Arena proposal http://kplu.org en New Seattle basketball arena plan in play http://kplu.org/post/new-seattle-basketball-arena-plan-play <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; ">Today is expected to be a significant day in the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to bring back an NBA team and host an NHL team.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; ">The Seattle and King County councils are expected to give final approval to the plan to build the $490 million arena with $200 million in public help.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:52:26 +0000 The Associated Press 6715 at http://kplu.org King County approves arena deal; Seattle council expresses doubts http://kplu.org/post/king-county-approves-arena-deal-seattle-council-expresses-doubts <p>The King County Council approved an agreement with the investors who want to build an NBA arena in the SoDo district of Seattle.&nbsp;The council voted 6-3 to ratify the<a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/issues/arena.aspx"> &quot;memorandum of understanding&quot; and &quot;interlocal&nbsp;agreement</a>,&quot; documents which define the terms of the arena deal.</p><p>&quot;There is intrinsic value in this arena,&quot; said county councilmember&nbsp;Julia Patterson. She added that she had voted against Seattle&#39;s other sports arenas in the past, when she was in the Washington State Legislature, but voted yes on this deal.</p><p>In opposition, councilman Pete von Reichbauer&nbsp;said transportation issues had not been resolved.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;If you build it, they will come &ndash;&nbsp;they can&#39;t come if they&#39;re stuck in traffic,&quot; he said.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:35:00 +0000 Jake Ellison, Ashley Gross & Paula Wissel 5791 at http://kplu.org King County approves arena deal; Seattle council expresses doubts Seattle Council member worries arena deal could set bad precedent http://kplu.org/post/seattle-council-member-worries-arena-deal-could-set-bad-precedent <p>More questions are being asked about the proposal for a new arena in Seattle to lure back the NBA. A <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/council/newsdetail.asp?id=12935&amp;Dept=28">public hearing</a> on the deal takes place Thursday evening and Seattle&rsquo;s City Hall is expected to be packed with people giving testimony for and against it.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:43:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5635 at http://kplu.org Seattle Council member worries arena deal could set bad precedent Why should Seattle dance with Stern, NBA again? http://kplu.org/post/why-should-seattle-dance-stern-nba-again <p>If the backers of a plan to build a new sports arena in Seattle&#39;s SoDo area are successful, they&#39;ll be looking to attract both a professional hockey club&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;a professional basketball team as marquis tenants.</p><p>Seattle and King County lawmakers are poring over the proposal&#39;s details. In the coming weeks they&#39;ll cast votes on the arena plan, its call for up to $200 million in public bonds (to be paired with $300 million in private funds), a plan championed by investor Chris Hansen.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:15:33 +0000 Gary Davis 5580 at http://kplu.org Why should Seattle dance with Stern, NBA again? Hundreds rally in support of NBA arena in Seattle; intensity building http://kplu.org/post/hundreds-rally-support-nba-arena-seattle-intensity-building <p>The level of intensity around the proposal to build a new NBA arena in Seattle is growing by the minute.</p><p>The group of investors &ndash; which we learned yesterday includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the Nordstrom family &ndash; drew hundreds to a &quot;bring back our Sonics&quot; rally in Pioneer Square today. It was a well-timed event to put pressure on the Seattle City Council and King County Council to back the deal.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;This is a very carefully orchestrated PR campaign,&quot; says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. &quot;At the same time, the old Sonics &ndash; the Thunder &ndash; are in the NBA Finals this week. The angst could not be more intense in Seattle among sports fans who care about this because their 41-year passion is being thrown back in their face, mocked by the Thunder&rsquo;s presence in the league&rsquo;s championship series.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:30:48 +0000 KPLU News Staff 5285 at http://kplu.org Hundreds rally in support of NBA arena in Seattle; intensity building Study counters Seattle Port's claims against new NBA arena http://kplu.org/post/study-counters-seattle-ports-claims-against-new-nba-arena <p>A study has found that Seattle&#39;s SoDo neighborhood can handle the traffic that may come from building a third sports arena in the area.</p><div><p><a href="http://tinyurl.com/7w4emu9">The study was released </a>Wednesday by the City of Seattle and paid for by Chris Hansen, the developer who wants to build an 18,000-seat facility that could house an NBA and an NHL franchise near where the Mariners and Seahawks play.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 21:57:20 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU 5081 at http://kplu.org Study counters Seattle Port's claims against new NBA arena NBA arena for Seattle deal isn't without risk, council told http://kplu.org/post/nba-arena-seattle-deal-isnt-without-risk-council-told <p>If an NBA team comes to Seattle, what guarantees are there that it won&rsquo;t leave again? That&rsquo;s one of the questions King County Council members are asking.</p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/hansen-makes-compelling-nba-arena-case-kplus-art-thiel-says">As a proposal for a privately built basketball and hockey arena </a>works its way through the political process, both Seattle City Council and King County Councils are mulling it over.</p><p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:17:16 +0000 Paula Wissel 4770 at http://kplu.org NBA arena for Seattle deal isn't without risk, council told