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Another sign Seattle arena becoming real — early designs released

Nov 30, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

Seattle skyline

They are getting closer to having an arena in Seattle.

In the end, they are going to need an NBA (and maybe NHL) team in hand to start building and make the numbers work, but you still keep seeing the steps of development to ready them for that day.

The latest step was the release of preliminary designs, reports the Associated Press.

Three different designs for the exterior were revealed, including a preferred option consisting of a rectangular building with the look of a cruise-ship on the top and a large public plaza. The design firm Hansen is using on the project, 360 Architecture, writes that the preferred option emphasizes the “front-door” toward downtown Seattle and maximizes the footprint of the arena site, but may lack an “iconic presence.”

Another option features an extreme oval shape encased in a glass exterior that gives a 360-degree view of the area surrounding the arena. The last option is a rectangular building with a roof line that looks like flowing waves.

The deal is not totally done in Seattle — sides have agreed to financing to make the $490 million project work ($290 million of that is private), but there is still the environmental review and other approvals needed.

Plus they need a team. Even David Stern was optimistic that could happen last time he spoke on the issue, but that almost certainly is a team that moves and is not an expansion squad. I don’t want to get into where a team for Seattle might come from, mostly because I like the fine people of Sacramento and think their owners are screwing them over.

But the march to an arena and eventual return of the NBA to Seattle continues.

  1. BigBeachBall - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    sweet… they put a court inside the space needle….

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      And it revolves, too….

    • mogogo1 - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Stern just announced he’s levying a fine unless they get the stadium completed faster. Since there’s no tenant currently, he’ll just levy it whenever a team does show up. No word yet on whether the team not yet existing exempts tit from the rule against resting players.

  2. thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Good for them, but where is this team coming from? Sacramento? Charlotte? Please no expansion

    • djp141 - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      Bobcats aren’t going anywhere.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 1, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Starting 5 of Ed, Jeff, Stone, Mike, and Matt; with Boom coming off the bench.

    1,2,3,4,5 against one……..

  4. manchestermiracle - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    The plans shouldn’t include any dependency on the NHL, since that league seems to be fading away fast.

    • jimbo75025 - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Sad considering hockey was gaining quite a following rapidly only 15 years ago. Guess that is what happens when you have 2 extended strikes in the span of a decade.

  5. bnwpnw - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Good luck with that. For this Seattle resident, NBA is dead to me.

  6. kanemoney - Dec 2, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Thanks for not actually including the arena renderings (in the article or link). Fail…

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