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King County Council Approves Seattle Arena Deal; Could City Be Hockey Hotbed?
Published October 16, 2012
HOCKEY HOTBED? In Seattle, Master Tesfatsion notes hockey fans "weren't represented in Seattle City Council and Metropolitan King County hearings, but some in the sport say the region could be on the cusp of a hockey explosion if an NHL franchise arrives." Data from research firm Scarborough shows that interest in the NHL is "comparable to at least one other NHL city." Only 9.2% of those surveyed in the Seattle metropolitan area said that they were "somewhat or very interested in the NHL, about the same as Phoenix (10.4)." Yet it is "already higher than interest in MLS before that pro soccer league expanded to Seattle." In '04-05, 7.1% from Seattle said that they were "somewhat or very interested in MLS." That number has "more than doubled to 17.2 percent, and Sounders FC has been a stunning hit here, breaking MLS attendance records." Seattle's interest in the NHL "is now close to the NBA (12.5 percent), the other pro sport expected to share" the proposed $490M arena (SEATTLE TIMES, 10/16).