I would like to thank the Mayor, County Executive, City and County Councils and Executive and Legislative staffs for their hard work getting us to this point. I would also like to thank the Arena Review Panel for the important work they did, and all you fans who wrote letters and emails and testified at public hearings.
The legislation passed yesterday, and was signed by the Mayor and County Executive today, is a big step forward for this project. But there is a lot of work yet to be done. I look forward to working with the City and County as they carry out the important environmental review process.
This legislation also means that we can start focusing on the important planning and design work for a new arena, finding a basketball team to bring to Seattle — and looking for an NHL franchise that will make a new Seattle Arena their home.
— Chris Hansen