On October 25, 2016 –the first day of the ninth NBA Season without the Sonics in Seattle–Chris Hansen announced that his investor group is removing the public financing component completely from the SoDO arena proposal, making an already outstanding deal even better and reigniting the hopes of Sonics fans everywhere!
On November 14, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announced he is joining the SoDo arena investment group and will help lead the charge to bring the NBA back to Seattle!
*UPDATE – 06.23.2016*
The NHL officially expanded to Las Vegas. There are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference. 15 teams in the Western Conference. Sonics Arena approval = NHL Seattle. An NBA team would follow right behind.
Read the FEIS and SDOT reports. Study the numbers. Watch the testimony in favor of the SoDo arena plan.
Who is Peter Goldman?
You’ve seen him vehemently opposing the Seattle Arena MOU during public comment at the Seattle City Council, representing both the ILWU and himself as a resident of West Seattle.
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw voted for the Seattle Arena MOU in 2012 and seemed like a strong supporter of its regional benefits, but in 2016 she changed her tune and came out with a statement strongly opposing the Occidental Avenue Street Vacation, an approval that is needed as a preliminary administrative step before the city and ownership group have a “Shovel Ready” arena plan to bring to the table in NBA and NHL team discussions.
How could this happen? Let’s take a closer look at Councilmember Bagshaw’s ever-changing positions in our official Bagshaw Betrayal Breakdown!
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) concluded that “no significant adverse impact related to land use will occur as a result of the project.”
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recommendation found that “the segment proposed to be vacated is not included in the Port’s important Heavy Haul Network. This is a clear sign that Occidental is not necessary to freight movement or Port Operations.”