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Amazon is bringing its climate change message to a new arena. Literally.
New stadiums and arenas mean revenue for pro teams and construction often falls under suffocating timelines so the doors open on time and the buildings can start making a return on investments that run into the millions or billions of dollars. But there aren’t any blueprints for dealing with a pandemic. So, work has stopped in some locations, while construction has continued in others under strict guidelines.
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.
For more than half this decade, the debate around building a new arena in Seattle has gone nowhere.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is joining the investment group looking to build a new NBA/NHL arena in Seattle’s stadium district. Lead investor Chris Hansen said Monday that Wilson is “a young, smart and passionate entrepreneur,” and is joining the group as a business partner.
At the start of a daylong retreat Friday, members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance talked about the entity’s accomplishments in its first year.
Hockey: Home ice has been kind to the Spokane Chiefs, now it’s time to see how they’ll fare in their second home-and-home series of the young Western Hockey League season. After sweeping their pair of weekend games to remain undefeated at home in four games, the Chiefs (6-2-0-0, 12 points) – who, in terms of winning percentage (.750), are atop the U.S. Division standings – will play Seattle (4-3-0-0, 8 points) tonight in Kent, Wash., and host the Thunderbirds at the Arena on Friday.
Facilities: A wealthy hedge-fund manager won approval Monday for his plan to bring professional men’s basketball and hockey back to Seattle, with initially skeptical City Council members agreeing to put up $200 million for a new arena after he promised to personally guarantee the city’s debt. Council members voted 6-2 to approve Chris Hansen’s (pictured) plan for a $490 million arena near the Seahawks and Mariners stadiums south of downtown.
Seeing as how the Mariners have achieved consistency – 11 consecutive years without a postseason appearance – it makes sense that they want to prove more versatile than just a lousy baseball franchise. They’re so good at being bad that they’re able to commit to a new responsibility with the same conviction they had in giving Chone Figgins $36.million. Their new title: environmental review watchdog. Also known as arena troll. You can call them the selfish neighbor, the ultimate hypocrite and the public- relations train wreck, too. The Mariners have earned more aliases than a fugitive in their stubborn, futile attempt to block Chris Hansen’s plan to build a basketball and hockey arena next door to Safeco Field.
SEATTLE – With the King County Council potentially taking a vote next Monday on a proposed new arena in Seattle, sticking points and possible concessions on traffic and the city’s lease agreement with the Seattle Storm are building with the Seattle City Council. Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien told The Associated Press on Friday that city officials continue to negotiate with investor Chris Hansen over changes to a proposed deal between the city and the private ownership group. Among those issues are dealing with traffic concerns in the city’s industrial SoDo neighborhood, and the possibility of having Hansen’s ownership group take over the city’s current annual subsidy of the Seattle Storm.
SEATTLE – A venture capitalist who wants to build a sports arena to bring professional basketball back to Seattle will pay for a study to determine the impacts on traffic and parking following objections by his potential neighbor – the Seattle Mariners. Without disclosing its price, Chris Hansen pledged Thursday to pay for the study, which he hopes will be concluded in between six to eight weeks by a private consultant.
SEATTLE – Chances that the Sacramento Kings could be lured as an NBA tenant to play in a proposed new Sodo arena in Seattle appeared to lessen greatly Monday after team owners and Sacramento city officials announced they had reached the “framework of a deal” to stay put. The Kings had been rumored as the most viable potential candidate to relocate to Seattle after plans were unveiled earlier this month to build a new arena in the Sodo District. The building of the arena, however, is contingent on securing NBA and NHL teams to come to Seattle.