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Sodo group dealt blow as subcommittee sends KeyArena renovation plan to final Dec. 4 vote

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:14:27 -0800

If approved, the Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Oak View Group is expected to hasten the awarding of an NHL franchise in Seattle.

WHL reportedly is batting around the idea of outdoor hockey at Safeco Field

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 17:30:47 -0800

Canadian hockey blogger Gregg Drinnan reported a source claimed the Western Hockey League might play two outdoor games at Safeco Field by 2019, perhaps with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips each playing a game.

With lessons learned, Oak View Group’s Tim Leiweke is doing it his way

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Leiweke, the Oak View Group CEO with deep NBA and NHL ties, has promised to renovate KeyArena for $600 million. And after learning from missteps in Kansas City, Mo., and Los Angeles, he believes his company can bring teams from both leagues to Seattle.

Quick third-period rally lifts Thunderbirds past Everett, 4-3 in WHL action

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:08:04 -0700

The Thunderbirds (5-4-0-1) broke a 2-2 tie when Noah Philp scored 1:07 into the third in front of 4,517 spectators. A minute and a half later, Austin Strand scored on a power-play for a 4-2 lead.

Sodo group says KeyArena renovation should be public, not private, process

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:58:25 -0700

If the renovation is deemed “public” then such a move would likely delay the KeyArena renovation to the point it misses its targeted October 2020 opening.

Washington women’s golfers place sixth at Stanford Intercollegiate

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:37:48 -0700

Junior Wenyung Keh ties for eighth at prestigious event.

Chris Hansen’s Sodo arena group says it didn’t get key emails from Seattle’s transportation department

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:56:16 -0700

And not responding to those emails, the city says, is why the Sodo arena plan hasn’t been resubmitted to the city council for consideration.

This much is clear: Chris Hansen’s Sodo arena group deserves one last listen

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:24:37 -0700

Hansen, the Seattle-raised hedge-fund manager, has spent the past six years trying to bring back the Sonics. There have been missteps and surprises that have impeded his progress, but now he says this can be a two-arena town — one for hockey and music, and one for basketball.

Sodo arena group’s Chris Hansen to Seattle City Council: ‘We’re in it to the end’

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:45:09 -0700

Hansen said there’s no harm in conditionally approving the sale of part of Occidental Avenue South to his group as long as it secures a team. He also said it would protect the city in case things “do not work out” with a KeyArena renovation proposed by the Oak View Group.

Chris Hansen won’t try to block Oak View Group’s KeyArena plan, pushes for two-arena scenario

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:14:02 -0700

Entrepreneur Chris Hansen, in a wide-ranging interview with The Seattle Times, said he’s open to a two-arena solution for the city and will keep pushing his Sodo plan for at least an NBA franchise. He called KeyArena “their asset. It’s not our place to tell them what to do.”

Well, for a hockey player he really wasn’t that ungentlemanly

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:17:46 -0700

Jiri Hudler may have to give back his Lady Byng Trophy after one eventful flight to Prague.

Seattle T-birds sold to Canadian ownership group

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:37:46 -0700

The WHL Board of Governors voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the sale and transfer of ownership of the Seattle Thunderbirds from Russ Farwell and his ownership group to Dan and Lindsey Leckelt, co-CEOs of Silent-Aire. The Leckelt brothers are the co-owners of Silent-Aire, an engineering and data center equipment manufacturing company with operations in Edmonton, […]

Seattle bylaw bars subsidies for sports: What about KeyArena deal?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Nick Licata and Chris Van Dyk say much has changed since Initiative 91 was crafted in 2006, and that it was never meant to be a “no tax” or “zero public expenditure” prohibition preventing the city from conducting business with private companies.

Seattle Thunderbirds win opener after raising WHL championship banner

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:19:35 -0700

The Seattle Thunderbirds raised their first-ever Western Hockey League championship banner and then won their season opener, 4-3 over the visiting Tri-City Americans.

Traffic questions take center stage during KeyArena MOU hearing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:29:47 -0700

City budget director Ben Noble told the committee that the Oak View Group’s $40 million transportation fund payment is to be spread over a 39-year lease term. He suggested the city could issue public bonds against the pledged OVG money if it requires a lump sum in the short term.

Will Mayor Ed Murray’s resignation affect the Seattle arena process?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:57:12 -0700

With Murray’s resignation, there is a new dynamic in a seemingly open path to a revamped KeyArena. Most likely, that still will be the outcome. But if people were wondering what a successful Hail Mary scenario for Chris Hansen’s rival arena group could look like, this is it.

News conference to announce KeyArena MOU canceled after new Ed Murray allegations

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:41:01 -0700

No details were made available on when the news conference, to announce a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group, will be held. Murray was scheduled to lead the news conference alongside OVG co-founder Tim Leiweke.

Oak View Group plans to renovate KeyArena by October 2020, spend $40 million on transportation

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The city of Seattle on Tuesday was scheduled to announce its Memorandum of Understanding with the L.A.-based Oak View Group, which plans to spend $600 million renovating the arena for NBA and NHL use.

KeyArena advisory committee member calls process a model for other cities

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Evan Clifthorne, executive director of the Project Belltown community group, was on a 13-member KeyArena advisory committee that met multiple times with the City of Seattle and the Oak View Group to discuss the planned arena upgrade. “It really was a novel concept,” he said.

KeyArena MOU with Oak View Group coming Tuesday: What to expect in Seattle arena agreement

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:50:53 -0700

Traffic and parking around KeyArena must be addressed, and you’d expect any MOU, which is scheduled to be released Tuesday, to begin that process.