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Old November 17th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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SEATTLE - Sonics Arena (18,500)

Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen has a deal in place with the Seattle City Council to build a multipurpose arena on land he now owns in the SODO neighborhood of Seattle (just south of the Mariner's SafeCo Field):
http://seattletimes.com/html/localne..._arena17m.html


The City of Seattle will contribute $200mil towards the $490mil project which will be paid back with rent paid by arena tenants and taxes collected on admissions.

The start of construction is contingent on Chris Hansen acquiring and moving an NBA franchise to Seattle, and after completion of an environmental review. The review will take at least a year and construction will take about 2 years for an opening date some time in 2015. The arena will be configured to host NHL hockey as well.

The City of Seattle's environmental review process includes at least 2 rounds of design review (Though a project this size will likely see at least 4). The first Early Design guidance was released yesterday, but includes only basic configuration descriptions and site context anaylsis:


http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/...rena-released/
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID4178.pdf
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Old November 18th, 2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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Wasn't there a proposal for an arena in Vegas that had a similar internal bowl as the one presented above?

Edit: Found it (Silver State Arena):

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Old November 18th, 2012, 11:48 PM   #3
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Looks good.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 02:50 PM   #4
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Option 1

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Old December 1st, 2012, 02:51 PM   #6
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Option 3

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Old December 1st, 2012, 04:26 PM   #7
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You sure #2 and #3 aren't convention centers and not stadiums? lol

They are certainly... unusual.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 04:29 PM   #8
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Option three looks like the top few decks of a cruise liner.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 05:49 PM   #9
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None of them are remarkable.
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Option 3 is their preferred option which means unless the review board seriously objects to it, it will end up looking something like that. And even if they don't approve of it (please dear god don't approve of it), they'll probably just go back to the drawing board rather than using one of the other options.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 07:49 PM   #11
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Option three is certainly different, but not in a good way. In fact, all of them are pretty naff, even if they're concepts.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 08:44 PM   #12
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Option 1, meh. Option 2 is pretty slick, something different. Option 3 has way too much going on
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Even though it looks more like a Convention Center, I like #2.

#1 isn't ugly or even that boring, but it's just doesn't say "21st Century arena".

As for #3.... I don't even know what the hell they were going for there.
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Option 1

looks like somebody really likes Sprint Center

(I don't blame them)
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Speaking of sprint center, why doesn't the nba expand to 32 teams, give back Seattle it's franchise and give Kansas city a franchise of it's own to play out of sprint center?

Think about it, Seattle is one of the largest cities not to be near any major basketball team or even have a basketball team in the arena, and the Kansas city metro area is over 2 million and is not near any major metro areas, it's not like Pittsburg, Baltimore, San Diego, Tampa or Cinncinati, which are probably already taken up by other metro areas and their teams (I know if Pittsburg had it's own team, that people from the city would support the team, still, Kansas city is a fairly untapped area).
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Speaking of sprint center, why doesn't the nba expand to 32 teams, give back Seattle it's franchise and give Kansas city a franchise of it's own to play out of sprint center?

Think about it, Seattle is one of the largest cities not to be near any major basketball team or even have a basketball team in the arena, and the Kansas city metro area is over 2 million and is not near any major metro areas, it's not like Pittsburg, Baltimore, San Diego, Tampa or Cinncinati, which are probably already taken up by other metro areas and their teams (I know if Pittsburg had it's own team, that people from the city would support the team, still, Kansas city is a fairly untapped area).
I don't think any league is really interested in expansion right now (except MLS). They're finding it hard to sustain fringe markets...

Seattle will probably end up stealing an NBA franchise away from somewhere, maybe an NHL one too...
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Speaking of sprint center, why doesn't the nba expand to 32 teams, give back Seattle it's franchise and give Kansas city a franchise of it's own to play out of sprint center?

Think about it, Seattle is one of the largest cities not to be near any major basketball team or even have a basketball team in the arena, and the Kansas city metro area is over 2 million and is not near any major metro areas, it's not like Pittsburg, Baltimore, San Diego, Tampa or Cinncinati, which are probably already taken up by other metro areas and their teams (I know if Pittsburg had it's own team, that people from the city would support the team, still, Kansas city is a fairly untapped area).
The last thing the NBA needs to do is expand. Of the 3 sports, the NBA should really look into downsizing, contracting and leaving some markets for good.
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The last thing the NBA needs to do is expand. Of the 3 sports, the NBA should really look into downsizing, contracting and leaving some markets for good.


Who would you want to leave?
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looks like somebody really likes Sprint Center

(I don't blame them)
Yeah, same architects involved:

http://360architects.com/portfolio/sprint
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Who would you want to leave?
I think that if the NBA can't find a home for the Kings (be it Seattle, Anaheim, Vegas or wherever), then they should be contracted.
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