SBJ/November 24 - 30, 2003/Facilities

Washington city opens home for junior hockey league team

Everett Events Center cost a projected $71.5 million and is 100 percent publicly financed.

Everett (Wash.) Events Center is the first sports venue connected to the state of Washington's 1999 legislation that promised a sales tax rebate of 1¼30th of 1 percent to any town that built a public assembly facility costing more than $10 million that was under construction by January 2003.

The city expects to receive approximately $20 million in sales tax rebates over the next 25 years.

The Western Hockey League Everett Silvertips, an expansion team in the Canadian-based junior hockey league, signed a 10-year lease with three five-year options to play in the new arena. The team receives 15 percent of food and beverage sales and 85 percent of ticket revenue for its home games. The Everett Public Facilities District retains the remaining revenue, including a ticket surcharge on each ticket sold.

Sports Facilities Marketing Group is handling the sale of naming rights to the venue. First-year revenue from premium seating — which is retained by the district — may be lower than projected, according to city officials, as only 12 of the arena's 20 suites and 150 of its 761 club seats had been sold through mid-November. City officials declined to specify what they had projected.

Major corporate partners include Northwest Plus Credit Union, Pepsi and Alfy's Pizza. Crown Distributing, the local Anheuser-Busch Cos. distributor, is also a major partner, holding naming rights to the Budweiser Gametime Terrace and controlling 75 percent of the taps in the arena.

The facility is located just eight blocks north of Everett Memorial Stadium, home of the Northwest League Everett AquaSox. It also includes a second ice rink, which will be used mostly for public skating, as well as a 12,000-square-foot ballroom and 50,000 square feet of meeting space.

Everett is located 30 miles north of Seattle in Snohomish County (population: 610,000), which, prior to the opening, was one of the largest counties in the country without an arena, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Everett Events Center

City: Everett, Wash.

Tenant: WHL Everett Silvertips

Owner/operator: Everett Public Facilities District/Global Spectrum

Architect and general contractor: LMN Architects, PBK Architects, PCL Construction Group (design-build group)

No. of seats: 8,280

No. of suites (price range per year): 20 ($30,000-$40,000)

No. of club seats (price range per year): 761 ($950-$1,250)

Projected cost: $71.5 million

Funding: 100 percent public. Bonds secured through $15.73 million in state sales taxes; $54.34 million from projected net operating revenue from the facility; and $1.43 million from an existing hotel/motel tax.

Concessionaire: Centerplate

Pouring rights: Pepsi

Scoreboard provider: Daktronics

Ice provider: Commercial Refrigeration Inc.

Seat provider: Irwin Seating Co.

First game: Oct. 4 vs. Prince George Cougars

Company Work performed
Affordable Abatement Inc. Abatement
Atlas Anchor Systems USA Co. Roof anchor
Atlas Construction Specialties Inc. Geofoam fill
Audio Acoustics Inc. Acoustical ceilings
Automatic Door and Gate Co. Sliding gate
Automatic Entries Inc. Auto door operators
Bargreen Ellingson Inc. Food service equipment
Bethlehem Construction Inc. Precast
Botesch, Nash & Hall Architectural consultant
Canron Construction Corp. Structural steel
Cascadia Sports Systems Inc. Dasherboards
Central Steel Rebar
City Transfer Inc. Earthwork
Clearcreek Contractors Inc. Underground storage tank removal
Contract Hardware Inc. Doors and hardware
Corsair Display Systems Inc. Food carts
Cressy Door Co. Sliding grilles
Custom Concrete Casting Corp. Precast
D.S. Purcell Painting Inc. Painting
Deeny Construction Co. Site utilities
Division Seven Waterproofing Waterproofing
Engineered Products Inc. Metal lockers
Erection Co. Steel erection
Fire Systems West Inc. Fire protection
Forest (division of PCL Construction Group) Pre-engineered building
Foster-Bray Inc. Toilet partitions
FSA Design Food service consultant
George Third & Son Miscellaneous metal and stairs
Glacier Northwest Concrete supplier
Goldfinch Brothers Inc. Glass railings
Haight Roofing Co. Roofing
Henson Co. Masonry
Hermanson Co. LLP Mechanical
Hough Beck & Baird Inc. Landscape consultant
ISEC Millwork
Jobsite Stud Welding Welding
Kenco Construction Inc. Preformed siding
Kentucky Metal Products Co. Wire mesh
Kone Inc. Elevators
Lafr-Swanson Operable partitions
Larusso Concrete Co. Concrete finishing
Magnusson Klemencic Associates Inc. Structural, civil consultant
Malcolm Drilling Co. Shoring
Merwin Building Services Inc. Final cleaning
Michael Yantis Acoustical consultant
Mountain View Specialties Display case
Northwest Gardener Irrigation
P&G Landscaping Inc. Landscaping
Pace Material Handling Inc. Loading dock equipment
Pacific Construction Systems Inc. Drywall
Pacific Modular Inc. Carpet
Patent Construction Systems Formwork
Pielow Fair Associates Code consultant
Powers West Metal decking
PTC Inc. Post tensioning reinforcement
Puget Sound Steel Co. Rebar
R.W. Rhine Inc. Demolition
Recycle Systems LLC Trash compactor
Salinas Construction Inc. Sidewalks
Shannon & Wilson Inc. Geotechnical consultant
Sign Tech Signage
Skyline Tile and Marble Inc. Ceramic tile
Sparling Electrical consultant
Stephens Enterprises Glazing, curtainwall
Super Floors Inc. Resilient flooring
Surgent Inc. Doors and hardware
Tilco Vanguard Inc. Pavement striping
United Professional Inc. Caulking
Valley Electric Electrical
Western Hardwoods Inc. Skate flooring
Western Tile & Marble Granite stairs
Zesbaugh Inc. Overhead doors
Sources: Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal research, Everett Public Facilities District


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