Jan 27

​Arena Update

We know things have seemed pretty quiet on the arena front the past several months but there is a lot going on. So as we head into Super Bowl weekend we wanted to take a minute to give you all a quick update.

First, we want to thank Mayor Murray for his leadership. Not only has he asked his staff to look for ways to streamline and speed-up the Environmental Review Process, on his way to Washington DC last week he stopped by the NBA to meet with Commissioner Silver and express the city’s commitment to do its part to bring the NBA back to Seattle. That’s great.

The Commissioner was very positive about Seattle but couldn’t make any commitments at this point, which is really to be expected. While we understand both Sonics fans’ and the Mayor’s disappointment, the most important task at hand remains getting the EIS process wrapped-up so we will be in the position to take advantages of future opportunities that arise, which can happen quickly and without years of advance notice that building an arena requires.

The EIS is moving along at a good pace and we are getting close to having that part of the process finished. There are a few remaining issues that need to be addressed but good progress is being made and we are confident things will be wrapped-up soon. We will do our best to keep you all posted as we move forward.

Our commitment to bring the Sonics back to Seattle is as strong today as it was the first day we announced the arena project – or the day of the great rally we all enjoyed at Occidental Park. The process has been exhaustive and at times frustrating, but in the end we will have completed a big step toward our goal of bringing NBA basketball back to Seattle.

Finally, we want to send a big thanks to all of you. You have stood by us from the beginning and we appreciate that more than you know.


— Chris Hansen, Wally Walker, Pete Nordstrom, Erik Nordstrom

Jan 19 • Messages from Chris

On to Arizona!


Chris Hansen

​Congrats to the Seahawks on another amazing win. The unbending will and determination the team showed yesterday was truly the stuff legends are made of. Just like most of you, as the last three minutes of the game and overtime unfolded I was struck with two thoughts:

"Did this really just happen?" And "I know I'm going to be telling my grandkids someday that I was at this game and of the lore of this team."

I really didn't think anything would ever top "The Tip" from last year's NFC Championship, but this was EASILY the most memorable and momentous moment in Seattle sports history. Wow!

Congrats to Paul, Pete, John, and the entire team and organization for another amazing win, another amazing season, and another trip to the Super Bowl.   

Go get 'em guys! 

— Chris Hansen

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