Mar 11 • Messages from Chris

Priority Ticket Waitlist Goes Live This Thursday

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Chris Hansen

We are excited to announce that we’re launching a Priority Ticket Waitlist for future Sonics tickets.

In addition to helping us understand and prioritize the demand for tickets, registering your interest will be a critical step in demonstrating to the NBA and basketball fans around the country the unbelievable passion that exists in the Emerald City to BRING BACK OUR SONICS!

The Priority Ticket Waitlist will go live here at SonicsArena.com on March 14 at 10 am SST (Sonics-Saving Time!). You will also be able to go to the list directly here. Requests will be taken in sequential order for each ticket type.

Before we sell any new tickets, we would like to highlight that we plan to do our very best to contact all 2007-2008 Sonics season ticket holders and provide them the opportunity to secure their same seat location for the team’s return. However, we’d greatly appreciate it if prior season ticket holders would still fill out the request as it will greatly help us in making sure we have your current contact data.

It’s also important that we reiterate that no inference should be drawn between our establishment of the Priority Ticket Waitlist and our efforts to close our acquisition of the Sacramento Kings. We are in the midst of working through the approval and relocation process with the NBA, and we would expect a determination to be made at the Board of Governors meeting in mid-April.

If our efforts prove successful, we anticipate a Sonics sales team member will contact you in May to discuss available seating options. However, a confirmation of your status on the Priority Ticket Waitlist should in no way be seen as a guarantee of tickets.

From the incredible outpouring of emotion from the 5,000 of you who showed up for our rally, to the relentless outreach to the City and County Councils and the legions sporting the Green and Gold in our city, we would never have reached this point without all of you! With this in mind, I’m reaching out to ask for your help once more. It’s the home stretch people and we really need your support on this to help carry us past the finish line!

— Chris Hansen


Feb 26

February Arena Designs

Here are updated designs for the preferred option of Sonics Arena (click on a photo to embiggen).

The full document is available at the City of Seattle website (PDF)


Jan 25

Seattle Music Community Speaks Out on Behalf of Sonics Arena

Here's a letter to the Mayor and City Council from Pearl Jam, the Presidents of the USA, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, KEXP DJs and other members of Seattle's music scene. In it, they express what Sonics Arena and the return of the Sonics will mean to the music community, Sodo, and Seattle Center.

"We believe one of the great benefits of the Hansen project is that it devotes resources to invigorating Key Arena at Seattle Center, which will be the temporary home of a new basketball team while the new venue is completed. Soon, Seattle Center will also be the new home of KEXP. As members of the KEXP Community, we wholeheartedly support efforts to bring additional energy to the Center campus. New vitality at Seattle Center benefits all the nonprofit campus tenants."

Jan 21 • Messages from Chris

An Announcement

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Chris Hansen

We are happy to announce that we have entered into a binding agreement with the Maloofs to purchase a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise. The sale is obviously subject to approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and we look forward to working with the League in the coming months to consummate the transaction.

While we are not at liberty to discuss the terms of the transaction or our plans for the franchise given the confidential nature of the agreement and NBA regulations regarding public comments during a pending transaction, we would just like to extend our sincerest compliments and gratitude toward the Maloof family. Our negotiations with the family were handled with the utmost honor and professionalism and we hope to continue their legacy and be great stewards of this NBA franchise in the coming years and decades.

— Chris Hansen


Jan 21

Statements From the Mayor and County Executive

"This is an exciting day for our city and for Sonics fans everywhere. I congratulate Chris Hansen and his investment team. While there is more work ahead, this is a major step toward bringing the Sonics home."

— Mayor Mike McGinn

"The return of our hometown team is now within reach.

“I was a high school kid in the spring of 1979 when I joined 300,000 fellow fans on the streets of downtown Seattle to celebrate our Supersonics winning the NBA Championship. Those were great days for our community.

“Thanks to Chris Hansen and his investment partners Steve Ballmer, Peter and Erik Nordstrom, and the strength of regional partnerships and our collective can-do spirit, we can now look forward to celebrating the day we can say, "Welcome home, Sonics!”

— King County Executive Dow Constantine


Jan 12

Latest Arena Designs

Below are updated designs for the preferred option of Sonics Arena.

Seattle Arena Early Design Guidance 3 (PDF)


Dec 12

Updated Arena Designs

Yesterday, we submitted an updated design of the preferred option of Sonics Arena. Click on an image to embiggen. The full updated document is available from the City of Seattle website. All updated designs are on pages 80-85.


Nov 30

Early Arena Designs

Today we submitted a document to the City of Seattle showing early design guidance for Sonics Arena. You can download the full document from the City of Seattle website. Below are images of Option 3, the preferred option (click on an image to embiggen).


Nov 19

Sonics Arena Context & Urban Analysis

Below is a document we submitted to the City of Seattle examining how Sonics Arena might fit in Seattle's "Stadium District." All Arena designs are conceptual at this stage, but they start the conversation of how the Arena will look in SODO.

Much more to come as we keep moving forward!

SODO Arena early designs

Oct 16 • Messages from Chris

A Good Day

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Chris Hansen

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


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