If the Mayor of the City Seattle gets his wish, the
Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders and Supersonics may have some more competition for
the citizens’ sports dollar.
You could throw the Thunderbirds in there, too. And the
Seattle is currently in the process of putting together a
bid for an NHL team.
The folks at the hockey league, they're excited about
Seattle," Seattle mayor Ed Murray told ESPN.com. "They're excited
about getting a team here. They are very curious about how things are going to
develop with the arena plans."
Lately, the plans for an arena are getting more crowded.
During a recent Vancouver radio interview, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman
mentioned that groups in nearby Bellevue and Tukwila are interested in bringing
the NHL to Seattle. Whether he meant to cause a stir or not, he did.
It has provided a flicker of hope that there is a new way to
bring the NHL to the area.
"All we're doing is listening," Bettman told
ESPN.com. "As things stand right now, there's no building (arena). I don't
know what speed the groups are moving at. We're just listening to expressions
of interest. People from three different places in greater Seattle are saying
'we're interested and we think we can get a building,' but nobody has a
The arena issue appears to be the number-one issue, says
The secondary issue could be the fan support the team would
It would be a very interesting location for pro hockey with
the NFL club having won a championship recently, and the baseball club
challenging for a wild-card spot this past season. Makes you wonder how the NHL
As it sits right now, none of the current arenas in the area
could legally open up to be home to an NHL team.
If the NHL ultimately agrees, it may have to wait to make it
happen. It's not realistic to expect anything to happen within the next couple
of years, and that’s an optimistic opinion.
Factor in lawsuit delays and construction, and an optimistic
timetable for the opening of an arena might be 2019 at the earliest.
The city would love to house an NHL expansion team in
KeyArena before then, but according to multiple sources, the NHL hasn't shown
an appetite to go that route.
There is a potential of a New York businessman who had
planned to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and liked the idea of moving them to
In the next few weeks, he hopes to have a timeline laid out,
with each step the city is taking articulated, so those following have a better
understanding of where things stand.
Should the actual City of Seattle prove to be a bad
destination for the NHL (and it could take a possible 3-4 years to realize
that), there are 3 more areas within a 10-mile radius of Seattle that
supposedly provide benefits that Seattle doesn’t.
-Tukwila, Washington –located about 10 miles south of the
of only 19,7000, however that number goes up to about 170,000 during the day as
visitors come to town to work or shop.
prices are cheap, which will come in handy if the arena gets built.
-Bellevue, Washington - there
is a proposal to build a light rail that would transport people through
downtown core is growing and is apparently full of young technology
Seattle Times reports that a potential arena site is targeted near the future
Sound Transit Station.
Fun fact: the City of Seattle is reportedly the
first American team to capture the Stanley Cup, in 1917.
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