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SBD/May 24, 2012/Facilities
Study Finds Seattle's Existing Infrastructure Can Support Proposed Sports Arena
Published May 24, 2012
SURVEY SAYS: In Seattle, Lynn Thompson reported a recent poll conducted by Seattle-based Elway Research found that 63% of Seattle voters and 61% of King County (non-Seattle) voters indicated that "any new professional sports arena should be privately financed and that there should be no risk of any public money being needed to pay for the arena." The poll showed half of King County respondents and 49% of Seattle respondents "believed the Sodo location was a good one." Almost the same percentages "supported paying for infrastructure necessary to improve transportation around the arena." However, 61% of Seattle voters and 54% of King County voters said "no" when asked if they would "choose committing taxpayer dollars to the arena versus no arena." The poll "surveyed 201 registered Seattle voters and 207 King County voters." The poll results were released as the Port of Seattle sent a letter to the Seattle and county councils asking that consideration of a Memorandum of Understanding with Hansen "be given close scrutiny." McGinn and King County Exec Dow Constantine last week announced an MOU with Hansen under which he and private investment group ArenaCo. would pay to build a new arena and buy an NBA team (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/23). SEATTLEPI.com's Eaton noted an "unscientific" Seattle Times poll Tuesday of nearly 1,000 people showed 74% of respondents "were supportive of Hansen's plan." Meanwhile, Hansen "indicated that he plans to launch a promotional campaign for the arena in the next few weeks, including a presence on Facebook and Twitter" (SEATTLEPI.com, 5/22).