King County and Seattle city officials approved the revised Seattle arena plan that could eventually attract an NBA and NHL tenant, King 5’s Chris Daniels reports.
King County officials reached their decision unanimously (9-0) while Seattle city council members approved it by a 7-2 vote, according to Daniels.
The people behind the arena plan have stated that the top priority of this measure is to bring in an NBA team. In fact, they said there isn’t an “NHL-only” plan.
Here’s a little more information on the arena plan, via Daniels’ report.
Investor and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen wants to build the $490 million arena south of Safeco Field and has already snapped up $53 million in land for the project. Monday’s approval by the two councils means Hansen can now begin shopping for an NBA and NHL franchise.
The deal reached with the two councils calls for up to $145 million in public financing if Hansen can get one team to fill the building. Public financing would be $200 million for two teams. The financing would be paid by arena-generating revenue and includes no new taxes.
The group obviously hopes to fill the void left by the departed Seattle SuperSonics, but that doesn’t mean that they’d be against adding a professional hockey tenant.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.