It appears the mayor newspaper in tow is not providing accurate information regarding the Seattle Arena proposal. Mayor McGinn’s office had to release a statement clarifying misconceptions generated by local media.
Those in attendance got to see the stars from Seattle’s teams of the 1990s in Payton and Kemp, along with Seattle hip-hop artists Common Market, Macklemore and Blue Scholars and rock group President of the United States of America.
Hansen, who wore a Sonics jacket with “Payton,” stitched across the back and mingled backstage with former stars plus current NBA playersNate Robinson,Aaron BrooksandSpencer Hawes, said part of the rally’s goal was to give fans an outlet after most of their efforts have been put into contacting local politicians to push for supporting the proposal.
"I think people wanted an outlet too," Hansen said. "There is so much pent up energy and this was definitely a way to express it in a positive way especially with Oklahoma (City) in the Finals."
There is still much work to do and many more opportunities to show your support. Please tweet to @KCCouncil & @SeattleCouncil and voice your opinion OR attend the next public hearing on July 19 regarding the proposal for a new multi-purpose arena in SODO. Members of the public are invited to attend and give in-person testimony to City and County council members. Both Councils accept written public comments at any time.
What: Public hearing on proposed SODO arena legislation When: Thursday, July 19, 5:30 p.m. Sign-up begins at 5 p.m. Where: Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Ave, First Floor)
SEATTLE – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Peter and Erik Nordstrom have joined the investment group to build a new arena in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood and lure an NBA team back to the city.
Hansen made the announcement in a letter to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine. He cited “intense community interest” and requests from the Seattle City and King County councils as reasons for making the announcement now.
"They appreciate the role the Sonics played in this community for more than 40 years and see this project as an opportunity to bring that civic asset back to our community," said Hansen. "Their participation in the ownership group brings added assurances the business will always be backed by strong local hands and reinforces my commitment that the team will never again leave Seattle.
"The local roots of this group run deep and each individual is invested in creating a lasting positive impact on the community," he added.
Danny Westneat, long time opposer of public financing of sports arenas, wrote a great piece on why Chris Hansen’s offer is the best deal Seattle has seen and could ever see to get a new sports arena in the Emerald City.
He pointed out: "Hansen is asking the public to risk only 25 to 40 percent of the cost — in bonds to be paid off by arena revenues. The lower figure is if just an NBA team, but no NHL team, comes to play here". This is about the same percentage of public funds invested in recent works such as McGaw Hall Opera House or Olympic Sculpture Park.
In regards to having too many stadiums in the SODO area, he brings up the fact the area was designated as a ‘stadium district’ 12 years ago and traffic issues aren’t really as big as the Port of Seattle is making it sound.
Check out the article to get the whole picture. Let’s support Chris Hansen’s efforts to bring NBA & NHL to Seattle. Bring back our Sonics!
Duff McKagan is the founding bassist of Guns N’ Roses and the leader of Seattle’s Loaded. His column runs every Thursday on Reverb.
He wrote a very good article about what should happen with the Sonics history, banners, trophy and mascot once we get our team back in the not so distant future.
If you didn’t know Clay Bennett had it written in the legal documentation that once he relocated our team to OKC the Sonics’ history, banners, trophy and mascot would move to OKC as well. That is why you keep seeing in TV references to our Sonics history displayed as if it was OKC’s history.
The news Sonic fans have been awaiting for years since our beloved Sonics were ripped and stolen from Seattle. I’m all for it but would prefer we take the Hornets who are already owned by the NBA rather than ripping the Sacramento Kings…
A few quotes from the full article:
A much-awaited proposal from Chris Hansen, the wealthy San Francisco mystery man who wants to build a sports arena in Seattle to lure NBA and NHL teams, is slated to be unveiled Thursday by Mayor Mike McGinn, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Hansen said owning an NBA team is a dream he has had since college, and that this is the right “moment in time” to pursue it.
"I’ve been waiting … years," he said, referring to the Sonics’ last world championship. "I’m all about trying to make it happen."