Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  11 responses

Seattle Mariners Don’t Want an NBA Arena in Same Neighborhood

There’s a proposal to build a new arena that could house both an NBA and NHL team in Seattle, but the Mariners don’t want the building to be in their ‘hood, fearing a loss of business and added costs. Reports the AP: “The Mariners sent a formal letter to the city of Seattle and King County officials on Tuesday opposing the idea of a new multipurpose arena in the same neighborhood as the Mariners home of Safeco Field. The letter, signed by Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln, cited concerns about traffic and scheduling of events taking place in an area that already features Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field — the home to the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders. [...] ‘The proposed SODO location, in our view, simply does not work,’ Lincoln wrote. ‘It would bring scheduling, traffic and parking challenges that would likely require hundreds of millions of dollars to mitigate. We doubt that an arena could succeed financially at this location, given mitigation costs and necessary scheduling limitations. Without highly restrictive scheduling limitations, traffic gridlock would put all of the area’s teams at risk.’ The Mariners are the first and largest local organization to express its desire for Christopher Hansen to look at other site options for his proposed arena. Hansen, a wealthy San Francisco venture capitalist and Seattle native, owns land adjacent to the Mariners parking garage and has proposed a new arena that would cost between $450 and $500 million and would include $290 million in private investment. Hansen’s group would also be responsible for the purchase of an NBA franchise and finding a partner interested in bringing an NHL franchise to Seattle.”

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  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Paging Mr Jordan….

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Maybe the possible new SuperSonics don’t want a double A squad in their backyard either. But seriously, no one in Seattle goes to Mariners games.

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  • http://slamonline Brion

    Cosign Brad….Screw the historically lousy Mariners. Unbelievable,with all our lame public officials Im starting to think Seattle doesnt deserve an NBA team anymore.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Brion, CoSign on lame public officials. Geez Seattle politics is whack.

    -This arena will be built.(insider info, holler attcha boi) Probably right next to SafeCo.(The land has already been purchased) Suck it up Mariners. You have the Seahawks half a block away. The Storm 1 mile away. Straw man argument.

  • abaci

    well poop

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Lake,I hope your insider info is legit, cuz im about “this close” to jumping on the Laker bandwagon!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Haha, naw you good in the NW brother. NBA basketball within 3 years. Should be 2.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5LpwO-An4&feature=related Copacabanban

    Wooow no one cares about the Mariners unlike the Supersonics which nearly all of Seattle tuned in to watch. . This is so weak

  • anthony y

    The m’s suck!!! They don’t want the competition that’s all..everyone out here is waiting for the city to get the ball on this officially rolling..like lakeshow said they are all in a “complex” togeather now..and the traffic down there still sucks so adding the new arena won’t make a difference.

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