As with any arena proposal, don't count the chickens before the eggs hatch.
Russ Farwell is now quoted as saying they cannot afford to stay at Key, so something is likely to happen.
Key Arena isn't even suitable for NHL anyway. It's a setup far worse than what Phoenix had when they were playing in America West... or whatever it's called now.
The Sonics want a new arena, or major renovations to Key (which itself was a major renovation of the old Seattle Centre Coliseum). Maybe that involves NHL, but the NHL is trying to get out of the "second tenant" business.
Kent has approved their funding for the events center. The posted article demonstrates that the proposed state funding is 33% approved, and seemingly faring a lot better than state funding requests for a new Sonics arena (in Renton) and a proposed NASCAR track across the Sound in Bremerton. Kent seems to fully expect that the arena will be ready for the Thunderbirds by opening face-off for 2008-09.
Much has changed in the arena business, too bad Seattle lost their NBA club to Oklahoma City. Its not like the new owner didn't give Seattle a year to change its mind and build a new state of the art arena.
Much has changed in the arena business, too bad Seattle lost their NBA club to Oklahoma City. Its not like the new owner didn't give Seattle a year to change its mind and build a new state of the art arena.[/quote]
As the arena was completely rebuilt during the mid-90s with taxpayer money, Seattle likely felt that a new arena was not necessary.
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The outer shell of the arena was considered to be the "other" signature structure of Seattle Centre. That was kept... and everything else was crammed in.
It also wasn't good for hockey... it was rebuilt for basketball, but 6,000 seats couldn't be used in the hockey alignment... basically everything from one blue line to the end boards couldn't be sold. That doesn't make for enhanced revenue.
Then there's Initiative 91, which banned further public arenas for private gain in Seattle. I'm guessing you'll see that spread instead of more arenas.