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Seattle City Council, Chris Hansen Reach Tentative Agreement To Build $490M Arena
Published September 11, 2012
HAPPY DAYS: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn called the council's support the "last piece of the puzzle," and said while there is more to be done, "Sonics fans have a reason to smile today" (SEATTLEPI.com, 9/10). In Seattle, Jerry Brewer writes, "The hardest part of this comeback quest is all but over now." This is "one of the most favorable and innovative arena deals reached during this modern wave of sports palaces." It give Seattle "an opportunity to get the NBA back on its own terms." Barring a "major snafu, the fun is about to begin." Hansen is "about to begin shopping for an NBA team." It could "go as quickly as buying the imploding Sacramento Kings, or it could be a prolonged journey that takes four or five years." But as long as the "arena deal stays together, it's safe to be giddy on occasion" (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/11).