Metro Seattle: NHL, NBA and Arena - Part VI
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02-07-2013, 06:59 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
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Here is the MOU:
At the bottom of Page 17, it states that the owners of the NHL team "will have the option" to play in Key Arena. However, it goes on to say that the team owners would be responsible for paying for the renovations, with the city reaping the benefits since they own the Arena, so Key is pretty much the best option.
Due to its size, and the fact that it HAS hosted NHL preseason games in the past, I thought the Tacoma Dome would be a great temporary venue. But then I read this, which makes me think that the renovations would be too costly (unless the city of Tacoma and the new NHL owners could come to an agreement that helps both parties):
Problem is the arena deal specific states Key Arena for NHL. The ice making system has been removed since it last hosted a ice related event.
Tacoma would be terrible even if Tacoma Dome could work. Who would want to drive there especially against Rush hour traffic.
Its too long a drive for some folks that live north of Seattle. NHL team would do much worse at Tacoma dome than at Key arena due to longer travel.
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