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02-11-2012, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Matrix78 View Post
I have a question :

If the NBA is coming back to Seattle next year, and if the NHL would do the same, would it be possible that both team play in the Key Arena or it could be a problem (because they need to change the configuration of the building) ?
The KeyArena is owned by the City of Seattle (CoS). Hansen's new arena deal is with the CoS. Part of the benefit of dealing with one city only is being able to use maximum leverage in negotiations.

Hansen has the leverage to demand a sweetheart deal from the CoS for his NBA & NHL use of the KeyArena. Conversely, the CoS has the leverage to demand "something" as well for willingly facilitating new competition for the KeyArena.
Sources close to the ongoing arena negotiations suggest the future of KeyArena is a vital component of any deal.

The City-owned building, on the Seattle Center grounds, would stand to lose significant business if a new arena is constructed in either Seattle or Bellevue, and city leaders are carefully weighing that factor.

That’s part of the reason why negotiations have included potentially using the Key as a temporary home for an NBA or NHL franchise, or both, while a new arena is built.

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