It's my Parting Shot to talk about hockey in Seattle…
First of all, let me explain that even though the Saskatoon Blades are playing the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight to conclude their U-S Division road trip, I am not all that close to the city of Seattle. In fact, the closest that the Blades’ bus came to the Emerald city of the Pacific Northwest was roaring along I-5 from Everett to Portland back late Saturday night.
I bring this up because the city of Seattle has decided to go ahead with $600 million worth of renovations to the Key Arena…basically sitting idle, except for a W-N-B-A team, since the N-B-A’s SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Thunderbirds made the 32-kilometre trek south in 2009 to Kent and the new ShoWare Center because the Key Arena was built for basketball and the sight lines for hockey were terrible.
However, these renovations are intended to try and help to bring an N-H-L team to Seattle AND an N-B-A franchise back to this megalopolis. Pending environmental approvals, demolition of the current Key Arena could start in October of 2018 and construction of, essentially, a new facility would be completed by October, 2020.
By all rights, this is something that needs to be done for a city that is the 14th-largest media market in the Excited States and the only one of the Top 25 that isn’t home to, either, an N-H-L or an N-B-A team. But, don’t expect to see the W-H-L’s Thunderbirds to ever play in a new Key Arena. The T-Birds have thrived at the ShoWare Center, winning a first-ever league title back in the spring, and their fans don’t seem to be bothered by having to travel away from downtown Seattle to watch their family-affordable hockey team!
Sounds like everybody will be happy one day in Seattle!
That's my Parting Shot. I’m Les Lazaruk in Kent, Washington...