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Seattle City Council gives key approval for new arena

Sep 25, 2012, 1:41 AM EDT

Seattle

It was not a surprise — all the groundwork had already been done, previous approvals given at other levels of government — but still it has to feel good for those that want to see the NBA back in Seattle.

Tuesday night the Seattle City Council voted 6-2 to approve developers Chris Hansen’s plan for a $490 million arena in the South Downtown area of Seattle.

It was a clean, clear vote — no replacement officials needed to hand Seattle this one.

Hansen had to personally guarantee debt payments, put up $7 million for Key Arena upgrades and agree to let the city buy the arena back after a 30-year lease to get the deal done. This is in addition to $40 million in traffic improvement money for the area where the arena would go, not far from where both the Seahawks and Mariners play.

This is great news — but we are still a long way from seeing NBA basketball in Seattle.

There needs to be detailed arena designs and environmental reports. There a couple years of construction after that. And as with all major developments now, you can probably expect a lawsuit or two from opponents.

Oh, and there is the little matter of Hansen getting a team he can move to Seattle. You can bet he contacted Glen Taylor about the Timberwolves but Taylor will not sell to anyone who will move the team. The Maloofs continue to look for a sucker to build them an arena but let them retain control of the Kings and reap the profits from the new arena.

Hansen is looking for a team he can move, but he may have more luck getting an NHL team first… well, once they start playing again.

  1. 00maltliquor - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Seattle got robbed. They deserve another squad. Move the Raptors. Or the Bobcats. Or the Cavs. Nobody would miss them. Ice Cube’s “Good Day” lyrics don’t have the same feel to ‘em…” I had the brew, she had the chronic/ the Lakers beat the Supersonics!”…

  2. mcjon22 - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Toronto, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Charlotte, Sacramento would all be better off in Seattle than where they currently are.

    • presidentialpeter - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      I’m a Bucks a fan and they would certainly be better off elsewhere. They hemorrhage money, plus their fans are few and far in between. Unfortunately, Herb Kohl is trying to find someone who would keep them in Milwaukee to take over for him.

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