I just wanted to thank all of you for coming down to support us on Thursday. What an incredible day! When I walked on stage and saw the sea of Green and Gold, I seriously almost lost it. I can’t tell you all how inspiring it was — as well as a reminder as to the gravity of what we are trying to achieve here, and of how much this means to so many.
But it also brought back so many great memories. Watching Gary and Shawn on stage goofing around like the good old days. Seeing Kevin Calabro incite the Sonic faithful into a frenzy. Hearing the booming chants of Super-SONICS echo through the city. After so much pain the last four years, this was a day that I don’t think any of us will ever forget.
So I just wanted to again say thank you. While there is much work left to be done, and your continued support and effort are critical to making our collective dream a reality, make no mistake about it... you all sent a serious message to the city, county, NBA, NHL, and sports enthusiasts worldwide. We have some of the most passionate fans in the world, and our great city deserves to have the Sonics and professional hockey back.
— Chris Hansen