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Breaking News: Press Conference Scheduled in Seattle to Announce Arena Deal

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Absolutely love that idea for the Pacific Division. Send Winnipeg to the West and Nashville to the East (just my opinion).

This could work....

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Pacific Divison

- Vancouver

- Seattle

- San Jose

- Los Angeles

- Anaheim

Midwest Division

- Calgary

- Edmonton

- Colorado

- Winnipeg

- Minnesota

Central Division

- Chicago

- Cloumbus

- Detroit

- St. Louis

- Dallas

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Northeast Division

- Montreal

- Toronto

- Ottawa

- Buffalo

- Boston

Atlantic Division

- New Jersey

- NY Rangers

- NY Islanders

- Philadelphia

- Pittsburgh

Southeast Division

- Washington

- Nashville

- Carolina

- Tampa Bay

- Florida

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There won't be a hurry to find a team until construction completes. Maybe by that time the Jamieson Group can exercise their 'out' clause and move PHX. I simply cannot see the Oilers there. It would be a hugh embarassment to the league.

I wouldn't write off expansion or the relocation of Florida, Nashville and NJD.

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Seattle hockey arena has green seats for fans, no seats for players

Prospective Seattle sports owner Chris Hansen is building an arena in the Emerald City, and he wants to bring both the NBA and the NHL to said arena. They have a website and pictures and everything. It's pretty exciting stuff. Hansen shared some drawings Thursday of what the arena would look like with an ice sheet, and it makes me want to drool.

As with most NBA/NHL buildings we have designed the seats behind the backboard/goal to retract backwards and the first few rows of courtside seating can be removed to accommodate hockey's larger playing surface and dasher board. The net result puts hockey fans even closer to the action, including our pocket suites. Given the size of the playing surface and speed of the game, we also think the Sonic Rings will prove to be one of the most unique and valued viewing experiences in the game.

Those "Sonic Rings" are really awesome. Basically, they've taken the upper level on either end and have turned it into balconies. Apparently all standing room. You can see what they look like from the on-court level during a basketball game in this rendering. Imagine that standing over an opposing goalie. Has an NCAA feel.

The steepness of the entire seating bowl is the best feature. Not only would that lead to amazing sightlines, it would make the place extremely loud. It's only a rendering, but even looking at the view of an empty hockey arena, I can imagine this being one of the best in-arena experiences in the NHL, assuming those "pocket suites" along the ice level aren't overpriced to hell.

That said, let's take one more peek. Maybe they should've consulted with a hockey person before putting these together? Zamboni doors, benches, blue lines, locker room tunnels ... ah, hell, minor details. The place is expected to seat around 17,500 for hockey.

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Hockey Anyone?

We also just wanted to take this opportunity to share a couple pictures for all the diehard hockey fans out there of what this building will look like for an NHL game. The bottom line is as good as this is for basketball, it is an even better building for hockey.

As can be seen in the pictures above, as with most NBA/NHL buildings we have designed the seats behind the backboard/goal to retract backwards and the first few rows of courtside seating can be removed to accommodate hockey's larger playing surface and dasher board. The net result puts hockey fans even closer to the action, including our pocket suites. Given the size of the playing surface and speed of the game, we also think the Sonic Rings will prove to be one of the most unique and valued viewing experiences in the game.

While I know there may have been a few skeptics out there, I have to say I am just as pumped as most of you to see the return of professional hockey to Seattle, and honestly can't wait to see this building bursting at the seams with crazed Seattle hockey fans.

— Chris Hansen

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Those are.. interesting pictures. The fact that the building looks like it's ready for a hockey game yet doesn't have anywhere for the players and coaching staff to be baffles me. How do they clean the ice? Zambonis? Locker rooms?

I'm at a loss after looking at those.

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I'd be super duper jelly if they got an NBA team

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Those are.. interesting pictures. The fact that the building looks like it's ready for a hockey game yet doesn't have anywhere for the players and coaching staff to be baffles me. How do they clean the ice? Zambonis? Locker rooms?

I'm at a loss after looking at those.

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This is just a 3D render what it would look like.... I'm sure it will be added into it..

Those Green seats look awesome... Likely the team will be also green! I wish the Rogers Arena change their seats to blue, right now it look like the Millionaires colour...

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SEATTLE ST. PATRICKS!!! But seriously... Seattle is now my second favourite team even though they don't exist! Yet... :P

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I love how Hansen straight out said "Hey, we really want a basketball team, but our designs make this arena even better for hockey.

Seattle has a team in no time. I just really hope Portland can land the Yotes. I want 3 teams in the pacific northwest.

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The Zambonis are going to be hung from the ceiling, suspended by a giant mechanical arm that will reach down and drop/lift them. The Zamboni drivers shall board the Zamboni from the catwalk along the ceiling and then ride it down to the ice, then back up when they finish, and rappel down safely. It will become the most efficient method for cleaning the ice ever.

It will change everything.

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Preliminary arena designs have been approved.

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April 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Judge dismisses lawsuit against proposed Sodo arena

Posted by Lynn Thompson

A King County judge this morning dismissed a lawsuit aimed at blocking construction of a new arena in Sodo.

Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh determined that there are too many unknowns to the proposed arena deal to rule now. Investor Chris Hansen is leading a group that wants to build the arena with the hopes of bringing an NBA basketball team and possibly an NHL hockey team to Seattle.

The suit, filed in January, alleged the arrangement, which calls for $200 million in public money to be repaid through arena revenue, violates the terms of Initiative 91. The measure, overwhelmingly approved by Seattle voters in 2006, said the city must make a profit on any investment in a sports facility.

The plan, the lawsuit says, “lacks fair value” because most of the sums to be repaid represent unsecured future cash revenue or interest repayment that is not allowed under the initiative.

“We think there is a massive shortfall in fair value because you can’t count the unsecured future cash,” said Seattle attorney Cleveland Stockmeyer, who filed the suit on behalf of Mark Baerwaldt, a drafter and sponsor of I-91, and three other Seattle residents labeled respectively as a taxpayer, a Sounder train conductor and a railroad switchman who serves as a United Transportation Union leader.

Middaugh said this morning the city’s agreements with Hansen to build the arena are not yet finalized.

She said the city must still complete an environmental review and final documents. Only when the final terms are known can the court determine whether the agreement meets the terms of I-91, Middaugh said.

“We agree with Judge Middaugh’s ruling that the I-91 lawsuit brought against the City and the County is not ripe,” Mayor Mike McGinn said in a statement. “The City and County are in the middle of following the decision-making path laid out by the [memorandum of understanding], and not until the end of that path will the Councils decide whether to go forward with public financing for the proposal.”

“This ruling is yet another in a long line of affirmations that the city and county are doing things right in the effort to bring the Sonics home,” added Metropolitan King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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this would be great! if the Canucks are out or dont make playoffs in years to come we have another team to cheer for.

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