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The arena for Seattle’s expansion NHL team is behind schedule by a couple of months but is still expected to open in plenty of time for the team to begin play in the 2021-22 NHL season
Alaska Airlines is betting big bucks that the 36,000-square-foot glass atrium entryway at a rebuilt KeyArena will become a “meeting place’’ for legions of fans.
A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues.
The arena for Seattle’s new NHL franchise won’t be completed until late spring or summer of 2021 but that shouldn’t have any impact on the expansion team’s first season. Team President Tod Leiweke says the delay could end up affecting some other plans for the franchise, including the hopes of hosting the 2021 NHL draft. Leiweke says the project cost has also grown to more than $900 million for what was originally expected to be a $650 million building.
The NHL is moving forward with plans to expand to Seattle. Commissioner Gary Bettman says the Board of Governors executive committee recommended to the full group to proceed with Seattle’s expansion application with an eye on voting to approve the league’s 32nd franchise in December. The recommendation comes after key stakeholders presented their case to the executive committee and hit it off enough that Seattle could be awarded a team two months from now.
The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city’s bid to land an expansion NHL franchise.
The investment group hoping to bring an expansion NHL franchise to Seattle for the 2020 season has announced a new set of local investors including Seattle Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer and members of the Ackerley family that previously owned the Seattle SuperSonics.
Renovating KeyArena to make it ready for a potential NHL franchise will cost $100 million more than previously expected. Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke said costs increased for a variety of reasons, including putting in permanent locker rooms for the expected NHL franchise, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and a permanent locker room for a potential future NBA franchise. The project was originally expected to cost $600 million.
The cost of the extensive renovation to make Seattle’s KeyArena ready for a potential NHL team has risen to about $700 million.
First reported in February by The Sacramento Bee and confirmed Thursday by the NBA’s release of its preseason schedule, the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors will play a preseason game at KeyArena on Oct. 5, with the Warriors acting as the home team.
Famous supporters trying to bring professional hockey to Seattle say they hope to hear in June whether their application for an expansion team succeeds. Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, billionaire David Bonderman and Oak View Group Chief Executive Tim Leiweke spoke with reporters in a series of interviews Wednesday. The interviews came before Thursday’s launch of a season-ticket deposit drive meant to demonstrate fan interest in a hockey franchise.
Gonzaga’s 2019 basketball schedule is taking shape, with a loaded Maui Invitational field and a road trip to face North Carolina. But for the third straight year, there won’t be a Battle in Seattle, which prompts two questions.
The NHL’s recent announcement it would accept an expansion application for a future Seattle franchise might have surprised those who hadn’t closely followed this city’s arena drama. But those close to the situation knew the league badly needed to throw the city and Tim Leiweke’s Oak View Group a bone. Some of the public discourse surrounding a KeyArena renovation proposal had gotten out of whack, and speculation had affected perceptions of the venue and Leiweke’s plans for it.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of governors has agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle. Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at $650 million for Seattle, which would become the league’s 32nd team, if approved.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has inked an agreement with a private developer to renovate KeyArena so the venue could be ready for an NBA or NHL team.
SEATTLE – A proposal to remodel KeyArena now has an ambitious timeline that could have it ready to house a professional franchise within three years. The timeline was laid out in a proposed memorandum of understanding between Seattle and Oak View Group. The Seattle City Council wouldn’t vote on a final version of the agreement until the first week of December at the earliest.
An investment group that wants to build a sports arena for professional basketball and possibly hockey has offered to also rebuild KeyArena, the former home of Seattle’s departed NBA franchise. The move by the group led by investor Chris Hansen is the latest in the long-running debate over building a new arena.
Seattle has taken a significant step forward in a long-running arena saga whose culmination could see either an NBA or NHL team playing in the city.
One of two groups that submitted plans for a possible renovation of KeyArena withdrew from the process Sunday because of concerns about how the city of Seattle has conducted review of the proposals.
Two arena companies have pitched multi-million plans to remake Seattle’s KeyArena into a premier entertainment venue that’s ready for an NBA or NHL team.