Monday, February 13, 2006

Could we keep the Sonics name?

Click the headline for the link to a story in the Seattle Times.

I'm stunned. The Seattle City Council President came out and said the City owned Key Arena could be profitable without the Sonics.

The scenario that Key Arena could make a profit isn't without some cost.

Seattle Center staff told the mayor's task force that KeyArena needs $20 million in renovations to attract the mix of events that would produce a profit. Fixes would include improved dressing rooms, catering areas, technology upgrades and a $3 million curtain system that would help convert KeyArena into a 5,000- to 7,000-seat concert hall.

Hey Mr. Licata, come to KC and see if our city owned arena was/is profitable without a NBA, NHL or AHL team. And, Seattle doesn't even have the American Royal to lean on.

The Sonics asked for $200 million in renovations to expand the arena and add restaurants, etc. The team says if they dont' get the renovations to a the 10-year old building they will have to look at relocating.

KC is a possibility for relocation, but building an arena in Bellevue, WA is a possibility, too.


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