly), and worst of all the Mayor/Seattle government didn’t put up a fight. They even conceded the team history meaning that everything ‘Supersonics’ is now a part of the Oklahoma City franchise.

      I’m no lawyer but it seems to me that the OKC Thunder wouldn’t allow Seattle to name their franchise ‘Supersonics’.

      • dondada10 - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        But do the fans want the name back?

      • spideysdog - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        Actually, your information is quite incorrect. One of the “few” concessions that Clay made when the City folded it’s case and let him run off with our team, was providing the name “SuperSonics” to be available if the city was able to acquire an arena deal and a “new” team. As for the rest of your comments…. you are dead on!

        Great deal for the city. Thanks Chris Hansen!

  4. facebookuser111 - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I think everyone wants the Sonics back, I don’t speak for
    Everyone but i was at the rally held earlier this year and it was all Sonics gear and Sonics history.

    • dondada10 - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Cool, that’s what I thought.

  5. facebookuser111 - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Actually we didn’t concede the history and the Sonics name is there for the taking. Also the Sonics can reclaim their history from the Thunder, although it would be shared, as silly as it sounds.

    That said, as much as I hated having my team taken away from me, the NBA set the rules. We tried to play rough with the NBA and got burned and now the team we built was in OKC playing for the title. I am sorry to see a team get taken away, but if your team is struggling, Stern will allow us to take it.

    And unless you are the Mavericks or the Trailblazers you have nobody to blame but your current owner, because Cuban and Allen are the only owners to vote against the Sonics move.

  6. justcuz15 - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    As a former sonics fan, i absolutly want the name sonics back and so do most other fans in seattle, however, if they had to change their name i would go for Emerald City Experience.

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