Today’s City Council vote marks the culmination of a long and productive negotiation process that started with the Mayor and his staff more than a year ago, and more recently with the City Council. I want to thank all of Seattle’s elected officials and their staffs for their willingness to roll up their sleeves and work with us to get us to this point. I think that today’s vote demonstrates that by listening to each other and working hard to address the concerns of all stakeholders that we can make the Arena a reality and bring the NBA and NHL to Seattle.
While we still have a long way to go, I am heartened by the tremendous level of support this project has enjoyed. I look forward to working with the County Council again as they now consider the modified MOU.
— Chris Hansen