June 19, 3:05 PM click here to comment > 22
Siting a new arena in the Stadium District is legal and appropriate
Siting a new arena in the Stadium District is legal and appropriate. Chris Hansen’s proposal to return the Sonics to Seattle means more jobs in our city – 2,000 construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs. He has purchased land in our Stadium District, which is well served by billions of dollars worth of transportation infrastructure nearby, including I-5, I-90, light rail, ferry and bus service. The Stadium District was created as a unique zone in Seattle for major facilities. It holds Safeco Field and CenturyLink Stadium. And it can hold an 18,500 seat arena for the Sonics and NHL. The creation of the Stadium District was an example of foresight by City planners to encourage future investment in Seattle, centering on large sports facilities and uses complementary to them – there is no provision that limits the number of stadia in the District.
In prior statements to the press and in his testimony before the King County Council today, former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck has advocated that an arena should be built in Bellevue, not Seattle. Building an arena in Bellevue would mean a loss of tax revenue, not only from sports but from other major events appropriate for arenas. And it would further challenge an already tough situation with Key Arena.
Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson