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02-01-2013, 01:07 PM
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tank44
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As for the Key Arena, it WILL work for an interim basis. The pictures of it being "tarped" are there because the T-birds rarely drew more than 4,000 people and no need to expand the seating capacity area for that. The key arena was remodeled in the mid-90s for basketball. The arena is fine for now but lacks some of the extra luxuries like lots of suites ,etc. Wiki says the hockey capacity would be 15,177. Elsewhere I read that 11k of those seats would be "good" seats and 4k for "obstructed" seats. I would make that lower end that is tarped as a $10-20 beer garden type seating area where you come for the game and ambience and not the specific seat - similar to the Mariners' Pen area.

For comparison: US Airways Center in Phoenix held 16,210 for hockey, Cow Palace 11,089 in San Francisco, Barclays Center 14,500 in Brooklyn, Miami Arena 14,703, etc. Key Arena can suffice for 1-2 years.

The Thunderbirds left for the Showare center because after the success of the Everett Silvertips and Comcast Arena in the north end of the metro area, the southend was hoping for similar as an alternative to the Tacoma Dome. The team draws a similar amount of people per game (~4k) in Kent as it did in Seattle. Note that from downtown Seattle, it is about the same distance to both Everett & Kent.

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